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Fairview High School

Established in 1960, Fairview High School, home of the Knights, is located in beautiful South Boulder, Colorado. Fairview is recognized nationally for its four pillars of excellence: academics, athletics, arts, and activities. By most measures, Fairview ranks in the top 1% out of all high schools in the nation. We provide students with a variety of rich pathways to explore talents, passions, and interests. We are dedicated to supporting our students’ success. We value student voice and cultivate student leadership. With a plethora of exciting opportunities, Fairview offers a caring community, an inclusive academic environment, and a culture of belonging. 


Fairview High School (FHS) is located in Boulder, Colorado, home of the University of Colorado. Boulder is a scholarly community of 111,508 residents dedicated to education, technology, the arts and recreation. FHS, established in 1960, is a comprehensive four-year public high school with a rich tradition of providing students a rigorous academic program. This is accomplished under the guidance of 120 faculty members, averaging 14 years of teaching experience with 79 masters’ and 7 doctoral degrees. Our curriculum is designed to challenge the potential of each student and includes a college preparatory curriculum, and an advanced level curriculum (weighted); details below.

FHS also has an extensive program for students with special learning needs. Fairview is the only IB school in Colorado (of 32) continuously awarded U.S. News' highest ranking (Gold) since the inception of the ranking system. FHS was ranked by NICHE as the 3rd Best Public High School in the State of Colorado. Students who graduate from FHS are prepared to be highly successful in a globally competitive society. They are accomplished academically and also excel in sports, music and the arts.

Our school is home to :

  • 25 varsity sports
  • 8 choirs,
  • 5 bands
  • 2 orchestras
  • Multiple theater productions and more than 50 clubs.

Students routinely win awards and state championships in athletic, artistic and scholarly competitions. At the national level, our students have been selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars have won titles at the Intel Science Talent Search and National History Day competitions and our school frequently has the highest number of National Merit Finalists in the State of Colorado.

Fairview High School 2024 Rankings

Fairview High School has an extraordinary overall score of 97.94/100, this institution stands proudly in the Top 1% of schools across the entire nation. But that's not all - it's a rising star in multiple other rankings:

  • Nationally, it claims the impressive #425 position out of 24,000 schools in the National Rankings.
  • For students passionate about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), this school is a nurturing ground, securing a commendable #235.

Learn more about Fairview's 2023-2024 rankings by visiting the U.S. News Best High Schools Rankings



Fairview High: Leading in Colorado with top AP opportunities, diverse enrollment – Ranked on Niche/K12

Fairview High School is ranked 5th within Colorado. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Fairview High School is 66%. The total minority enrollment is 29%, and 9% of students are economically disadvantaged. Fairview High School is 1 of 12 high schools in the Boulder Valley School District No. Re2. Visit for more details.





Fairview High School Awards and Recognition Programs

Fairview High School has been honored with several awards and recognition programs, including:

Scholar Status in Regeneron Science Talent Search 2024

Fairview High School proudly announces its recognition as a "scholar school" in the esteemed Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) 2024 competition. This prestigious designation acknowledges the outstanding achievement of one or more students selected as scholars, underscoring the school's unwavering commitment to academic excellence and support for scientific inquiry and research.
Demonstrating excellence in science and engineering, Fairview High School has secured two scholars in the Regeneron STS 2024 competition, reaffirming its position as a leader in STEM education. With a legacy spanning 83 years, the Regeneron STS celebrates the remarkable accomplishments of high school seniors nationwide, emphasizing the critical role of scientific exploration and innovation in shaping our future.
Among the 196 high schools nationwide that produced Regeneron STS scholars, Fairview High School shines brightly as a beacon of academic distinction and innovation. This achievement reflects the dedication of both students and educators in fostering a culture of excellence and intellectual curiosity.
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Irwin Award

Granted in 2023, 2022, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012  by the Colorado Department of Education (CDC)

Fairview High School stands out as the sole high school within BVSD and one of merely nine statewide to attain this prestigious recognition. The John Irwin awards awards are bestowed upon schools showcasing outstanding academic performance over time, marked by an Exceeds Expectations rating in the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks, indicating exceptional proficiency in Math, English Language Arts, and Science. These Excellence Awards pay tribute to the memory of John J. Irwin, a dedicated advocate and leader in education during his tenure as a Colorado State Representative. 
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Best of the West 2023 

Fairview High School has achieved remarkable recognition, being voted as the top high school in Boulder, Colorado by readers of Yellow Scene Magazine. This prestigious acknowledgment underscores Fairview's commitment to academic excellence and college preparedness, traits consistently highlighted by numerous national publications ranking Fairview among the best high schools nationwide. Securing the top position in 2023 is a testament to Fairview's dedication to providing students with unparalleled educational opportunities and support. This achievement reflects the collective efforts of our dedicated community, and we extend our heartfelt appreciation for your continued support in making Fairview the premier high school in Boulder, Colorado. Visit the Best of the West 

Visit Yellow Scene's Best of the West 2023 Readers' Choice awards for more details.

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AP® School Honor Roll for the 2022-23 school year!

Fairview High School has once again demonstrated its commitment to academic excellence by earning a well-deserved place on the AP® School Honor Roll for the 2022-23 school year! This notable achievement highlights the school's exceptional efforts in welcoming more students into AP courses and providing robust support on their journey to college success. Fairview High School continues to shine as a beacon of educational achievement, reaffirming its dedication to fostering a thriving academic environment for all students.

AP honor roll medal


2020 ENR Mountain States best projects Award of Merit, k-12 education

2020 Award of Merit, K-12 Education, Presented by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Mountain States.

Granted in 2020 by RTA is excited to share that the Fairview High School Renovations project, completed with Adolfson & Peterson Construction in 2019, has been honored by Engineering News-Record Mountain States with a K-12 Award of Merit.