For students or parents of students on the verge of entering the high school years, a new option is opening up this fall in Jefferson County, just west of the Denver city limits. The Early College High School (ECHS) at Arvada begins its first day of classes for 9th-graders only on August 18. Eventually, ECHS will serve all four high school grades, and is scheduled to graduate its first class in 2012.
Authorized by the Charter School Institute board, ECHS at Arvada touts itself as a small school. In fact, the facility space – a former credit union office currently under renovation – will be able to serve only up to 450 students.
But the real appeal of this charter school, located just east of Sheridan Blvd. on 60th Ave., is the design to help kids earn both a high school diploma and up to 60 transferable college credits in their four years. This dual-enrollment program especially is aimed to help young people whose families have limited background and financial resources that would allow them to enter the world of postsecondary education.
It’s not too late to enroll in ECHS at Arvada. If you need to find out more, though, you may attend one of the upcoming information sessions:
- Tonight, July 31, 7:00-8:30 pm, Regis Room, Carol Hall, Regis University
- Monday, August 11, 7:00-8:30 pm, the new school building at 4905 W 60th Ave.
- Thursday, August 14, 7:00-8:30 pm, 4905 W 60th Ave.
ECHS at Arvada also is hosting an open house this Saturday, August 2, from noon to 4 pm.