Denver school builds on success as classes begin citywide
DENVER — Monday was the first day of school across the city of Denver and there is a big challenge for CEC Middle College Principal, Scott Springer. His school is riding a wave of growing success.
“We had our largest graduating class last year of just under 100 students,” said Springer. “The 2013 class had the highest ACT scores ever as juniors, earned more than $1.7 million is scholarships and saw all graduates get accepted to CCD (Community College of Denver) and 87 students get offers from two colleges or more, a very good report card for our kids.”
The school has 400 full and 320 part-time students (those who do half days at CEC and their home high school) who are enrolled in 18 career programs.
CEC Middle College offers hand-on, versatile, relevant and rigorous classes for students who are earning college credits at the west side school.
Last year’s students earned more than 1,500 semester hours of college credit which adds up to more than $180,000 in college tuition. In fact, 67 students graduated with 12 college credits or more … three graduated with more than 40 hours.
The hope is that the tradition keeps improving with each new class.