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Middle College
Middle College
Middle College

Roane State welcomes its inaugural Middle College class this fall. Rising juniors from Roane County high schools have accepted a challenge to earn their diploma and a Roane State associate degree in the next two years. The college's faculty and staff are excited to work with these motivated students, and we greatly appreciate our partner, Roane County Schools, for making this innovative project possible.

What is Middle College?

For years, Roane State has offered dual studies courses, which allow high school students to earn some college credit while in high school.

Middle College goes a step farther by allowing students to earn a college degree while in high school.

Through Middle College, selected sophomores in the Roane County School System can graduate from high school with a diploma and a Roane State associate degree. The program offers students an opportunity to complete 60 hours (four semesters) of college credit, more courses than most students can typically take through dual studies alone.

After earning an associate degree in high school, students who attend a university could start as juniors and finish their bachelor’s degree just two years after high school.

Middle College is a wonderful opportunity for motivated students to start college early and get a head start on their degrees, all while preserving their high school experience.


How were students selected?

Candidates for Middle College are rising juniors in the Roane County School System who scored 22 or above on the PLAN test, a pre-test for the ACT. Sixty-three students in the system are eligible to participate in Middle College.

Can students still participate in high school activities?

Yes. Middle College classes will primarily be scheduled in the morning, allowing students to return to their high schools in the afternoons for activities such as sports, yearbook and band.

How much will Middle College cost?

After state grants have been applied, the approximate cost in the first year will be $1,200 for the fall semester and $1,200 for the spring semester. There will be minimal textbook costs for the first semester, and college officials are working to also provide textbooks at low cost for the second semester.

The cost in the second year will depend on which courses a student takes.

Students will be able to apply for need-based private scholarships, and some students may be eligible for tuition discounts, such as those awarded to children of teachers.

What courses will students take?

During the first year, students will take the same general education courses — courses all college students must take — in English, science, math and additional subjects. During their second year, students may take different classes based on their major. Students in the same major will take the same classes. An advisor and an academic coach will be assigned to work with the group of Middle College students.



Diane Ward
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(865) 882-4513
Vice President for Student Learning

Maria Gonzales
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(865) 882-4628
Director of Student Enrollment and Recruitment

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