Friday, May 22nd
Seattle School District Superintendent Larry Nyland just released a letter announcing the impending closure of Middle College High School at the High Point Center. The faculty and staff at Middle College High Point are very disappointed with this decision and are working with our community supporters, parents and students to prepare an organized response to this decision and to challenge the justification for closure. For 19 years, Middle College has served the West Seattle community by offering a high quality alternative school experience for students looking for a second chance to earn a high school diploma. Offering a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, social justice and community engagement, Middle College High Point has maintained a nurturing and inspiring learning culture that encourages all students to pursue higher education. Our students embrace service learning and have been dedicated to giving back to the High Point community while learning about urban agriculture, environmental science and sustainability movements. We are a small school that has offered smaller class sizes and a much more personalized approach to teaching and learning but we are also dedicated to providing direct instruction that is passionate and creative. It has always been our position that small alternative schools should be supported and nurtured by the district as a matter of policy and a commitment to educating all students. For many of our students, we are the last option preventing them from dropping out. For some, we are the last line of defense to prevent homelessness, hunger and abuse. This fact alone should motivate support from our district administration if they are serious about students they’ve often labeled as at-risk. Please reach out to our school district administration and school board to help keep our doors open. And please take a moment to watch the video above that was created by Larry Dominico a recent graduate from Middle College High Point.
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Middle College High School at the High Point Center is a high quality alternative school located in the High Point neighborhood of West Seattle. The faculty and staff at Middle College High Point are dedicated to offering students a unique and rigorous educational experience that emphasizes critical thinking, social justice and community engagement. Middle College students earn high school diplomas from the Seattle School District and many continue on to higher education. Middle College originally opened doors at Seattle Central Community College in 1990 and after expansion in 1996, has served the Southwest Seattle community for 17 years. During the Summer of 2012 we moved from our original site at South Seattle Community College to our new location at the High Point Center. Our move to the High Point Center signifies a new and innovative partnership between the Seattle School District, Neighborhood House and the High Point Center. The many agencies and organizations that serve the community at the High Point Center have embraced Middle College offering support for our students and exciting plans for future partnerships. Interested in enrolling or visiting our school? Contact Site Coordinator, Alonzo Ybarra at: 206.588 firstname.lastname@example.org