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Fort Collins, CO
Students enrolled: 774
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1800 South Lemay Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80525

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(970) 494-4620
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June 24, 2014
The students that I know that go to this school are very prideful and they are taught to act this way by the teachers.

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2014
I love the way my students think outside the box, and carry themselves as responsible teenagers! Ridgeview Classical Schools has contributed to the molding and shaping of my kids into not only exceptional academic students with great communication skills, it has made them teenagers that are articulate, concise, compassionate, and proud of their own accomplishments. Ridgeview has had an impact on how my students think not only about themselves, but just as important, how they think about their fellow students, their school, their community, and their country. I know I will be sending my students off into the world of adulthood with a confidence in themselves that will be an asset to them no matter what their endeavors. My students converse with any age group from many walks of life with poise and confidence. They have thoughtful input on their future, and the future of the world around them. The teachers at Ridgeview obviously love to teach and appear to be genuinely interested in their students From History and Latin, Math to Music I would recommend Ridgeview to any parent who is looking for a school that brings out the best in their children, academically and individually.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
We have been with Ridgeview for five years now. We've had some ups & downs, but I dont see the grass being greener anyplace else. School is hard work for both parents & students. Each student is a little different, so is each family. What makes these reviews humorous is that we know exactly what we are getting when we signed up - we all sign paperwork stating that we understand the dress code/agree to support it, the same for character, homework, and the overall rigor. Has every teacher been our favorite? No. Has every day been heaven? Of course not. The good teachers though are incredible better than anything I ever had.. The leadership has changed. Such things happen. We ve been happy with the new leadership. The school has become even more classically oriented, it s clear it values our values, and the kids have more opportunities than ever before. At the end of the day it is a school of choice, and each year we are free to make a decision about whether to return. I can t imagine leaving, but it s probable that we choose to return for some of the same reasons others choose not to. The kids here have it very good IMO, far better than any other students I have met.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
I have 3 children at RCS now, the leadership needs improvement. The uniform code is not upheld for every student. The assistant principal's step daughter is allowed to wear items that don't line up with policy continuously, while other kids get sent to the office for wearing brown boots that clearly fall within the policy. Teacher turn over this year has been quite high due to the new leadership. My son has had 3 different teachers THIS YEAR, they need to gain stability somehow.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2013
I used to go to this school as a Part time student, and I feel that it was a better school then the one I was a full time student at. If I had the opportunity to, I would have wanted to graduate from this school. The teachers are willing to help you learn and answer any questions you may have when learning. At the other school I was going to, I had to wait whenever I emailed a teacher a question (mostly because it was an online school) but at Ridgeview I felt like I was challenged and learned more. -Former Student

- submitted by a community member
December 20, 2013
I wonder about the value of anonymous reviews. 4 of my kids attended RCS, one from the start. 2 graduated, the last is a senior. I know parents leave without ever talking to a teacher or without providing feedback to RCS. Feedback is always solicited. Some never bother to check facts versus gossip. FACTS: there has NEVER been an RCS elementary class over 31 students. RCS has a high number of special needs students. Parents have told me they pull their kids BEFORE high school to get the elementary rigor but want the "easier" grades their kids will get from other senior high schools to make it easier for their kids to get into college. I prefer to pursue education for the sake of education. I'd rather have my kids get educated "C's" at RCS than easy "A's" elsewhere. A HUGE part of my kid's education at RCS is, thankfully, the "conversation"; examine all sides of a topic with true academic freedom, for learning's sake. Frankly, all kids may not achieve at a rigorous level, one of mine didn't, AND I don't blame RCS! Thanks for school choice! If it doesn't work for me I can leave. I long for space to address the "elitist" slur. As if real learning is somehow demeaning.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2013
Seriously. This school was horrible. Teachers were far more willing to accept a 7 page paper of useless information and filler words than they were a 3 page paper of actual content and concise points.

