Early College Academy Red Mountain

Red Mountain Campus

Early College Academy Application

Priorty DEADLINE to submit application
April 8, 2022

Final DEADLINE to submit application
April 29, 2022

Online ECA Application (English)
Online ECA Application (Spanish)

Each applicant must request a recommendation for the ECA program from one of their current teachers. Teachers can complete this recommendation form.

Students will be informed of their status following the application deadline. There will be additional documents collected from students following their acceptance into the program.


The Early College Academy started in 2019 at the MCC Red Mountain Campus. This comprehensive campus offers an intimate college environment with advanced classrooms, wireless technology, and outdoor teaching spaces. Course offerings at Red Mountain focus on university transfer programs. Students in the program will be invited to explore a variety of careers especially in the high-demand, allied health field.

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Explore Red Mountain

The Early College Academy is a unique opportunity for high school students to begin their college experience as early as the start of their Sophomore year of high school. Eligible students include those with a minimum 2.0 GPA that are currently attending Mountain View, Red Mountain, and Skyline High Schools within the Mesa Public School District.

College Classes and High School Credit

Review the 3-year program of study applied to the AZ general education curriculum reqiurements for college degrees. Some variation may applied based on the student's year in high school when they start the program and individual student credit needs.

Grade 10 Sophomores
Semester College Course College Credits High School Class High School Credits
Fall SWU250: Mindfulness for Stress Management 3.0 Elective or PE 0.5
Fall CIS105: Survey of Computer Information Systems 3.0 Elective or Fine Art 0.5
Spring SOC101: Introduction to Sociology 3.0 Elective 0.5
Spring COM100: Introduction to Human Communication 3.0 Elective 0.5
Grade 11 Juniors
Semester College Course College Credits High School Class High School Credits
Fall ENG101: First-Year Composition 3.0 Junior English 0.5
Fall HIS103: U.S. History to 1865 3.0 American History 0.5
Spring CRE101: College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 3.0 Junior English 0.5
Spring HIS104: U.S. History 1865 to Present 3.0 American History 0.5
Grade 12 Seniors
Semester College Course College Credits High School Class High School Credits
Fall PHY101: Introduction to Physics (non-STEM majors) 4.0 Physics (Physical Lab Science) 1.0
Spring ENG102: First-Year Composition 3.0 Senior English 0.5
Spring ENH110: Introduction to Literature 3.0 Senior English 0.5

Orientation and Programming

  • Start of semester orientations
  • Personal growth, college success, career exploraiton, and financial literacy workshops
  • Math and English bootcamps
  • Internships for juniors and seniors
  • Student coach peer mentor
  • Dedicated early college advisor and counselor