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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


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one of the Middle College Staff

Coordinator of
Educational Options


Middle College Graduates

have recently attended:

Academy of Art, San Francisco

Arizona State University

Barnard College

Berklee College of Music

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Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Indiana University

Maryland Institute College of Art

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Mount Holyoke College

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Pepperdine University

Pratt Institute

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Rhode Island School of Design

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San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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Middle College

Middle College Application Process for 2015-2016


Informational meetings for interested students will be held at each high school as follows:

Cupertino High School

o   Wednesday, January 7, 2015

o   10:25am in the Theatre

Fremont High School

o   Tuesday, January 20, 2015

o   10:55 am in the Shannon Theatre

Homestead High School

o   Thursday, February 5, 2015

o   9:25am in the Library

Lynbrook High School

o   Friday, January 16, 2015

o   9:15am in the Auditorium

Monta Vista High School

o   Thursday, January 29, 2015

o   9:15am in the Theatre


Interested students and their parents must attend the information session held in Conference Rooms A & B in the Hinson Campus Center on the De Anza College campus  scheduled for Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Students should arrive at 6:00 PM to write an application essay and parents should arrive at 7:00 PM.


By the beginning of March, we must have two applicant evaluation forms (completed by current teachers) on file for all Middle College applicants. Applicants must also have completed the online Middle College application.

Interviews with applicants and parents will be held at each high school during the week of March 23-27, 2015.


We will notify students and parents about application decisions April 15, 2015. Confirmation of student acceptance due to Middle College staff by Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Accepted Middle College students begin meeting with Middle College guidance staff at home high school site. 

New Middle College students must complete De Anza applications and placement tests at De Anza  mid-end May


Incoming Junior and Senior meetings early afternoon June 4 & 5, 2015, details will be sent via email. 

Pre-registration meetings begin June 29,2015 per Middle College staff instructions


Online Registration for De Anza Fall Quarter begins late July. Students must have attended mandatory pre-registration meetings in June.


All Middle College Junior and Seniors begin Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  Offered to students within the Fremont Union High School District in
  collaboration with De Anza College.

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.

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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

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.

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)

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?

Non-residents 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

Middle College Application Forms and Links

For more information about the Middle College Application Process, click here: 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: Middle College 2015-2016 Application

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

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