Welcome to CEC Westminster College Direct!


Colorado Early Colleges Westminster College Direct (CECWCD) is a tuition-free open enrollment public charter high school option for students in the Denver Metro area.  Our students attend classes directly on the campus of one of our Accredited College Partners and have the ability to earn an Associate Degree, Career and Technical Education Credentials, or 60+ College Course Credits while simultaneously completing CEC High School Graduation Requirements.

Benefits of College Direct

Students who enroll with CEC Westminster College Direct have access to the same benefits available to those who attend classes on our Fort Collins High School campus, including:

  1. Individualized academic and career advising through the Westminster Satellite Office every semester
  2. Eligibility to compete in CHSAA sports
  3. Full-Time & Part-Time enrollment opportunities to meet the needs of our unique student population
  4. Opportunity to participate in traditional High School activities such as Student Council, NHS, Prom, and High School Graduation through the CEC Fort Collins High School campus
  5. Students attend all classes at a CEC Accredited College Partner campus location that is convenient for them and have access to on-campus college resources such as free tutoring, student activities and many other benefits of college student life
  6. Opportunity to earn a CEC High School Diploma and an Associate Degree, Career and Technical Education Credentials, or 60+ College Course Credits

What do our students like about College Direct?

variety of classes
passionate instruction
lack of busy-work
academic rigor

Top 5 College Direct FAQs

No.  The CEC Westminster College Direct (CECWCD) Satellite Office is not a school campus, but rather an advising and testing center. Students will participate in full advising appointments and take the Accuplacer and other state tests, as applicable, at our office location or remotely.  All classes will be taken on the college campus of your choosing from our list of accredited college partners.

Yes, we have full-time advisors on staff for our CECWCD students at our Westminster Satellite Office location. They will work one-on-one with your student, in person or remotely, to ensure they are on track for high school graduation and the postsecondary pathway of their choosing.

Yes. CECWCD students may partake in all CEC Fort Collins High School campus activities such as Homecoming, Prom, NHS, Student Council, student clubs, and more. They may also get involved in any clubs and activities offered at the community college they attend.

Yes! CECWCD students are eligible to play sports for their neighborhood school as long as they meet the CHSAA requirements. CECWCD frequently provides the flexibility students need to better participate in practices, meets, and tournaments.

All Full-Time College Direct student graduates who meet CEC Graduation Requirements will graduate through the CEC Fort Collins High School. CECWCD students are eligible to attend the May CECFC graduation ceremony, and their high school diploma will designate them as a graduate of Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins.

Ann Crider – Admissions & Advising Coordinator
  • 2861 W. 120th Ave Suite 250 Westminster, CO 80234
  • 720.328.2929 - Main

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College Direct Full-Time / Part-Time Fact Sheet

ConsiderationFor Full-Time StudentsFor Part-Time Students
Course Load7+ college credit hours per semester3-6 college credit hours per semester
Tuition Voucher$2,100 per semester$1,050 per semester
CEC Student TranscriptIncludes courses transferred in from previously attended schools, including homeschoolsCEC College Direct courses only
Earn a high school diploma through CEC Fort CollinsYesNo
Participate in the CEC Fort Collins High School Graduation CeremonyYesNo
Course of StudyMust follow graduation requirements and Individual Career Academic Plan of CEC Fort CollinsFollow goals and requirements of private school or homeschool
Enroll at another public school while enrolled at CECNo. CEC Fort Collins is a public charter school and you may only be enrolled in one public school.No. You may be enrolled in a private school or a homeschool, but not another public school.
Change Full-Time or Part-Time status mid-year* Yes. A Full-Time student may drop to Part-Time status for 2nd semester.*No. A Part-Time student may not increase to Full-Time status until the next school year.
Attendance VerificationRequired for all students taking community college coursesRequired for all students taking community college courses
Grade Level DeterminationDetermined by prior year grade level and ageDetermined by prior year grade level and age
State Required Standardized Tests**9th, 10th, and 11th graders: CMAS, PSAT, and/or Colorado SAT**9th, 10th, and 11th graders: CMAS, PSAT, and/or Colorado SAT

*Students may change their status only once during their enrollment at CEC. A Part-Time student may opt to become a Full-Time student at the beginning of any school year. At that time, the student will need to provide an official transcript showing any credits earned outside of CEC.
**State required standardized tests are required for all Full-Time AND Part-Time CEC College Direct students. All CEC Fort Collins students must come to the designated testing site on the designated testing days, even if it requires the student to miss an off-campus college course.
Students may continue to be enrolled at CEC until they meet their graduation requirements or until they turn 21. Students who turn 21 on or before October 1st of the current school year are not eligible for enrollment.


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