- submitted by a community member
December 04, 2013
How I measure Ridgeview Classical School's success is via the discussions I am able to have with my daughter who is a Junior there and has attended Ridgeview since 3rd Grade. I have also read the thought provoking articles that she brings home. She is able to discuss politics, ethical concerns as well as intellectual ones. Bravo Ridgeview. I suppose an improvement would be a more comprehensive sports and fitness program. I am not opposed to competitive team sports or identifying those who excel in those areas if they wish to pursue sports as their career. It is another area that strengthens discipline. Also an animal program would be nice or art therapy as vocational pursuits, perhaps during the summer academy. How to start your own business would also be a great class as I do not think that option is emphasized enough.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2013
I've written a post before concerning Ridgeview Classical Schools before. I will write one again. Although I failed to put the star ratings on it. I am going to do it again. As a previous parent and employee of Ridgeview Classical Schools. I give it five stars. Not just for the education but as a great place to work for as well. I have three children. One whom graduated and because of the education he received I am not worried about him making it in this world. I believe because of the education, support, and diversity they have to offer is why he is going to be great in whatever path he chooses! My other two children. I had hoped they too would be able to graduate sadly cannot due to the fact we had to move out if state for my husbands employment. I believe that they have what it takes to help your student achieve the highest potential. I've enjoyed the students and staff. :). Your child or children are in great hands! If ya can't come there because of distance I encourage you to check out other charter schools as well. Your child will receive far better education in Charter vs. Public. Hands down Ridgeview Rocks!!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2013
It really surprises me how often disgruntled parents will say that Ridgeview is elitist considering that it has a higher percentage of students with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders per capita than the vast majority of schools in the district. Nearly every child who transfers into Ridgeview will find themselves behind the curve. The curriculum is rigorous and many children will begin a semester failing subjects they may have done well in in other schools. It takes time to determine a student's strengths and weaknesses and apply this knowledge to help a student succeed. This process usually takes the first few of months of school or, in the case of one of my children, a couple of years because of his pronounced learning disabilities. It does take a certain amount of perseverance on the part of the student and the parents. In all honesty, a classical school of any kind is not for every child and family and many parents move their children to public school around junior high because they feel their child needs to experience a broader social environment with more activities. It rarely has anything to do with academics.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2013
Our child started off the year (2013/2014) at Ridgeview but was quickly pulled out by my husband and I due to the administration. We were very unhappy to learn that he was failing every class within the first month of school and was still adjusting to the curriculum. We were told by teachers " he needs to do all memorization in class" which was absurd to us. The school says it strives on parent involvement but when you get too involved they look down on it. We contacted the principal and never got a response back until I had to contact his supervisor a week later! We pulled our son out due to felling as though he didn't fit their mold of the perfect child that would help them receive there wonderful test scores. I guess I didn't think about that when I heard there were only about 20 students that graduate at a time! We feel as though if your child is not an independent learner then your child wont succeed. My child was in trouble almost everyday at Ridgeview and since we switched we have had no problems. He is a lot happier not being in the "elite" society. My husband and I both would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
My kids started Ridgeview a few years ago. It became very apparent that the school is geared toward those kids who are excellent students but unfortunately the average to lower students get left behind. This is validated by the huge turn-over percentage of middle school students. You can verify these numbers by reading the board minutes. This problem has not been fixed and the administration seem not to care. I believe that this is caused by lack of leadership (admin and board level). The high test scores at the high school level are due to weeding out the average and lower students at the lower level to pad there ranking and scores. We will not be enrolling our kids for the 2013 School year. I would not recommend Ridgeview Classical School.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
I love Ridgeview! It's a great school for those who enjoy the liberal arts. They give kids a sophisticated education that most adults don't even get. If you ask most adults to give you an analysis on the nature of love and affection on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or even a summary of the play,chances are they won't even have a clue. At Ridgeview, this is a required task for the 7th grade! Also, the class sizes are really small in upper school. Usually it is 15 students or less Amazing school. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants their child to be successful.

