General Information

Our vision:
Educating for Equity, Empowerment, and Enlightenment

Our mission:
MCHS offers students equitable opportunities for learning in a supportive, collegial community providing different pathways to success. 

Our locations:
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  1. MCHS @ Seattle University
  2. MCHS @ University of Washington Ida B. Wells School of Social Justice
  3. MCHS Simon Youth Academy @ Northgate Mall

Middle College High School is an alternative high school option to earn credits for a high school diploma and preparation for higher education in a small, caring environment, which includes three unique schools. Each school offers core (i.e. Math, History, Language Arts, and Science) high school academic subjects that meet district requirements to graduate. Middle College High Schools share a common mission to encourage the development of community, personal responsibility and active learning. Students attend daily classes in a small, personal environment where each student receives individual help and instruction from the friendly teaching and support staff. Each Middle College High School site envisions its graduates performing with college-level proficiency in writing and mathematics.

Middle College Three Sites available to choose from:

  1. MCHS Simon Youth Academy @ Northgate Mall
  2. MCHS @ Seattle University
  3. MCHS @ University of Washington Ida B. Wells School of Social Justice


Who can apply?
Middle College High School programs are open to all students, sixteen or older, who may or may not be thriving in their present school environment and who are looking for an educational option to prepare for college and complete their high school graduation requirements in a small school setting. Each site has different credit requirement to apply. Check them out for credit amount needed.



Truancy: Compulsory Attendance (Becca) Law


The Compulsory School Attendance law of Washington State has clear expectations for students, parents, and school districts for student attendance and what to do if students become truant. A clear School Board Policy and District-wide procedures are in place. Schools are required to:
  • Notify parents/guardians about the Compulsory Attendance Law in September.
  • Take daily attendance and notify parents/guardians after the first and second unexcused absence, and after each subsequent absence. Usually this is done by phone, but a Letter 1 can be sent home instead or if the parent cannot be reached by phone.
  • Schedule a conference to meet with the student and parent to address truant behavior after 2 or more unexcused absences. Letter 2 is used to invite the parent to this conference.
  • Take steps to correct the problem in an effort to determine why a student is not attending school and to help develop a plan to insure regular attendance. These interventions are critical for solving an attendance problem early. If the truancy is caused by the parent's action, notify the Truancy Office.
For questions regarding absences, please call the individual site.
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