The rationale of the Early College Experience at the school - and at all AAEC campuses - is the scheduling of students into appropriate, transferable college classes based on academic and social readiness, as well as on career and college plans. Some students, over four years of high school, graduate with not only their high school diploma, but also with an Associate's Degree. In addition to the core classes, Certificates are offered in Equine Studies (AAEC has a nationally-recognized course sequence and program) and Veterinary Studies. Both are four-year elective programs.
Along the way, opportunity exists, especially given the size of the school, for students to participate in and enjoy a wide variety of extracurricular activities. In recent years, teams of students have represented Arizona in national competition: National History Day in Washington, D.C.; Horse Judging and Veterinary Tech in Indianapolis; and Environthon in Pennsylvania. Many individuals have competed in a variety of equine events in the Western States; others have completed International Conservation Internships in South Africa.
Add in our small class sizes and the academic support available on campus, and it's apparent we offer a unique educational experience. And those college classes? Free to qualified Arizona residents!
AAEC's program addresses the rigor and relevance so critical to a college-prep, life-prep education. It requires students to give back to their communities.