Frequently Asked Questions

 

Academic Progress

Q.

What is the biggest challenge to most students entering college for the first time?

A.

Study and time management skills are the most challenging. In some cases, students have not

found they have to study after school in high school. In one semester, college classes complete the equivalent of a year of high school coursework. Students are often shocked at the amount of homework they are asked to complete out of class.

 

In high school, often the teacher's lecture and the textbook materials align and form the basis for testing. In college, the lecture, textbooks, and notes are all part of the bigger picture of learning that a student is expected to grasp. Learning how to identify what is important from each of these components takes time. Study skills classes and academic support sessions will help students master this skill.

 

Time management skills are also critical because the college semester lasts 16 weeks while the high school semester lasts 19 weeks. If a student allows homework to slide in college, performance will slump, and he/she can be seriously behind before realizing it. This can negatively impact grades. Again, study skills classes and academic support sessions will help students master this skill.

Q.

What if my student struggles?

A.

One of the middle college tenets is to engage students in early learning experiences with college in a supportive setting. Academic support structures are a key part of the foundation. We will be working closely with students to chart an individualized path for success. Parents will be involved in this process as partners to help identify and implement strategies that will support a successful outcome.

Admission Requirements

Q.

Is there selection criteria for BWMCA?

A.

The BWMCA literature lists considerations for students and parents as they determine whether or not to apply to the BWMCA. These considerations are based on data from a number of sources (ACT and historical grade average/college correlations) which serve as guidelines to project future success in college. These are not meant to be exclusive. Each student entering the BWMCA will be placed in the college curriculum based upon his/her Educational Development Plan.

Calendar

Q.

Which academic calendar do students follow? 

A.

Students will be expected to follow both the SC4 calendar and the high school calendar. Note there are differences in starting times, breaks, and other dates. 

 

Costs

Q.

What are the costs to our family?

A.

There will be no cost for attendance at the Blue Water Middle College Academy. College tuition, fees and books will be covered. The only cost to families will be transportation.

 

Course Credits

Q.

How many credits will be covered per semester? 

A.

The Blue Water Middle College Academy will provide a combined high school and college full-time schedule (approximately six courses) per semester depending upon the student's academic year and Educational Development Plan.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Q.

Will I be able to participate in high school organizations and activities? 

A.

The participating high schools have agreed that students will be permitted to participate in local high school activities and organizations (i.e. prom and homecoming activities, plays, clubs, etc).

Graduation

Q.

Will my child graduate from his/her home high school or the Middle College?

A.

Blue Water Middle College Academy students will receive their high school diploma from BWMCA. The local high schools have agreed that students will walk in graduation with their cohort and take part in graduation activities; however, the student will not receive a diploma until completion of the Middle College graduation requirements in year 13. 

Q.

When my child receives his/her Associate Degree, is it granted from the BWMCA or from SC4?

A.

Students will receive their Associate Degree from SC4.

 

Schedule

Q.

Will students be able to plan their schedule?

A.

Under the guidance of BWMCA staff, students will develop individualized schedules that will, as much as possible, accommodate desired schedules. These will depend upon the time and availability of the programs and courses each student needs to take in order to accomplish his/her Educational Development Plan.

Q.

Will students be able to play sports?

A.

The BWMCA is working with partner high schools to explore agreements that would allow a student to play sports.

Q.

Will students still be able to attend St. Clair TEC?

A.

The BWMCA will be a great compliment to St. Clair TEC. Students will be able to meet some of their technical course content for their Associate's degree while attending TEC and take college courses that will help them complete their Associate's degree or obtain a certificate in a technical area.

 

Transportation

Q.

How will my student get to and from the campus?

A.

Student transportation is the responsibility of the family. The parents may drive the student or the student can drive him or herself if they have a driver's license.