Enrollment for the 2016 - 2017 school year is now closed
Middle College overview
The Blue Water Middle College Academy provides St. Clair County students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and a college associate degree at no cost by attending school for an extra year.
The middle college is designed to increase the number of students enrolling in college and the number of students completing either an associate or bachelor’s degree.
This is accomplished by progressively transitioning high school students into the college environment beginning in 11th grade and continuing through year 13. The Blue Water Middle College is modeled on schools elsewhere in Michigan and the nation that blend high school and college classes.
Students are supported throughout the program with personal mentoring and academic counseling, college success workshops, and development of a supportive group of fellow middle college students.
Students enroll in the Blue Water Middle College Academy in the fall of their 11th grade year. Enrollment begins in January with a series of informational meetings at the partnering high schools.
One student's story
Makenzie Klein wasn't at all thrilled when Mom told her she was going to enroll in the Blue Water Middle College Academy. Three years later, Makenzie has her high school diploma, two years of college credit, a scholarship and a career plan.
Read her story
Transferring SC4 credits to a four-year university
The middle college allows its students to earn free college credits through St. Clair County Community College. These credits will transfer to four-year universities, which will save students and their families money.
Dateline Schools Interview with BWMCA Director, Pete Spencer
Pete Spencer describes the middle college and reports on the achievements of current BWMCA students and its graduates.
Click on the photo at the left to go to the first of the series of five daily segments on the St. Clair County RESA TV: School News YouTube channel. You will be able to select the Tuesday through Friday segments when at the site.
Video Overview of the BWMCA
Below is a short video that provides an overview of the Blue Water Middle College Academy from the perspective of its students and BWMCA and SC4 staff.
A unique partnership
The BWMCA is chartered by the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency and reflects a unique partnership between the RESA, St. Clair County Community College and five county school districts: Algonac, Capac, Memphis, Port Huron and Yale.
Students take their high school courses at one of the partnering high schools. Their college courses are taken at St. Clair County Community College.
Students enrolling in the Blue Water Middle College Academy become students of the middle college but are allowed to play sports and participate in normal extracurricular activities at their local high school through agreements between the middle college and the local districts.
Success Sessions are provided several times a month by middle college staff to provide students time to meet as a group, share information and ideas, and learn about the strategies and skills that help students succeed at high levels in college.
Students are expected to attend all Success Sessions. They are often offered on Friday afternoons when there are few college classes taking place at SC4. Success Sessions for grade 13 students are offered Friday morning and afternoon to accommodate their differing schedules. Information on each upcoming Success Session is shared with students and parents via email.
Some of the topics addressed at the Success Sessions include:
- Differences between high school and college
- Planning for an associate degree
- Note-taking and study strategies for college courses
- Communicating with college instructors
- Choosing college classes and the registration process
- Awareness of departments and programs at SC4
- Planning ahead:
- Refining career choices
- Identifying future college options
- Credit transferability
- The college application process
- Paying for College: Financial Aid
Below: Traci Whymer, BWMCA Student Advisor, talks to new middle college students about calculating their grades throughout the semester. Awareness of where you stand is critical to success in a college course.
Student Success Central website
A separate website for students and parents, "Student Success Central", has been created to host information essential to the successful transition of students from high school to college.
Click here to visit the site.
Video summaries of all Success Sessions and the Parent Orientation are posted on the SSC site. Below is a screenshot of the SSC home page.