Chat with us , powered by LiveChat Skip To Main Content


Student competes in a Poetry Out Loud competition.

English classes are lively at Fountain Valley School, balancing studies in American and world literature while incorporating a mix of classic, contemporary, and avant-garde texts.

The writing process is emphasized at all levels and includes organization, argument, mechanics, and creativity. Classes are taught seminar-style, and sharing one's voice is an essential part of active participation.

For the extroverts among us, a perennial favorite is Fountain Valley's School-wide English Department Theater Festival, which encourages students to act out scenes from Shakespeare and other playwrights, and afterward attend a medieval-style, utensil-free dinner.

And for students who desire to showcase their skills as an orator while representing FVS, the School participates in the annual Poetry Out Loud contest. In recent years, four Fountain Valley students have won the State competition and have competed at nationals in Washington, D.C. In 2022, FVS placed second in the nation. The English Department also sponsors a city-wide poetry contest in Colorado Springs each year.

Meet Our English Faculty

Athenaea, 2023

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud Participant
History of Winners

2007: Katie Medved
2009: Johnny Redmond
2010: Dempsey Simonis
2011: Emma Reynolds (Top 8 in the State)
2014: Dominic Carrese (Top 8 in the State)
2015: Rowen Felt
2016: David Cendon Garcia (State Winner; Top 24 at Nationals)
2017: Will Edelson (State Winner; Top 24 at Nationals)
2018: Kat Potts (Top 8 in the State)
2019: Belinda Garrow (4th in the State and Trophy)
2020: Kaya Cockrell (State Winner; Nationals Canceled due to COVID)
2021: Aidyn Reid (State Winner; Placed in Top 9 at Nationals)
2022: Aidyn Reid (State Winner; Placed 2nd at Nationals)
2023: Caitlyn Storey