CPCC’s Cato Middle College High School accepting applications for fall term

last modified Mar 15, 2012 08:47 AM

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is excited to announce that it is currently accepting applications from current 10th graders/rising 11th grade Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) students for admission into its Cato Middle College High School program.

The Cato Middle College High School opened in fall 2007 and is the first and only CMS middle-college program. The school is an honors program that provides students with the opportunity to earn an average of 30 college credit hours while still in high school, at no cost to them or their families. It graduated 100 percent of its graduating class during the 2010-2011 academic year and boasts a high percentage of graduates who further their studies at two- and four-year colleges and universities after graduation.

“The Cato Middle College High School experience gives students a jump-start on their continued education and a drive to succeed in future challenges,” said Janet Malkemes, interim dean of CPCC’s Cato Campus. “Cato Middle College High School is designed to put students in charge of their own education. From the first day of class they are treated like college students; this better prepares them for transition period that occurs between the high school and college lifestyles, preparing them to achieve their academic goals.”

During their tenure at Cato Middle College High School, students participate in both high school-level classes with their peers and college-level courses with current undergraduate students at CPCC. While all high school classes are housed at CPCC’s Cato Campus, Cato Middle College High School students may take their college courses at any of the College’s six campus locations. Classrooms are equipped with the latest technology and students have access to CPCC’s many resources, including its campus libraries.

“The Cato Middle College High School program makes high school a collegiate experience,” said Joey Burch, principal of Cato Middle College High School. “Our students learn from CMS teachers and CPCC instructors. CPCC is recognized as one of the leading two-year colleges in the country. With that said, we give our students the opportunity to learn from some of the best instructors in the United States. Exposing students to this high caliber instruction at such an early age fosters their passion for learning, putting them on the track to personal and professional success in the years ahead.”

The application deadline is April 5 for the fall 2012 semester. To access the online application, please visit http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/catoHS/Pages/CatoMiddleCollegeHighSchoolAdmissionsPage.aspx. To learn more about CPCC’s Cato Middle College High School program, or to view the admission requirements, please visit http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/catoHS/Pages/AboutOurSchool.aspx.