Middle College

Application Window Is Now Closed

Students Who Interviewed the Week of March 25–28

Check email from Joe McDevitt for application status on Friday, March 29 after 5:00 PM.

Interview Prep Checklist

Please bring a copy of your current grades with you to your interview.

Please park in front of the Fox building in the visitors lot for your interview as parking is free for 40 minutes. All interviews will take place on the 2nd floor of Fox (201 and 202).


Middle College at West Valley College is an alternative program that offers a special opportunity to students who are seeking a more challenging academic program and who have the maturity and academic skills to successfully function in college level classes. Students are motivated to undertake independent research and to report their findings in both oral and written form. Students are seeking a wider choice of electives and are excited by the rigor and challenge of starting college classes and career exploration.

The program offers students a small class size with a rigorous academically focused environment. It is housed entirely on the West Valley College campus. With over 35 clubs and athletic teams, students are actively involved in the extracurricular life at the college. Students receive a diploma from their original high school, and participate in their home school graduation ceremonies.

Under the guidance of their high school Middle College counselor, along with a West Valley College counselor, students select from over 1,000 college classes that meet high school graduation requirements. These classes can be credited towards their college degree and transferred to UC, CSU or private schools. Students are enrolled in two (2) high school classes, as well as a minimum of six (6) and a maximum of eleven (11) college units per semester. Although not required for the Middle College Program, students may also enroll in two (2) courses in the winter and summer sessions.


Juniors meet on Mondays and Wednesdays for 12:35 PM – 3:35 PM and are enrolled in the following classes:

  1. U.S. History
  2. English 11

Seniors meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:35 PM – 3:35 PM and are enrolled in the following classes:

  1. English 12
  2. Government/Economics

Application Process

Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the Program. To be considered a strong candidate for enrollment in the Middle College Program, a student must:

  1. Attend the information meeting.
  2. Have completed 110 academic units with a minimum GPA of 2.8
  3. Apply to the College.
    1. Complete the online application at www.westvalley.edu – Click Apply Now Create an OpenCCC apply account. You will receive a CCC ID# (ex: AF861972) via email; this is not your College ID#. Using your email address or your cell number, log into OpenCCC through the Apply Now link and complete the West Valley College application.
    2. Using your CCC ID#, log into OpenCCC Apply through the Apply Now link and complete the West Valley College Application.
    3. Within 5 minutes – 2 hours you will receive your West Valley College ID# (ex: G08100451) via email. You will need this number moving forward.
    4. Contact the WVC Admissions Office if you do not receive your ID number at (408)741-2477 or email Andrew Louie at [email protected]
  4. Submit a completed application packet on Tuesday, March 12 by 5:00 PM, which includes:
    1. Three (3) recommendation forms: 2 from a core subject high school teacher and 1 from a counselor.
    2. One 2-page word-processed essay and short answers responding to the prompts.
    3. One writing sample of a recently graded analytical essay (English preferred).
    4. Parent (Guardian)/Student forms.
    5. Students with a 504 or IEP must meet with the WVC DESP Office.
  5. Check back for interview dates.

Dates and Deadlines

Students/parents must attend a mandatory information night on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM via Zoom.

Join virtual event via Zoom.

Application Packet is due on Wednesday, March 12 at 5:00 PM.

Check back for interview status on Wednesday, March 20 after 5:00 PM.

Student with a 504 or an IEP must meet with the West Valley College Disability and Educational Support Program (DESP) Office as part of the registration process (this will not impact the admissions decision). Reference handout attached to this application.


Interviews will take place between Monday, March 25 – Thursday, March 28 in the Fox building.

Students can check for acceptance status into the program with their unique ID after 5:00 on Friday, March 29. If admitted into the program, the website will include next steps.

