San Bernardino Valley College is home to a Middle College High School. Beginning in the 10th grade, students are taught high school curriculum by high school teachers in classrooms located at the SBVC campus. The students are concurrently enrolled in up to 11 units of college classes. The high school students attend classes along with students in the general college student population and receive instruction in college-level transferable courses. Over the past 5 years, (2001 through 2006), 485 high school students have participated in the MCHS program. By the end of the 2005-2006 school year, there were 179 students who remained in the program; 69 in 10th grade, 67 in 11th grade, and 43 in 12th grade. Of these 179 students, 65% are Hispanic or Latino.
The goal of the program is to increase the college-going rate of students who are generally not college bound. The target populations of first generation college-going youth, English language learners, ethnic minorities, and students underperforming in the traditional high school compared to their test score abilities. From 2004 through 2006, the program has graduated 116 seniors who earned their high school diploma at MCHS. Of these seniors, 34 simultaneously earned an AA degree at SBVC.
From fall 2001 through spring 2006, 485, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders completed 3,248 sections of college classes. Sixty-eight percent of the students passed their college classes with a grade of C, or better. The average GPA for all college course work attempted was 2.5. The average high school GPA of students entering the program is 2.38, but by the end of the program it had risen to 3.28. For 3 consecutive years the seniors have achieved a 100% passing rate on the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). At the first MCHS graduation in May 2004, 14 out of 49 seniors graduated from high school and were awarded their AA degree (6 of the 14 were Latino students) that same month. At the May 2005, graduation, 10 out of 33 graduating seniors also earned their AA degree (7 of the 10 were Latino students). At the May 2006, graduation 10 of the 34 graduating seniors received their AA degree (3 of the 10 were Latino students). Projected for the 2007, graduation are 15 AA degrees (10 of the 15 are Latino students) out of a graduating class of 41. Each year the percentage of students graduating and committing to continued education at two- and four-year institutions increases.
This program was recognized as an Honorable Mention for making innovative and/or significant improvement in increasing Latino student success.