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Early College High School

An Early College, as defined by C.R.S. 22-35-103(10)(a), is a secondary school that provides only a curriculum that requires each student to enroll in and complete secondary and postsecondary courses while enrolled in the four years of high school such that, upon successful completion of the curriculum, the student will have completed the requirements of a high school diploma and an associate's degree or other postsecondary credential or at least sixty credits toward the completion of a postsecondary credential. The curriculum must be designed to be completed within four years.

Any secondary school determined to be an Early College must submit a review application to retain its Early College designation, no later than five years after its most recent State Board determination.


Current State Board Designated Early Colleges:

  • Battle Mountain Early College High School - Approved: 2016
  • Chavez-Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy - Approved: 2009
  • Colorado Early College-Aurora - Approved: June 2017
  • Colorado Early College-Parker/Douglas - Approved: March 2015
  • Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins - Approved: May 2012
  • Colorado Springs Early College - Approved: April 2013
  • Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design - Approved: April 2017
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College - Approved: April 2017
  • Early College Academy - Approved: June 2017
  • Eagle Valley Early College High School - Approved: April 2016

  • Early College High School  - Approved: April 2013
  • Early College of Arvada - Approved 2009
  • Fred N. Thomas Career Education Center Middle College - Approved: May 2015
  • High Tech Early College - Approved: April 2017
  • Lake County High School Early College - Approved: June 2017
  • Mapleton Early College High School - Approved: 2009
  • Manual High School - Approved: June 2017
  • Pikes Peak Early College - Approved: April 2016
  • Southwest Early College High School - Approved: 2009
  • West Early College - Approved: April 2016