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General Information

Students enrolled in Mesa Valley County School District #51 have an alternative to traditional schools. Students attending R-5 High School are placed in individualized self-paced courses of study. Responsibility for success rests on each student by attending classes each day, as well as completing academic work in order to receive class credit. Teachers serve as facilitators and make every effort to meet each student's needs by prescribing a course of study that addresses individual learning styles.

A major part of the Alternative Cooperative Education Program [ACE] is technology training and student preparedness for entry-level job skills. This program helps meet the needs of the student, the employers, the labor market, and the tax payers. It helps provide a pool of potential full-time employees who are already trained to meet company requirements and who are, therefore, more productive in the work force. The R-5 staff screens students and works closely with on-the-job supervisors, thus reducing turnover and training costs while providing reliable and dependable workers.

Admission Requirements

  1. A student must be at least sixteen years old or qualify for the Young Parents Program.
  2. A student may be referred by his or her school counselor, administrator, or self-referred.
  3. A student must maintain an 85% attendance rate.
  4. A student must be employed for at least 15 hours per week at a pre-approved location, be actively volunteering at an approved site or be accepted for admission to Career Center or Western Colorado Community College (for more info on WCCC, visit their website here).
  5. A student must attend a Family Orientation Night to learn about the R-5 program. You will also be interviewed at the Orientation.

R-5 High School is an alternative high school that provides students age 16 to 21 a positive self-paced learning environment. The instruction at R-5 is individualized so that each student may enroll and progress at his or her own rate. The program of study consists of five academic class periods in core areas of English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Computer Science and Careers. Graduation from R-5 requires 25 credits.

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