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2013
I noticed many of the negative comments on the site have incorrect facts. One comment states that the elementary classes often exceed 35 students. The elementary classes have never exceeded 31 students. Another complains about no extra curricular activities and no sports. There are many extra curricular activities at the school. As for sports, there are Jr. High sports and in high school you may try out at other schools. My daughter has played varsity sports all through her high school career. In addition she has been active in music and student council. One thing I really like about the school is how they celebrate the achievements of their students either in the newsletter or in the quarterly student assembly.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
My children have attended this school for one year and I must say that I am blown away with the curiculum that this excellent school provides. They do expect a great deal from children academically but in my opinion that instills a work ethic in to children from an early age. The school is not for every child since it is based on a core education. However, if you feel that you child can thrive in a challenging environment, then do him/her a favor and send them to this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2012
Take my review for what it's worth, because my kids were there several years ago, but I find myself once again researching schools (in another area) and I have some thoughts about what makes a good school or a bad school. There is no question that, while we were there, the academics were strong. I was excited about it at first. Safe environment, motivated students and families. As time wore on, my 2nd and 4th graders, who continue to be excellent students, became very stressed out from the large amount of homework. My 4th grade daughter (top student in her grade last year, and somewhat quiet and shy) complained consistently about her mean teacher. We all know there is a difference between a teacher with high expectations and a mean teacher. Toward the end of the year I felt like the school was just too much into very high control and too low on the humanity/kids factor. Elementary class sizes were larger than 35 at the time. My older son made good friends and seemed to do well, but my experience with 3 kids in the school is that it really is not for everyone, in spite of what they say.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
As the mother of a first grader at Ridgeview Classical School in Fort Collins, I have been extremely pleased with our son's educational experience up to this point. Open enrollment at Ridgeview means diversity in the school population, and I appreciate that RCS gives every child the chance to experience a classical education. The teachers at Ridgeview are top notch; they challenge AND encourage the children to be the best student they can be every day. I am grateful for the moral and ethical values that the teachers instill in the children; truly pillars of excellence. When I drop off my son each morning, I am proud to send him to a school with other children whose parents have thoughtfully considered the education of their child(ren). Do your research, check out the orientation. It is worth your time, your child is worth it!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2011
As parents, Ridgeview has exceeded our high expectations. They believe that it is up to the school to educate each student regardless of his or her background (no entrance test). They work hard to build a foundation for a lifetime of learning. There are other elements of the Ridgeview experience that we appreciate as well. Unlike some other schools, there isn't a constant drumbeat of fund-raising forced on the students. There is diversity among the students related to their socio-economic status. There is no forced parental volunteering. Many parents give generously of their time in many different capacities. If parents are unable to volunteer, they are not required to do so (unlike some other schools). The most positive thing I can say about Ridgeview is that they have high expectations. Some interpret that negatively. Instead, it is a blessing to the students. Our children's teachers constantly expect our kids to meet their potential. Nothing is more damaging to a human being than very low expectations. Ridgeview provides an environment where every student is encouraged to reach their potential with resources and caring that gets success.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
We are so thankful that our child is able to attend Ridgeview. They truly are a terrific open enrollment school (no testing prior to admission) and work hard to bring every child up to a high standard. They also do this on a much smaller budget than other public schools. The administration and teachers care very much about each and every student. I am amazed at what our child is learning, and how much they love school! They do have higher standards for their behavior which we really appreciate. Please do your own research and come and see Ridgeview for yourself (you can sit in on a class at any time!). We looked at many schools in the district and are very proud to be Hoplites!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2011
We have 3 children attending Ridgeview, in the elementary grades. We have been at the school for 3 years, and I can say that the academics are excellent. Ridgeview uses Singapore Math and Riggs for reading. These two methods of teaching are time intensive for the teacher training and therefore costly to the school -- but they are so beneficial to the children learning to read WELL and process their math. It's not just the right answer that is sought, but truly teaching the students to think intelligently. Character education is highly valued and the teachers teach it well. The students get to take karate, learn Latin, take Spanish from Kindergarten, and start orchestra earlier than other schools. It's a great place for our kids to learn, and it's well worth our drive to take them there. We knew one family that took their kids out of Ridgeview when they reached high school level. The mom regretted it immensely. She said it was like taking a kid out of church and putting him into a strip club. We are thankful for the standards that Ridgeview upholds, and grateful that our kids get to receive an education akin to a private school, at the cost of a public education.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
