Cañada Middle College High School

The application window for Fall 2021 is now closed.

If you are still interested in applying for the 2021-22 school year, you may complete the application steps and we will place your name on a waitlist. If space becomes available you will be contacted during the summer. 

Are you just the right student for the Cañada Middle College program, a unique partnership between the SUHSD and Cañada College? 

This program is designed to help students finish high school and start college in a small school-within-a-school environment, all for FREE! The Middle College program is a bridge to college in which students finish earning their high school requirements and start earning college credits at Cañada College, all while receiving support and guidance from caring teachers. While Middle College students take all of their classes Cañada College, they can continue to participate in school activities, such as sports, dances, and graduation ceremonies. All graduates receive a high school diploma from their home school in the Sequoia district. 

Students who are a bit more independent thrive at Middle College. Middle College students are mature and like being challenged, but perhaps are not entirely engaged in the traditional high school setting. All Middle College graduates finish high school with a year to a year-and-a-half of college credit completed. This saves graduates time and money when they attend college after high school graduation, especially when considering the quickly increasing costs of a four-year education. All courses are held at Cañada College, and  students in Cañada's Middle College program quickly discover the joy and benefits of self-directed learning in a stimulating and diverse college atmosphere.

We are looking for 55 current sophomores to become our junior class in Fall 2021. Depending on availability, we are sometimes able accept a small number of rising seniors, so current juniors are also encouraged to apply. 


  • Will be a Junior or Senior in good standing with a GPA of 2.0 or above.
  • Is on track for graduation: Minimum 90 credits for a junior, Minimum 145 credits for a senior
  • Has passed Algebra 1 & Geometry with C's or better
  • Has the ability to thrive in an alternative environment
  • Desires to complete high school and begin college courses
  • Demonstrates the maturity to cope with the challenges and relative freedom of a college environment
  • May show a discrepancy between standardized test scores and actual grades, indicating that she/he is not working up to potential
  • Has demonstrated appropriate, responsible and respectful behavior on the high school campus
  • Is a resident of Sequoia Union High School District
  • Eligible for English 836/847/105 and Math 120 or above per Cañada's placement guidelines


  • An exciting alternative to the traditional high school environment
  • A head start on your college degree while earning your high school diploma
  • Transition to college in a flexible, supportive and academically enriched environment
  • A refreshing challenge
  • FREE Tuition
  • Access to complete college services - all of the services and facilities of the college are available to Middle College students, including:

For a detailed overview, watch this informational video in English/Spanish

Who should apply to Middle College? Independent students who want to earn at least a year's worth of college credit now, a small school setting, access to challenging classes, a flexible schedule, and a supported transition to college should apply!


More about concurrent (or dual) enrollment options -- 

There are four ways high school students can earn college credit while in high school:

  1. AP Classes. Where students follow a standardized curriculum approved by the College Board, and then take a test at the end of the course. Depending on their score on the AP test, and depending on whether or not the 4-year institution accepts AP scores for credit, students may earn college credit. AP classes are weighted on the high school transcript and students are limited to how many they can take in a year, based on year in school and scheduling limitations.

  2. Concurrent enrollment at the college, where students remain at their high school for most of their day/schedule and take one or two college classes, usually online or at night; high school students are mixed in with the regular college students and classes are taught by college professors. Usually students can take any class for which they are qualified, and all 9th-12th grade students in good academic standing are eligible. This includes students taking a college class or two on their own, or students taking a college class with the support of Upward Bound. Students usually take one college class per semester.

  3. Concurrent enrollment at the high school, where the college offers a college class on the high school campus. These classes are only open to high school students and are taught by a college professor or a high school teacher who has met the qualifications to teach the college class. These classes are only open to students who are qualified and are sometimes restricted to particular grade levels.

  4. Concurrent enrollment via Middle College, where students take BOTH their high school and college classes on the college campus; high school classes are taught by SUHSD teachers and are only open to MC students; MC students take college classes with other college students that are taught by college professors. MC students are admitted through an application process and take 2-4 college classes per semester, enabling them to earn 1-1.5 years of transferrable college credit during their junior and senior years. Students are supported by four SUHSD teachers who also serve as academic advisors, and take the College & Career Readiness class that helps them transition to the college environment as well as track progress towards their post-secondary plans. Transferrable college classes are weighted on the high school transcript.

Which option is best for which type of student?

  • Students looking for a small school-within-a-school environment that offers individualized advising and scheduling, the chance to take part in college clubs and activities, and the opportunity to earn up to a year and half of college credit for free, including book costs, should apply to Middle College. 

  • Students wanting to remain part of their high school and take just one or two college classes should choose concurrent enrollment at Cañada. 

  • Students interested in earning college credit for a particular college class without leaving high school at all should look at which (if any) college classes are being offered at their high school

 To see if Middle College is a good fit for you, please watch the video above then attend one of our four Q&A sessions