About the Program

Early High School Enrolling for 2019-20

An Accelerated Program of Studies for 8th Graders at Littleton High School

Littleton High School is proud to offer families our Early High School program for high achieving 8th graders. Early High School is a unique public, one-year, full-day program for eighth graders on the campus of Littleton High School.

Campus tours will be available on 10/29, 11/1, 11/12, and 11/26 for parents and students. Please sign up for a campus tour here.

The application process has three parts.

Part 1 is the online form.  It includes a parent statement of support that may be up to 500 words.

Part 2 is a packet that you will assemble, which includes your academic records (transcript, grades, test scores, IEP/504, and behavioral record) and your hand-written student statement.  The student statement should include:  3 words to describe yourself, why you would like to come to Early High School, how you can contribute to our program, and any challenges you see participating in Early High School.  You must mail or deliver your Part 2 paperwork to Littleton High School, attn. Early High School.  Please also print out this form, and either insert in packet or sign and email directly to hbartlettmogg[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us.

Part 3 consists of three references:  We strongly suggest that one of your references come from a math teacher.  After we send them the link, those three educators will complete an online form and submit it directly to the Early High School Program.  Those recommendations are confidential, and you will not see them.  Please allow your references adequate time to complete their part of the process.

Your application will be complete when all three parts have been received at Littleton High School.

Your submission deadline is December 1st.  Admission letters will be mailed prior to winter break.

Letter to 7th Grade Parents

Education Week Article about Early High School

9News Story about Early High School

Information Session PowerPoint

How To Apply

Click here to apply for Early High School.

Click here to sign-up for a campus tour.

The program is based on three fundamental premises:

  • More and more eighth grade students and families are requesting more and more acceleration, often beyond what traditional middle school programs are able to offer.  
  • In addition to accelerated core classes, Littleton High School has an enormous amount to offer, and starting one year early is a great way to take advantage of those offerings. 
  • While many students are not emotionally or socially ready for high school one year early, some are, and those students who are truly academically and socially ready for high school should not be held back.

The point is to start early, not to finish early.

We are not proponents of early graduation.  Our program is not aimed at sending sixteen-year-olds to college.  Rather, the program is designed to allow students to get a jump start on the rich programs that are available at the high school level. 

Complete an Application

Click on How to Apply for the Early High School application.

Early High School 8th Grade Program