Frequently Asked Questions

Below, we've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions. Do you have a question that is not included here? Submit an inquiry, and we'll be happy to answer any other questions you might have.

What is a Charter School?

A charter school is a school started by a group of individuals and is an independently run public school. We have greater flexibility in operations in return for greater accountability in performance. We wrote a charter agreement to Poudre School District (PSD), which was approved by PSD and the state of Colorado in 2001.

What is a Classical School?

A classical education is based in the traditions of Western Culture. It provides a systematic, rigorous framework to teach the best that has been written. Teach the good, the beautiful and true, using original sources and Socratic Discussion.

Does Ridgeview require tuition?

No. We are a public charter school, and therefore we are tuition-free. We are financed similarly to regular public schools, though we only get about 70% as much funding annually.

Do I have to live within PSD's boundaries?

No. Our school has no boundaries. We do not have buses either. You may live anywhere in the state of Colorado as long as you are willing to drive your students. We give equal preference to any address.

Do siblings get preference in the lottery?

Yes. If you get one of your children in our school, their siblings get preference for enrollment.

Why must I attend an informational meeting?

We ask that all interested parents attend one of our informational meetings so you will understand our school before admitting your students. We hope your children stay with us for many years so we don’t want you to be surprised by anything we do when you get here.

What if I cannot attend an informational meeting?

Just let us know. We can add you to our lottery with the understanding that you will attend a meeting before your student starts school. If you still cannot make it, we can meet with you one-on-one. If you live out of the state, or outside of a reasonable driving distance to the school, you may be added to the lottery by contacting our Admissions Office.

Why does Ridgeview have a dress code and uniform?

We believe that wearing a uniform or dress code allows our students to realize the importance of being a good students. By dressing the part, they take their role of student seriously and are proud to be part of a larger school, not just one student in one class. Our school has a distinct culture in part due to the dress code and the respect it demands.

What are my chances of getting in?

Your chances of getting in depends on the grade. We have openings in the Upper School and will admit new students each year until October 1. The lower grades are harder to get into because there are more students in the lottery.

What are the school hours?

Elementary school is from 7:45am-2:45pm. Upper school is from 7:30am-3:00pm. We have two kindergarten classes. One class attends all day on Monday & Wednesday plus Friday morning. The second class attends all day Tuesday & Thursday plus Friday afternoon. Our summer office hours are 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Can I visit the school?

We welcome all visitors to Ridgeview Classical Schools. You may set an appointment or just stop by. We encourage prospective families to observe our classrooms, watch our teachers and students in action, and meet with our Admissions Coordinator to ask any questions you may have.

Can my child shadow a student at Ridgeview?

When deciding whether Ridgeview is the right fit for your child, shadowing can be an invaluable tool in helping to make your decision. Shadowing allows your child to get a glimpse of our program and to experience the unique culture that exits within Ridgeview. This visit typically follows a parent's attendance at an Informational Meeting, and allows the prospective student to live out a “day in the life” of a Ridgeview student.

Who is eligible to make a shadow visit?

Ridgeview provides opportunities for shadow visits to prospective students of all grades. Those who are considering joining Ridgeview in the lower grades are welcome to spend some time in our classrooms in the company of a parent, and those who will be entering the 6th -12th grade are welcome to spend all or part of a day with us, shadowing one of our Student Ambassadors.

When can I schedule a shadow visit?

Once parents have attended an Informational Meeting and have decided to pursue admissions to Ridgeview, a shadow visit is a good way of determining whether Ridgeview is well aligned with their family‘s educational goals and values. We request that all families who are interested in having their child shadow make arrangements through the Admissions Office one week in advance of their visit.

When and where will the shadow visit begin?

For the lower grades, it is often advisable to begin a shadow visit after the parking lot has cleared of morning drop-off traffic (around 8:00). For the upper grades, shadows work best on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays (Wednesdays and Thursdays are block days). We would ask upper school students to be at the school by 7:15 in the morning in order to give them plenty of time to meet their Student Ambassadors and to get to their rooms for the 7:30am class start time. All visitors should sign in at the front desk, and then meet in the Admissions Office.

What should my child wear for the shadow visit?

We encourage all shadowing students to dress in comfortable, modest attire. For the lower school we suggest wearing a solid polo shirt with navy or khaki pants. Upper school students should wear conservative clothing (i.e., khakis’ and a polo/oxford shirt - no logos or t-shirts, and denim is not allowed).

What is included in the shadow visit?

For the lower school, a parent will accompany their student as they spend time in a classroom of their current grade. Each upper school student will be accompanied by a Student Ambassador of the same gender from their current grade. They will follow that Ambassador's schedule for the duration of the school day. We ask that you pack a sack lunch for your child and that they bring along a book in case one of the scheduled classes has a test or work period. Every effort will be made to match a child with a student that shares their particular interests, including math/science, choir, orchestra/band, etc.

When does the shadow visit end?

For lower school, the visit can last as long as the parent thinks is appropriate – a few hours is a general average. In upper school, the shadow visit usually ends either after lunch or at 2:30, depending on the interests of the prospective student. Parents or guardians are asked to arrive at the Admissions Office at a prearranged time to meet their child, have a short debrief with our Admissions Coordinator, and to get any additional questions answered.

If you would like to schedule a shadow visit for your child, please contact the Admissions Office.

Can my homeschool student take classes at Ridgeview?

Yes. Ridgeview offers complimentary courses for Homeschool students in grades 7-12. For more information, download our Homeschool Offerings flyer below or submit an inquiry.