Early Middle College

Highpoint Virtual Academy (HVAM) is proud to offer the first fully virtual Early Middle College (EMC) education option for Michigan high school students. In this tuition-free,* three-year public school program, students participate in an integrated sequence of high school and college courses beginning in 11th grade and continuing through an extra 13th year of study( a 13th year), during which time students focus on college-level courses. EMC students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, the Michigan Early Middle College Association (MEMCA) technical certification, or up to 60 transferable college credits—all while earning their high school diploma.

How does it work?

Head of School, Mary Moorman explains the Early Middle College Program in detail.

Benefits of Early Middle College

There is no out of pocket cost to students and their families for tuition, books, or fees during the three-year program. This can significantly reduce student and parent education loan debt.

Students have the option of choosing to earn industry-specific credentials which may open a broader range of employment opportunities upon graduation. Participating in the EMC program also prepares students for the more challenging coursework required of higher education.

Early Middle College Partners

Students may choose to study with HVAM's post-secondary partners offering the following programs:

  • Baker College: Associate of Business Management Administration
  • Davenport University: Associate of Applied Science—Computer Information Systems

Eligibility Requirements

In order to apply for the EMC program, high school students must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be an HVAM student in good standing entering 11th grade
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • Have a minimum PSAT score of 400 in Reading/Writing and Math
  • Have less than 10 absences per academic year
  • Be on track for graduation, including completion of state testing requirements
  • Have approval of the counselor or Head of School

How to Apply

Students must complete all application materials and an essay which must be submitted to the HVAM counselor or Head of School at least one week in advance of the mandatory new student orientation session. Once accepted in to the program, students will then apply to the appropriate college.

Additional information and application materials can be found by following the link below.

Early Middle College Application Materials [PDF]

Dual Enrollment Application Materials [PDF]