About Colorado Early Colleges


Mission Statement

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 they can succeed in school, in college, and in their chosen career.
No exceptions. No excuses.


Colorado Early Colleges “CEC” is a network of tuition-free public, charter schools across the state of Colorado.  Four high schools and three middle school provide CEC students with the opportunity to take college courses while in high school.

CEC is authorized by Charter School Institute, a Colorado state-wide charter school organization.   (Website: www.csi.state.co.us)

As state designated Colorado Early College high schools, Colorado Early Colleges’ curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to concurrently earn, upon graduation, a high school diploma and a post-secondary credential within four years. A post-secondary credential includes an associate degree, a career and technical education certificate or at least 60 college credits.

CEC Campuses

Colorado Springs Early Colleges, Est. 2007

CEC Fort Collins, Est. 2012

CEC Parker, Est. 2014

CEC Fort Collins Middle School, Est. 2015

CEC Aurora, Est. 2017

CEC Windsor, Est. 2019

CEC Fort Collins West Middle School, Est. 2019

CEC Inverness, Est. 2020

CEC Castle Rock, Est. 2020

The CEC Network Support Center, located in Colorado Springs, provides services to the entire network including, but not limited to policy development, transportation, accounting/finance, human resources, grant writing, student information system management, CDE and CSI compliance, Network newsletter, etc.