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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Fort Collins, CO. It has 789 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 39% of students are at least proficient in math and 59% in reading.
Address
1800 South Lemay Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Telephone
(970) 494-4620

Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
59%
Percent Proficient - Math
39%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1310
21 responses
Average ACT
29
24 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
Living in the Area
A+
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Dances
    29%
  • Madrigal Dinner
    29%
  • Senior Thesis
    24%
  • All School Field Trip
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
789
Free or Reduced Lunch
12%
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
13%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,311
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.4%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,996/ year
National
$12,239
45%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.11 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.11 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.11 responses
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We recently enrolled our son in elementary school at Ridgeview after touring many schools and sitting in on many informational meetings. We are so happy with our choice. Teachers have gone out of their way to challenge and support him in all of his subjects. Art has been especially great. Our son would never take an interest in any sort of art or craft at home, but he has brought back so many great pieces of art. His most recent was an imitation of a Cezzane still life. It is so great to know that he is learning about art history in Kindergarten! We are so looking forward to having our daughter join him in the future.
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RCS is a shame. The administration is characterized by abuse. The administration breaks protocol to convenience themselves. Failure committed by the administration is placed upon others. Favoritism runs rampant. Faculty training at RCS are not for improving teaching, but are ideological tests to weed out dissent. The freedom RCS boasts for teachers manifests as administrative lack of accountability. There are excellent teachers at RCS despite the administration. RCS’ administration has a warped view to teaching history. The administration creates unreachable idealized caricatures, rather than present individuals who did great services despite their faults.
Be aware of the recent purge of veteran faculty, suddenly deemed unfit. Some were bullied, some for hearsay, some left in reaction to the state of this school. Poor treatment is also placed upon the children. Nothing is done for the bullied and nothing is done to prevent bullying.
What are you looking for. This is the question you need to answer to understand if you really should come to Ridgeview. In our case, we wanted the classical education with its rigor and its focus on an old fashioned study of the roots of America and the roots of the western world. We belie in objective truth and want to study it. Ridgeview is not an easy place, but if you love the values of classical education, it is the best school in Colorado. But it is the wrong school for someone who just wants an easy and fun time with little economic challenges. It is the wrong school for someone who is very politically correct and hates tradition. For our family, with six different children attending the school in all thirteen grades over the last decade, it was a good place. And even when it was the wrong place for one child, we still deeply appreciate the fact that it exists at all. Fort Collins is greatly blessed to have Ridgeview!