Student Life

When students come to Ridge View Youth Services Center, they become a part of a cohesive, supportive community of peers and qualified staff.

Ridge View embraces a wide spectrum of students with targeted needs, so every student feels like they belong, and that they can succeed. We offer a normalized high school environment where students walk freely between classrooms and adhere to high school rituals and traditions. They wear school uniforms, take pride in their lettermen’s jackets, and on game days, wear their jerseys. A wide array of student clubs and on-campus activities invite students to foster talents, hobbies and passions.

Ridge View students have a pride in their school and their campus, and through our unique campus design, learn the value of values, goals and community.

Featured Event:

June 23rd: Golf Classic Fundraiser

Join us for the 15th Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser. The event will raise funds to support the Passageway Scholarship Foundation and the Roger Allot Memorial Transition Fund.

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Upcoming Events:

June 20th – 21st: Education Summit

Rite of Passage educators from across the country will meet at the Ridge View campus to discuss the latest research and best practices in education. 

June 22nd: Ridge View Academy Open House

Come visit our beautiful campus in Watkins, Colorado and see how we are working to improve the lives of youth, families and communities. The Open House will include a tour of the campus, student presentations, and the opportunity to meet our leadership team. 

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June 22nd: Summer Graduation

On June 22nd, Ridge View Academy will host families, staff and students to celebrate our 2017 Summer graduates. The event will include a formalized graduation ceremony as well as a reception.

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Vibrant Campus

Ridge View impresses visitors with its vast athletic fields, gymnasium, and the academic quad. The campus environment sets a tone that reinforces academic inclusion, student achievement, and family and community involvement.

Our program prepares students who have been expelled to return to a traditional high school, or to continue their education in a vocational school or college, or to become gainfully employed.

When families participate in parent-teacher conferences, attend athletic events or graduations, they celebrate milestones alongside these young men. Our campus is a true community: a place where students live, a place where students study, a place where they meet new friends and learn new skills, and a place where they discover new, bright futures.

Student Orientation

With the aid of a student mentor, the new student is introduced into the program as soon as possible. Varied learning, linguistically appropriate materials, and instructional strategies ensure each student comprehends the orientation process, which includes a tour of the campus, the development of a school schedule, a health examination, and program information as well as resources which include the student resource guide and an I-VALIDATE binder.

Orientation recognizes the integral role that parents, families and other approved supportive adults play. Family members are welcome to tour the campus and meet staff, if they were unavailable to visit prior to a student’s admission.  Through Orientation, the family will be involved in the development of the student’s Individualized Treatment Plan which identifies clear education, treatment and life goals for the student.