Wednesday, November 10
Middle College Site Council formed to organize support for Ida B. Wells Middle College at the UW and the recently closed Middle College High Point.
“If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed”
― Paulo Freire
What’s next? A Middle College Site Council made up of parents, students and community stakeholders has been assembled to defend and restore the original Middle College model based on critical pedagogy and social justice. Specifically, the Site Council is working to re-0pen Middle College High Point and to restore our most experienced faculty to High Point and the Ida B. Wells Middle College site at the University of Washington. The Middle College Site Council sees the current administration as being hostile to social justice education while favoring computer based instructional models that lower standards and academic expectations. We know that Middle College students need talented, experienced and dedicated teachers to create positive learning environments that establish high expectations for academic achievement. The current approach by administration of closing sites, forcing out our best teachers and attempting destroy the Middle College model with low standard and computer based instruction is fundamentally wrong and is not consistent with the Seattle School District equity policies.
Friday, June 19
MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH POINT, SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IS CLOSED.
This may be a blow to social justice education but we are not giving up on this fight. This all happened so suddenly just like in 2012, but this time the organizing is growing broader both at the grassroots level and within our regional politics. Something is clearly wrong, and terribly unjust about what has happened to our beautiful school, our students, families, teachers and staff. We all know that closing schools quickly before the summer break is an attempt to pull a fast one. To this day there has been no discussion, dialogue or communication with any of the district administration about the closure of Middle College High Point.
This blog will now be maintained by the Middle College Site Council to keep the spirit of Middle College High Point alive and to keep the community informed about efforts to re-open our beloved school. We are also expanding our scope to include the Ida B. Wells School for Social Justice at the University of Washington that has recently been subjected to having a teacher forcefully removed and is now in danger of losing their curriculum and learning community.
You don’t close successful schools that help the students most in need of support and a positive learning environment, you grow them and celebrate the wonderful community building and dedication of the teachers, staff and most importantly the students.
“From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.” -Cesar Chavez
First News About the Districts Plan to Close Middle College High Point!
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.
Please support the Middle College High Point School for Social Justice and Community Engagement! And please check back for more updates!
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