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Community College Programs » Middle College Program

Middle College Program

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Middle College at West Valley College Junior and Senior Year
Middle College Purpose

The Middle College program empowers students by giving the students choices and treating them as adults.

Middle College offers students with college potential the opportunity to complete their high school requirements on the campus of West Valley College. This program is designed to provide a supportive and challenging adult educational setting. Students take college level courses while completing high school graduation requirements. This new educational environment provides students with an opportunity to stimulate their academic development and their quest for learning. (Upon entering the Middle College Program, students are no longer eligible to participate in their former high school sports and/or activities.)

The Program Offers:

A serious learning environment where students take control of their own learning;
An opportunity for exploring individual interests through more diversified course offerings, while also completing the requirements for high school graduation;
An environment where students have greater opportunities for guidance and improvement; and
An opportunity to earn their diplomas from the home high schools.

The College Environment

The Middle College program is located at West Valley College. Here students are able to:

Access all the student and academic support services offered at West Valley College such as the library, tutorial center, counseling center …
Interact with a mature peer group.

Who is the Middle College Student?

The Middle College student must demonstrate a sincere interest in completing high school and going to college. The Middle College student:

Shows adequate social adjustment within the high school, but may be disconnected from the high school environment;
Is not tied to the home school campus through participation in clubs, drama, or athletics; and
May be creative, artistic and individualistic.
Demonstrates mature behavior, excellent time management skills and works well independently.

Student Responsibilities

While at Middle Colleges students will:

Follow the WVC calendar, except for two weeks in January;
Maintain excellent attendance in both the high school and college classes;
Follow a demanding academic schedule;
Take advantage of West Valley College's support services;
Fulfill all class requirements with grade C or higher;
Take responsibility academically and socially;
Adhere to all applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures;
Inform Middle College staff when absent, 3 day limit;
Take a minimum of 6, maximum of 11 college units each semester; and
Enroll in West Valley's Counseling 12 or 5 during the first semester.
Complete a two semester educational plan.

Student Enrollment Criteria

Students must:

Have completed at least 110 semester units with no make-ups required.
Passed the California High School Exit Exam
Have a 2.8 G.P.A. or higher
Submit two (2) completed recommendation forms from a high school teacher and one from a Advisor/Counselor;
Complete a two (2) page application essay;
Show past corrected work from one essay/assignment
Attend a parent/student informational meeting;
Complete a Parent/Student Contract;
Participate in the interview process;
Submit a completed registration packet with all required materials including - concurrent enrollment form, WVC admission form and high school transcript


Completing these criteria does not guarantee admission to the Middle College program.

Middle College Applications will be available at the mandatory parent/student meeting offered everysemester.

This program is a joint agreement with West Valley College and Los Gatos/ Saratoga Joint Union HighSchool District.

For more information contact your school Guidance Advisor orJennifer Herlihy Halas, CUHSD Middle College Advisor, or (408) 406-7104.