Middle College at College of San Mateo - Mission Statement
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Middle College
Mission Statement and History

Mission of San Mateo Middle College
The San Mateo Middle College is an alternative education collaboration between the San Mateo Union High School District and College of San Mateo. Middle College, made up of students of diverse backgrounds, serves students whose needs are not being met by the traditional high school. Middle College also gives students an opportunity to achieve high school and college academic success, to explore and pursue vocational and career aspirations, and to prepare themselves for future college experiences in a supportive, academically-challenging environment.

Goals of San Mateo Middle College
The goals of San Mateo Middle College include
  • helping students adequately prepare themselves for college.
  • helping students adequately prepare themselves for a career.
  • exposing students to career opportunities and courses not available at typical high schools.
  • providing students the support services needed to be successful in high school and college courses.
  • giving students a solid foundation for life as a college student.
  • emphasizing that college can serve all students.
  • giving underrepresented minority students an opportunity to pursue higher education.
Mission of the San Mateo Union High School District
The mission of the San Mateo Union High School District is to challenge and motivate each student to achieve full potential as a responsible member of our diverse community, in a safe learning environment that promotes intellectual growth, health, creativity, and respect for self and others.

Mission Statement of College of San Mateo
College of San Mateo provides an exceptional educational opportunity to residents of San Mateo County and the Greater Bay Area Region.  The college is an open-access, student-centered institution that serves the diverse educational, economic, social, and cultural needs of its students and the community.  College of San Mateo fosters a culture of excellence and success that engages and challenges students through a comprehensive curriculum of basic skills, career and technical programs, and transfer preparation.  It uses analysis of quantitative and qualitative data and information, collaborative integrated institutional planning, and assessment to inform decision-making and ensure continuous improvement.  Its programs and services are structured, delivered, and evaluated to prepare students to be informed and engaged citizens in an increasingly global community. To achieve this mission, the college has adopted the following Institutional Priorities
  1. Improve Student Success
  2. Promote Academic Excellence
  3. Promote Relevant, High-Quality Programs and Services
  4. Promote Integrated Planning, Fiscal Stability, and the Efficient Use of Resources
  5. Enhance Institutional Dialog
Diversity Statement of College of San Mateo
College of San Mateo maintains as an institutional priority a policy of inclusiveness that recognizes, values and reflects the diversity of the community we serve.  As an academic institution, we foster a dynamic learning and working environment that encourages multiple perspectives and the free exchange of ideas.  We abide by the principle of equal opportunity for all without regard to gender, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, economic background, sexual orientation, and physical, learning, and psychological differences.
Middle College History

The concept for Middle College High School was developed in 1974 under the joint auspices of the New York City Board of Education and LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York. The program spread to other parts of the country and in the last decade, Middle College programs have been implemented successfully at . . .

The San Mateo Middle College program in a member in the 30-school Middle College National Consortium, based in New York.

More information is available on the California Community College Chancellor's Office website at http://www.cccco.edu/