School Life

Making a Home at FVS


It's no surprise that lifelong friendships are forged in our dorms. For boarders, Fountain Valley School of Colorado dorms (also called "houses") are a second home, their place to kick back, study, catch up with friends, watch a movie, play a game, make a snack— and they come complete with house directors and more likely than not, a dog and young children.

Fountain Valley's house system has set a national standard, both in facilities and programs. The stunning adobe houses host small groups of 16-20 students and faculty families. With communal kitchens and common rooms, fireplaces and patios, and faculty children "adopting" students as big brothers and sisters, dorms quickly become a warm and welcoming home away from home where students live like a family.

Much education takes place beyond the classroom curriculum in the dorms. The student life program is designed to develop character and reinforce social and independent living skills. Daily life is shared with classmates and house directors and affiliates. Class discussions often naturally continue in the common rooms. Students embrace new cultural experiences by living with international students, and they learn how to get along with others.
"One of Fountain Valley's values is courage. When you first get here, you don't know anyone, you're living with 20 people, you're put in a room with someone who may not yet speak English, but you do it, you adapt, and you love it."   ---- Kestrel '12, four-year boarder


5:30-7 p.m.: Dinner and free time
7-7:30 p.m.: Residence hall jobs
7:30-9 p.m.: Closed studying
9-10 p.m.: Open studying
10-10:30 p.m.: Free time
10:30 p.m.: Lights out for underclassmen
11 p.m.: Lights out for upperclassmen 


RAs are seniors and juniors who have been voted upon by faculty after a comprehensive interview process to serve as leaders in the dorms. Boarding students can depend on their RAs for mentoring and friendship, and the RAs in turn learn valuable lessons in leadership.
6155 Fountain Valley School Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80911