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Fort Collins, CO
Students enrolled: 1,960

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5400 Ziegler Rd
Fort Collins, CO 80528

(970) 488-6260
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March 08, 2015
My experience with Fossil has been wonderful. As a senior, I have been able to experience much of what Fossil has to offer. There is an abundance of opportunities for every student and the counseling office is fantastic. Of course some classes/ teachers are stronger and harder than others, but overall the classes are engaged and beneficial. It is up to the student to participate in the many extracurricular activities available and to take a rigorous schedule. Every student decides his/her own high school experience.

- submitted by a student
February 28, 2015
This is a fantastic school with great opportunities. I sent three kids through Fossil Rige and one more still attending. There are those that don't take full advantage of the opportunities provided, for them I am sorry. However, those that choose to take part in all that Fossil Ridge has to offer find this school to be among the best. If you can think of a club they have it. The teachers take pride in their school and it shows with the amount of attention and time they are willing to spend on their students. I highly recommend this school for those that want the most out of their children's education.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2015
Fossil Ridge is a lousy HS. It does not give enough homework in classes that will be used in subsequent HS and college classes. The teachers grade so easily that the student thin they are doing great, but when they take the practice SAT tests the students lack of knowledge will be abundantly clear.

- submitted by a community member
December 01, 2014
I am surprised to read negative comments about the leadership at FRHS. As a parent, I have been impressed with the principal, who has increased communication and brought about a sense of school family that was lacking. He greets students each day at the front door - by name. The career center staff bent over backwards to help my senior with college transcripts upon discovering they had her entered twice in the system, once as a senior and again as a sophomore. Both of my daughters are involved in activities, work hard in class and their teachers are truly outstanding. Fossil Ridge is a 5 star high school!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2014
The issue with FRHS is really an issue of leadership. Prior leadership understood the needs of a top grade high school in Colorado. Current leadership doesn't understand the demands, needs or trends. You can't speak directly to an administrator. In fact, they sent an email with the protocol that outlined their desires to not be bothered with concerns from their community. The principal is never visible. One of the Deans is gone all the time -- at Disney World. The AP's just don't seem to care. There seem to be a lot of excuses -- "PSD says we must..." There is very little communication home -- no newsletters, weekly updates and the website is not updated. On the other side: The teachers are incredible -- some of the best in the state. The students are great -- very caring. The curriculum is excellent. A change of leadership and the school would again would be a 10.

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2014
Overall, this school is ok. The administration and counseling departments are mediocre-acting on a "take initiative for yourself and we are not going to help you" approach; especially the counseling department who I think get so overwhelmed that they don't want to help. However in the past few years, I have always felt helped by the counseling department, just not this year. A lot of the staff is also extremely horrible at teaching, which most of the administration fails to notice. I've had a lot of great teachers that had to be let go, and a lot of permanent teachers that are horrible. I think the administration should take into consideration what the students think about the teachers, vs what they think they know about them. To give fossil credit, I have had a lot of great teachers and a lot of the clubs and sports are really good, I just think that fossil has been going downhill since I arrived a couple years ago.

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2014
Fossil Ridge is great. They offer a lot of after school and before school programs. They also have plenty of electives that can suit any person. I am happy with all most all of the teachers. We have a very good Marching Band, Science Olympiad, Knowledge Bowl, and good sports teams. I think that this is a great high school.

- submitted by a student
September 24, 2014
I was concerned to read the negative reviews, but I have seen, so far, that the students are able to learn, and learn well, if they are motivated. This is no longer K-8, nor should it be, but rather a bridge between K-8 and college. My child has had excellent teachers and encouragement to learn. It is similar to most aspects of life--you get out what you invest, plus more. I have seen hardworking, caring teachers who teach the classes, offer assistance as needed and evaluate student performance in a timely manner. I have seen teachers that care about their students' success. Finally, we have witnessed great education for our child, which will, if it continues, will prepare her for an excellent future. Thank you, Fossil teachers and staff!

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
May 05, 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

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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)

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
May 08, 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
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
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
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
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
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!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
FRHS has a great curriculum & awesome teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Excellent 'green built' facility. Great student and faculty community.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
I go to Fossil Ridge High School and am a senior and will graduate in Spring of 2008. My expericence at fossil has been a very good one. Coming from a student, i have had no trouble fitting in, there are no bullies and no clicks. The only reason i would give it four stars instead of five is because it is hard for most students to get involved and participate activly in school events. Other then that, it has been a great experience for me and i have had a really good time at this school. The block schedule isn't as bad as it seems either. ;^)

- submitted by a student
April 07, 2008
best school in the entire country, safe, no clicks, school involved, spirited, educational

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2007
much better then schools in near by districts

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 09, 2007
This school is decent. It is nothing special but is ok because the district has money. I prefer Naugatuck High School.

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2006
I just had one student graduate (2006) and have one currently in 10th grade. I have been very impressed with this school so far. The staff here goes out of their way to make things work for these kids. My oldest was having quite a bit of trouble in his senior year. The teachers worked one-on-one with him, met with him during lunch if needed, stayed after school to help him finish projects etc. Counselors go out of their way to make sure the kids know what they need and help them to get it, and keep the parents in the loop. My daughter (10th) so far is having a great experience. She is comfortable here and feels she can talk to teachers and counselors without problems. Parent involvement is very strong and very positive. Thank you FRHS for making my kids High school experience a Great one!!

- submitted by a parent

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Fossil Ridge High School
5400 Ziegler Rd, Fort Collins, CO  80528
(970) 488-6260
Last modified Fossil Ridge High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fossil Ridge High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top