Frequently Asked Questions
Middle College is a unique collaborative between Madison County Schools and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) that enables junior and senior high school students from Madison Central and Madison Southern to obtain a quality high school education while concurrently receiving direct and invaluable access to college courses. Middle College at Eastern Kentucky University is the integration of high school, college, and career training, all set on a university campus.
Potential Middle College students may be characterized by any of the following:
- Seeks intellectual stimulation found in a rigorous curriculum
- Desires a more mature learning environment
- Demonstrates the maturity to cope with the challenges and relative freedom of a college environment
- Holds a sincere conviction in the importance of education, but does not value the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities of the traditional high school
In order to effectively address student performance/needs and determine which students benefit most from the program, candidates must complete an Application for Admission. All students who have completed the 10th grade and live within the Madison County School System district are eligible to apply for admission. In order to be considered for regular admission, students should have the following:
ACT of 18 and
- Proficient skills in reading
- Proficient skills in writing
- 2.0 in Core GPA (English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies)
- Acceptable behavior
- ACT of 17
Middle College students will not be required to pay tuition nor will they incur the expense of textbooks.
Upon completion of the program, students are expected to have achieved the following:
- High School graduation
- Accumulation of college credits and early preparation for college
- Increased maturity and independence
- Identification with a community of learners
- Enhanced academic achievement
All diplomas will be conferred by the sending high school.
Middle College graduates may attend the commencement ceremony of the sending high school in the district.
All juniors are required to take one three-hour college course each semester; while seniors are required to take two, three-hour college courses each semester. Thus, a student who completes both his/her junior and senior years at the Middle College could graduate with a minimum of 18 hours of college credit.
Students, who obtain permission, may take more than required number of courses; however, the student will incur the full cost of the additional courses.
Students who wish to take on-line classes must have successfully completed a full semester of traditional classes and obtain permission from the principal and parent.
Students who attend Middle College @ EKU do not have to remain at EKU to retain their college credits. Credits will transfer to other colleges and universities. The student should always check with the college or university they choose to attend.
The Middle College does not follow the same daily schedule as the traditional high school. In fact, high school courses follow the block schedule of Monday, Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/ /Thursday like those of the college courses. Thus, each student has a different schedule based on the days and times of his/her college class/classes and the days and times of his/her high school classes. In other words, the Middle College does not have set begin or end times. If a student’s first class begins at 1:10 on M,W,F, then he/she doesn’t report until the start of the class. If a student completes all his/her classes by 10:00 a.m., he/she may leave campus.
High School classes are taught by high school teachers and only include high school students. College courses are taught by university professors and will have college students in them.
Middle college does not have athletic programs. If a student wishes to continue with his/her participation in a sport or other extra-curricular activity, he/she should check with sending high school.
Upon being admitted to Middle College, you will remain until graduation, as long as you meet the academic and discipline standards.
Madison County Schools will provide transportation, if needed. Students who ride the school bus will take their usual bus to their regular high school where a shuttle bus will take them to the EKU site. A bus will pick these students up from EKU and take them home or return them to their former high school.
- I will adhere to the Code of Conduct set forth in the Middle College at Eastern Kentucky University and Eastern Kentucky University Student Handbooks.
- I will maintain a full course load per semester. Once I enroll in a college course, I may not drop the course without expressed authorization from Madison County Schools. A full course load for a junior consists of one college class per semester, for a senior, two.
- I understand that if I do not earn a grade of A, B, or C in a college course that I will be required to reimburse the school for the cost of the course.
- I understand that if I am withdrawn from a college course that I will be responsible for the tuition cost of the course and possibly other administrative consequences.
- I understand that my cumulative grade point average must be satisfactory each semester. I understand that if I fail to commit to satisfactory academic growth, I will be subject to review for continued enrollment.
- I understand that all college textbooks purchased by Middle College at Eastern Kentucky University must be returned at the end of each semester.
- I understand that I must park only in designated parking areas.
- I understand that my continued enrollment and advancement in Middle College at Eastern Kentucky University will be based upon my academic, attendance and attitude performance.