YEP Middle College: Competitive Edge for Students to Make Higher Ed Real

By: | January 6, 2019
District Name: Hayward Unified School District
District State: California
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More Hayward USD students are taking college classes in high school and middle school thanks to a college readiness and concurrent enrollment program there. By offering college credits in high school and middle school, Hayward USD is offsetting the course work of their students once they graduate high school and helping their families financially.

YEP Middle College exposes middle school students to introductory college-level work.

About three-quarters of Hayward USD’s students are from low-income families; 65 percent are Latino, 30 percent are English language learners, and many will be the first in their family to attend college.

At the school, which opened two years ago, instructors from nearby Chabot College teach seventh- and eighth-graders modified versions of business, early childhood development, engineering, humanities and music classes after school. Also included are field trips to businesses and other institutions.

To enroll, students must earn a B or higher in language arts and have at least a 3.0 grade-point average overall.

Since its inception, more than 200 students have participated in the program, with 79 percent earning a C or better. The grades are noteworthy because the young students take the same tests, read the same texts and complete the same homework assignments as do Chabot College students.

And the students earn college credit in the process, saving them money along the way.