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Residential Life

Students make themselves at home in no time at all at Fountain Valley School, which offers 10 spacious, adobe residential houses built for small groups of 16 to 20 students each. With rooms accommodating two to three occupants, communal kitchens and common spaces, fireplaces, and patios, on-campus residences quickly become a home away from home. Dedicated freshman housing is available to 9th-grade students to foster community and acclimate them to independent living. As students grow, mature, and discover who they wish to become, dorm placement contains a mixture of grade levels 10 through 12.

WHY BOARDING SCHOOLS?

Weeknights At A Glance

5:15-7:00 P.M.

Afternoon athletics and programs end at 5:15 pm, and the Dining Hall opens for dinner at 5:30 every evening. Students are free to do as they please until 7 pm when it’s time to check in at their residential house.

7:00-7:30 P.M.

From 7-7:30 pm, students complete their assigned dorm responsibilities and tidy their rooms. Faculty are on duty in each house from 7-11 pm Sunday through Thursday.

7:30-10:00 P.M.

A closed study hall for independent, quiet studying occurs from 7:30 pm until 9 pm. At 9 pm, students may study with other students or get help from the faculty member on duty.

10:00-11:00 P.M.

Free time begins at 10 pm, with lights out at 11 pm for upper-classmen and 10:30 pm for freshmen.

Supporting Our Boarders

FVS is committed to supporting the needs of students as they transition to boarding school life in the West. Though academic life at FVS can be rigorous, residential housing creates a safe space for students to study, relax, and recharge while kicking back, hanging with friends, watching movies, playing games, and indulging in snacks under the guidance of a caring, adult house director and their family. In addition to the house director, two resident advisors–upper-classmen selected to serve as role models and oversee residential life–are trained to lead social gatherings, offer an empathetic ear, and support their housemates with academic, social, or personal concerns.

Our residence halls don’t just house students; they encourage family.

— Jen Lebo P '22, '24, Director of Community Life, Sage East Dorm Head

Dorm rooms at FVS occupy 2-3 boarders
Each dormitory is equipped with a common area and kitchen
Boarders study together for a final exam in their dorm room
Boarders meet with their house director in the common area
Outdoor portion of a dormitory