Colorado Legacy Schools (CLS)

Open doors to college success.

CLS is making AP a reality for all students — including females, students of poverty and color, and those who have not typically been top achievers. CLS has been proven to increase the number and diversity of high school students succeeding in AP courses. This prepares them for success in college.

Thirty-four high schools have received at least one year of support from CLS. In their average first year, these schools have increased enrollment in AP math, science, and English courses by 70 percent — and the number of qualifying scores earned on AP exams by 64 percent.

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The full CLS program supports schools by providing a suite of targeted support, including unique training that helps educators succeed with students typically underrepresented in AP courses; tutoring and Saturday study sessions that provide more time on task for students; and funding for technology and equipment in schools.

Now any school that wants to participate can join the CLS program. Starting in fall 2016, CLS will offer a simplified and cost-effective menu of options for educators who want to launch or expand an AP program. These are the components that educators in participating schools say are most effective in reaching students who are not enrolling in AP courses and guiding them to success:

  • A unique four-day AP Summer Institute for educators, with training on how to reach students typically underrepresented in AP courses.
  • Saturday in-person and online study sessions for students.
  • Mock exams for students and scoring practice for teachers at mock readings.
  • Two-day fall professional development for teachers.
  • Ongoing instructional support from content specialists.

To learn more, contact CLS Director Greg Hessee.

Since CEI launched the CLS program in 2011-2012, the 23 schools that have completed the three-year program have roughly doubled the number of students taking AP math, science, and English exams (117% overall increase) and the number of qualifying scores earned on AP exams (97%).

Colorado Legacy Schools

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So far, 37 high schools have joined CLS, posting strong results in both AP enrollment and student achievement.

Cohort 0

Engagement in a three-year CLS program during the academic years 2011-2012, 2012-2013,  and 2013-2014.

  • Fountain-Fort Carson High School
    Fountain
  • Mesa Ridge High School
    Colorado Springs
  • Widefield High School
    Colorado Springs
Cohort 1

Engagement in a three-year CLS program during the academic years 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015.

  • Abraham Lincoln High School
    Denver
  • Arvada High School
    Arvada
  • Aurora Central High School
    Aurora
  • Centennial High School
    Pueblo
  • Central High School
    Grand Junction
  • Fruita Monument High School
    Fruita
  • Grand Junction High School
    Grand Junction
  • James Irwin Charter School
    Colorado Springs
  • Northglenn High School
    Northglenn
  • Vista Ridge High School
    Colorado Springs
Cohort 2

Engagement in a three-year CLS program during the academic years 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016:

  • Delta High School
    Delta
  • Denver South High School
    Denver
  • Greeley Central High School
    Greeley
  • Harrison High School
    Colorado Springs
  • Northridge High School
    Greeley
  • Pueblo South High School
    Pueblo
  • Rangeview High School
    Aurora
  • Sand Creek High School
    Colorado Springs
  • Skyline High School
    Longmont
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
    Denver

Cohort 3

Engagement in a three-year CLS program, during the academic years 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017. See overall first-year results.

  • Alamosa High School
    Alamosa
  • Battle Mountain High School
    Edwards
  • Cedaredge High School
    Cedaredge
  • Englewood High School
    Englewood
  • George Washington High School
    Denver
  • Glenwood Springs High School
    Glenwood Springs
  • Grand Valley High School
    Parachute
  • Jefferson High School
    Edgewater
  • Paonia High School
    Paonia
  • Vista Peak High School
    Aurora
  • Wheat Ridge High School
    Wheat Ridge
Cohort 4

Engagement in a three-year CLS program during the academic years 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018.

  • Fort Lupton High School
    Fort Lupton
  • Moffat County High School
    Craig
  • Sierra High School
    Colorado Springs

Cohort 5

Engagement in a three-year CLS program during the academic years 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019.

  • Atlas Preparatory School
    Colorado Springs
  • Calhan High School
    Calhan
  • Coronado High School
    Colorado Springs
  • Doherty High School
    Colorado Springs
  • Durango High School
    Durango
  • Ellicott High School
    Calhan
  • Falcon High School
    Peyton
  • Green Mountain High School
    Lakewood
  • Ignacio High School
    Ignacio
  • Montezuma-Cortez High School
    Cortez

Cohort 6

Engagement in a two-year CLS program during the academic years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

  • Basalt High School
    Basalt
  • Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design
    Denver
  • Estes Park High School
    Estes Park
  • Greeley West High School
    Greeley
  • Manitou Springs High School
    Manitou Springs
  • Prairie View High School
    Henderson
  • Roaring Fork High School
    Carbondale
  • Thompson Valley High School
    Loveland

Cumulative school-level results by discipline (math, science, and English) and by student demographic group are available upon request. Please contact Lisa Powers. CEI requires signed data-sharing agreements for access.

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