Middle College High School: A Meaningful Option

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Aired on: November 25th, 2008

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Terry B. Grier

Dr. Terry Grier is Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District. Prior to this position, Dr. Grier was Superintendent of Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he introduced middle college high schools and implemented them on six different college campuses there. He has published over 45 articles in educational journals, presented at numerous educational conferences, and consulted nationally and internationally. Among his accomplishments include receiving the American Association of School Administrators' Effie H. Jones Award for his support of women and minorities in education. He is the co-author of 'Middle College High Schools: A Meaningful Option for Disconnected High School Students'.

This Week's Topic

Middle college high schools are small high schools for students with academic potential who are not succeeding in traditional high schools or who have already dropped out. These students tend to be disconnected from regular high school for a variety of reasons. These schools, located on college campuses, limit enrollment to 140 students or less, and operate on a different structure, location, and schedule. The challenges in this innovative idea will be shared, and implementation strategies will be discussed.


Presentation Slides pdf.

Wechsler, H. S., & Reese, W. J. (2001).  Access to Success in the Urban High School: The Middle College MovementNew York, NY : Teachers College Press.

Grier, T. B., & Peterson, K. D. (2006).  Middle College High Schools: A Meaningful Option for Disconnected High School StudentsEffective Strategies.

Middle College National Consortium pdf(2010).

NDPC/N Newsletter: Middle College – Volume 17, Number 4(2005).

Vargas, J., & Quiara, J. (2010).  Policies Paved the Way: Early College Innovation in North Carolina pdf.

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (2008).  Video: The Middle College High School Program In Action.

U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (2007).  What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report: Middle College High School pdf.

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