Report Roundup

Dropout Prevention

"Middle College High School"

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Students attending middle college high schools are no more likely than their counterparts in traditional high school programs to stay in school or graduate, according to the latest What Works Clearinghouse review of that program.

Middle college high schools are alternative schools for academically at-risk students that are located on college campuses. Some offer four-year programs that feature interdisciplinary coursework, project-based learning, and special counseling. Others provide an accelerated five-year program through which students can earn an associate’s degree or two years of college credit. The clearinghouse’s review, which was posted online this month, focuses on the first type of middle college program.

Reviewers from the clearinghouse, which is financed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, based their conclusion on a 1998 study involving 394 Seattle students who applied to attend a middle college high school. Fourteen other studies that the reviewers found on middle college high schools fell short of the clearinghouse’s evidence standards

Vol. 28, Issue 27, Page 5

Published in Print: April 1, 2009, as Dropout Prevention
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories