Middle College National Consortium is an organization approximately 40 public schools on college campuses across the nation. It is composed of Middle and Early College high schools (which are high school /college partnerships), and school districts in 16 states committed to preparing students in underserved communities for college by giving them rigorous coursework that will lead to college credits while students are still enrolled in high school. MCNC schools include both public and charter institutions that serve grades 7-12, 9-12, or 11-12. All MCNC schools are affiliated and located on or near college campuses.
Middle College High Schools (MCHS) offer tuition-free courses to all eligible students and access to college services and facilities to faculty and students alike. Students earn transferable college credit while attending high school. MCHS’s have access to all MCNC conferences, services and support.
Early College High Schools (ECHS) were developed with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and built on the Middle College High School experience. Students in ECHS are enrolled in college classes as early as ninth grade and follow a plan designed to help students earn between 30 credits and/or an Associate’s degree upon graduation from high school.