School Details

Middle College High School

2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo, CA 94806
(510) 235-7800
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 285 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
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32%
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Middle College High School is a public high school in San Pablo. The principal of Middle College High School is Ann Shin, whose e-mail is ashin@wccusd.net. 285 students attend Middle College High School and identify mostly as Filipino; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 1% of the Middle College High School students have "limited English proficiency." 50% of the 285 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Middle College High School is 22:1. Vista High (Alternative) School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Crew
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 7% 5%
Multiracial 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 7% 11%
Hispanic 49% 46%
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 23%
Unspecified 2% 5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% %
Asian 12% 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 1% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50% 64%
Limited English proficiency 1% 33%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is great.the only reason I give it a 4 star is because the principal is rude and not organized at all. I had an appt with her and she showed up 1 hour later.The highschool teachers have favorite students so if your kid is not doing well they do not care.The only teachers who truly care are the English teacher and the Spanish teacher.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter is a student here in her second year. I am thoroughly impressed with the concept and I love the fact that school is comprised of students who are taking their education seriously. My daughter is doing very well here academically. However the admin leaves much to be desired. I have personally encountered a rude office staff member; a principal who "forgot" an appt SHE scheduled and for which I took off work; and non-responsiveness to phone messages and a letter. In spite of the latter - the opportunity is so valuable that I would have my daughter go do no other school in this district.

  • (4 years ago)

    Not only that we learn important lessons academically but the outstanding relationship between the students teachers and staff builds a healthy community of leaders.

  • (4 years ago)

    MCHS is a quality public school and certainly is an untraditional high school. We need more high schools like it!

  • (5 years ago)

    EXCELLENT teachers!! The admin could be better (okay...a LOT better) but besides that it's one of the best schools! My child is currently a Sophmore there and they love it.

  • (5 years ago)

    It allows us the chance to take high school and college classes at the same time. I went to a normal high school my freshman year and I hated it. Middle College is truly a different experience and in my opinion a better one. We are also one of the best middle colleges in the country! So yeah we kick butt pretty hard.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school itself is a very good school however the staff is condescending and mean spirited to say the least.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a current student of MCHS that loves it! I love having the opportunity of taking college classes while still in high school. I also love how my school is conveniently located on the college campus. I would like the 'review readers' to note that MCHS staff are the best. Most have traveled the world and are able to tell their students life stories and expose them to foreign facts and affairs that they've seen first hand or heavily studied. They help make the students well rounded in that aspect. MCHS staff has loads of experience teaching and are great mentors. I would like to close by saying the previous reviewers comment on MCHS teachers having accents is discriminatory and irrelevant. Do not use that as an excuse to whatever you're having trouble with.

  • (6 years ago)

    I came to this school expecting a challenge and getting a really good education. I did not get either of the two. No wait...my fellow peers and I do get a challenge with the teachers that can't teach the ones that giv tests on material they didn't assign and all the teachers with and accent we can't understand.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have been quite pleased with my daughter's educational experience at Middle College High. The workload is heavy but not overbearing. The unique characteristic of the school is the fact that the students will have the same teachers throughout their high school experience thereby allowing the student and teachers to really get to know one another.

  • (11 years ago)

    Very good school teaches you how to be independent in the world and from your parents.

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(based on 16 ratings & reviews)

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