Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live within the Palo Alto Unified School District?

Yes, to be eligible to apply for PAUSD MC High School, you need to live within the boundaries of PAUSD.

What grades does Middle College High School serve?

Middle College High School is for students grades 10-12.

Can I still participate in sports and activities at my home high school?

Yes, as long as it doesn’t conflict with Foothill coursework and PAUSD MC High School courses and activities. Contact the athletic director at your home high school.

Does PAUSD MC High School follow the high school calendar?

Yes. PAUSD MC High School follows the PAUSD academic calendar for the high school courses.

Who is my school counselor?

PAUSD MC High School students receive multiple student support services, including a dedicated counselor to help navigate graduation requirements and college registration process. Please contact Hannah Banks, counselor. 

Do I earn high school and college credits at the same time?

In PAUSD MC High School, you earn high school credits for the PAUSD MC courses taught by PAUSD teachers. You earn college credit for the Foothill courses taught by Foothill instructors. All eligible courses count towards earning the 220 semester credits needed for PAUSD graduation requirements.

Is PAUSD MC High School a dual enrollment program?

PAUSD MC High School is different from Dual Enrollment. Dual Enrollment courses refer to high-school courses that have gone through curricular alignment with a community college and whose students are enrolled in two institutions concurrently, therefore earning high school credits and college credits simultaneously. In PAUSD MC High School, you earn high school credits for the PAUSD MC High School courses taught by PAUSD teachers. You earn college credit for the Foothill courses taught by Foothill instructors. All eligible courses count towards earning the 220 semester credits needed for PAUSD graduation requirements.

How is PAUSD MC High School different from College Now!?

College Now! is a separate program run by Foothill College. Students take Foothill courses on Foothill campus, with guidance from the PAUSD Counselor. Please contact Hannah Banks if you have any questions. 

What courses can I take at Foothill College?

You can browse the entire Foothill College course catalog