Informational: Early College of Arvada

CLRC Friends and Neighbors,

This is a bit outside the normal discussion from our group, however, when something good is happening in Arvada I almost always want to err on the side of more vs. less information.  That being said I want to take the opportunity to tell you all about a school  called Early College of Arvada (  ECA is a 6-12 charter school that is not a part of Jeffco or Adams school district.

This little known school here in our community is turning out some eye popping results. The results that caught my attention first were their ACT scores and college enrollment rates. Last year ECA posted one on the highest composite ACT averages in the state. ECA managed to beat the state average by more than 15% which is astounding for a small school. Also, every single graduate of ECA has enrolled in college.  In fact the average ECA graduate has collected $30,000 in scholarships!!!

It would be easy to dismiss these results as a charter school cherry picking the best students from the area. At ECA, that is far from the truth. More than 50% of ECA students are considered “at risk.”

I took a visit to ECA to see how they were managing to succeed where so many other school fail. What I found was a small school environment dedicated to the mission that every student deserves a first class education. That dedication leads to no student being allowed to fall through the cracks.

You might be wondering why they call themselves Early College of Arvada. The early college concept is not new but it is new to our area. With this type of school students are introduced to college level learning while still in high school. There are many benefits to this, not the least of which is that the average ECA graduate has completed 40 college hours of course work. These hours are derived from the University of Colorado Denver and are guaranteed to transfer to any public university in the state. Another huge benefit is the environment in which these classes are taught. Students are taught how to study, how to form study groups, and how to properly prepare for college classes. They are taught these things in a comfortable and safe environment which leads to better long term academic performance.

I was skeptical at first of this concept; however, after spending time at the school and meeting with the administrative staff I have become a strong supporter of their concept. So much so that my oldest child will be attending ECA next year!!

If you have a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, neighbor, or any child that you think would benefit from a small, caring, community focused, academically challenging school I would encourage you to attend an information night or call the school and set up a tour.

T.O. Owens



Information night occur on 4/30, 5/14, 5/28, and 6/11.

Contact information for the school is as follows


Address:4905 West 60th Avenue, Arvada, CO  80003    Telephone: 720-473-4400                      

Email: Ryan Conrad – Assistant Director




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