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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Fossil Ridge High School is a top rated, public school located in Fort Collins, CO. It has 1,957 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 50% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.
Address
5400 Ziegler Road
Fort Collins, CO 80528
Telephone
(970) 488-6260
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Fossil Ridge High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
50%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1300
214 responses
Average ACT
29
353 responses
AP Enrollment
33%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$60,110
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,191
National
$949
Median Home Value
$308,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.40 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.40 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 117 responses
Report
  • Prom and after-prom
    19%
  • Football Games
    18%
  • Homecoming/Spirit Weeks
    17%
  • Basketball games
    15%
  • Tunnel Saying Goodbye to Seniors
    7%
  • Marching band
    6%
  • Bonfire
    6%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,957
Free or Reduced Lunch
10%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.44 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.44 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.44 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$55,230
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.2%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.62 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.62 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.62 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,647/ year
National
$12,239
96%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.69 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.69 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.69 responses
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Fossil Ridge High School Reviews

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I had a wonderful experience at Fossil! There is so much to do, and so many ways to get connected. I participated in the band, which was a great involvement and wonderful community. Fossil exceeds in all aspects of arts, athletics, academics, and extracurricular activities!
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Fossil has a lot of opportunities and students are encouraged to get involved in clubs and activities. There are many academic clubs including National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, National Language Honor Society, National Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta), National Art Honor Society, and National Technical Honor Society. There are also many clubs for various interests, like photography club and fresh club, an environmental club. There is a variety of classes and students are able to push themselves academically with many AP classes. Sports are a pretty big part of the school, although they don't all get the recognition they should. Football gets a lot of attention but the other sports are often overlooked.
Fossil Ridge High School was a great place to be for four years. I met some life changing and engaging people that have definitely helped me carve a road to success. There is competitive academic base, but that does not discredit the emphases on sports, arts, and other extracurricular activities. I saw Fossil through the lens of being a member of Student Council, and in that way, I learned a lot more about leadership and had to assume many different roles in relation to teachers and to students. Overall, I learned many things, but the most valuable learning came from those mentors and peers outside of the classroom.