Middle College

In partnership with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), CMS offers accelerated learning opportunities that allow students the opportunity to take college courses while completing their high school graduation requirements. Students can complete an associate degree or earn up to two years of transferable college credit, tuition free. Given the rigor of completing both the high school diploma and the associate degree or two years of college credit, students have an additional year (i.e., grade 13) to graduate.

Middle College High Schools (MCHS) are located on the Cato, Levine, Merancas, and Harper campuses of CPCC. The program serves high school students in grades 11-13 and admits 100 students per campus each year. Students enrolled in a MCHS will take courses required for high school graduation while also taking college courses towards a post-secondary certificate, college transfer, associate degree, and/or industry certification.

Special Features

  • All courses are Honors, Advanced Placement and/or college level courses
  • All college courses and books are provided at no charge to students
  • Students have the option of remaining an additional year (i.e., grade 13) to complete an associate degree and/or earn two years of transferable college credit

Middle Colleges

Transportation Zone​​​ School (Grade)​ ​Program(s) ​Transportation ​Entry Grades ​Entrance Requirements
Blue, Green, and Violet​​ ​​
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Cato Middle College (11-13)​

Horticulture Technology; Turfgrass Management; Paralegal Technology​; College Transfer

​CATS Bus Pass ​
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11,12 ​

exam, transcript review

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Middle College At Harper (11-13)​
Advertising and Graphic Design; Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration;
Welding Technology; College Transfer; Electrical Systems Technology; Non-Destructive Examination; Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology – Flexography; Construction Management; Architectural Technology
​Middle College

At Levine (11-13)
​Automotive Systems Technology; Business Management; Business Operation; College Transfer

​Middle College at Merancas*(11-13) ​Automotive Systems Technologies; Criminal Justice; College Transfer

*This option will be available pending approval as a cooperative innovative high school by the North Carolina State Board of Education. 

Middle College High School Additional Application Procedures

Students interested in applying for the Middle College High School program should complete the additional application packet located on the CPCC website and submit all required documents prior to the conclusion of the lottery.

For more information about each school, visit their website: