Award Year: 2015

Middle College High School

1530 West 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA, 92706-3398

(714) 953-3900

Dr. Kathy Apps, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Choice School

Santa Ana Unified School District

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Mission

Provide an academically rigorous and safe learning environment that prepares students for success in high school, higher education, and participation in a global society.

Student Demographics
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 97%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
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MCHS AVID students engage in collaborative conversations about college exploration.

MCHS AVID students engage in collaborative conversations about college exploration.

Middle College High School is situated on the urban campus of Santa Ana College and is the result of a partnership between Santa Ana Unified School District and Santa Ana College. 96% of MCHS students are Hispanic and for most, the first generation college-goers. Students in 9th -12th grades are dual-enrolled, navigating between high school and college courses daily. MCHS's mission of providing an academically rigorous and safe learning environment that prepares students for success in high school, higher education, and participation in a global society is actualized through a personalized academic program and student-driven extracurricular activities.

“MCHS is home of the Wizards and there is a great ‘magical’ atmosphere at our school. Our students challenge themselves and understand the value added to their future by attending college while still in high school,” explains Principal Dr. Kathy Apps. “It is amazing to see these students finish high school with one to two years of college units completed, and on their way to universities with career pathways in mind.” In 2015, 57 out of 79 seniors graduated with AA degrees. MCHS has a 100% graduation rate.
A hallmark practice key to student success is individualized support provided through academic counseling, after-school tutoring, and our school-wide AVID program. Students take AVID all four years of high school. In addition to learning study-skills and college and career exploration, students participate in tutorials. In a capstone project, senior students reflect, prepare, and present their Senior Portfolios in exit interviews to the MCHS community.