School Details

Rivendell School of Northern Colorado

1800 E Prospect Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 493-9052

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Private Grades PK-6 150 students 12 student/teacher

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About this school

Rivendell School of Northern Colorado is a private elementary school in Fort Collins. The principal of Rivendell School of Northern Colorado is Mary Nichols, whose e-mail is 150 children attend Rivendell School of Northern Colorado and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Rivendell School of Northern Colorado is 12:1. Riffenburgh Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Field hockey
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% %
Multiracial 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 79% %
Asian 7% %
Hispanic 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Love it love it love it! A recent move to the area brought us to Rivendell and it has been a life-changer for my kids. Small intimate classes with really smart caring teachers was just the beginning. The program philosophy of "individualized academic education" allows a child to pursue each subject at a pace that is appropriate to their development instead of trying to shoe-horn all of the kids through the curriculum at the same speed. Kids gain confidence because they are not comparing themselves to others and master a subject before moving on. The program fosters creativity and tolerance. A reasonable price for private education in any case and worth EVERY penny when your kid comes home and says "I love it here!"

  • (10 months ago)

    Rivendell is an amazing school. The teachers are highly qualified. The ratio of students per teacher is very low...which means much more care encouragement and academic success! The results from the annual Iowa Tests prove it! Love Rivendell School!

  • (11 months ago)

    Rivendell is about mastery-based learning. Giving a grade good or bad and moving on to the next topic is not an effective way to determine if a student has mastered the content. With the individualized curriculum offered at Rivendell each student is moving forward at his/her own pace and so the teachers have really committed to understanding each student and his/her needs. Grading is not necessary when students have frequent one-on-one check-ins with the teacher and various forms of feedback that all contribute to the student having opportunities to truly master the content at hand. Teachers do not assign letter grades but students do get their work evaluated frequently and thoroughly. Feedback in the learning process is much more effective than a grade. Opportunities to revisit material are more effective than a low grade or being forced to move to the next topic when a student might not be ready. Rivendell not only has a philosophy of individualized education but they also have a structure in place to offer it. The school is deeply committed to the philosophy of individualized education and one can see evidence of it in all aspects of the students' learning experiences.

  • (1 year ago)

    Yes it is a private school yes it is expensive and yes it is so completely worth it. My son had already done a private KG the year before he started at Rivendell. He was a year early (started at 4 in KG) and public schools were not going to take him in 1st grade because of age limits (he was too young). I had already been through what happens when he is in a class where he is not challenged enough and was not about to embark on this nightmare again so Rivendell was the best option for us since it is a completely individualized program. I was skeptical about it until I actually observed it in the classroom. The school is extremely well organized the teachers are very dedicated and competent and there is very low turnover because everybody loves it there. They also have spanish and german music computer science art and PE. There is a real dialogue between staff and parents (and kids) you work as a team. Class sizes are small they had 13 kids at the beginning of the year and ended with 16 in my son's class after a few joined mid-year. Kids love this school to and there is a real feeling of community. Don't hesitate if you have your eyes on this school you won't regret.

  • (1 year ago)

    Rivendell is a wonderful place for children to be nurtured with a well-rounded education. They are treated with respect by a multi-talented group of educators who deliver a first-rate individualized education. While every child has unique needs Rivendell is THE place for my child. Very happy there!

  • (2 years ago)

    WRONG to the last entry. Rivendell does NOT grade assignments. Ask the staff before you enroll.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a proud Rivendell parent and have never seen a teacher NOT provide grades and feedback on anything that our children work on at school. It is important to remember that you can stimulate the minds of our youth but motivation is intrinsic. I think that some parents spend money at a private school and they might have unrealistic expectations from the educators. I m very pleased with this school!!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is not worth the money. They do have an excellent student/teacher ratio and the curriculum is loaded with extras like German and Spanish but your child will learn very little of these languages. The basics (math reading and writing) are mostly self paced or done independently and NEVER graded Be careful about this school. It is no better and sometimes worse than the public schools in Fort Collins.

  • (2 years ago)

    Rivendell communicates closely with the public school system in order to assure our students preparedness for middle and high school. Placement tests are administered as well as standardized tests. Parents are given all information and test results for their children. The feedback from the public schools is that our students are well prepared and better still personally invested in their educations.

