The 86 students in the first-ever class at the Blue Water Middle College Academy averaged a 3.2 grade point for all their first-semester college classes, said academy Director Pete Spencer. Other positive indicators after the first semester, according to Spencer: 20 students, or 23% of the total, earned all A’s in each class. All students took two or three classes at the college, and the remainder of their classes at their home high school, Spencer said. All 86 academy students are returning for their second semester in the academy. The Blue Water Middle College Academy is a public school academy chartered by the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency. It enrolls students beginning 11th grade in high school. Students take a portion of their classes at the community college and the rest at their home high school. At the end of Year 13, academy students can earn both a high school diploma and a two-year college degree, allowing them to transfer to a four-year institution with the academic status of a junior, Spencer said. Enrollment for fall 2012 will begin in January. Free informational sessions about the middle college are scheduled for January at the middle college’s participating high schools. Families may attend any session. No registration is required. Sessions are:
- Yale High School: Monday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.
- Port Huron High School: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6 p.m.
- Memphis High School: Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
- Capac High School: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m.
- Port Huron Northern High School: Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m.
Information may also be received by contacting Spencer after Jan. 3 at (810) 989-5805, or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.