Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Middle College Program?
The Mt. Hood Middle College Program allows qualifying Reynolds High School students age 16 and older to attend Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) as a full-time student for at least two years, and longer if need to complete high school graduation requirements. Credits earned at MHCC will apply to completion of your high school diploma, and credits earned for 100 level classes and above will apply to your associates degree at MHCC.
How do I know if Middle College is right for me?
Middle College is right for you if you are ready for a challenge and ready for academic work in a college environment. Middle College students will be treated as college students by MHCC faculty and staff. You must be at least 16 years old to enroll in the middle college.
How is credit at MHCC transferred back to Reynolds High School?
High school credit will be awarded for college credit earned. Many, but not all, college courses can qualify for high school credit. The breakdown of credit is:
1 2 college credits → .25 high school credit
3 4 college credits → .50 high school credit
5 6 college credits → 1.0 high school credit
What are the admissions requirements?
The student must apply for admission to the Middle College Program. Interested students must:
- Complete all forms in the Information Session Packet
- Take the College Placement Test
- Get a copy of their Reynolds High School transcript
- Turn in everything to MHCC, room 1162.
When your packet has been evaluated you will be contacted regarding acceptance into the program. We will then schedule a meeting with you to answer questions and register.
Are my parents involved?
Yes, you and your parents will need to attend an information session together to learn about the program and sign required paperwork. Parents are also encouraged to attend the registration appointment, if you are accepted.
What grades are accepted for high school credit?
Once the student is enrolled at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), MHCC course grades A, B, C, or S will be counted as eligible for high school credit. Grades of F, U, W and Incomplete will not be accepted. D grades may or may not be counted depending on your individual graduation plan.
What grades are accepted for Mt. Hood Community College credit?
MHCC course grades A, B, C,orSwill be counted as eligibletoward MHCC certificates and degrees in courses numbered100 and above.*Grades of D may or may not apply depending on eachcertificate or degree requirements. Grades ofF,U, W and Incomplete will not be accepted.
*Some professional/technical courses numbered 100 and above may not apply toward all certificates and degrees. See the MHCC college catalog for a complete listing of certificate and degree requirements.
What are the requirements to graduate from high school?
You and the Mt. Hood Community College counselor will develop an education plan that will identify the MHCC classes you will need to successfully complete to obtain the credits required to graduate from high school.
What is the cost of this program?
There is no cost directly to the student for participation in the Middle College program. Transportation to and from MHCC, meals and school supplies, however, are the responsibility of the student and his/her family.
Who Should I Contact for Further Information?
Contact your high school counselor or Karyn Renehan, Middle College Coordinator, at 503-491-7421.