Quick Facts

Getting to know Eagle Rock

Entrance to Eagle Rock
  • An initiative of the American Honda Education Corporation, a 501(c)3, a nonprofit subsidiary of the American Honda Motor Company
  • A full-scholarship high school for students and a low-cost professional development center for adults
  • Located in the mountain resort community of Estes Park, Colorado, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Opened in the fall of 1993
  • Admits and graduates students three times a year
  • Year-round (three trimesters) and residential
  • Purposefully small, capacity of 96 students


A happy student enjoying herself among friends
  • Have not experienced success in traditional academic programs
  • Did not expect to graduate from high school
  • Are passionate about changing their lives
  • Are admitted between the ages of 15 and 17
  • Graduate when they can demonstrate mastery of Eagle Rock's requirements
  • Choose to enroll; choose to stay
  • Come from Colorado (50 percent) and the nation (50 percent)
  • Are equally represented, male and female
  • Comprise a purposefully diverse community

The Professional Development Center —
Linking Eagle Rock with Educators

Entrance to the Profressional Development Center
  • Internships and student teaching
  • Preservice and continuing education experiences
  • Educational visits (shadowing and seminars with students and staff)
  • Workshops, guest speakers, conference presentations
  • Sponsored research
  • Residencies
  • Technical assistance
  • Publications and presentations

Focal Points of the Eagle Rock Program and Curriculum

Student meeting group
  • Creating a community of learners
  • A set of guiding principles — "8 themes + 5 expectations = 10 commitments"
  • Challenging new students with a wilderness trip
  • Personal growth as well as academic growth
  • Service, being of "use"
  • Standards-based education with high expectations
  • Documentation of learning to prove mastery or proficiency
  • Active, interactive, interdisciplinary, and project-based experiential learning
  • Orientation toward application of learning
  • Courses regarded as vehicles for learning and documenting proficiency
  • No grades for courses and, therefore, no failure
  • Learning in a variety of modes, including times and spaces
  • Performance assessment that enhances learning