Middle College High School

Loyola Hall, home to Seattle University’s College of Education, also houses an innovative, alternative high school aimed at students who seek a small setting to complete their high school graduation requirements and prepare for future success.

MCHS is for promising, resilient students who want to go to college. Most of the students we enroll are 9th graders who have a GPA between 2.0 and 3.5, scored at least a Level 2 on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), and attend school at least 90% of the time. Many of our students come from low-income families and 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 faculty put theory and research into practice 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, apply what they've learned in their nearby 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 provide social justice and education to underserved students.

Our Early College program enrolls 20 students at the beginning of the academic school year. These 9th graders will spend their 9th and 10th grade years earning high school credits on a college 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. Please contact Matt Palmer, at mdpalmer@seattleschools.org, with further questions.