My three children attended Ridgeview Classical for 5 years. When they transfered to a new school for the 2011-2012 school year, all three were tested at two or more years below national norms in literacy and math. A fact not discovered by teachers at Ridgeview. This school does not hire qualified/experienced teachers, does not have a comprehensive literacy program, and does minimal standardized testing to determine student growth. After five years at the school, one of my daughters cummulative files contained NO standardized literacy assessments. Unfortunately in my case I had an ex-spouse unwilling to transfer the children out of Ridgeview until it was too late. In my opinion, you should avoid this school at all costs.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
<sigh>...I am so very disappointed with the teachers and admin. My concerns are sluffed off by the principal, if they are even addressed at all. A large number of the elementary teachers are terrible. The aids are nice to the kids in front of parents, but treat them terribly with no parents present. (WHY are you teaching if you hate kids???) The high school ratings are great because by the time the kids get to high school, only the super intellectuals (who don't need teachers) have stayed. We are trying to find a good quality school to move our two kids to.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2011
Leaving Ridgeview has been the best thing we've ever done for my child's education! When she fit the cookie cutter mold of Ridgeview students she was just fine. Once she no longer fit into that mold, her teachers left her behind. We switched schools when she began 4th grade, and she could barely add and subtract let alone do any other math functions.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2011
I am leaving Ridgeview due to the treatment I recieved from the teachers. They all seem to be two-faced; they will act honorable and respectful to my parents, and then to me and my siblings they will trun their noses up. The teachers at this school are power hungry and seem to get pleasure from gossiping about their students, which is very unproffesional and uncalled for. I am litterally scared to ask my teachers for help, and have no where to turn if i need help in a class or advice. There have been many rumors spread by the teachers and other faculty members which are untrue and have ruined my reputation. At most schools one generally only has to worry about gossip from the students , but at Ridgeview it is spread by teachers. I would not advise anyone to put a their child in this school because it is torture, just look at the motto "we learn by suffering!" The most commonnly used phrase at the school is 'when are you getting out of here?' it is litterally like a jail that no one wants to be in. If i could rate this school any lower I would!

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2011
Leaving Ridgeview was the best thing we ever did! This school preaches character, but is lacking good moral character in its administration! My kids had A's at Ridgeview and were behind other schools in the district. No wonder graduating seniors struggle at the collegiate level. Choose Liberty if you have to choose Core Knowledge. There are a lot of curriculums to choose from in other district schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2011
The greatest flaw of Ridgeview is that to graduate with honors, you must first take yet another year of Latin. If you excel at Latin then good for you. I don't and quite frankly, I am worried that another year of Latin (though it will look good to graduate with honors) will bring my GPA down. RCS is rather stressful. Getting good grades isn't everything here. You also have to be polite and uphold character and you cannot let yourself go. I am not a perfect person. I cuss, I joke and I want to have a social life, cut class occasionally, and not be so sheltered. At RCS, you are ostracized for being or doing any of these things. All the people I know that were like me personality wise left or are planning on leaving. You have to fit the RCS profile to a) excel there in classes and b) have a place to fit in. If you don't fit in at RCS and you want to stay there, you don't have a place to turn.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2011
The discipline in this school is excellent, but it can go overboard, and it can be the main focus of a child's work ethic. Subconsciously, a huge factor that drives the motivation to do well is appeasement and a social standpoint from others. This can be dangerous in adulthood. I don't want the main motivation for my child to come from his adrenaline, out of intimidation. My child sometimes hears, "I must get that award for...", and sometimes, the kids underachieve themselves, fooled from the support of others who probably don't even know of that skill, without comparing themselves to like-minded peers from the outside. This is because RCS doesn't necessarily support the individual talents of the kids, but instead focuses their skills to be average/decent on everything. Notice how most of the RCS teachers rely on their liberal arts degrees. Most of the philosophy at RCS deems these things (contests, sports, etc.) unnecessary. Right or wrong, this won't make many kids stand out like they should, and this won't get great college acceptances, like Ivy Leagues, etc.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2011
Never thought I would be posting a negative about this once great school, but the over crowding, the change of guard (Dr. Moore has no equal), the teacher turnover, the moral compass behavior standards. Kids play in the parking lot, no options for before/after school care, no breakfast or lunch options, no extracurricular options, no sports, no library, no playground (essentially)... What are these people thinking? 1/2 year ahead of public schools but seriously 2 years behind socially for kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2011
we recently relocated to ft. collins from boston. my son, now a sophomore, attended parochial school for the past 9 years. because there was no parochial h.s. in the vicinity, my wife and i decided to research other options. fortunately for us, we were able to locate ridgeview. although the academics and athletics at ridgeview do not exceed that of his previous school, i have been pleased w/ the quality of teachers, and the safe atmosphere the school provides. with that said, the school does need to become more balanced, especially when it comes to athletics. like many private schools in denver demonstrate, athletics and academics can go hand-in-hand.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2010
I attended a required meeting to get in the lottery. It was literally 2 HOURS long with content that could have been given in 15 minutes. Ms. Shrunk was entirely arrogant in tone. I like their academic focus, but the theme of her presentation was "sour grapes." We're in, you're not likely to get in and let me rub your nose in it for two hours. This is no exaggeration. If my kids got in, though, I'd be right there making sure they had an advocate, b/c the reviews have a ring of truth, given my 2 hour introduction to all things Ridgeview.

