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Middle College is an alternative high school, administered by the Seattle Public School District. It is open to all high school students, 16 and older, who are looking for an educational option to prepare for college and complete their high school graduation requirements in a small school setting.
Read more about Middle College in Community Connections.
The first Middle College High School opened in New York in the 1970s. Seattle Central Community College, led by SU College of Education alumnae Dr. Julie Hungar, opened the first MCHS site in Seattle in 1991 (it has been housed at Northgate Mall for the past 11 years). South Seattle Community College opened a MCHS site in 1996 (housed at High Point Center Neighborhood House), and the University of Washington followed in 1998. In 2001, the American Indian Heritage Program joined Middle College High School (located at Wilson Pacific Center). www.mchslic.com.
Learn more about the Seattle Public Schools Middle College.
A maximum of 50 high school students are enrolled annually (this includes on campus and distance learners). Students must be between ages 16-20 and have a minimum of 10 credits earned at a previous high school, usually a comprehensive high school in Seattle Public Schools. Students residing in the Seattle University Youth Initiative catchment area are recruited.
Yes. A special focus is placed on outreach and recruitment of youth living in the Seattle University Youth Initiative neighborhood.
Students in MCHS have the option of taking community college, college-level courses free of charge through Running Start. These courses can transfer as credit to any institution of higher learning.
Having upper-level high school students on campus provides unique learning opportunities for colleges and departments across campus. There are opportunities for research and bridging theory and practice, allowing SU students to apply learning immediately to a classroom of high school students. Please contact Dr. Charisse Cowan-Pitre for information on how to connect the students in your college with MCHS.
Middle College partners with institutions of higher education to give their students the opportunity to experience a college campus so they can be inspired to think about college and careers. Providing social justice and education to underserved students is a shared vision between SU and MCHS.
The Seattle University College of Education’s mission to prepare leaders and teachers to work toward social justice in schools makes the partnership a perfect fit. Teacher candidates, students in the School Counseling, School Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction programs are just a few who will be able to put into practice what they’ve learned in their classrooms in Loyola Hall into Middle College classrooms on the first floor.
SU's partnership objectives:
Cindy Nash, Principal, has served in a variety of roles with SPS since 1989 and has been principal of Middle College since 2010. She oversees all five locations. She most recently served as principal of Interagency, an alternative secondary school. Cindy has an M.Ed. from the University of Washington and holds an Administrator credential.
Beth Brunton, J.D., Seattle Public Schools, MCHS Site Coordinator and Humanities Teacher, teaches all Humanities courses. Beth earned a B.A. in Economics and Education from the University of Michigan and a law degree (J.D.) and Certificate of Educational Leadership from the University of Washington. She has been a teacher at the Northgate location for the past 11 years.
Dr. Charisse Cowan Pitre, Associate Professor, College of Education and Middle College Partnership Director, for the Master In Teaching program at SU. She has been involved in the Seattle University Youth Initiative since its launch, serving as a Community-based Research Faculty Fellow and an Advisory Board member. Dr. Cowan Pitre’s research interests include the development of teachers for social change and equity in education related to issues of college preparation and readiness among P-12 students from underrepresented groups.
Patty Borman, MCHS Math/Science Teacher, studied at the University of Wisconsin and completed her B.Sc. Ed at Fairhaven College: Western Washington University. She has taught for more than15 years for Seattle Public Schools. In addition she taught for the Coyote School, UW Continuing Education, Fred Hutch Bridge Project, School to Works Project Learning and the Cascade Sustainability Project.
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