APSU - Marks Building, Clarksville, TN 37040
931-221-1350 | 931-221-1360 (fax)
Regular Day: 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Half Day: 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Early Release: 12:30 PM
What is a Middle College?
Middle College is a unique collaborative program between Clarksville-Montgomery County School System and Austin Peay State University that enables junior and senior high school students throughout the district to obtain a quality high school education while concurrently receiving direct and invaluable access to college courses. Middle College at Austin Peay State University is a transitional program that integrates high school, college, and career training all set on a university campus.
What is a transitional program?
A transitional program is an environment that guides students through the next phases of their academic career. It is exists to be a bridge between true academic independence at the college and career level and the guided instruction of high school.
Who is eligible to apply?
Potential Middle College students may be characterized by any of the following: - Seeks intellectual stimulation found in a rigorous curriculum - Desires a more mature learning environment - Demonstrates the maturity to cope with the challenges and relative freedom of a college environment - Holds a sincere conviction in the importance of education, but does not value the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities of the traditional high school. Middle College will offer 120 CMCSS juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn their high school degree on a university campus
What are the Admission Requirements?
In order to effectively address student performance/needs and determine which students could most benefit from the program, candidates must complete an Application for Admission. All students who have completed the 10th grade and will live within the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System district to begin their Junior year of high school are eligible to apply for admission. In order to be considered for regular admission, students should have an ACT score of 19 or higher and/ or a GPA of 2.85. An ACT score is not required for admission.
Associate Degree Pathway?
Students who complete both their Junior and Senior year in the Associate Degree Pathway will graduate with a both a high school diploma from CMCSS and an Associate in Liberal Arts degree from Austin Peay State University.
Are there any expenses to attend Middle College?
Through the utilization of grants and scholarships, Middle College students will not be required to pay tuition nor will they incur the expense of textbooks. Students will be apprised regarding any fees which may be assessed.
What are the outcomes from the Middle College experience?
Upon completion of the program, students are expected to have achieved the following:- High School graduation- Accumulation of college credits and early preparation for college of an Associate of Liberal Arts- Increased maturity and independence- Identification with a community of learners- Enhanced academic achievement
What high school will be listed on my diploma?
Since Middle College is an accredited high school and students who attend Middle College have actually transferred from another accredited high school, all diplomas will be conferred by the Middle College at Austin Peay State University.
Will I have a graduation ceremony?
Middle College graduates are recognized and receive their diplomas during a commencement ceremony which is scheduled in accordance with the other high schools in the district.
How many college credits can I earn?
All juniors are required to take one three-hour college course Fall semester and two, three-hour courses Spring Semester. Seniors will take three, three-hour courses each semester. A student who completes both his/her junior and senior years at the Middle College will graduate with a minimum of 27 hours of college credit.
May I take more than the required number of college courses?
Students, who obtain permission, may take over the required number of courses; however, the student will incur the full cost of the additional course.
May I take on-line classes?
Students who wish to take on-line classes must have successfully completed a full semester of traditional classes and obtain permission from the principal and parent.
Will my credits transfer to another college?
Students who attend Middle College do not have to remain to Austin Peay to retain their college credits. Credits will transfer to other colleges and universities.
What is the typical schedule of a Middle College student?
The Middle College does not follow the same daily schedule as the traditional high school. In fact, high school courses follow the block schedule of Monday/Wednesday/ Friday or Tuesday/ Thursday in line with college courses. Each student has a different schedule based on the days and times of his/her college class/ classes and the days and times of his/her high school classes. The Middle College does not have set begin or end times. If a student’s first class begins at 1:10 on M,W,F, then he/she doesn’t report until the start of the class. If a student completes all his/her classes by 10:00 a.m., he/she may leave campus.
Is transportation provided?
Students who attend Middle College will be responsible for their own dependable transportation to and from the college campus. CMCSS will not provide school bus transportation. However, as a student at Austin Peay, you will be able to ride the city’s transit system free of charge with the Bus Pass. In addition, students who drive to school will be issued an APSU parking sticker which will allow them to park in the designated student parking lots.
Who teaches the classes?
High School classes are taught by high school teachers and only include high school students. College courses are taught by college professors and will have college students in them.
Can I get an Honors/Highest Honors diploma?
Middle College offers only the Honors diploma due to the required AP classes in order to obtain the Highest Honors diploma. AP classes are not offered at Middle College.
Will we participate in Academic Awards Banquets?
Students who meet the requirements will participate in the same awards banquets as the other students in the district.
Will we have a prom?
The Middle College will host a prom/ball like the traditional high school; however, both juniors and seniors may attend.
Can we play sports? Can we attend Middle College and return to our zoned school to play sports?
Middle College does not have athletic programs. If a student wishes to continue with his/her participation in a sport or other extra-curricular activity, he/she should not attend Middle College.
Where do we eat lunch?
The University Center has a food court, cafeteria, and coffee shop. There are also snack bars on campus. Students can also bring lunch or eat off campus. However, students who qualify for free/ reduced lunch and those wishing to utilize their CMCSS cafeteria account may eat lunch at Burt Elementary, which is located adjacent to our building on campus.
If I start the program as a junior, will I have to reapply for my senior year?
Upon being admitted to Middle College, you will remain until graduate, as long as you meet academic and discipline standards.
Do I attend my home school as well?
Once you enroll in Middle College, you are no longer considered a student at your previous school. In fact, you are viewed as a visitor when you are on their campus.
Will I be able to receive scholarships to pay for my college after Middle College?
Yes! Taking and being successful in college classes as a high school student is a great way to stand apart from other applicants and show that you have the maturity and ability to be succesul in college. Our recent graduates average about $60,000 per student in scholarship awards.
If I have more questions, who can I contact?
Ms. Champion, the principal, will be more than happy to answer all your questions.