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2010
Very discouraged and disappointed in the turn Ridgeview has made. Excellent education, yes, but there is so much more in life to making a well rounded person. Very high turnover rate with teachers. There is no accountability and noone wants to listen to any grievances. It is a great school as long as you volunteer a lot, keep your mouth shut if you don't agree with something and are a strong advocate for everything Ridgeview. They are in definite need of new leadership. I like the comment below he is a caretaker but poorly leads. This is so true, I would even go as far as to say he is greatly underqualified and does not lead.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
Absolutely agree with previous comments about teacher turnover and the students suffer. While we were only there 3 years, we encountered the same arrogance and roadblocks whenever we tried to talk to someone. There are a few 'favorite' students and then the rest of the student population who are disposable.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2010
Ridgeview is quite amazing academically. My daughter has loved it for five years and is going to be head and shoulders above her peers at Fort Collins High. But the school is stuck and unwilling to improve the other areas that have been week since it was started because they do not admit there are other weaknesses. Of course the education should be 75% of the school and at most schools it is mediocre or poor by comparison with Ridgeview. But Ridgeview is resting on its laurels. If they don't wake up, eventually the other weaknesses will catch up with them. In particular I am referring to the lack of sports and extracurricular activities. There are no high school teams for either boys or girls. The facility is overcrowded and the parking lot is a nightmare. The principal is an over serious German man who is a caretaker but poorly leads.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
I give RCS 5 stars only because this site doesn't allow for 6. The negative reviews for RCS on this site have a common thread: students/parents that were accustomed to mediocrity and low expectations prior to coming to RCS, and their subsequent shock and inability to thrive in such an academically challenging setting. Our children started at RCS two years ago and, after being bored stiff at their old school, are thrilled to be learning so much and to be challenged again. The teachers, the staff, and the curriculum are beyond compare. We would move across the country if we had to, just to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
Very disappointed in school consistency with huge student and teacher turnover. Great variance in quality of teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
To those crying sour grapes.., please. Ridgeview is an excellent school in an open enrollment district where there are many highly ranked schools to choose from. Administrators, teachers and staff at Ridgeview engage and encourage the students. Try putting your child in a school where the indoctrination is REAL (the stripes in the flag stand for diversity) , your state ranks near the bottom nationally, forty children per classroom is common, many teachers don't care and just want the pay check, lock downs and fights are fairly common. Please..and you complain about dress code, and minor discipline,.. give me a break. Be thankful your child has the opportunity to attend Ridgeview or any school in this district.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
This school has some advantages being founded by families, however, this has led to parents signing up kids who dont care and wouldn't benefit from this school. Another downside is that some teachers have a tendency to be overprotective and, quite frankly, far to 'bubbly,' by which I mean that they always try to put a positive mood into the wrong situations. I acctualy caught a teacher who sent a student back to his original study hall from a small mistake in his hall pass. He wrote the date in as 4/13/10, and it was the 14th, this is way too anal for a school environment. Another disadvatage is that there is an obvious attempt to indoctrinate them to a 'ridgeviewian' ideal of man. I find this rather distubing despite the goodness of thier intetions. If it weren't for such flaws this school would be an ideal place to send kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2009
We only lasted one year at the school. They did a spot check in the classroom, told the kids to raise their hands and if their shirt came untucked, they went to the principal's office. Traumatizing for my child who already tries very hard to please. There is a reason it is called Rigidview and Ridgeview Military Academy and for every person that loves it, there is someone who tried it and hated it. I agree with the previous poster who pointed out that it is easy to pat yourself on the back when you have only 10 seniors.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
All students receive the help they need without bias, whether they have an identified disability/learning disorder or not. The teachers really care about their students and want them to succeed. I've heard enough about other schools to know that's not something to take for granted. Add these to a world-class educational curriculum and you truly have a five star school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Some of my grandkids attend this school. They are heads and tails above in learning than the rest of my grandkids and rave about the school.

