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History of the Program

Mission Early College High School is dual enrollment program located on the Mission College campus in Santa Clara, CA, and is an innovative partnership between Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) and West Valley-Mission Community College District (WVM).  Previously known as the Mission Middle College Program, it was established in 2001 by a leadership team made up of both SCUSD and Mission College staff in an effort to expand the educational pathways in SCUSD. In early 2017, both the SCUSD and WVM Board of Trustees approved the transformation of the Middle College Program into an Early College High School known as Mission Early College High School (MECHS).

This innovative school blends high school and college into a coherent educational program, and provides an exceptional opportunity for students of SCUSD to earn a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit in three years or less. Students take three high school classes taught by SCUSD instructors on the Mission College campus, and up to 15 units of college classes each semester with all tuition fees waived by Mission College.

MECHS is strategically designed to fulfill and exceed University of California “a-g” admission requirements.  MECHS possesses a strong and influential college-bound culture with high expectations for all students.  The rigorous and strong academic culture prepares graduates to be competitively eligible for admission to the University of California, California State University, and other institutions of higher learning.

MECHS accepts incoming 10th and 11th grade students for the Fall of each school year and has a current enrollment of 120 students.  Those seeking admission to MECHS must go through the application and interview process, which is selective and admittance is not guaranteed.  MECHS seeks to establish a diverse learning environment and encourages the participation of students who are considered at-risk, low-income, or ethnic minorities, and seeks to decrease the high school dropout rate while increasing students’ access to postsecondary education.  The ultimate goal is to encourage students to continue their journey through post-secondary education, to eventually graduate with a Bachelor’s degree.