Fort Collins High School

254 reviews
  1. Poudre School District
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Readiness
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Address
3400 Lambkin Way
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Telephone
(970) 488-8021

Fort Collins High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
83%
Average SAT
1330
19 responses
Average ACT
28
117 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
40%
Percent Proficient - Math
25%
AP Enrollment
31%
AP Exam Pass Rate
82%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Average
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    11%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    34%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    54%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    0%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
91%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 90 responses
  • Homecoming
    16%
  • Friday Acapella Stair-sings
    12%
  • Graduation
    12%
  • Class Yell Contest
    12%
  • Pops in the Park
    11%
  • Spread the Love Week
    11%
  • Prom
    10%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,509
Free or Reduced Lunch
31%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.26 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.26 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.26 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$53,473
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.1%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.33 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.33 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.33 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,069/ year
National
$11,890
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.41 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.41 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.41 responses

Reviews

254 reviews
  • Excellent
    69
  • Very Good
    107
  • Average
    69
  • Poor
    7
  • Terrible
    2
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!
  • High School Junior
  • Oct 11 2015
There is a club for everything and I mean everything. Like writing? Join Spilled Ink, a state recognized Colorado newspaper. Like business and marketing? Join DECA and FBLA which takes a couple students to nationals every year. Like History? Our History Bowl Team wins first in the state every year. Like music? We have a unparalleled symphony orchestra and acapella group. Like theater? Many people come to this school just to be a part of our dedicated theater community. Like science? That's where you got us beat. The math and science wing is lacking the extracurricular department but we make up for that with our multitude of student run organizations, school sponsored sports teams, and community service clubs.
  • High School Senior
  • 10 months ago
Fort Collins High School is the best school out of the four high schools that I attended. The teachers and administration are very supportive and understanding of students, and most teachers are quite enthusiastic about the subjects they teach. There are lots of clubs, and even a literary and arts magazine that is published on an annual basis. The atmosphere is very accepting of everyone.
  • Alum
  • 2 months ago