- submitted by a community member
October 07, 2009
Fantastic school. Proves that kids are capable of learning so much more than what typical public schools give them credit for.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
I love RCS (a public, tuition-free, K-12 charter school) because of the high level of standards the school holds for themselves, their students and their teachers. RCS students don't only learn skill, they learn knowledge. They talk about the morality of man, they have pillars of character conduct which ALL students and faculty are expected to uphold. RCS truly believes that the 'unexamined life is not worth living'. My 4 students are learning things that, until now, I had only hoped they'd ever learn. They begin learning a foreign language in kindergarten, Greek & Latin roots in 4th grade and a full Latin program in 6th grade. US News & World Report ranked RCS High School as the 4th best in the nation. Ridgeview has been written about in books about education reform and has been called 'the standard' by which all other schools should aim for. E.D. Hirsch, founder of the Core Knowledge Curriculum, has written a new book called 'The Making of Americans: Democracy and Our Schools'. In it, Hirsch lists schools that narrow the competence and equality gaps in America. The first one listed is Ridgeview Classical Schools! After the chapter subtitle Looking for a school? How about this one? , Hirsch writes that Ridgeview s success stands as a sharp rebuke to the dominant anti-intellectual pedagogy of most American schools. My husband and I absolutely LOVE Ridgeview and are so proud that our children are Hoplites!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2009
Ridgeview is without a doubt the best school in Northern Colorado. It maintains a high level of expectation for our sons. Our oldest son was bored with school until he attended Ridgeview. It si good to see a return to rigorous education.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
The teachers and faculty truly care about the students and this is displayed during graduation. During graduation it was evident that the teachers loved us as their family when a person watching saw as many tears on their faces as there were on students faces. Ridgeview is a family with great academics. I can not understand how people can say that Ridgeview produces 'robots' or that they take away the ability to think for ourselves. I graduated with 38 other students and EVERY one of us is different and I can tell you how different they are because of the size of the class. We all wrote a Senior Thesis which is a 20 page paper saying what WE believe. We were graded on how we defended it not on the topic. I have a very bright future because of Ridgeview and so will my 4 siblings that still attend.

- submitted by a student
April 16, 2009
This is the best school I have seen. k-8 is taught based on the Core knowledge program. The high school is based on a classical education. All of it is wrapped in good character. I think one of the most impressive things I have seen is how the kids who come in 'disadvantaged' catch up. It is a public school that has the same number of low income children as other local public schools. They do this on about 1/2 the budget that the other public school have. There is no 'testing' to get into this school. I have an high level autistic child that we enrolled in and it has done wonders for him. The classrooms are controlled and teachers don't have to deal with discipline issues. All schools should look to this model.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 30, 2009
I am in my 3rd year at Ridgeview and absolutely love it! The classes are challenging, and the teachers are constantly helping us improve. I have learned so much about myself during my time here. Not to mention that the music department is amazing!! I don't understand how people can say that this is a horrid school, or that we are all 'robots.' Every single student at this school is a wonderful individual, and the teacher except that. Just because we can't wear jeans and sweats doesn't mean that we can express our selves. All in all this is a fantastic school, I wish that everyone could attend Ridgeview!

- submitted by a student
October 23, 2008
My daughter is in 11th grade and this is her 8th year at Ridgeview. I know this school well, and the idea that it produces 'cookie cutter' students is ridiculous. These are the most interesting kids you could ever hope to meet. There is also no 'mean girls' culture there> It is a remarkably inclusive atmosphere. My daughter has made it through adolescence unscathed, and for this I credit Ridgeview's small size and lack of cliques and malicious teasing. If your child seems lost at a big school and is ready to do serious learing, I would strongly recommend this school. '

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
When I first came to Ridgeview, the challenging courses were a lot to wrap my head around, and I had to work hard - for the first time in my life. I was sure that Ridgeview was a Smart-Kid-School, and that I would be rejected by the other kids because I was average, but that was never the case. My instructors and peers alike were beside me, giving me courage and confidence. For example, last year my history teacher found that my essays were poorly organized, although my facts remained on target. He, unlike many other teachers I've had, took the time to help me through the process of writing an essay. It was because of him and all the other great teachers at Ridgeview that I am the person I am - because of them that I'm a Smart-Kid, going to a Smart-Kid-School.

