The academic program is organized around the model of students earning their Associate’s degree, while in high school, for free. The school currently pays up to $4,200.00 each year ($2,100 per semester) per student, which covers students’ tuition, fees, and required textbooks.
Upon initial enrollment, every student takes the CCPT exam, which determines placement into college prep or college level courses. Students that place into College Algebra (MAT 121), must have completed Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II before taking College Algebra.
Students average about five courses a semester, which is all dependent upon a student’s academic course load. For instance, a student who is completely college ready, might only take ENG 121 (3 college credits), MAT 121 (4 college credits), and BIO 111 (5 college credits). This student only takes three classes but is still considered to be taking a full academic load (12 college credits).
Every course on campus is on a semester schedule. Each high school (College Prep) class is 60 minutes. College Prep courses are five days per week, with the exception of Workforce Readiness (M/W) while college level courses, taught on the CEC campus, are two or four days a week courses depending on the credit level and contact hours requirement set forth by the college (Arapahoe Community College and Colorado State University – Pueblo).
63 college credits are being offered on the CECP campus during the school day. These courses are a combination of Arapahoe Community College and Colorado State University – Pueblo courses. Students take college courses on the CECP campus, and once they have exhausted the courses they need for their intended Associate’s degree, take the remainder of their courses at one of the local colleges that CECP partners with.