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Our Mission

Our mission is to be an educational powerhouse that creates opportunities for students and families. ECA provides rigorous academics and the opportunity to earn substantial college credit for free while honoring each student’s unique journey. Our community is built on a foundation of mutual trust and respect, and a firm belief that everyone matters.

Living Our Values

  • Expand possibilities for all
  • Commit to justice, honesty, and integrity
  • Foster respect for human dignity
  • Affect the communities we serve — socially, educationally and financially
  • Be in service to others – students, community, family, nation and the world
  • Exemplify endurance and resilience, courage and perseverance
  • Passionately pursue excellence
  • Ignite curiosity and nurture wonder

Non-discrimination notice

Early College of Arvada does not discriminate against employees or students on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service.

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CSI Annual Review of Schools (CARS) Summary

CARS was developed to fulfill statutory requirements and to align with best practice. CARS builds upon the evaluation lens utilized by the State—which evaluates academic achievement, academic growth, and postsecondary and workforce readiness—by including additional measures related to academic, financial, and organizational performance to provide a more comprehensive and robust evaluation that includes strong indicators of charter viability and sustainability. CARS will accomplish three primary objectives:

  1. Add to the body of evidence that is used to make authorization decisions
  2. Determine the school accreditation rating that is primarily used to inform authorization pathways
  3. Determine the level of support/intervention to provide to the school

CSI Performance Framework

The CSI Performance Framework provides the basis for the CSI Annual Review of Schools. The Performance Framework explicitly defines the measures by which CSI holds schools accountable with regards to academic, financial, and organizational performance. The three areas of performance covered by the frameworks—academic, financial, and organizational— correspond directly with the three components of a strong charter school application, the three key areas of responsibility outlined in strong state charter laws and strong charter school contracts, and are the three areas on which a charter school’s performance should be evaluated

Download our CARS Reports

CARS 2013
CARS 2014
CARS 2016
CARS 2017
CARS 2018
CARS 2019