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Transform Your Future with Palo Alto Unified School District Middle College High School

Palo Alto Unified Middle College High School is an innovative high school located on the Foothill College campus scheduled to open in Fall of 2024. The school offers cohort high school classes and college elective offerings at one of the best community colleges in the country. This unique environment fosters academic excellence and personal growth, allowing students to fulfill their high school graduation requirements. 

Student Profile

Middle College High School is designed to address the following types of student needs:

  • Intellectual Curiosity: Genuine and deep curiosity for knowledge beyond the standard curriculum that explores topics that intrigue them and have the capacity to take ownership of their learning journey.
  • Alternative Learning Environments: Alternatives to conventional learning settings to meet unique learning needs, with college courses offering in-person, virtual, online, hybrid, and flexible options—both synchronous and asynchronous.
  • Effective Collaboration: Opportunities to collaborate with peers in small groups when encouraged and supported.
  • Strong Academic Focus: Strong academics with the potential for high achievement in a college setting.

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Our innovative middle college high school is designed to inspire a love for learning and preparing students for success in both higher education and the workforce. We aim to create an environment where students are motivated and supported to reach their full academic potential through:

  • cohort based small learning community
  • flexible scheduling
  • diverse experiential opportunities

Empowering high school students to achieve their academic potential by providing a nurturing and inclusive learning environment through a collaborative middle college high school experience that integrates college preparation, career education, work experience, and community engagement.

The mission and vision of PAUSD MC High School are adapted from AB 413, which amended Ed Code - SEC. 6. Section 11300.