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Earn Your High School Diploma at FRCC's Westminster Campus

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Gateway to College is a national dropout recovery model that helps students earn high school diplomas while earning college credits. FRCC's program serves students ages 16 to 20 who have dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out.

In this program, you will earn your high school diploma as well as some college credits, coupled with an intense and robust support structure. The program covers tuition and books for up to 14 credits per semester, while students pay their student fees. 

All classes are held at the Westminster Campus. Students must meet all program requirements to continue participating in the program. See our FAQs.

Who can participate?

You are eligible for Gateway to College if you are: 

  • Between 16 and 20 years old
  • A student from Mapleton Public Schools, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Jeffco Public Schools, Brighton 27J, Stargate School, Academy of Charter Schools, or Westminster Public Schools
  • A student who is about to drop out of high school or at risk of dropping out
  • A student who has fallen far behind in school and does not have the amount of credits you should for your grade level 
  • Able to complete requirements to receive a high school diploma by your 21st birthday 
  • Reading English at the 8th grade level or higher

More About the Model

Gateway to College is part of a national network of the Early College High School Initiative, which was originally funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It has now joined Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping community college students succeed. 


Attend an information session to learn more about the program and how to enroll. If you have additional questions or prefer an individual meeting to discuss the program, email us.

Do you know a student who could benefit from the program? Email us.