Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools

Public, Charter, Alternative K-12

 1800 South Lemay Avenue
       Fort Collins, CO  80525-1240


 (970) 494-4620

District: Poudre School District R-1


Student/teacher ratio:  13.5
Number of students:  692

Racial breakdown:

White:
77.2%
Hispanic:
11.0%
Two or more races:
5.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  8.1%

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We updated the 2018-19 rankings and test scores for this school on Monday, August 19, 2019.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2019, Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools ranked better than 87.8% of elementary schools in Colorado. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 84.97. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2019, Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools ranked better than 76.9% of middle schools in Colorado. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 70.95. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2019, Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools ranked better than 97.1% of high schools in Colorado. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 96.96. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (77.2%), Hispanic (11%), two or more races (5.9%). (See more...)
Compare Details 8.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools is 13.5, which is the lowest among 4 other schools in the Poudre School District R-1! (See more...)
Compare Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools employs 51.1 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2019 Rankings:

Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools 118th of 965 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools 106th of 458 Colorado public middle schools. (See Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools 12th of 411 Colorado public high schools. (See Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools in the ranking list.)

Poudre School District R-1:

SchoolDigger ranks Poudre School District R-1 12th of 126 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 81.45 133rd 808 83.5%
2005 80.29 130th 823 84.2%
2006 79.23 138th 829 83.4%
2007 75.33 201st 852 76.4%
2008 77.66 165th 849 80.6%
2009 70.33 262nd 872 70.0%
2010 68.52 301st 925 67.5%
2011 61.21 396th 935 57.6%
2012 61.76 370th 935 60.4%
2013 63.42 365th 954 61.7%
2014 61.12 385th 962 60.0%
2015 54.29 386th 938 58.8%
2016 70.15 244th 914 73.3%
2017 75.78 205th 929 77.9%
2018 75.95 197th 917 78.5%
2019 84.97 118th 965 87.8%

Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 88.32 27th 336 92.0%
2005 83.27 48th 340 85.9%
2006 85.68 40th 346 88.4%
2007 84.31 42nd 360 88.3%
2008 85.83 38th 362 89.5%
2009 87.68 28th 377 92.6%
2010 89.53 24th 409 94.1%
2011 88.88 29th 422 93.1%
2012 83.13 57th 425 86.6%
2013 85.65 50th 454 89.0%
2014 86.13 48th 461 89.6%
2015 67.87 103rd 436 76.4%
2016 66.01 107th 400 73.3%
2017 69.95 101st 424 76.2%
2018 58.20 150th 418 64.1%
2019 70.95 106th 458 76.9%

Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 95.18 3rd 279 98.9%
2005 97.86 2nd 280 99.3%
2006 98.52 1st 286 99.7%
2007 97.61 3rd 298 99.0%
2008 97.94 3rd 301 99.0%
2009 95.82 5th 310 98.4%
2010 96.35 4th 327 98.8%
2011 96.28 4th 337 98.8%
2012 91.80 12th 334 96.4%
2013 94.19 4th 349 98.9%
2014 97.02 4th 369 98.9%
2015 90.61 8th 292 97.3%
2016 73.72 26th 255 89.8%
2017 80.72 15th 256 94.1%
2018 97.41 6th 388 98.5%
2019 96.96 12th 411 97.1%

Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Open Quote Excellent education, fantastic faculty! Love everything about RCS! Close Quote


by a student
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Open Quote I transferred from Ridgeview after my first semester, for a variety of reasons, mainly based around mental and social well-being. I am writing this review because I want to help prospective parents and students in whatever way possible. I do not think that I am blinded in my viewpoint on Ridgeview by the negative experiences I've tried to represent my opinion of the school as accurately and non-provocatively as possible in this review, and I hope the negative (and the positive!) rings true.

One of my favorite things about Ridgeview is the level of academic success they aspire to achieve. I have never been to a school that focuses so well on educating students in a meaningful way. Academically, the school is astounding. Although I may disagree at points with the implementation of their values, I agree strongly with the core values I hope the school continues to foster the capacities for deeper learning and meaningful discussion in its students.

Not everything at Ridgeview is as impressive as the academics, however. By far, the least impressive aspect of Ridgeview has been the workload, along with the burden of not being able to fully express yourself. A major reason why I found myself socially confused and repressed at Ridgeview was that the school seems to be very invested in its own vision instead of that of the students. I found Ridgeview to be far too keen in adapting the students to the school, instead of the other way around.

Frequently, I saw hardworking students who proudly reflected Ridgeview's values be disciplined for holding those same values. These values are all undesirable when they conflict with the objectives of the administration. Simply criticizing the school will cast you in a very different light in the eyes of many administrators.

Finally, I take issue with the school's expression of its philosophies. I strongly believe that reading classics really does help develop students' ability to learn. That said, it's quite disappointing how the school likes to cast itself as an oasis in the desert that is modern education and modern society. This "us v. them" mentality is detrimental to interactions both within and without the school's community - it's entitled, negative, and elitist.

