Fort Collins High School in Fort Collins, CO - Niche

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Fort Collins High School is a public school in Fort Collins, Colorado. It has 1,509 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 56% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 205 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

3400 Lambkin Way
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 488-8021

Ratings and Reviews
3.9 from 205 reviews
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    • Parent
    • 5
    Overall Experience: The teachers are very caring and willing to give individual attention to student who want it.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I am currently a junior and it's been a pleasant experience here at FCHS. All the teachers I've had have been engaging and focused. They work incredibly hard to get around the flimsy, standardized testing curriculum and inspire critical thinking among students. They're pretty flexible to individual student needs as well. I have, however, heard of friends who simply abhorred their teachers or classes and it would be nice if students had an easier way to express their complaints to administration. (Or if administration listened; a highly complained about teacher has not changed his ways for 10 years.)

    I am fairly involved in the music program. The band program is decent but certainly not the best. The orchestra is more impressive as is the chamber program although it could use more direction. The directors call in many professionals to give us advice and it's an interesting experience. One of my best experiences was working with the CSU professors for the chamber program. The department expanded a lot this year staff-wise which is nice because three directors really cannot handle all the projects going on at once.

    The social scene is surprisingly good. We have cliques but not in an aggressive way. Certain people will naturally gel together but I've never heard of anyone clashing because of friend groups. In fact, if you want to avoid drama at this school, it's incredibly easy. Plus, if you get stuck in a class without any of your friends (which happens often unless you deliberately coordinate), you can rest assured you'll find "classmate acquaintances" to talk to for that one period. Honestly, that's my favorite part of this school and the part that makes it stand out among the probably more academically rigorous schools.

    If I had to do it over, I would definitely choose FCHS again. Go Lambkins!
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Lots of tradition, great faculty and a very clean and beautiful campus. I would choose to go here again because of the staff, but also because of the typical high school experience. They have lots of clubs, programs, excurricular activites, etc. FCHS is a great school.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: If i could go back i would absolutely choose this school again. i have had the most amazing experience. The people are so open and welcoming and it is very easy to get along with everyone. It really feels like a family and the pride and spirit the students have for the school is amazing. The school keeps traditions unlike other schools, for it is the oldest school in the district.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Teachers: The teachers are very smart and very relatable to the students. They use many different teaching styles in order to have individual students understand in the easiest ways. they are also always open to discuss grades or difficulty in class

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.00 Liberty Common Charter School 2 mi. 1,036
3.66 Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools 2 mi. 773
3.66 Fossil Ridge High School 2 mi. 2,094
4.00 Rocky Mountain High School 3 mi. 1,971
3.33 Poudre High School 6 mi. 1,779

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 44%
Male 55%

Student Diversity

Fort Collins High School United States Fossil Ridge High School Liberty Common Charter School Poudre High School Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools Rocky Mountain High School
White 66.0% 51.0% 85.0% 85.0% 68.0% 78.0% 76.0%
Hispanic 24.0% 25.0% 6.0% 5.0% 23.0% 10.0% 14.0%
Asian 4.0% 4.8% 3.0% 5.0% 3.0% 4.0% 2.0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.8% 3.0% 2.0% 2.0% 5.0% 4.0%
African American 1.0% 15.0% 1.0% 0% 1.0% 0% 1.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 25.0%
Grade 10 26.2%
Grade 11 25.0%
Grade 12 23.7%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 86% Yes
  • 9% Not sure.
  • 5% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 14 responses

  • 38% Teachers are nice and friendly.
  • 25% Everyone is so welcoming and so much pride/spirit
  • 25% Teachers are helpful
  • 8% Mrs. Matthie, location, student groups
  • 4% There's an activity for every person

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 43% Honestly not much is bad, its easy to get involved
  • 29% The building structure can cause defacto cliques.
  • 7% Socialization, this school has become cliquey
  • 7% Student run organizations are too limited
  • 7% There's no lunch period 3 days of the week
  • 7% Many teachers are overscheduled

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 13 responses

  • 38% Cross Country
  • 31% Theater and music program
  • 15% Our unique mascot
  • 8% High number of AP classes
  • 8% Photography

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 15 responses

  • 47% Pride in everything we do, tightknit community.
  • 27% Friendly
  • 13% Athletic
  • 7% Laidback
  • 7% Different

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 13 responses

  • 54% Get involved! Embrace traditions & create new ones
  • 23% Clear communication is key
  • 15% It's very easy to navigate.
  • 8% Do your homework

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 55% I love everything about this school.
  • 45% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.