Loyola Hall, home to Seattle University’s College of Education, also houses an innovative, alternative high school option to earn credits for a Seattle Public Schools (SPS) high school diploma and preparation for higher education in a small, caring environment, which includes three unique schools. Each school offers core (i.e. Math, History, Language Arts, and Science) high school academic subjects that meet district requirements to graduate.
MCHS is for promising, resilient students who want to go to college, and many of our MCHS students will be the first in their family to earn a college degree. It’s a partnership with many benefits. Seattle University students and College of Education (COE) faculty put theory and research into practice in collaboration with our Seattle School District school partner under the same roof. Education students involved in many of the College’s master’s programs, including Masters in Teaching, School Counseling, and School Psychology, have opportunities to apply what they've learned in their nearby COE graduate program classrooms. High school students are introduced to an enriching and supportive college environment on a campus focused on educating the whole person. High school teachers receive professional development opportunities and help with the development of innovative curriculum. Reinforcing these goals is the shared vision of Seattle University and Middle College High School to advance equity and increase educational opportunities for underserved students.
The MCHS Early College program at Seattle University (SU) enrolls 20 students at the beginning of the academic school year. These incoming 9th graders will spend their first two years of high school on the SU campus. In their 11th and 12th grade years, students will enroll in the Running Start program through one of three Seattle Colleges where they begin earning both high school and college credits. Students who work diligently in the Running Start program may graduate high school with an Associate's Degree. For more information, please contact COE faculty members, Ted Kalmus or Dr. Charisse Cowan Pitre.