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Junior Great Books (Web Link)

The Junior Great Books program seeks to make reading and discussing literature a lifelong pursuit. First introduced to schools in 1962, Junior Great Books is now used by more than 1 million students in all 50 states and in countries around the world. By combining age-appropriate literature with the shared inquiry method of discussion, Junior Great Books brings literature to life and helps students discover a joy of reading they will carry with them into adulthood. Junior Great Books is proven to help students develop the essential skills of reading carefully, thinking critically, listening intently, and speaking and writing persuasively.

Concurrent Enrollment (Web Link)

In May 2009, the Colorado State Legislature passed House Bill 09-1319 and Senate Bill 09-285, the Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act. This replaced the former Post-Secondary Options program for high school students who enroll in college courses. The intent of the new law was to broaden access to courses offered by institutions of higher education. For complete information on the Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act, and to see a link to Frequently Asked Questions, go to the link listed above.

International Baccalaureate (Web Link)

This program is designed to bring a common curriculum to multinational students living in countries throughout the world. The underlying philosophy is to develop the whole students with challenging and in-depth experiences through general and comprehensive curriculum at the pre-collegiate level that is pitched at the first-year university level.

Advanced Placement (Web Link)

Motivated high school students take college-level courses in a high school setting. Students who participate in the Program not only gain college-level skills, but in many cases they also earn college credit while they are still in high school.

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