Orientation Dates

Group Date Time Location
Juniors | Last Names: A-L Monday, April 15 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Fox 120
Juniors | Last Names: M-Z Tuesday, April 16 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Fox 201
New Senior Students Wednesday, April 17 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Fox 120
Class Date Time Location
COUN 5 Class (required for Juniors) Monday, June 17 – Thursday, July 11

What Every Family Needs to Know

  • Students are required to take their high school English and Social Science through the Middle College Program. Students must participate in the entire program. It is the only way that students are considered “full-time” high school students, thereby making them eligible to take West Valley College courses. As mentioned above, the juniors must take English 11 and U.S. History in the Program. Seniors must take English 12, American Government, and Economics in the Program.
  • Students are required to PASS, with a “C” or better, all West Valley College courses and Middle College classes per semester and session, including the Middle College cohort Counseling 5 in the summer or fall.
  • If a student receives a “D” in a class, the student is placed on probation. If a student receives an “F” in a class, the student will be removed from the Middle College program and sent back to their home high school.
  • Students are encouraged not to overload. Within the Middle College Program itself, students need to be fully committed to 12:35 PM - 3:35 PM of class time.
  • Students attending Middle College will follow the Middle College academic calendar.
  • Middle College students receive a diploma from their high school and participate in the high school graduation ceremony.
  • For the purpose of GRADUATION, Middle College students should always list themselves as a high school student from their home high school (using the home high school CEEB Code) when applying for college admission, scholarships, financial aid or standardized tests.
  • Students are required to plan and monitor their academic progress through graduation. Students are encouraged to take advantage of West Valley College support services to complete classes successfully.
  • Enrollment in West Valley College (not Mission College) courses is limited to a minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 11 units for each FALL and SPRING semester, and up to 2 classes for each winter and summer session (optional). Students may only enroll in ONE online course and one PE class per session or semester. Middle College students are not allowed to audit classes.
  • Students may enroll in a Work Experience class but those units are NOT included in the required 6 units.
  • Students must receive letter grades for all West Valley College classes that offer letter grades. Students cannot take an incomplete or pass/no pass options.
  • Students are encouraged to fully engage in college life by participating in any athletic or extracurricular clubs at the College.
  • Students may not be on a high school campus during the school day without prior permission from their home school.
  • Students who do not follow the terms of the contract will be removed from the Middle College program.


Name Position Phone Number Email Address Office Area of Expertise
Josh Hancock MC Instructor, English (408) 741-2095 [email protected] SSC 201W HS Classes
Chris Jones Counselor   [email protected] SSC 201F College Support & Requirements
Joe McDevitt Interim Dean of Enrollment Email is the best way to contact Joe. joe.mcdevittFREEWEST_VALLEY SSC 202 Dean
Erin Reyes   (408) 371-0960
Ext. 2073
[email protected] Campbell Union High School District HS Graduation Requirements
Mary Carol   (408) 402-6373 [email protected] LG/SHS District Office HS Graduation Requirements

Support Services

Name Department Phone Number Email Address Office Area of Expertise
Vida Sabouri Success Center/Tutorial (408) 741-2038     Writing Assistance and Tutorial
Alyson Butcher Math Resource Center (408) 741-2590 alyson.butcherFREEWEST_VALLEY Science and Math Building  
  Health Services (408) 741-2027
Urgent Contact Line: (408) 741-4000
  SSC 101 Health and Wellness
  District Police Non-Emergency: (408) 741-2311
Emergency: 911
[email protected] District Police Building Public Safety

Information for High School Students with Disabilities Enrolled in College Courses

Accommodations for a Disability

High School students with disabilities who are enrolled in college courses may register with the West Valley College Disability and Educational Support Program (DESP) to request reasonable accommodations for their college course by following the steps below.

A key difference between how accommodations are implemented in college courses versus high school courses is the degree of initiative required of the high school student enrolled in college courses. High school students follow the steps below to complete an Academic Accommodation Plan in an interactive discussion with a DESP counselor. Students then must request the accommodations that they wish to implement in their courses. This is done every semester in which students are enrolled in West Valley College courses. Instructors are then notified of their students’ approved accommodations. Certain accommodations such as alternative testing may require that the student log on to DESP Online Services to schedule quizzes and tests.*

*If college courses are offered at locations other than the main campus, accommodations may be arranged directly with the instructor. DESP counselors will discuss options with students during their intake meeting.

  1. Complete DESP online registration application
  2. Upload documentation of disability, eg IEP, 504, physician’s verification
  3. Make appointment with a DESP counselor to complete program registration via despFREEWEST_VALLEY or (408) 741-2010.
  4. Following registration with DESP, request approved accommodations for your course at DESP Online Services.
  5. If you and your instructor agree that you will take your exams in the DESP Test Center, you will schedule your test at DESP Online Services.
Visit Disability Services (DESP)
Last Updated 3/29/24