Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Kenai Peninsula Middle College
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Q: What is a Middle College?
A: Middle colleges are partnerships between local school districts and local colleges which provide a pathway for high school students to meet graduation requirements through taking classes at the college. Middle Colleges provide students the ability to make a smooth transition from high school to college and begin their college careers ahead of traditional students.
Q: What is the cost of Middle College?
A: KPC Tuition, books and fees for middle college students are paid by KPMCS.
Q: Why attend a Middle College (instead of JumpStart or other programs)?
A: There are many benefits of attending Middle College:
- Individual Mentoring
- KPC courses specific to Middle College students
- Paid tuition through KPBSD
- Paid books and fees
- KPMCS tutoring available
- Part of a community of Middle College Students
- Continued participation in athletics, electives, interims, etc… (vs. early graduation)
- Common classes with other KPMC students
Q: Do you earn both High School and College credit?
A: Yes! Students earn college credit through Kenai Peninsula College and high school credit through their Affiliate High School. Per KPBSD policy, high school credit is awarded as 1.0 high school credit for each 3-4 credit college course.
Q: Why do Middle College Students have a mentor?
A: Research shows that mentoring positively impacts students. Mentors help students transition from high school to college.
Q: Can Middle College students take an additional course or two using JumpStart tuition?
A: Yes! Students who are qualified can take upto an additional six credits through JumpStart and receive reduced tuition for those courses. The tuition and books for these additional courses will need to be paid by the parent, guardian or student.
Q: Is transportation provided?
A: We are still working on the need and availabilty of transportation. Please check back again.
Q: Which classes are required for Middle College Students?
A: Students and famililes work with their mentor and advisor at KPC to use placement info and career pathways to decide which courses are best for students.
Q: Can I participate in sports or other extra curriculars at my traditional school?
A: Yes! As a KPMCS student, you can participate in athletics and other extra curricular activities at your traditional school.
Q: Can I take a class at my traditional school?
A: Students remain enrolled in their affiliate high school and can take any courses that fit in their schedule. Work with your advisor to successfully plan your schedule to balance your course load and meet your graduation requirements. Per KPBSD policy, students may take upto two classes at another school, pending space and approval.
Q: Do I have to enroll at RCA as a full time student?
A: No, in 2022-23 Middle College has transitioned to a districtwide program and students can remain enrolled in their Affiliate school. River City Academy is a school of choice in KPBSD, located in Soldotna and students interested in RCA should visit their page for enrollment information.