Q: Who can apply to MCHS?
Prospective students must be residents of the West Contra Costa Unified School
District. We generally accept incoming freshmen only. If space is available, we
may accept incoming sophomores. Due to the nature and rigor of our program, we
are generally not able to accept students as incoming juniors and seniors, as many college prerequisites are fulfilled during freshman and sophomore years. Students who apply to MCHS must exhibit a high level of maturity and motivation, and be eager
for a rigorous academic experience. Applicants to MCHS must also have a history of exemplary attendance and behavior to qualify for the program.
Q: How can I apply to MCHS?
Q: Where can I get an application?
A: Applications are available online or from your student's WCCUSD middle school counselor from January to March.
Q: What is the application procedure?
A: Once the application is submitted, it will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy, as well as residency
verification. Failure to follow the instructions on the application completely and accurately will disqualify the application from further consideration. If the application qualifies, it will be reviewed by a panel of CCC Professors and MCHS Instructors. Each application is thoroughly reviewed and selections are made on a case-by-case basis. Through careful consideration, the panel will determine which students will best benefit from the program.
Q:What kinds of things do you look for in a prospective student?
is no set "type" of student at Middle College High School. Students
at MCHS tend to be highly self-motivated, mature, independent, responsible, hard-working students,
with a desire to be an active participant in their education. Our students are generally looking for a more challenging high school experience than they would get a a traditional high school.
Q: I missed the application deadline. Can I still apply?
No. Unfortunately we are unable to process an application after the deadline
date. There are no exceptions.
Q: Can my child participate in sports at Middle College High School?
does not have an athletics program. However, students may participate in a school sport
at their resident high school within the district if they receive prior written
approval from the MCHS principal. We highly recommend that students maintain a
GPA of at least 3.0 to play a sport. Any student whose GPA falls below 2.8, will be put on academic probation and will no longer be eligible to play.
Q: Are there any dances or social events?
A: Yes. MCHS has rallies, dances, club events, proms as well as various college events for our students. Students may also attend events at other high schools in the district with prior written approval of the MCHS principal.
Q: How much does it cost to attend?
A: Contra Costa College charges MCHS students a fee of $1 per semester as well as a $5 student activity fee. The total cost for each student is $6 per semester. All high school and college textbooks are provided by MCHS.
Q: How much homework will I have?
Student homework will vary from class to class. You can expect between 1-2
hours of homework for each class.
Q: If my student gets in, what is required for them to maintain enrollment at MCHS?
A: All MCHS students are required to:
Students who do not continue to meet the MCHS requirements, or who are dropped from any college course, either by the instructor or the student, without approval from the MCHS counselor, may be referred back to their school of residence. This includes single infractions.
Q:What are the start and end times for a typical MCHS day?
is no such thing as a "typical day" at MCHS. Students will have
personalized schedules that meet the needs of the individual and their course
requirements. However, classes can begin as early as 8:10 am and end as late as
5:00 pm. Some classes may require additional hours outside of regular school
times. For example, students who are in Drama are required to meet after hours for rehearsals and productions, and are required to be in attendance from 6 pm until 10 pm or later. On occasion, students may be required to be in attendance on a Saturday if productions fall on a weekend.
Q: Are the college classes for high school students only?
A: No. All MCHS
students will be taking adult college courses with adult college students. Please keep in mind that this means your student will be exposed to adult content and adult discussions and will be expected to participate respectfully and with maturity.
Q: Can we come take a tour of your school?A: MCHS is an integrated part of the college campus. Tours of the college campus are provided during Preview Night only.