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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 program benefits include:

  • wide array of course choices at De Anza College;
  • daily schedule flexibility;
  • small learning community of fellow 11th and 12th grade students;
  • one-on-one support from the Middle College advisors/teachers, as well as from an on-site Middle College guidance counselor;
  • access to services and opportunities at De Anza College, from tutoring to clubs and student government;
  • application directly to universities in the 12th grade (same as at the high school sites);
  • ability to begin fulfilling a college transcript while still in high school;
  • ability to earn college credits without taking AP exams;
  • credit recovery options (except for Algebra 1 and Geometry); and
  • participation in high school clubs, activities, and sports that occur after regular high school hours (does not include leadership).

Middle College Application Timeline

January: FUHSD Student Only On-Site Information Meetings

  • Cupertino High School - Wednesday, 1/23 10:40 to 11:15 a.m. (Tutorial time) in the CHS Auditorium
  • Fremont High School - Monday, 1/14 9:45 to 10:20 a.m. (Flex time) in the FHS Shannon Theater
  • Homestead High School - Friday, 1/11 10:40 to 11:15 a.m. (Tutorial time) in the HHS Library
  • Lynbrook High School - Wednesday, 1/9 10:35 to 11:15 a.m. (Tutorial time) in the LHS Auditorium
  • Monta Vista High School - Tuesday, 1/15 9:40 to 10:15 a.m. (Tutorial time) in the MVHS Auditorium

February 7, 2019: 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 1.
  • Teacher Evaluations (of students applying) due March 1.
  • Interviews (conducted with the student and at least one parent or legal guardian present) at the student's high school from March 22 through 28, and if needed, March 19 through 21.

April

  • Middle College admissions decisions will be announced on April 17 by 5 p.m.
  • Confirmation of Acceptance (by students) must occur by 5 p.m. on April 24.

FOR FUHSD STUDENTS ACCEPTED TO MIDDLE COLLEGE

May

Mandatory weekly after school De Anza Pre-Registration Sessions throughout the month of May.

June/July

  • FUHSD Finals Week (June 3-6) - complete MC Checkout Form at home high school, after all FUHSD books and materials have been returned
  • Pre-Registration Group Meeting - June 7 at De Anza College
  • Turn in the MC Checkout Form to the MC advisors at Friday, June 7 meeting.
  • Individual Pre-Registration Meetings - Late June/Early July
  • De Anza Fall Quarter Online Registration - Mid-July

September

  • First day of Middle College - September 11, 2019
  • Non-transfer 12th graders - College application homework is due September 11, 2019

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 are considered by De Anza to be an out-of-state or international student (see below) or enroll in more than 11.5 college units, but are always responsible for basic and instructional 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.

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.

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 quarter, all Middle College students must complete these three (3) De Anza College requirements: Orientation, Educational Plan and the Fall quarter De Anza application. The three (3) requirements will be completed in the mandatory weekly after-school meetings throughout May. Failure to attend the mandatory meetings and completion of the three (3) requirements at the May meetings will result in immediate removal from Middle College.

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