Where College & High School Unite

MCHS Seniors Decision Day Event

By Matt Larson

Get a high school diploma and an AA while you’re at it.

Choices students make early on can have a significant impact on their academic journey—especially if they’re in 8th grade and live within the boundaries of the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

Middle College High School (MCHS) in San Pablo is a viable option for any West County student. There’s no GPA requirement to get in, but they do consider things like attendance, writing proficiency, and confidence in STEM subjects when determining admissions. What makes MCHS different from the rest?

“By the time they graduate from our program here in four years, about 68% of our students earn an AA degree,” said MCHS Principal Finy Prak. MCHS is part of the greater Middle College National Consortium, a network of likeminded schools spanning across the country.

“We have a unique guideline with the State of California Department of Education,” Prak continued. “Our students have to take 180 high school instructional minutes per day, and each student is allowed to take 2-3 college classes per semester.”

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