Middle College Overview

The Blue Water Middle College Academy provides St. Clair County students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and a college associate degree at no cost by attending school for an extra year.

The middle college is designed to increase the number of students enrolling in college and the number of students completing either an associate or bachelor’s degree.

This is accomplished by progressively transitioning high school students into the college environment beginning in 11th grade and continuing through year 13. The Blue Water Middle College is modeled on schools elsewhere in Michigan and the nation that blend high school and college classes.

Students are supported throughout the program with personal mentoring and academic counseling, college success workshops, and development of a supportive group of fellow middle college students.

Students enroll in the Blue Water Middle College Academy in the fall of their 11th grade year. Enrollment begins in January with a series of informational meetings at the partnering high schools.

Covid-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

Click here to view the Blue Water Middle College Academy Covid-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.  It describes actions to be taken by the BWMCA to support its students throughout the safe reopening of school in the 2020 - 2021 school year.

Extended Covid-19 Learning Plan

Click here to view the Blue Water Middle College Academy Extended Covid-19 Learning Plan.


For more information, call (810) 989-5841 or contact one of the staff members listed below:

Matthew Ruiz
(810) 989-5800

Jennifer Barr
Dean of Students
(810) 989-5835

Traci Whymer
College & Career Alignment Advisor
(810) 989-5836

Ryan Stewart
Student Success & Retention Advisor
(810) 989-5805

Michele Lawson
Administrative Assistant/
Pupil Accounting Coordinator
(810) 989-5841

(810) 989-5848

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The academy is chartered by the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency. Its partners are:

  • St. Clair County Community College
  • Algonac High School
  • Capac High School
  • Memphis High School
  • Port Huron High School
  • Port Huron Northern High School
  • Yale High School
  • Virtual Learning Academy