My least favorite class during my semester at Ridgeview expressed all of these negative aspects, along with some more. I found that class to be completely out of line. The teacher of this class dominated conversations, talked down to students whose opinions differ from his, and made a litany of comments throughout the course that were either ludicrously unfounded in fact or highly offensive. (He expressed his disbelief in global climate change, opined that there is mass cloning in Southeast Asia, and claimed that homosexuality was against natural law, among many others.) This teacher is greatly respected by many at Ridgeview, but I found his class to be repulsive, sour, and hopelessly politically skewed.

At Ridgeview, I experienced many terrible things. I heard a faculty member reveal to students that he was "only in his marriage for the kid" during a school event, I heard another faculty member cite statistics, in his words, "black bastardization", and then attribute those numbers to the culture of that race, and I saw underperforming students who needed emotional support dealt with in a brusque and carelessly harsh manner. However, I also experienced many great things - the strength of the students' community, whether at dances or in student clubs or outside during recess the thrill of engaging in conversation with a teacher about a topic I cared deeply about, and the sense of fulfilled mental potential I almost always felt when discussing philosophy, as if I was finally fully using my mind as a tool for self-improvement.

My rating of Ridgeview is based on my personal opinion of the school after attending for a semester. No matter how strongly I stand by this opinion (and I do believe that I have explained it clearly enough to be respected as a valid opinion), I understand that other people hold different values highest, and these people may find Ridgeview to be more enjoyable. Therefore, I'll try to describe the values that Ridgeview cherishes and neglects, in the most neutral terms possible.

Ridgeview is bad for people who value:
-political neutrality
-social liberalism
-independence/self-sustainability in the modern world
-freedom of expression (not limited to speech, but also including action that is not hurtful or diminishing)

Ridgeview is good for people who value:
-respect for authority
-traditional American social structures
-religious faith (although the school, as a charter school, is not religious, it certainly caters towards a more religious base)

That is all that I have to say about that. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Open Quote We are so grateful that our children have had the opportunity to be students at Ridgeview Classical School. This is our 7th year at the school and we continue to be amazed at what is offered to them here. The discussions that they have as a class starting at such a young age is astonishing. They emphasize the importance of displaying good character and discuss these expectations on a regular basis. The teachers really care about each student and want to see each student succeed in their classes. Our children really enjoy school and Ridgeview has encouraged this love of learning in both of them. We are thankful! Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Open Quote Consistently shown to be one of top schools in Colorado.
Rated 15th in nation by US news and world report - http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/high-schools/2008/12/04/best-high-schools-gold-medal-list.html
Great place. Great environment for learning. All education... no social programming! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 441 11 22 25 0 n/a n/a 0 499
2003 441 11 22 25 0 n/a n/a 0 499
2004 522 11 38 38 3 n/a n/a 0 612
2005 477 16 40 37 5 n/a n/a 0 575
2006 547 13 40 45 4 n/a n/a 0 649
2007 593 10 41 38 11 n/a n/a 0 693
2008 616 15 47 49 7 n/a n/a 0 734
2009 625 21 42 53 3 n/a n/a 0 744
2010 650 28 49 55 5 n/a n/a 0 787
2011 607 9 34 69 2 0 43 0 764
2012 588 4 38 94 3 3 58 0 788
2013 579 2 35 82 2 0 57 0 757
2014 603 4 35 84 2 0 45 0 773
2015 607 6 34 99 3 0 46 0 795
2016 606 4 35 99 2 1 42 0 789
2017 585 2 34 107 3 1 42 0 774
2018 534 5 32 76 2 2 41 0 692

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 499 28.2 17.7 5.6
2003 499 28.2 17.7 5.6
2004 612 34.5 17.7 4.7
2005 575 38.6 14.9 8.0
2006 649 38.3 16.9 4.9
2007 693 40.1 17.3 11.7
2008 734 45.4 16.2 11.3
2009 744 43.9 16.9 9.9
2010 787 49.4 15.9 15.6
2011 764 49.9 15.3 19.4
2012 788 44.8 17.5 18.7
2013 757 50.2 15.0 16.2
2014 773 50.6 15.2 16.3
2015 795 52.0 15.2 14.0
2016 789 50.0 15.7 11.7
2017 774 52.0 14.8 7.9
2018 692 51.1 13.5 8.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 499 28.2 17.7 5.6
2003 499 28.2 17.7 5.6
2004 612 34.5 17.7 4.7
2005 575 38.6 14.9 8.0
2006 649 38.3 16.9 4.9
2007 693 40.1 17.3 11.7
2008 734 45.4 16.2 11.3
2009 744 43.9 16.9 9.9
2010 787 49.4 15.9 15.6
2011 764 49.9 15.3 19.4
2012 788 44.8 17.5 18.7
2013 757 50.2 15.0 16.2
2014 773 50.6 15.2 16.3
2015 795 52.0 15.2 14.0
2016 789 50.0 15.7 11.7
2017 774 52.0 14.8 7.9
2018 692 51.1 13.5 8.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Colorado Department of Education.

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