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


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:

  • Cato Middle College
    • Horticulture Technology
    • Turfgrass Management
    • Paralegal Technology​
  • Harper Middle College
    • Advertising and Graphic Design
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heating and Refrigeration
    • Welding Technology
    • Electrical Systems Technology
    • Non-Destructive Examination
    • Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology – Flexography
    • Construction Management
    • Architectural Technology
  • Levine Middle College
    • Automotive Systems Technology
    • Business Management
    • Business Operation
  • Merancas Middle College
    • Automotive Systems Technologies
    • Criminal Justice