As the center of Colorado’s immigrant population, Aurora’s rich cultural diversity is invaluable to our grassroots, community-design approach. APS students come from over 130 different countries and speak over 160 different languages. ECHS celebrates this diversity. We will serve families in Aurora by building upon the cultural wealth of its neighborhoods. Our Educational Program offers democratic education that is grounded in reality, community and a multi-cultural curriculum. When all decisions are made for students, they are rendered powerless. In authoritarian learning environments students are made passive, and active learning is compromised. Our school allows students the space to empower themselves as authors of their own learning. All learners are motivated by a desire to achieve, and we are convinced that a student-led education unleashes this innate desire to excel. There is nothing wrong with our students, it’s the systems that need to change.
Empower Community High School offers an extended day (8:00AM-4:00PM) and an extended academic school year. Classes are kept to an average of 1:20 teacher to student ratio with 120 students per grade creating an inclusive and safe school environment.