CECP's academic program enables students to earn an Associate 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 Accuplacer exam, which determines placement into college prep or college level courses. Students that place into College Algebra (MAT 121), must have completed Algebra II.
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, except Workforce Readiness which is two days a week. College-level courses, taught on the CEC campus, meet two or four days a week 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, they take the remainder of their courses at one of our local partner colleges.