ASCENT stands for Accelerating Students through Concurrent ENrollmenT. The program extends high school for an ASCENT year on one of ten Colorado Mountain College (CMC) campuses for students who have completed at least 9 credit hours of post-secondary courses by the end of 12th grade. The ASCENT program participants remain students in Eagle County School District for up to one year following their 12th grade year, and Eagle County School District (ECSD) receives ASCENT specific per-pupil state funding that it uses to pay their college tuition at CMC.
ASCENT students receive their high school diplomas at the end of their ASCENT year with the corresponding date of the time of completion. ASCENT students are permitted to walk in their school's graduation ceremony with classmates at the end of their 12th grade year.