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Middle College

Middle College is an educational alternative for FUHSD juniors and seniors who need a different high school environment in order to achieve success -- academically, socially and/or emotionally. Students earn high school and college credit simultaneously, complete requirements for high school graduation and explore 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 on the De Anza campus, 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.

Contact Information

Crystal Dalgleish
Junior Year English/Social Science Instructor/Advisor
408-864-8617

Mary Hill
Senior Year English Instructor/Advisor
408-864-8634

Sean Morrison 
Senior Year Social Science Instructor/Advisor
408-864-8956

Alison Coy
Director, Educational Options
408-522-2275

Laura Gonzales
Assistant Principal, Educational Options
408-522-2292

The Middle College Student

Although there is no “typical” Middle College student, successful Middle College students tend to possess most of these characteristics:

  • A need to learn in an environment different from a traditional high school;
  • A passion for learning and a strong sense of intellectual curiosity;
  • A willingness to contribute to and be an active participant in the Middle College community;
  • 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; and
  • A desire to continue his or her education at the post-secondary level.

Program Benefits

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 and student government.

Middle College Application Timeline

January: FUHSD Student Only On-Site Information Meetings

  • Cupertino High School
  • Fremont High School
  • Homestead High School
  • Lynbrook High School
  • Monta Vista High School

February 8, 2018: Mandatory Student & Parent/Guardian Information Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. in Conference Rooms A and B in the Hinson Campus Center at De Anza College

  • Students should arrive at 6 p.m. with a pen and paper to write an essay
  • Parents/Guardians should arrive at 7 p.m. to join their student for the information meeting
  • Interview sign ups will occur after the meeting

March

  • Applications due March 2
  • Teacher Evaluations (of students applying) due March 15
  • Interviews (conducted with the student and at least one parent or legal guardian present) from March 19 through 23 and March 26 through 30

April

  • Middle College admissions decisions will be announced on April 20 by 5 p.m.
  • Confirmation of Acceptance (by students) must occur by 5 p.m. on April 27

FOR FUHSD STUDENTS ACCEPTED TO MIDDLE COLLEGE

May

Weekly after school De Anza Pre-Registration Sessions throughout the month of May

June/July

  • Pre-Registration Group Meeting - June 1 at De Anza College
  • Individual Pre-Registration Meetings - Late June/Early June
  • De Anza Fall Quarter Online Registration - Mid-July

September

First day of Middle College - September 13, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

How many classes can Middle College students take?

All Middle College students must successfully complete the Middle College regular high school level (non-Honors, non-AP) English and Social Studies courses regardless of previously earned graduation credit in these subjects and at least (2) academic, three-unit De Anza classes each quarter. Middle College students cannot take more than 16 De Anza units every quarter; in their first quarter, new Middle College students take no more than 11.5 De Anza units.

Is there a cost to students 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 De Anza College books exceeding $65 each quarter. Students desiring to take more than 11.5 De Anza units in a quarter must have their Middle College advisor's written approval, pay per-unit fees (currently $31 per unit but subject to increase at any time) and any additional costs 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) before entering Middle College--summer school does not count.

Once a student is accepted, what are the pre-registration requirements that must be completed in May 2018?

In order to receive a priority registration date for the Fall 2018 quarter, all Middle College students must complete these four (4) De Anza College requirements: Orientation, Educational Plan, Fall 2018 application and the De Anza English and Math placement tests. Except for the placement tests, the other three (3) requirements will be completed in the weekly after school meetings throughout May. Accepted students will be encouraged to take the placement tests once the FUHSD school year is done, between June 1 and 15, 2018.

Do students need to be US citizens or California residents to enroll?

No. Students must reside within the FUHSD boundaries at all times. Non-California residents who live within the FUHSD boundaries may be subject to De Anza out-of-state fees and some international students may not be eligible, depending on visa status. Please visit the De Anza Admissions webpage for more information.

Do students have to live within the Fremont Union High School District?

Yes. Only FUHSD students who have registered for school with the district and established their residency will be eligible to interview. Please visit the FUHSD Enrollment and Residency webpage for more information.

If I will be a senior, may I invoke "senior privilege" to be in Middle College, but not live within the Fremont Union High School District?

No. There is not any "senior privilege" allowed for Middle College.

Can Middle College students graduate high school early?

No. Only FUHSD students physically at the FUHSD high school sites may petition for early graduation.

Is there a waitlist for students who were not accepted in April?

No. Once decisions are sent in April, Middle College recruitment is over for the year; no late requests due to the mandatory weekly pre-registration meetings that will occur throughout May.

Application Form & Documents