The Middle College National Consortium’s work is built upon four design principles. Schools dedicated to providing a college experience for high school students are more successful when they commit to institutional growth in providing academic and social/emotional support for students, strong partnerships with their college and community partners, and systemic data-driven organizational improvement. Below is a short description of each principle. Schools can guide and track their progress on achieving mastery of these principles by using the Rubric found in our Resources.

Comprehensive Student Support

MCNC member schools provide flexible and innovative structures to support students academically, socially, and emotionally, enabling students to attain high standards.
  • Dedicated counselor(s) and college liaisons 
  • Faculty members who serve as counselors or mentors
  • Seminars for students enrolled in college classes
  • Tutoring
  • Regular communication with parents
  • Established map of all services available to students and families