San Jose Middle College is an advanced program for juniors and seniors who take 2-3 free college classes and 4 high school classes on the san Jose City College campus. Students earn a high school diploma while at the same time accumulating transferable college credit towards community and 4 year universities.
Middle college programs exist on college campuses all over the United States, and there are a number of programs in the larger Bay Area. Each program is different in its requirements and approach to alternative learning. The Middle College program here at San Jose city College got its start in 1991, and Margaret Cang, an experienced instructor, was with the program from its inception to her retirement in 2006.
We are administered by San Jose Unified School District,under the Learning Options department, and we have had a close relationship with San Jose City College and its leaders. Our students have been accepted into all major UC, private and state schools. While at Middle college students and staff help form a close community that focuses on respect, support, and both personal and academic achievement.
Middle College students will be in the 11th or 12th grade.These students may be advanced, on target or behind with their credits. Some may have been told they are "not living up to their potential".Foremost, Middle College also serves those students who wish to accelerate their high school program to graduate early and to explore special interests with early college admittance.
High School Classes: Students will take all high school courses on the SJCC campus. Students are responsible for their own transportation.
College Classes: Students will be enrolled in 6-9 credits of college coursework. Students are responsible for attending class regularly and for all communication with their college instructors.
San Jose Unified School district behavioral guidelines apply to this program. They are further outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook.
Middle College application Packet (from website) : Students will complete and deliver the packet to the Middle College office- SC 211. The packet includes:
- Teacher Recommendation (core subjects only)
- Parent Questionnaire
- Student Questionnaire
- Unofficial Transcript
- 504 Plan (if applicable)
San José Unified School District and San José City College Relationship
Middle College students have access to the many services of both the College and the School District. The library, bookstore, Student union, computer labs and learning center are available to Middle College students. Counseling services are available at San José City College while most of the advising is done by the San José Unified School District teachers.Credit for college course work allows Middle College students to have college work completed toward their degree.
BENEFITS TO STUDENTS
Students benefit by the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of course offerings and to learn in a flexible, open and challenging environment. In addition, students are expose to various learning modalities.They are able to develop close relationships with the Middle College teachers and their peers, as will as interact with the community college teachers and students. Middle College students develop successful traits for college work and learn to integrate work, community and academic.