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Fort Collins High School

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Posted May 15, 2014

way to amazing for words one of the best schools in the world if you live in Foco (Fort Collins) you got to come here
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2014

My son has been at FCHS for two years and we love it! I have been impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of his teachers, throughout all departments. From Pre-AP English, Math and Science to Spanish and AP Social Studies classes, his teachers have been outstanding. The administration is dedicated to looking proactively at both academics and school culture to determine what they are doing well, and how to keep improving. The administration is welcoming and open. I was worried my son might get "lost in the shuffle", but instead, he has found a wonderful peer group, both in his classes, extra curricular clubs and participation in a sports team. I highly recommend Fort Collins High School to other parents seeking an excellent education (they offer the most AP classes in town) with a great school culture for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2014

If you are new to Fort Collins as I was recently it is hard to know how to make the best educational decision for your beautiful kids especially for High Schools. We chose Fort Collins High and unless your kids go there you would not know the statistics of how many choice in and its a lot...they choice in because the teachers are amazing. If your kids are achieving academically they will get top-notch attention from the teachers (staff). I can call or email and I will be in complete contact within minutes with teachers. They will invite me/my kid to see them frequently the same day. The teachers always make room to tutor mornings, off periods or after school. My kids are in the AP curriculum and I/we cannot say enough great things....you will not regret deciding on Fort Collins High. The Principal, Asst. Principals, counseling all work hand in hand with you should you have questions. They want to make your child exceed...the "lack" of a waiting list to get in FCHS WORKS to your child's FAVOR. It is crazy how "certain" schools are getting the "wow" factor because they look so shiny and new. If you only knew how many kid come to Collins for the "quality" of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

A joke. Recent events have just highlighted the lack of leadership at FCHS. Collins was an amazing school -- but the decline in enrollment, lack of academics and poor morale has lead this once fine school into decline.


Posted September 13, 2012

A prestigious school with great staff, large diversity, a lot of acceptance, and many after school clubs. Great academics and music program! Superior in theater productions, and sporting a huge auditorium. Students have s lot of school spirit, especially during pep rallies and assemblies. I am proud to be a Lambkin! It really is the Home of the Champions! Go Clyde!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2011

Fort Collins Highs School is the most chaotic and indifferent school I've ever been affiliated with. The communication between teachers and administrators is abysmal, there is a significant lack of structure and discipline of students, and inconsistent academic standards. AP students receive a lot of attention while ESL and special needs kids fall under the radar.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 28, 2009

Great school!!!!!! Great teachers!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2008

FCHS is by far the best of all the high schools in Fort Collins! Even though we have a wimpy mascot (by other peoples' standards ), us lambkins know how to make school a lot of fun. every assembly, there's shouting contests, homecoming week is a blast, and everyone's so laid back, and accepting of everyone. There's a lot of electives, after-school programs and activities, organizations, clubs, etc. that students can get involved in. There are also many AP and more challenging courses. You can even take some classes at Front Range Community College and get reimbursed the cost if you pass the final exam. Overall, Fort Collins High School is great, and I'll be proud to graduate as a lambkin! BAAA!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2007

Fort Collins High School is great for a variety of reasons. The athletic and scholastic programs are by far the best in the city, aside from perhaps the selective IB program at Poudre High. I enjoyed going to this school, and very rarely was anyone unhappy. The staff is very polite, intelligent experienced, and they are very accepting.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 22, 2006

I thought that it wasn't particularly challenging. But overall, lots of AP classes and activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2004

Fort Collins high school isn t a high school for students that have a hard time with learning or being involved. The staff in a way makes you be involved in assembles. They don t really understand or care about what is going on outside of school. Most teachers are very unaware of what is going on in their students lives. If you have a child that is very involved this is a great school for them to go to. There are many sports team, art class and such.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

388 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
49%
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.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
57%
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 Students49%
Female42%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Free lunch eligible20%
Reduced lunch eligible17%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant49%

Reading

All Students69%
Female75%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligible38%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%

Writing

All Students61%
Female65%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible30%
Reduced lunch eligible38%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%
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 Students37%
Female31%
Male42%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian63%
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Free lunch eligible12%
Reduced lunch eligible16%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities41%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English40%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant38%

Reading

All Students66%
Female67%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian63%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligible53%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Science

All Students54%
Female49%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian56%
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligible27%
Reduced lunch eligible47%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English59%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant55%

Writing

All Students48%
Female52%
Male45%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian56%
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligible37%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English53%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant49%
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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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Colorado. Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

100%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

85%


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 70% 56%
Hispanic 22% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
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 32%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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3400 Lambkin Way
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (970) 488-8021

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