About West Early College

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West Early College is an innovative Early College Model school that serves grades 6-12. Students will graduate from WEC prepared for the future with a high school diploma, an associate’s degree transferable to a four-year college or a professional/industry certification in the Healthcare, Health Sciences & Physical Training, Graphic Design & Multimedia, or Technology fields. 


West Early College’s vision is to produce highly motivated students that have an equal opportunity to earn an Associate Degree, Industry  and Professional Certifications and pursue their post-secondary goals by becoming independent learners, and contributing citizens with well-rounded educational experiences.  Our innovative school located in the heart of Denver will  support students, challenge them academically  and successfully launch them on a career or college trajectory that includes a commitment to their community.


West Early College’s mission is to lead ALL students through a rigorous education plan beginning in middle school, while giving them opportunities to develop a growth mindset and follow pathways toward high school and college or career requirements. Each student, regardless of background or skill level, will be provided with the academic and social-emotional support to develop the skills necessary to achieve mastery and demonstrate success in high school, college, and in their chosen career.


West Early College honors the history of the West campus by continuing the fight for justice and access for all students, much like the Denver West community did over 50 years ago during the 1969 protest. Principal Mia Martinez Lopez’s father was a part of the protest, and today, she leads West Early College’s movement to eliminate, racial, social, academic, and economic barriers our graduates may encounter in current higher education and job market environments. #WECthemovement is alive and well on our campus and in our community.

Learn more about the history of the Denver West Campus.

Our School

West Early College’s works toward equity for all students and support our Denver community by providing access to a variety of postsecondary college and career options beginning in Middle School. The small school setting and classroom size will allow your student to experience personalized learning and have opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities.We offer college classes and credit that is free for our families upon successful (passing grade) completion of the course. WEC also offers additional support to English language learners, students with individualized education plans, and students who may struggle with Literacy and Math. 

While West Early College brings innovative academic programming to the West campus, WEC maintains the tradition of West High School. Students at West Early College will participate in athletic and extra-curricular activities as the  “West Cowboys,” and the WEC will honor the history of West High School throughout the campus.

Student protesting
West Early College building
Students protesting in 1969