The Early College of Arvada Ambassadors are a group of seniors who not only embody the school’s motto of “wonder, work, and wisdom,” but bring those values to larger communities in a variety of service projects. The journey in becoming an ECA Ambassador begins in the summer before senior year. Each ECA Ambassador is required to volunteer over the summer to a local charitable organization or service.
This year ECA Ambassadors volunteered at Groundwork Colorado, Open Trails, Habitat for Humanity, and the Denver Food Kitchen among others. Also, as part of their application, ECA Ambassadors had to reflect on the role of the leadership and in its potential impact both locally in the community and globally. Ambassadors are also required to maintain a high GPA as well as consistent high standing in their classroom and campus citizenship.
All grade levels come together to celebrate STEM leadership, innovation and brainpower through preparation and competition style accomplishments. Working collaboratively to support their peers, students cross-train in building and exam style events, hone laboratory and experimental skills and accomplish given tasks using various means of technology. CLIMB sponsors student engagement in events such as the regional and national Science Olympiad competition so students have the opportunity to showcase their hands-on, minds-on learning in a constructivist manner. Science Olympiad helps ECA to contribute towards building a technology-literate, college bound workforce that will change the way STEM education viewed.
A dynamic effort to engage students in personal and institutional goal setting and achievement through physical movement, team building and individual resilience. CLIMB is partnering with ECA on the Move to encourage students to take a leadership role in fundraising and working towards improving the science, service and humanities centered academic resources available to all ECA students. Students have created a strong physical community that trains together, supports one another and works towards building partnerships with the surrounding community through sponsorships and activities. ECA on the Move and CLIMB are committed to whole-person education that strengthens the body, mind and soul by participating in whole-school community efforts and goals.
Bring Your Food, We’ll Bring the Books.
In 2016, ECA is proud to announce a lunch program for both High School and Middle School students. Lunch and a Book. Students will meet at lunch with an ECA professor and teacher during to lunch to read a “favorite book.” The teacher will lead discussions and foster conversations on the book and the reading experience. Teachers will share what intellectually stimulates them about the book, while sharing how the book was individually inspiring.
Students will be asked to attend each lunch and at the end write a brief summation of the book. For students completing the reading, at the end of the month, ECA will treat them to a catered lunch from a local restaurant.
The student council at The Early College of Arvada proudly serves all members of the student body in the effort to create a safe, inspiring, and fun school experience. We strive to create governmental structures and practices that promote accountability and communication, in order to act as a responsible liaison between students, teachers, administrators, board members, and staff. We ensure that student voices and perspectives inform the present and future of our school. Finally, we follow the words of educator and leader James Boggs in suggesting that, through our student government processes, we are “ … preparing ourselves to use that all-around capacity that only human beings have: to think about the society we live in, determine what will advance our society: and then join with others to make the politically-conscious and socially responsible decisions that will help mold and shape our society in the direction that we believe it should go.”
This pioneering Humanities course, sponsored by ECA CLIMB, will partner with Denver’s Project Worthmore, a refugee relocation, to challenge students’ capacity for deep reading, interpretation, community organization, leadership skills, public speaking, reflection, and writing in several different genres. Students will be assisting with Project Worthmore’s Food Share Program as well as reading Outcasts United, the award-winning book on the refugee soccer team from Clarkston, Georgia. View the course syllabus.
This course will focus on building students’ foundation of STEM knowledge through access to labs and projects that are problem based and result in a solution or creation. The focus of student learning objectives will encompass collaborative design efforts, process development, community impact and scientific reflection. View the course syllabus.
The mission of the Social Justice Club is to promote awareness of racial and gender inequalities in our society. We will examine the history of discrimination and prejudice, the structures of power and privilege, and the theories which social justice leaders have proposed for dismantling these structures. Our focus will be connecting history and global issues to our daily lives. Our goal is that people of all backgrounds and identities will work together to make positive change.
The Social Justice Club will serve as a safe space for all students and teachers to share their experiences of injustice and inequality. We will utilize critical thinking and scholarly research, as well as the stories of our own lives, to plan constructive efforts for change in our social circles, school, workplaces and community.