AAEC, a College
What is AAEC?
Founded in 1997, early college high school, Arizona
Agribusiness and Equine Center, Inc., (AAEC) in partnership
with Maricopa Community Colleges and now Yavapai Community
College, is a multiple campus, independent college preparatory
high school district. Each campus offers a rigorous college
preparatory curriculum, and enables qualified Arizona resident students
to earn college-transferable credits while completing work for their high school diploma. AAEC Early College High Schools teach the Arizona State Standards in all core curricula and is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.
Linda Proctor-Downing founded the college preparatory high school Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center, Inc. in 1997. Her thirty plus years of classroom and administrative experience in creating and delivering innovative instruction and programs in equine sciences, agriculture and agribusiness became the foundation for the new venture. In order to offer students academically challenging courses beyond the high school curriculum, AAEC Early College High Schools embarked upon a partnership with South Mountain Community College in the Maricopa County Community College District. AAEC's collaboration with the community college permitted qualified students to take college courses while completing high school diploma requirements. These two critical design elements – the high school campus located near or on a college campus, and secondary students concurrently enrolled in college-level courses as part of their high school course of study – have become the defining features of all AAEC Early College High Schools.
Currently, AAEC Early College High Schools is a thriving five-campus independent public high school district specializing in a college preparatory high school program with sites connected to Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, South Mountain Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College and now Yavapai Community College. AAEC has a reputation in the Valley for preparing students of various academic backgrounds and abilities for college level studies in all disciplines. Remaining true to its origins, AAEC Early College High Schools continues to offer outstanding instruction in the sciences for students interested in careers in biotechnology, veterinarian studies, equine science and agriculture-related fields. AAEC is focused on preparing students for future success. Our teachers work with industry partners to update and strengthen our curriculum. We also study labor projections to focus our offerings on professions which will be in demand in the future. Each campus is designed to provide educational choice for up to 500 high school students. The schools attract students and families from all over the Phoenix Valley who have many different interests. Alumni studies show that graduates pursue a wide variety of college majors. Independent status allows AAEC, through an open enrollment policy, to draw a wide range of students from across the city and state to its uniquely blended high school/college model.
AAEC College Preparatory High Schools Philosophy
Helping students to identify their interests and passions, and exploring how they can be used to discover and select career and real life work choices are central to our core mission of educating young adults for a technologically advanced society. Our faculty focuses instruction on student interests and academic and social needs. Students' interests and passions are nested in a rigorous core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, History and Foreign language. Each AAEC Early College High Schools campus is an intimate community of caring adults and engaged students working in small groups allowing for personalized guidance and direction.
AAEC pledges to provide all students with what they need to succeed:
- A superior academic program that meets students where they are academically and socially, and prepares them for college.
- Advanced coursework.
- Comprehensive student support services.
- Small classes and an intimate high school environment.
- An authentic college experience that allows students to enroll in college classes and participate fully in the life of the post-secondary partner.
AAEC Early College High Schools employ highly qualified instructors with substantial academic backgrounds as well as extensive professional experience. Our lower teacher to student ratio enables your child to have a personalized experience.
Enroll in our college preparatory high school and start earning college credits today. Contact AAEC Early College High School for information about our campuses, read our FAQ, or Pre-Enroll today.