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Middle College at Foothill (at Cubberly)

Original post made by High School Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 11, 2008

Like other high school parents, we have received a letter about middle college for our son. He is very bright, but very lazy. Any ideas from previous parents as to whether they thought this program was good/bad for their child and what did their child do afterwards?

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 11, 2008 at 5:02 pm

I can tell you that my son suddenly became very interested in doing well at the high school when he attended a bridge class at Foothill in math over the summer following his sophomore year. He did not like Foothill at all as a college, but did well in the class. From that day on, he moved to the Honors and AP level classes and received mostly A's with one or two B's mixed in. He could see the writing on the wall if he didn't begin to focus on his classes and required homework. Whatever if was, I have always considered it a little miracle in my life. Perhaps a class or two there will change your son's mind also??

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Posted by Anne W
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Our son transferred to Middle College from Paly where he complained of being "bored"; his grades were dropping and he was very unhappy. After he started Middle College his whole attitude towards school changed - he became interested in all his subjects, did well, and was accepted to Reed. Last year he graduated from Stanford magna cum laude. Without Middle College I don't think he would have done as well as he has. I,too, consider it a miracle in my life. Thank you, Middle College staff!

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