Middle College Concepts

History of the Middle College

In 1974, Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College expanded the concept of college programming for high school students by focusing on youth from populations that were underserved by postsecondary education. At this high school on a community college campus, students in grades nine through twelve received extensive exposure to college, personalized instruction, and support services in a small-school setting. Within a decade, with funding from the Ford Foundation and other sources, 20 additonal middle college high schools were created on college campuses across the country. By 1993, a network of middle college high schools joined together and became known as the Middle College Consortuim.

Student Outcomes and Research Findings

Higher percent of early college students graduate compared to high school students.

  • Four year early college graduation rates for 2008 were approximately 92%; whereas, four year high school graduation rates ranged from 70 - 83%

Early college graduates achieve higher college-going rates than their peers

  • Nationally, 89% of early college graduates enrolled in post-secondary education; 66% of high school graduates enrolled in post-secondary education immediately following high school
  • Compared to national averages, a higher percent of early college students are students of color and from low income families, making these statistics rates even more striking
  • In addition, 40 percent of graduates at early college high schools earned more than one year of college credits; 11 percent earned two years of college credit or an associate degree; and 83 percent earned at least some college credits.