- submitted by a student
August 04, 2008
Ridgeview Classical School is one of two schools I have seen that really understands how to educate kids. They have a strong academics coupled with an outstanding character program. For example, our principle began to notice a lack of chivalry occurring in the upper school. He promptly called an assembly for every male 7th through 12th grade and addressed the issue. Ridgeview is also a great place to prepare for the future, as in many classes conversations occur concerning college and beyond. Each student can leave Ridgeview knowing they were well prepared for whatever path they would decide to take. Additionally, the teachers not only teach, but are concerned about the well being and future of each kid. Each staff member is truly interested in every student and cares about his/ her success.

- submitted by a student
May 31, 2008
We have been at this school since it opened. The parents that have such negative reviews are often the ones that agree to the school's mission, philosophy, and discipline policies until they personally encounter requirements they agreed to until it impacts their student. For instance repeating a grade or class they did not reach proficiency in. Standardized tests that the school is rated based on do not allow repeated testing. Ridgeview's ranking and scores are reflective of the excellence in teaching and the hard work of its students. Lax discipline and not holding everyone accountable is what you find in the public schools. If that is what you want Ridgeview is not for you. I get really tired of the negativity spewed by people who never tell the whole story. Come see Ridgveiw for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
I think this is a great school. I visited 6 other PSD school, all good schools as well, before I selected this one for my child to start kindergarten in. While I was researching, I heard a lot of rumors. Like the principal won't meet with the parents and the parents aren't allowed in the classrooms. So I asked to meet with the principal, which he was more than happy to do. Then I asked to sit in on some of the classes, which the also allowed me to do. Now that we are in the second year there, I can verify that they certainly do allow and actually encourage parents in the class rooms. They actually have parents who volunteer in the classrooms everyday,and if you want to sit in and watch any class, you are more than welcome. Don't dismiss this school because of rumors, do your own research!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
This school has to be the worst thing I have ever been involved with. They think they are better than everyone else and if you don't fit their profile (once you have enrolled your kids) they find ways to push you out. Educationally they are a top school but I believe their actual data is fouled. If a child does not do well on a test or essay, they have the child redo the assignment so they can achieve a higher grade. If you do your research, you will find there is a lot of dismay with this particular school within the school district and with parents who have had a child previously enrolled there. Beware of misleading information and do your research on this school. You owe it to your kids to be cynical of this facility and its background.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2007
We are blown away by the education our daughter is getting at Ridgeview. She is respectful, thoughtful and introspective in her work. Ridgeview Classical School encourages and allows each child to develop individually into bright and intellectual beings. I hope to see your children here.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2007
We had 2 children graduate from RCS. Our 6th grader wanted to enroll for the 2007 academic year. We've had good experiences at RCS! Students are encouraged and mentored to be all they can be! When you visit, you see excited, exuberant, respectful students expressing their individuality. Often with humorous results. Our children developed an ability for critical thought and can put those thoughts in writing too. How refreshing to have a partnership with the administration and teachers where students are held accountable for their behavior! Parents are encouraged and expected to be involved a certain amount of time. I am grateful to have had and have access to the principal and teachers as often as needed. I respect the high ethical stands taken by administrators and teachers at RCS. My children enjoyed their interactions with both administrators and teachers and respected them. Refreshing to see rigor and challenge.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
An awesome school, great academics. Challenges children to push themselves and do better.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2007
I'm amazed at how blind the parents at this school are. The principal refuses to meet with parents at all. It isn't difficult to have high test scores when you have high school classes with as little as 8 students compared with high schools that have hundreds of students in each grade. If you would like to teach your children to question the world around them and learn to think for themselves, don't send them here!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2007
What a great school and experience. The books and discussions my son is having are amazing. The actually teach him to think and analize. There is homework and it matters, the expectations by the teacher is high and the kids live up to it. The respect shown the teacher is remarable. So different from our other experience with traditional massive high schools where teachers don't even bother to learn the kids names. We have found this a very good experience and the high school has been rated the number one high school in the state for a reason. The focus is on learning and character development. They had an assembly with just the boys on how to behave like gentleman. It was great.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2007
A remarkable school. Both our 4th and 10th graders have made tremendous academic progress since enrolling at Ridgeview. The teachers are extremely good and care about the kids. Our 4th grader came to the school behind in math, reading and writing. Ridgeview provided special assistance in reading and in six months he was reading at the 6th grade level. His math has also caught up while the school continues to give him special help with his writing. Our high schooler is being challenged in all his classes. The homework load is heavy at times, but he will be prepared for college and will not need the college remedial classes that are so common nowadays. Ridgeview is a small, friendly school where the teachers know all the kids. It has been the #1 academically rated school in the state for the past two years. A truly exceptional school.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2007
