Alternative Education Programs and Alternative Education Campuses (AECs) serve large percentages of students that have special needs or meet the definition of a “high-risk” student. The structures and systems in these programs and schools frequently vary from traditional schools, as the student needs differ. In 2012-13 there were 78 AECs and in 2013-14, there are 82 AECs authorized by the State Board of Education.
Historically these schools have reported graduation rates lower than the state average and dropout rates higher than the state average. The following graduation and dropout information was obtained from the Accountability Office at the Colorado Department of Education.
Schools and Programs
- Many schools in Colorado serve at-risk students. Alternative Education Campuses serve students who are deemed “high-risk”. The list of State Board approved AECs can be found on CDE’s Accountability webpage for AECs.
- Facility schools also serve high risk students. More information about facility schools, including the current directory of facility schools, can be found at CDE Office of Facility Schools.
- Many programs that serve high risk students exist within traditional schools, but the programs do not have the “Alternative Education Campus” or “AEC” designation. These Alternative Education programs can usually be found on district or school websites.
Accountability and Planning
- For more information regarding the designation of an Alternative Education Campus, as well as Accountability, please visit CDE Alternative Education Accountability.
- For more information regarding the Unified Improvement Process, including links for the Alternative Education Campus UIP template, please visit CDE Unified Improvement Planning.