Middle College Application Process for 2015-2016
Informational meetings for interested students will be held at each high school as follows:
Cupertino High School
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
10:25am in the Theatre
Fremont High School
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
10:55 am in the Shannon Theatre
Homestead High School
Thursday, February 5, 2015
9:25am in the Library
Lynbrook High School
Thursday, January 15, 2015
9:15am in the Auditorium
Monta Vista High School
Thursday, January 29, 2015
9:15am in the Theatre
Interested students and their parents must attend the information session held in Conference Rooms A & B in the Hinson Campus Center on the De Anza College campus TENTATIVELY scheduled for Thursday, February 12, 2015. Students should arrive at 6:00 PM to write an application essay and parents should arrive at 7:00 PM.
By the beginning of March, we must have two applicant evaluation forms (completed by current teachers) on file for all Middle College applicants. Applicants must also have completed the online Middle College application.
Interviews with applicants and parents will be held at each high school during the week of March 23-27, 2015.
We will notify students and parents about application decisions mid-April.
Offered to students within the Fremont Union High School District in
collaboration with De Anza College.
Middle College provides students with the opportunity to explore challenging new educational options by taking college courses. Students take all their classes on the De Anza campus, earn high school and college credit simultaneously and complete their requirements for high school graduation while exploring their individual interests through a diverse college curriculum.
Middle College students are required to take two high school courses each year (taught by Fremont Union High School District teachers) to satisfy high school graduation requirements. Juniors take an integrated course in American Literature and US History, while Seniors take Contemporary Literature as well as semester courses in Economics and US Government.
The Middle College Student
Although there is no “prototypical” Middle College student, successful Middle College students tend to possess some of these characteristics:
- A passion for learning and a strong sense of intellectual curiosity
- A desire to continue his or her education at the post-secondary level
- A need for a different learning environment than the traditional high school
- An ability to succeed in a fast-paced, independent college learning environment
- A deep interest in a specific subject, like math, literature, art, music, or social science
- A mature and honest approach to problem solving
Middle College students benefit from a wide array of course choices at De Anza College and from a small learning community of fellow students. They receive one-on-one support from the Middle College advisors, who assist them with course planning and academic development, and additional support from an on-site guidance counselor. They also have access to services and opportunities at De Anza College, from tutoring to clubs to student government.
A Typical Day at Middle College
Middle College students are required to enroll in at least two college courses and two high school courses. A typical student schedule might look something like this:
9:30am-10:20am: Spanish 4
10:30am-11:20am: Break/Lunch/Study time
11:30am-12:20pm: Math 1A (Calculus)
12:30pm-3:20pm: Middle College classes (English and Social Science)
Frequently Asked Questions
How many classes can Middle College students take?
All Middle College students must successfully complete at least two three-unit De Anza classes each quarter, and no Middle College student can take more than 16 De Anza units during a quarter. In their first quarter, Middle College students take no more than 11.5 De Anza units.
Do students have to pay to attend Middle College?
Middle College students do not pay De Anza registration fees unless they enroll in more than 11.5 college units, but are responsible for materials fees, transportation and the cost of books and exceeding $65 per quarter. Students taking more than 11.5 De Anza units must pay per-unit fees (currently $31 per unit but subject to increase) for ALL registered college units.
Are there minimum application requirements?
Students must have completed the FUHSD Math graduation requirement (passed both semesters of Algebra I and Geometry) by the end of the spring semester before they enter the program (not summer).
Do students need to be California residents?
Non-residents may be subject to De Anza out-of-state fees and some international students may not be eligible, depending on visa status – please see this website for more information: De Anza Admissions
Do students have to live within the Fremont Union High School District?
Yes. Only students who have registered with the district and established their residency will be eligible to interview – please see this website for more information: FUHSD Enrollment