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Fossil Ridge High School

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Posted August 26, 2014

Lack of communication, leadership that has no vision and mandates rules that do not support teaching or learning is leading this school into a hole that it may not be able to return from. It is very sad. 23 staff members left FRHS in 2014 -- one must ask why!


Posted August 12, 2014

Just left FRHS and I can honestly say the education declined year after year while I was there. To begin with, it was a much better school with better staff overall but as time went on things only got worse. Teachers definitely got lazier and most now follow a "student should learn on their own" approach whenever possible, and many in the school can't be communicated with and many are often very bad in terms of providing help. A few good staff members here and there but for the most part, bad teachers. Can't speak to the new principal because I only saw the result for one year and considering it had already declined in past years, it wasn't a surprise. The administration overall however wasn't very helpful nor nice throughout my years, and definitely encourages self learning. Student body is definitely wealth oriented and there is no doubt the school and ridiculous fees no other school would charge revolve around it. Test scores are high, but after my experience I have to wonder if that's just the result of smart and rich kids, or a mediocre staff. Overall, I can't say it's "worse" than other schools, but there is much to be improved.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2014

First off, I'd like to say you should read the student reviews of this school. I see that a lot of parents complain about this school but the kids love it. I went to Fossil all four years and absolutely loved it. I would do it all over again because I grew so much there and was so prepared for college. The school is completely student-focused. I could contact any of my teachers anytime and they would meet my needs. The teachers were also great at teaching the kids to have a great work ethic as well as good character. The school not only teaches the required courses that all high school students must take, but they also teach many classes that allow the students to learn many life skills. These include: cooking, sewing, writing cover letters in applications, and also finance, communication, and research skills. The school is absolutely the best high school in Fort Collins. Now that I'm in college, I can see how the other high schools in Fort Collins did not prepare their students for college nearly as well as Fossil Ridge High School. I am proud and humbled to say that I was part of Fossil Ridge High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2014

I have had two children attend FRHS, and my third will be going elsewhere. Both of my children have had mediocre experiences at best. Other than a couple of great teachers, the staff is unmotivated and uninspiring. Lots of movies are watched in class. Very little interest in encouraging individual students to find their passion and develop their strengths. There are a few amazing teachers (I can count them on one hand), but most are ho-hum. A few students receive the majority of the attention. Availability of staff to students and parents is poor. Several teachers find it necessary to prove they are smarter than the students by testing them over material that was not covered. They then think it is funny when the class average is a D. The philosophy of most of the math department is that the students should teach themselves. New administration leaves much to be desired. Lots of head nodding and smiling, but no real action. FRHS should be an awesome school, but it is not at this time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2014

Fossil Ridge High School was a disappointing experience for our family. Our experience over the past four years has included a disproportionate share of inexperienced, bored teachers who assign a lot of busywork to make up for a lack of real teaching,, a band teacher with a giant ego interested who is only in winning competitions and not in teaching, and a principal who wants to be friends with his staff and has trouble holding them accountable. Our children received a substandard education. Wish we had enrolled them at Rocky Mountain High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2014

As a grandparent of a Fossil Ridge student and as a professional educator, I give Fossil Ridge an over all grade of D minus. Students should be allowed to take their text books home, and in Algebra 1 the amount of homework assigned per night needs to be increased by a factor of 10 or more. My granddaughter is getting a terrible education at Fossil Ridge that will affect her for her entire life.


Posted May 5, 2014

I am a student Fossil Ridge that will be graduating soon. And having been at Fossil for the last 4 years, I can easily say that this is a good school, compaired to some of the other schools in the Poudre School District. I have known MANY students who have transferred to Fossil from Fort Collins High School and they have all told me that it is such a better school & are glad they transferred. That being said, even though its a "good" school, it is not & never will be a "perfect" school. No school can be. I find it lacks the support & involvement of the administration team & Principle...but at the end of the day, thats not what I go home and think about. I think about all the amazing friends I've made here at Fossil (and trust me, not everyone here is a stuck up rich kid!), along with finding my passion & future career path. Im glad I stayed with Fossil for all these years, because its halls are filled with the kindest & most caring students AND staff, which not many schools can say for themselves. I love you Fossil & will miss you <3 -Grad of 2014


Posted April 24, 2014

Coming from Kinard we expected the same guidelines and help from the staff. We didn't receive any at all my son is struggling so hard wih grades and communication with his teachers. I send emails to his teachers that get no replies or very few words if any. This school lax and discipline when it comes to skipping class. And they do not watch over the freshman students leaving the school. This school is highly populated and has too many kids for as few staff members to watch over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

Awful experience, unprofessional staff and all administrators abuse their authority in order to make it easy for themselves. They will not help you if you beg for it. The procedures are exagerated and irrational. 0 out of 5 stars
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

This school disgusts me. Most of the teachers are rude and the students are only prideful in their parents wealth. Disrespect is shown from every body of the school (admin, teachers, students)


