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Mission & Vision of the Vail Early College 

The Vail Early College is an extension of the Vail School District’s high school choice philosophy and is founded on the belief that some upperclass students are ready for rigorous college coursework while still in high school. In order to provide that opportunity, we offer a tuition free year of study on a community college campus consisting of courses that lead towards an advanced degree or certification.  Students are provided academic and social supports to prepare them for success in their post-secondary education and careers.

Reaching Higher, Arriving Sooner 

The vision of the Vail Early College is to help students reach higher academically during their senior year of high school, so that they can arrive sooner to their post-secondary goals.

Are you ready to reach higher? 



About the Vail Early College

The Vail Early College is a concurrent enrollment program within the Vail School District in partnership with Pima Community College. Through the Vail Early College (VEC), seniors from any of the Vail high schools can earn 12 or more college credit hours during their senior year. Students take all courses at the Pima Community College East Campus, this includes the required VEC high school courses (Government, College Success, & the Senior Exit Project). It is even possible for a senior to complete their freshman year of university coursework through this program.

Vail Early College students are mentored through their first year college experience by two Vail staff members, who have an office located at the heart of the Pima East Campus in the E5 building.

Students apply to the Vail Early College in the spring of their junior year. Selection to the VEC is based upon the students application, essay and interview. The purpose of the selection process is to make sure the program is the right fit for the student and that they are not only college ready but ready for the full time college experience.