What is TREP

  • Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation Program (TREP)

    TREP (pronounced tee-rep) stands for Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation  Program. It is a state-funded program (SB21-185) that allows qualified students in a teaching pathway to attend college for free for two years after high school. TREP students receive free tuition and fees while also receiving wrap-around advising and support.

  • TREP Applicants (current HS Seniors)

    The application window closed on March 1st and we are now in the process of reviewing all TREP applications. On April 5, 2024, all TREP applicants will receive an email informing them of their application status. Students will either be Eligible or Not-Eligible: 

    • Eligible: Student has met, or is in the process of meeting, TREP eligibility requirements.
    • Not-Eligible: We have reviewed the student's application and determined the student is not, and will not become, eligible for TREP. If you feel a decision of "not-eligible" is incorrect, please email kelly_gilmore@dpsk12.net to re-evaluate this decision. 

    After April 5th, students eligible and interested in joining TREP must...

    1. Attend an informational meeting (see below)
    2. Officially accept a spot in TREP by June 1 (link will be shared in meeting)
    3. Pass spring CE course, if needed for eligibility
    4. Meet high school graduation requirements
    5. Provide TREP team with your high school diploma (see below), college transcript (see below), and a signed TREP Agreement Form (covered in meeting)

    Students no longer interested in TREP can decline their application at any time using this link. Once submitted, our team will decline their application and remove the student from our communications list.


    All eligible students must attend a TREP meeting before accepting a spot in the program.
    The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the benefits and requirements of TREP to help students decide if the program is right for them. 

    Meeting dates are listed below. Please attend only one meeting, on the day that works best for you. 

    Informational Meeting - Dates

    Attendance at an informational meeting is required before a student can accept a spot in the 2024-25 TREP program (required for students, recommended for parents/guardians). Students will be able to accept a spot via a link provided during the meeting.

    If you are unable to attend, following the final meeting you will be emailed a recording along with instructions for meeting the attendance requirement. 

    Deadline to Accept TREP - June 1
    Eligible students have until June 1st to officially accept a spot in the 2024-25 TREP program. A link to accept will be shared with students during each informational meeting. Students must officially accept a spot in the program in order to participate. Receiving an email stating you are eligible for TREP is not sufficient to join the program. 

    After accepting a spot in TREP, students must provide the following: TREP agreement form, high school diploma, official or unofficial college transcript showing course completed for TREP eligibility.

    College Transcripts
    CDE now requires students to provide an official or unofficial college transcript showing the college course completed for TREP eligibility. A transcript(s) must be provided for a student to participate in TREP. We appreciate counselors' support in helping students acquire their college transcripts. See resources under "Quick Links" for guidance on how to order transcripts.

    High School Diplomas
    TREP applicants are allowed to receive their diplomas at graduation. Students participating in TREP will be required to turn in their original high school diploma by June 1st. Students can bring their diploma to their high school counselor or directly to the TREP team. The TREP team will hold diplomas until a student completes or exits the program.

  • What is the Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation Program (TREP)?


    TREP is a 5th/6th year high school program that allows students interested in pursuing a career in education to attend college full-time for up to two years after high school for free. Students attend a participating TREP college beginning the fall after graduation from high school. Students may only enter the program as a 5th year student.

    Some of the objectives of TREP are:

    • to increase the number of students who enter the teaching profession.
    • to decrease the amount of time that is required for students to complete post secondary educator preparation degrees or certificates.
    • to decrease economic barriers for students who want to pursue higher education in teaching.

  • Interested in one of these Educator Career Pathways?

    If you are interested in pursuing a career in education, you should consider using TREP to pay for 2 years of college!

    Relevant pathways include: 

    • Early Childhood Education (ECE)
    • Elementary Education (K-6th grade)
    • Secondary Education (7-12th grade) - English, Math, Science, Social Studies
    • Special Education
    • Art Education
    • Music Education
    • Physical Education (PE)
    • World Languages
    • Counseling/Psychology 
    • Educational/Instructional Technology

  • Who can participate in TREP?


    Graduating 12th graders are eligible if they meet DPS graduation requirements, TREP requirements, and are college ready. 

  • What are the TREP requirements?

    To qualify for TREP you must pass one of the qualifying college-level courses listed here with a C- or higher.  The class has to be taken during your senior year. You also need to meet graduation requirements and be college ready in English and Math.

    Ask your counselor if you qualify for TREP! 

  • How can students apply?

    Work with your high school counselor or DSF advisor to complete the online TREP application no later than March 1, 2024.

  • What colleges can a TREP student attend?

    TREP College Partners

    Students can attend MSU Denver, our 4-year university partner, or any of our metro area community college partners (Arapahoe Community College, Community College of Aurora, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College and Red Rocks Community College).

  • Important Dates

    Important Dates

    • March 1, 2024: Deadline to apply
    • April/May 2024:
      • Official offer to join TREP emailed to applicants who have met TREP eligibility requirements, including those pending spring CE grades
      • Students attend a mandatory informational meeting prior to accepting a slot in the TREP program
      • Students must provide the TREP team with their HS diploma and an unofficial college transcript no later than June 1, 2024. Their diploma will be returned upon completion or exit of the program
    • June 1, 2024: Final day for students to accept a spot in the 2024-25 TREP program.

  • Things to know about TREP

    • DPS TREP pays for all tuition, fees and textbooks for the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as the summer semester between Year 1 and Year 2 of TREP.
    • DPS TREP offers chromebooks, hotspots and graphing calculators for students to use during their TREP years.
    • TREP students are considered 5th and 6th year high school students and therefore cannot accept federal or state financial aid while in the ASCENT program. Students are allowed to apply for scholarships that do not require first-time undergraduate student status.
    • TREP students continue to have full access to Denver Health clinics.
    • TREP students participate in all high school graduation activities. 
    • HS diploma is withheld until student completes or exits TREP. 
    • The official graduation date on a high school transcript will reflect the date a student completes or exits TREP.
    • Courses taken during TREP years will appear on the high school transcript however they will not impact HS GPA.
    • Students may not be able to live on campus (it varies by campus).
    • Early College, PTECH students cannot participate in TREP as they are excluded from the Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act.

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