  • (2 years ago)

    As with any school regardless of Public or Private it starts with good management (The Principal) and that sets the tone for the culture and quality of the teachers and learning environment... We have two kids at Rivendell and if you are looking for the best of the best and can afford the cost of sending your children to a Private school such as Rivendell you will be providing your children with the academic foundation they certainly deserve... Rivendell has always kept us informed and been very candid about any behavioral or motivational issues with our children and we as parents have the responsibility to deal with that... It's our job to be parents!

  • (2 years ago)

    We have our oldest Son in Rivendell and couldn't be happier with the quality of the education and the wonderful learning environment. Trust me we spent a great deal of time researching and interviewing the large number of schools in the Fort Collins area. Although there are some good public schools to choose from... Rivendell provides the quality that we were looking for in a private school. The foundation years are so critically important and the staff of seasoned educators at Rivendell met all of our requirements. In fact all of the Iowa test scores are well above the Standard State scores and kids are more than prepared to handle the testing requirements in the public school system. No worries for those parents having concerns about the test scores. All of the results are also posted on the school's website from 2007 to 2011. We are planning to send our youngest Son to Rivendell as well starting next year. It is well worth the investment!

  • (2 years ago)

    If you're looking at this school ask alot of questions and read between the lines when you receive the answers. The limited testing the school does will not benefit your child when they move into a middle school that requires regular testing. Their IOWA test scores aren't made available for a reason and you need to ask for the results and then UNDERSTAND them.. This little school was a local gem for many years but hasn't been treated with the love and care to keep it flourishing. There are still a few really good teachers here but they're slowly leaving for greener pastures. With the plethora of great local schools consider your options carefully.

  • (5 years ago)

    All three of my daughters have attended Rivendell and we are delighted with the results. Rivendell's individualized educational approach helps each child stay challenged and achieve mastery across all subjects. Rivendell students are engaged in their education confident in their abilities and extremely well-prepared for a lifetime of learning. Hands down Rivendell is the best pre-school through elementary school in northern Colorado. This school is definitely worth checking out before you choose a school for your child.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter started first grade after chemo therapy bald and shy. We wanted a school with smaller class sizes and one which focussed on love of learning. Frankly we also wanted a nurturing environment. This kid had been through enough! She has thrived socially and scholastically. My parents were teachers. Three of five kids in my family myself included are teachers or have been teachers in public and private schools. The teachers at Rivendell are exceptional and the inclusive educational environment has made a significant difference to me as a parent and to my daughter. We love this school and are grateful to have found it.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our four children have been educated at wonderful public private and parochial schools in various areas of the country and in Canada. I wish my three oldest would have had the opportunity to attend Rivendell! This school is a shining example of what school should be challenging culturally diverse tolerent and loving. The children work their brains their bodies and their imaginations in an environment that encourages success and self-reliance.

  • (5 years ago)

    Rivendell is an incredible school. All three of our children attend Rivendell. The quality and commitment of the teachers and staff is second to none. Rivendell provides a truly individualized education environment ensuring excellence in academics as well as ensuring each student is well rounded by offering foreign languages physical education art and music. I would never send my kids anywhere else. They absolutely love this school and so do we.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm going to echo this year's sixth graders and say that if you send your kid to Rivendell you are awesome. Here things are never too easy or too hard. You set your goal and work as hard as you want to get there. At normal schools there's no incentive to work any more than you have to. The Spanish and German instruction is also great and has been a huge advangate for me in the IB program.And the art class is fun. Really there aren't may schools that could be better than this.

  • (6 years ago)

    Rivendell is the best! The individualized learning is wonderful and each and every staff member at the school knows my daughter's name- try getting that at a public school! The before and after school care is also excellent. Highly recommended and well worth the price!

  • (7 years ago)

    Wonderful caring staff. Great student teacher ratios. Family-like atmosphere. Student-centered learning.

  • (7 years ago)

    An incredible private institution. Kids are grouped by age for social reasons but progress at an independent pace. Classes max out at 20 students per teacher. With all the individual attention it is amazing what they learn at the depth they learn it and how much fun they have learning it! The principal and staff are so incredibly caring and dedicated. The 'love and Logic' principles guide discipline and consequenses. The kids can't wait to go to school and always want to stay late! Every child who has applied to an IB program from this school has been accepted an unheard of precedent. This truly is a most incredible place. Go meet the principal Kate and check it out for yourself!

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