Colorado Early Colleges Colorado Springs (CECCS) was founded in 2007 as a tuition-free, open enrollment public charter high school. Our mission is to ensure that each student, regardless of background or skill level, will have the opportunity to pursue a growth mindset that will allow them to achieve mastery and to demonstrate that they can succeed in school, in college, and in their chosen career. No exceptions. No excuses. As a small high school of around 600 students, CECCS provides a personal and supportive atmosphere where students are able to pursue their unique and individual educational and career goals. As an early college high school, CECCS’s academic program is designed to allow students who complete the curriculum to earn an associate degree, 60+ college credit hours, and/or industry certifications at no cost to families.
Colorado Early Colleges Colorado Springs provides students in grades 9th-12th the opportunity to begin working on college-level courses as soon as they are college ready. CECCS assesses every student who enrolls and meets students where they are at, no matter the level. CECCS students earn a combination of high school and college credits as they pursue a high school diploma and an Associate degree or higher.
Along with college-prep high school courses, Pikes Peak Community College and CSU-Pueblo courses are taught on the CECCS high school campus. On-campus college courses are comprised of entirely CECCS students and are built into the normal school day schedule. Students taking college classes on the CECCS campus also have free bus transportation to and from campus.
Qualifying students can take college courses off-campus at any Pikes Peak Community College campus. Off-campus students integrate into classrooms and campus life learning side-by-side with other college students. All courses taken must satisfy degree requirements. Students may pursue an Associate of Applied Science and Certifications and/or an Associate of Arts or Science.
The end result is a personalized education that gives students an earlier start to college with no student loan debt and equipped for a head start in their chose career.