"History and Culture
Fort Collins High School (FCHS), established in 1899, has graduated more than 30,000 students in the past 126 years. Academic excellence has been the mainstay of this school with deep community roots and rich traditions since its inception a century ago on the second floor of the old Franklin Elementary School.
The current facility, built in 1995 and located at Timberline and Horsetooth Roads, showcases modern technology, flexible space, and natural lighting to meet the needs of today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders. FCHS is proud to be the only school with the Lambkins mascot in the country! Although the sheep raising industry in Fort Collins is no longer prevalent, this humble mascot translates into fiercely competitive co-curricular and athletic programs.
Academics and Activities
FCHS is a comprehensive grade 9–12 school. Classes are offered to support students with special needs, including adaptive technologies, and students with special interests such as school-to-career opportunities. FCHS offers a Bio-Science Academy endorsed diploma for selected students wishing to engage in the medical or bio-technical career strands. A majority our staff have been trained using AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) strategies and we use those strategies throughout our curriculum.
FCHS has developed a Gifted and Talented seminar opportunity, allowing students to research and work closely with a teacher-facilitator and mentor, to create and develop a project of passion. The seminar also teaches in-depth study skills necessary for advanced collegiate and career work.
Each year many Fort Collins graduates enter the most prestigious universities and compete for national awards. Approximately $6 million in scholarships are offered to graduates each year. FCHS recognizes its responsibility to ensure all students are able to leave high school with skills that allow them to succeed in workplaces, community colleges, state universities, trade schools, and the military.
The FCHS Advanced Placement (AP) program includes courses in nearly all subject areas and can lead to college credit. Besides being the backbone of the gifted education program, AP classes are excellent opportunities for students who seek a rigorous, specialized academic curriculum.
FCHS received the prestigious Wells Fargo Cup given to the Colorado school with the most outstanding activities program in the state for many years. In addition to a full Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) slate of sports (24), FCHS has over 50 clubs and activities for students to choose from."
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