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Middle College Application Forms and Links (please check back in January 2016)

For more information about the Middle College Program, please click here:  Brochure for 2015-2016 Year

For more information about the Middle College Application Process, click here after January 2016: Application Process

Middle College Applicant Teacher Evaluations will be sent directly to instructors once applications have been submitted and the student has spoken with the evaluating teachers. 

For a link to the Middle College Online Application, click here after January 2016: Middle College 2015-2016 Application

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact one of the Middle College staff members listed on this page

Middle College Graduates

have recently attended:

Academy of Art, San Francisco

Arizona State University

Barnard College

Berklee College of Music

Biola University

Brigham Young University

Cal Poly Pomona

California College of the Arts

CSU Channel Islands

CSU Chico

CSU East Bay

CSU Humboldt

CSU Monterey Bay

CSU Northridge

Drexel University

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Indiana University

Maryland Institute College of Art

Mills College

Mount Holyoke College

New York University

Northwestern University

Otis College of Art and Design

Pepperdine University

Pratt Institute

Reed College

Rhode Island School of Design

Rice University

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco State University

San Jose State University

Santa Clara University

Stanford University

Swarthmore College

Syracuse University

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Merced

University of California, Riverside

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of North Dakota

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of the Pacific

Wesleyan University

Whitman College

Middle College

  Offered to students registered with 

 Fremont Union High School District

in collaboration with De Anza College.

2015-2016 Middle College TImeline

 We are no longer taking applications for the 2015-2016 school year. 

Please see below for the 2016 Calendar Enrollment Process Details

August 2015 (for accepted Middle College students)

Please  check email for updates from Middle College staff or De Anza information.

If you are on a waitlist, check email daily. Failure to respond within 24 hours to De Anza's alert of space in a class will result in spot being given to another student on the wait list. 

September 2015 (for accepted Middle College students)

Thursday, September 10, 2015 M-F 12:30-3:30 until FridayJune 24, 2016: All Middle College Junior and Seniors begin Middle College high school classes M-F, except for De Anza holidays and vacations. 

Monday, September 21, 2015 all Middle College students begin De Anza academic classes while still attending Middle College 12:30-3:30 M-F

October 2015 (for accepted Middle College students)

Saturday, Oct. 3 : PENDING ADVISOR PERMISSION  --Last day to add De Anza quarter-length classes. Add date is enforced.

Sunday, Oct. 4 :PENDING ADVISOR PERMISSION   Last day to drop a De Anza class with no record of grade. Drop date is enforced.

October 22: Back-to-School Night, Campus Center 6-7PM

November 2015 (for accepted Middle College students)

Monday, Nov. 9 : Veterans Day Holiday (classes will be held on Nov. 7)

Friday, Nov. 13: PENDING ADVISOR PERMISSION   Last day to drop De Anza class with a "W." Withdraw date is enforced.

November 19 at 8AM: Priority Registration for Winter Quarter

Thursday - Sunday, Nov. 26 - 29 : Thanksgiving Holiday Recess (college closed)

December 2015 (for accepted Middle College students)

Tuesday, December 8-Friday December 11: De Anza Fall Quarter Finals (still attend Middle College 12:30-3:30 unless taking a De Anza final)

December 12-January 3, 2016De Anza/Middle College Winter Break

January 2016

Interested in joining Middle College? Come to the Middle College  2016 Informational meetings on your campus during tutorial/flex time

Fremont: 1/12/2016

Cupertino: 1/19/2016

Monta Vista: 1/21/2016

Lynbrook: 1/22/2016

Homestead: 1/26/2016

February 2016

Students interested in Middle College attend mandatory information session in Conference Rooms A&B in the Hinson Campus Center (student center/cafeteria building) on the De Anza Campus TENTATIVELY scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2016. Students should arrive at 6:00PM to write an application essay and parents should arrive at 7:00PM in order to be eligible to sign up for applicant interviews in March.

March 2016

March 1: All interested students must submit Online Application, Teacher Evaluation forms (link will be posted at the end of January, 2016)

March 21-26: Middle College staff conducts interviews with qualifying candidates on high school campuses. One parent/guardian must be present

Comments from Graduates

“Middle College is unique, for it has taught me how to learn. It has not only provided me with a supportive community, but also has given me the provisions to be an independent thinker.” –Jacqueline, Class of 2014

“Middle College… prepared me both emotionally and intellectually for college life” –Matthew, Class of 2009

“If you're self-directed, mature, and a critical thinker, then Middle College is absolutely the place for you.” –Ariana, Class of 2008

“The Middle College program was such an empowering experience. The one-on-one attention and encouragement I received helped me feel confident in myself… not a day goes by that I don't remember how privileged I was to be part of such a supportive community.” –Dahlia, Class of 2007

“The stimulating teaching style, use of Socratic seminars, and thought-provoking curriculum of our core classes renewed my love of learning..” –Karen, Class of 2004

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?

Students must reside withing the FUHSD boundary and be enrolled with the district. 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 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


11th Grade English/Social Science Instructor

12th Grade Social Science Instructor

12th Grade English Instructor

Guidance Counselor


Please contact
one of the Middle College Staff

Coordinator of
Educational Options


Laura Gonzales 
Dean of
Educational Options


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 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.

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

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)

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 to student government.