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ASCENT stands for Accelerating Students through Concurrent ENrollmenT. The ASCENT program is a 5th year program for high school students who have completed (or will complete) at least 9 credit hours of post-secondary course prior to completion of their 12th grade year. ASCENT program participants remain students in Eagle County School District for up to one year following their 12th grade year, and ECSD receives ASCENT specific per-pupil state funding that it uses to pay their college tuition at Colorado Mountain College. Learn more about the ASCENT program from the Colorado Department of Education.

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 the rest of their graduating class.