Colorado Early Colleges Moves to Mostly Remote Educational Model for Northern Colorado Schools Based on Larimer County Guidance Mostly remote option provides targeted student groups with extra in-person support

Aug 10, 2020 | Member News

Colorado Early Colleges (CEC), the state’s largest early college and charter school network, has shifted to a mostly remote education model for its three middle and high schools in Fort Collins and Windsor through Oct. 14 following Larimer County Department of Public Health and Environment (LCDPHE) guidance to schools.

Virtual learning for all Fort Collins schools begins Tuesday, Aug. 11 and Windsor will begin on Monday, Aug. 17 following remote learning training for families the week of Aug. 10-13.

The mostly remote model means that all students, including new students, will be remote except for small groups of students who will be invited to come into schools for short periods of time for in-person, on-campus learning. Targeted groups include students with an identified disability, English language learners, students with a READ plan, and others who have been identified by CEC staff as needing extraordinary support.

“We are seeing other districts around Colorado move to a fully remote model, but we do not feel that is in the best interest of our students and families. We have always prided ourselves on being leaders in education and feel that continuing to bring in targeted groups of students furthers that precedent,” said CEC Chief Executive Administrator Sandi Brown. “Our top priority is the safety of our community during these times and we will continue to balance the guidelines of our local health department with the many factors at play.”

Courses will be run synchronously with students logging onto Microsoft Teams for live classes at their normal class times. Classes will be recorded and made available to students that are not able to attend during the assigned times. All schools will also continue to provide technical support, free tutoring, academic support, and mental health support to students. Here is a look at the individual school plans:

  • CEC Fort Collins High School and Middle School overview of plans. Live Class recordings available Monday – Thursday. Fridays will include tutoring and other support.
  • CEC Fort Collins West Middle School overview of plans Live classes and recordings available Monday – Friday.
  • CEC Windsor (grades 6-9 overview of plans including remote learning training schedule beginning Aug. 10. Live classes and recordings available Monday – Friday.

About Colorado Early Colleges

Founded in 2007, Colorado Early Colleges (CEC) is a network of top-tier charter schools located along the Front Range. CEC is the state’s largest charter school network and the only early college middle school and high school network. CEC schools provide tuition-free public education that gives all students the opportunity to earn a debt-free associate degree in high school. CEC campuses are located in Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Parker, Aurora and Windsor with College Direct Satellites campuses located in Westminster and Highlands Ranch. Castle Rock and Inverness campuses will be opening fall 2020. CEC schools are authorized by the Colorado Charter School Institute. Learn more at