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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Polaris Expeditionary Learning School is an above average, public, magnet, alternative school located in Fort Collins, CO. It has 386 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.
Address
1905 Orchard Place
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Telephone
(970) 488-8260

Polaris Expeditionary Learning School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
75%
Average SAT
1230
7 responses
Average ACT
28
7 responses
AP Enrollment
8%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$57,831
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,120
National
$949
Median Home Value
$285,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
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  • Adventures
    33%
  • Polaris Games.
    33%
  • Fieldwork
    17%
  • Intensives
    17%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
386
Free or Reduced Lunch
36%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,311
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.9%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.5 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.5 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.5 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,996/ year
National
$12,239
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The community at this school is one like no other. Being in a small school environment has been a huge advantage for me. Everyone knows everyone's name and your teachers are not seen as your superiors, they're seen as people who want to help you and see you succeed. I am always comfortable walking into school knowing I'm walking into a very open-minded, accepting, and loving community.
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Polaris has very good academics, and we have tested as one of the top schools in the district for years now. This is despite--or as a result of--the 3 weeks out of the academic year we devote to Intensives and Adventures. This is the kind of school where you get out what you put in--it's easy to skate by if that's what you would like, but staying challenged is easy too if you commit to it.

There is little homework, because the teachers understand that we need time outside of school to explore our interests and grow as people. Most homework is anything not completed during class.
The teachers here care so much about their students, and the education is truly unique. This school follows an Expeditionary Learning Model, so adventure and hands-on learning are part of every day.