Middle College High School at CBU operates as a free, public high school within the Shelby County School District. Middle College students come from a variety of communities in the Memphis metropolitan area and are marked by their academic, social, and emotional ability to meet high expectations. These expectations prepare each student to begin college coursework at Christian Brothers University, a highly-respected academic institution, and earn over 60 hours of college credit with their high school diploma. Middle College students who earn a 19 or 20 on the ACT have the opportunity to take Dual-Enrollment courses on the MCHS campus, such as: college-level French, History, and English. Students with a 21 or above on the ACT are enrolled as CBU students and have access to courses including: Psychology, Anthropology, Microeconomics, Finite Math, and Computer Applications, in addition to other core education requirements that are transferrable to other colleges and universities.
AWARD WINNING SCHOOL
For the last three years, MCHS is the only school in Memphis to be designated as a Reward School for both Growth and Achievement by the Tennessee Department of Education. MCHS operates in the top 1% of all high schools and the top 5% of all schools in Tennessee.
We're located in the heart of Midtown Memphis. MCHS serves nearly 300 students and their families from the greater Memphis metropolitan area. We share the historic Fairview Junior High building with Maxine Smith STEAM Academy.
Our mission is to immerse students in a safe, collegiate, and academically
challenging learning environment that prepares them to communicate
effectively, think, and reason critically, value diversity, and engage in
service to others during and beyond high school.
Middle College High School @ Christian Brothers University is a small highschool representing students from many residential areas across the city. MCHS opened its doors in August, 1987, on the campus of Southwest Tennessee Community College, then Shelby State Community College. MCHS’s student body was comprised of students in grades 10-12. In 1990, MCHS graduated its first class of 25 seniors!
Following the development of a new partnership with Christian Brothers University, Middle College moved to its current location in 2009, where a 6-16 initiative was created with Christian Brothers University. For over twenty-five years, MCHS has been part of the National Middle College Consortium Network, which now includes more than 25 schools nationally. College courses are offered on the Middle College and Christian Brothers University campuses.
In 2014 and 2015 Middle College High School was the only school in Memphis to earn the Reward School designation for both Performance and Progress by the Tennessee Department of Education. The school was also named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education in 2015. Again this year, Middle College is the only school in the District to make the TN DOE Reward School list for BOTH Performance and Progress! MCHS operates in the top 1% of all high schools and the top 5% of all schools in Tennessee.
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