ARVADA, July 18th, 2017--- At Early College of Arvada, a local charter school, high school aged students are tackling challenging college-level coursework and getting a free head start on college. Students at Early College of Arvada (ECA) take college classes through a partnership with the University of Colorado Denver to earn up to 59 college credits before graduation.
In an effort to better serve its mission of providing students with a pathway to college, ECA secured a six million dollar bond to purchase and renovate their building at 4905 W 60th Avenue in Arvada. By purchasing their building, ECA can now guarantee that it will be able to serve the families of Arvada, Westminster, and the north and west metro areas for many years to come.
In addition to facilitating the purchase of the building, the bond proceeds will allow the school to complete over $1.5M in new construction, upgrades, and renovations. Chief among these projects is the construction of new science labs that will serve ECA’s growing STEM program.
The bond proceeds will also allow for the construction of new classrooms, the installation of a new HVAC system, the creation of improved outdoor recreation spaces, the acquisition of new communication and security systems, and general renovations and improvements throughout the campus.
ECA’s Director, Ryan Conrad, states that "the bond not only secures us a permanent home in our community but provides us with the resources to create the optimal learning environment for our students."
In the words of ECA’s Board President, Steve Burton, “The purchase of the building is allowing ECA to make wonderful improvements to provide a learning environment that prepares every student for higher education.”
ECA Board Treasurer, TO Owens, adds, “we see ourselves as a vital part of the Transit Oriented Development that is happening in our neighborhood and look forward to continued growth and development as our neighborhood evolves."
ECA is a free public charter school that serves students in grades 6-12 from Arvada, Westminster, and the larger Denver metro area.
The mission of the Early College of Arvada is to prepare a diverse student body for success in college and beyond through the combination of a rigorous college preparatory education, a supportive and empowering school community, and multiple opportunities for community service, personal growth, and leadership development.
The Early College model has had proven effectiveness nationwide. Research consistently shows that students that attend early colleges have higher high school graduation rates, enroll in college at higher rates, and are more likely to persist and complete a college degree. Opened in 2008, Early College of Arvada has helped numerous students to find successful pathways to higher education.
The average ECA graduate finishes high school with around 40 transferable credits and over $40,000 in scholarship money. ECA has a 100% college acceptance rate and an average college continuation rate of approximately 90%.
Learn more about ECA by visiting ecarvada.org, calling 720-473-4400, or visiting ECA’s campus.