We have had our children in Ridgeview since it's first year. I have No regrets and continue to appreciate the charter school option. Ridgeview has a personality/mission of it's own and I believe should continue to take it's place in the diverse learning environment offered through the Poudre School District. One size does not fit all, and after spending a few years at Ridgeview we found other school options for 2 of our children(we have a large family). Our children that remain at Ridgeview are happy,comfortable and continue to benefit academically. Our 2 children that moved on to other schools, benefited from their time at Ridgeview and are also doing well and finding success in the schools best suited for them. I believe I can say through experience and conviction that Ridgeview is an excellent choice for many families.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2007
The quality of the teachers and the core curriculum is fantastic, however they are stymied by an overly authoritative and immoral administration with little regard for the students or the 'Eight Pillars of Conduct' they profess to uphold. The administration is rude, and little is done to 'individualize' instruction. Students are expected to throw all personality aside at the door and conform to a 'cookie cutter' model of the 'perfect student'- no smiling, no individual expression, no differences at all. The school is devoid of any feeling or life or personality. It is really sad.... High test scores are impressive, but academically brilliant children with no exposure to any diversity in their formative years will never succeed. We do not choose for our children to be robots simply regurgitating what is told to them. After all, well behaved, boring people rarely make history.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2006
After retiring, my wife and I looked around at many schools we wanted to enroll our children. The quality of academics at Ridgeview was the only reason we move from Houston to Ft. Collins. The bar is set high and I am amazed at what my children are learning. I have trouble understanding all the bad press. I can honestly say that I don't like everything about Ridgeview. If we just used the schools score as our report card, how can anyone say anything bad. Ridgeview offers an alternative to public education. It is not for all, but how can one blast it when year after year it ranks among the top if not the top. Thank you for providing this type of education and the price is right.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2006
This school is truly a blessing. I have 3 teens and a Kindergartener. My teens have been in public schools until this year. Their grades were on the average C's. One had 3 F's on her last report card. This year all the children are getting mostly A's and a few B's. I credit the teachers for making school fun and enjoyable. And thank goodness for strong discipline. Finally a school that works with parents ideas and morals. My kids aren't lost anymore! P.S. They love this school and wish I would have found it years ago!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2006
Academics are outstanding; however, we've found the school to be somewhat legalistic and some of the administrators are not very kind. The art program at the high-school level is limited, although the band, orchestra and choir are outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2006
Ridgeview offers excellent academics. The vocal music department is outstanding. Music and art are an integral part of the core curriculum in grades K-8 and students continue into high school with excellent knowledge of fine arts and are encouraged to broaden their experience through various classes and extracurricular groups. Parent involvement is a part of the school culture. This is the best school in Larimer County.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
RCS has some great ideas and some not great ideas. For the most part they really work hard to educate the students. It is one of the only schools in Fort Collins to be 100% Core Knowledge.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
Excellent School with strong good discipline. Our Son loves it there. Teachers are great and very friendly and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2006
Strict Discipline. Strong Core Curriculum. Uniform. Good Friendly Teachers. Drug Free Environment.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2005
Ridgeview is a really great school, they have encouraged my children towards their future and they have really helped my children apply themselves at school.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2005
RCS prides itself on academic success. However, their method of attaining that level is sad. They continue to intimidate students with power and humiliation rather than with encouragement and healthy boundaries. They do not encourage parent involvement, and any step a parent takes to get involved is discounted with 'we don't need your help'. They are selective about who they 'allow' to serve on committees or anything that they fear would hold them accountable to the Charter School philosophy. Approach with great care.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
It is a wonderful school with a very friendly and helpful staff. I like their uniform policy. Also the child has an oppotunity to study in the same school from K to Grade 12. One of the Best School in Colorado and the Nation.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
Excellent teachers & staff! My stepson learned a lot durring his time there.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2004
Wonderful school! They have extremely high expectations. When you expect a lot from students they will excel to their fullest potential. Easy to follow dress code/uniform.

- submitted by a parent
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Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools
1800 South Lemay Ave, Fort Collins, CO  80525
(970) 494-4620
Last modified Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 85 reviews. Top