Posted October 10, 2013

This is my senior year of high school at Fossil Ridge High School and I have spent all four years here. I absolutely love being a part of this school- its a great environment! I have so many friends that have transferred from other schools around here to Fossil and I have heard nothing but great things about their decision to transfer to our school. One of my friends, (who transferred from another school to Fossil last year) told me just yesterday that, "People at Fossil actually pay attention in class and are nice." Of course no school will be perfect, but I am very impressed with this school. I feel safe and have learned a lot!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2013

I am a freshman at Fossil Ridge High School and I am always feeling accepted within any group. With any school comes bullying and drug use but I think Fossil Ridge High school was the right choice for me and for any incoming student. Fossil does a very good job limiting the bullying and drugs. All around a very good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 29, 2013

We've been happy with Fossil, but are very disappointed with a change in policies with the new administration for the 2013-14 school year. We've made choices for our children over the years based upon what was best for them as well as representations that were made by administrators at the schools we were choosing. As recently as last year, we were assured that school of choice would not be a problem for siblings of current students. We have verified every year on this and always been assured that our younger child would have no problem being accepted at the school her sibling attends and where her fellow students from middle school will be going (Fossil). Now, we've been told by the new principal that NO new choice students will be accepted for the next few years and that our family, and others, will need to have students at multiple high schools since they will not take our incoming students next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2013

I am currently a freshman at Fossil Ridge High School, and I can safely say that this is one of the best school's in the country. I have been moving schools my entire life, and have had many experiences at different schools. When I first came to this school, I was pleasantly surprised to find what a great school it was. The school had outstanding academics, some of the best sports teams in the state, and great school spirit. The highly qualified teachers are loved by the students and are ready to help every student. The environment is good also; there are almost no cliques, everyone is welcome, and no student is left out in anything. I have never felt more at home at a high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2013

I have to admit, I was wary when my daughter started here in her Junior year. She was coming from a small school, so I was worried she would get lost in the shuffle or fall in with the "wrong crowd." No school is perfect. Trouble can be found anywhere. The good thing is--there is less trouble to be found, so the odds are in your child's favor. She has excelled and has nothing but good to say about her teachers. When she first started, she had no intention of going to college. Her former school had burned her out. Here, she has thrived and, with great influences, will be starting college in the fall. Fossil has strong academics--probably the best in Fort Collins--plus great sports and music/band programs. Thank you, FRHS, for making the transition a positive one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2012

Oustanding! I am a freshman here at Fossil ridge and i am really looking forward to the next four years. There are many things at fossil that really impressed me. For one, many athletic programs had a no cut policy which means that everyone makes it and we were undefeated all season. The academic programs such as the advanced placement programs and STEM Academy are amazing and really prepare you for higher levels of education. The advisory program is also a gift because it helps you in life and school. Anyone which says that fossil isnt a great school, I dont know what they are thinking
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2012

Bad experiences! Unimpressed all around... teachers, students, academics, and school spirit/pride alike. The clubs as well are extremely hard to be accepted into. Kids are very "cliquey".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2011

Fossil Ridge overall is a wonderful school with compassionate and skilled teachers, excellent course materials, many many activities for students, and an involved and open student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2010

My son is a senior at Fossil Ridge High. This school has so many programs to prepare your child for life after high school. Furthermore, the teachers are compationate about their students, and teaching in general. The courses of study are above average to say the least, and the homework load is tremendous. However when needed any one teacher will offer any given student that one on one attention when needed.. Fossil Ridge High have amazing programs in school, and after school they have labs, and all types of other sources of extra help if a student is struggling. I came from Calvert County, Maryland, and in that state the "schools", were rated #2 in the entire state. However, Colorado/Fort Collins has higher standards for the children, thus giving them am edge in the "real worl", whatever it is they decide to to. Fossil Ridge High School is absolutely an amazing school that cares about there students. My son is an A-B student with very difficult classics like botony,calc etc. These course are what I am taking in college at 39 working on my Bachelors Degree, and he is only a senior. Pretty amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My son started as a freshman at Fossil Ridge High School this fall. I am so very impressed with this school. One of the things that makes it unique is the Advisory class that all students are required to take all fours year that they attend Fossil Ridge. This students in the class stay together with the same teacher for four years and graduate together as an Advisory class. In this class they are taught about life after high school and how to survive it. They learn about college searching, job searching, career advice, resume writing, giving back to the community and many other very useful life skills. What a great school!!!!!
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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

555 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

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56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

555 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

555 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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49%

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50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

2012

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students60%
Female53%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian79%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial55%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Free lunch eligible15%
Reduced lunch eligible35%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%

Reading

All Students90%
Female93%
Male88%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian94%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial91%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligible94%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant90%

Writing

All Students84%
Female89%
Male80%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian91%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligible88%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students49%
Female46%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Free lunch eligible14%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English50%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant50%

Reading

All Students78%
Female83%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible62%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%

Science

All Students75%
Female77%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible41%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Writing

All Students66%
Female74%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial63%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

96%

Average ACT score

24

Graduation rate

92%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 56%
Hispanic 7% 32%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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  • Drama

Language learning

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  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Sports

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  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

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  • Choir / Chorus
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5400 Ziegler Rd
Fort Collins, CO 80528
Phone: (970) 488-6260

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