Fulton County Schools Middle College

  • Middle College LogoA "Middle College" is a different path to high school graduation where students graduate with a high school diploma and two technical college certificates. In collaboration with Atlanta Technical College, Fulton County Schools (FCS) Middle College will provide a relevant and career-ready curriculum for students. Students will take nine core academic courses while focusing their remaining coursework training in high-wage, high-skill, in-demand career fields.

    FCS Middle College effort is part of the Expanded Programs portion of the Bridge to Success Plan, the district's three-year comprehensive plan and transformational investment funded by the American Rescue Plan to help students recover from learning loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Under the last capital plan (SPLOST 2022), McClarin High School was identified as a building in need of heavy renovation. After examining instructional needs, McClarin is positioned to become Fulton County Schools' first "Middle College" with a completely transformed campus.

FCS Middle College on "Let's Talk Schools!"

In Episode 11, Dr. Looney talks with Yalanda Bell, Executive Director of Academic Programs, and Dr. Gyimah Whitaker, Deputy Chief Academic Officer, about how FCS students can get a jump on college AND career success through our Middle College program.

Accelerated Career Diploma

  • FCS Middle College is aligned to a dual enrollment program that is unique in Georgia, called Accelerated Career Diploma. Using the Accelerated Career Diploma program, students can graduate with their high school diploma while being exempted from certain academic course requirements. These students must complete specific courses during their ninth and tenth grade year. During their remaining two years of high school, students will earn two technical certificates of credit, which may lead towards a technical college diploma or an associate degree. Students who meet these requirements will be issued a high school diploma.

    Students electing to attend FCS Middle College should consider post-secondary plans beyond high school. Students who successfully graduate from FCS Middle College will graduate with two technical college career certifications that qualify them to enter the workforce or continue their education at a technical college. However, FCS Middle College graduates will not have all the required high school courses needed to be admitted to a traditional 4-year college or university. FCS Middle College graduates wanting to attend a 4-year college or university will be required to take additional courses at the technical college to obtain an Associate’s degree.

Why attend Middle College?

  • Students who attend FCS Middle College navigate pathways connecting education, employment, and job readiness to develop a good understanding of their interests and talents while obtaining a solid grasp of the skills needed to survive in a fast-paced, global economy.

    Students engage in workplace experiences to apply their academic and technical learning to real world projects. These experiences include:

    • Job shadowing
    • Fieldtrips (in-person/virtual)
    • Internships
    • Apprenticeships
    • Career awareness/exploration activities


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Academic Offerings

  • High School Core Academic Classes (9)

    • Two English courses, one being American Literature
    • Two Mathematics courses, one being Algebra I
    • Two Science courses, one being Biology
    • Two Social Studies courses
    • One Health and Physical Education course


    Atlanta Technical College
    Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC)

    • Automotive Technology*
    • Avionics Technology*
    • Computer Networking
    • Cybersecurity
    • Digital and Media Production
    • Diesel Equipment Technology*
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Logistics
    • Welding

    *Taught at Atlanta Technical College

Student Support

    • Academic advisement and support services
    • Work-based learning, including internships and apprenticeships
    • Career planning and advisement
    • Daycare for students with children

    More information about the application process, admissions, and program highlights will be made available soon.


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