Middle College at DACC is designed for high school juniors and seniors, with a history of academic success, who may have run into barriers to high school completion.
The goal of Middle College is to support the development of strong, successful students who are actively engaged in their studies in order to improve graduation rates in Vermilion County. Students accepted into Middle College take classes on-campus at Danville Area Community College instead of the high school. Much like a regular college student, each student in Middle College is registered for classes that meet his or her own graduation requirements. Classes may be a combined mix of developmental, online, credit recovery and/or college level classes. Students are required to be involved in a minimum of five hours of learning each school day. Additionally, each Middle College student is assigned a Case Manager, who works side-by-side with the student to overcome barriers.
Students who are recommended for the program must have the consent of his or her home high school. Once a Middle College student completes requirements for graduation per his or her home high school, they will become a graduate of that school. If a student completes college-level coursework as part of Middle College, the credit counts as both high school and college credit and is part of the student's academic transcript at Danville Area Community College.
The DACC Middle College program was built as a partnership with the support of the Vermilion Healthcare Foundation, High School Administrators, Regional Superintendent, Vermilion Advantage and Danville Area Community College.
Interested students must complete an application, with high school recommendation, and be accepted into the program.
Parents or students who are interested in participating in the Middle College program should contact their high school guidance counselors or DACC Middle College Staff at 217-443-8876.