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Middle College High School celebrates opening at Seattle University campus
A fifth Middle College High School officially opened Jan. 24 at Seattle University with a grand opening celebration and school tours.
The high school, which has been operating since November at the university, is an innovative alternative high school aimed at students who seek a small setting to complete their high school graduation requirements and prepare for success in college, careers and life.
"The students here have just as much promise as any other young person with hopes for a bright future, but they may not have had the opportunity to succeed academically," said Dr. Charisse Cowan Pitre, Associate Professor in the Master in Teaching Program and Middle College Partnership Director. "This partnership provides the opportunity for students to reach their academic goals and prepare for college and career.”
Speaking at the grand opening ceremony were José Banda, Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools; Steven Sundborg, S.J., Seattle University President; and Middle School students who shared their testimonials.
There are 184 students attending a Middle College program in Seattle Public Schools, with locations at Central Community College, South Seattle Community College, the University of Washington and American Indian Heritage School.
Seattle University is one of only three private, four-year institutions in the country to house a Middle College High School on its campus.
Middle College High School is an educational collaboration between high school and college, and is a proven academic model that began in the 1970s in New York City.
Dr. Julie Hungar, Seattle University College of Education alumnae, led the efforts to open the first Middle College High School at Seattle Central Community College in 1991.
Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,800 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2013" ranks SU among the top 10 universities in the West that offer a full range of graduate and undergraduate programs.