• Mapleton Early College (MEC)

    A Big Picture Model School

    Mapleton Early College (MEC) is a Big Picture model school. Students learn in a college-preparatory environment, balancing classes, independent project-based learning, and real-world learning through professional internships. Students also have access to college courses.

    All students create an individualized learning plan based on their academic interests. Around these interests, the student works with advisors, internship mentors and their parents to create an individualized formal curriculum, internship learning goals, community-focused learning opportunities, and college readiness plan. 

    MEC students learn to become problem solvers, lifelong learners and cooperative members of the community, prepared for college and beyond. 

    MEC's Distinguishing Features:

    • Small class sizes
    • Customized Individual Learning Plans
    • College readiness focus and curriculum
    • Families engaged in creating learning goals and evaluating student growth
    • Access to college courses
    • Learning through professional internships
    • Focus on character and community, including school culture of personal responsibility and Restorative Practice

    Mapleton Early College students are...

    • Students interested in getting a jump start on college and a taste of what life is like at their dream job.
    • Students who want to become a part of a school community with a strong culture of character, responsibility and restorative justice.
    • Students willing to be coached, receiving in-depth support while being held to high standards and accountability.
    • Students who want to develop the personal qualities and skills to succeed, from time management and a strong work ethic to honesty and accountability
    • Students who are independently motivated.

    School Specs:

    • Serve grades 9-12
    • 100 percent college acceptance
    • Every student has an individualized learning plan
    • Semester calendar


    Check out our school fun facts sheet below! 

    Mapleton Early College Fact Sheet

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    School Address:
    8980 York St.

    Thornton, CO 80229

    School Phone:

    School Fax:

    School Hours:
    8:30 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.

    School Specs:
    9th - 12th

    Robin Graham


    Assistant Director:
    Samson Barrios