October 30, 2014

About the High School    

About HS@MC

The High School @ Moorpark College is an innovative, alternative academic program for highly capable 11th and 12th graders who are achieving less than their full potential in a regular high school setting, or just want to get ahead and earn tuition-free college credit. Located on the Moorpark College campus and integrated into the college environment, HSMC allows students to receive college credit while earning a high school diploma.


The High School at Moorpark College is open to all students for their junior and senior years of high school.
mature independent student

 Many of our students are:

  • Bright and intelligent, but sometimes inconsistent in academic effort
  • Motivated in certain areas, but often uninterested in traditional high school courses
  • Capable of leadership, but disengaged from high school activities
  • Artistic and creative, but in need of personal attention and encouragement
  • Seeking more freedom and independence
  • Mature, self-motivated, and eager to join the adult world


college campus classroom

The HS@MC program is a challenging and stimulating collaborative program that enables students to obtain a quality high school education while concurrently receiving direct and invaluable access to college courses and services. We bring students from many different Ventura County and Los Angeles high schools to create a friendly, close-knit, dynamic learning community that strengthens the group as well as the individual.  Students enter the classroom every day feeling valued and respected for their opinions, skills, and talents.

Students take English, social studies, and elective classes from our high school teachers, and complete their math, science, and additional graduation requirements with college faculty. High school classes are Monday through Thursday  from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a half-hour nutrition break and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Students can take college courses mornings, evenings, Fridays, and Saturdays, and earn both high school and college credit for each class. This dual enrollment process allows many of our students to graduate high school with a year or more of college already completed.

HS@MC’s four full-time teachers are creative, enthusiastic, and committed to providing a rigorous academic experience with a wide range of educational opportunities that challenge students, using critical thinking and learning community models that are aligned to state content standards as well as infusing career-based skills.  Schoolwork focuses on group work, projects, and writing rather than multiple-choice tests.  Student achievement is constantly monitored, reviewed, and communicated to students as well as parents through parent conferences and meetings, website access, and email.

student presentation
 Students will:
  • Participate in class discussions and seminars
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Become effective communicators
  • Learn to comprehend, apply, analyze, and synthesize data
  • Apply classroom knowledge to the world around them
  • Demonstrate a respect for themselves and for others

students form a tight-knit community

Moorpark College also provides a full range of student services and developmental programs to meet the needs of HS@MC students, including foundational services such as admissions and records, articulation, counseling, health center, financial aid, Learning Center, Writing Center, and ACCESS for students with disabilities. The college also provides support through student activities and clubs, Women’s Center, the music program, and student government.


Our students come from public and private schools throughout Ventura County and the surrounding area, as well as various independent study and homeschool programs. While the academic coursework is rigorous, the social atmosphere is friendly and inviting.

hanging out at lunch friendly students

The High School @ Moorpark College features many of the social activities one would find in a comprehensive high school: a junior/senior prom, yearbook, graduation ceremony, and Senior Grad Nite at Disneyland.  Not to mention quarterly kickball games!


After graduation, many of our students go directly to a four-year university, while others finish their general education requirements at Moorpark College before transferring.

HS@MC graduates have gone on to attend many prestigious colleges and universities, including UC Berkeley, NYU, USC, UCLA, George Washington University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Sussex (England), Cal Poly, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, University of San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, Loyola Marymount University, University of Oregon, University of Colorado, University of North Dakota, and California Lutheran University.


“The High School @ Moorpark College, a collaborative partnership with the Ventura Community College District, Moorpark College, Moorpark Unified School District, as well as the community, is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and innovative educational experience through interdisciplinary learning communities and high academic standards that produce responsible citizens, effective communicators, and creative problem solvers that have a passion for learning, and who are capable of achieving their full potential with the skills to successfully compete in an ever-changing global environment.”

Expected School Wide Learning Results

The ESLRS have been developed collaboratively with input from parents, students, our high school faculty and staff, as well as input from Moorpark College faculty and Moorpark Unified School District administration.

The High School @ Moorpark College students will demonstrate:

  • Academic Integrity:  Students will have the opportunity to develop the four I’s: Interest, Initiative, Integrity and Intellect
  • Communication Skills:  Students will become effective communicators in verbal, written, and technological modalities
  • Critical Thinking: Students will develop critical thinking skills
  • Global, Community and Personal Awareness:  Students will have opportunities to develop awareness of other cultures, including their own


The High School @ Moorpark College is one of only thirteen middle colleges in California.  Founded with a grant received from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office in February 2000, this high school is a partnership between Moorpark College and Moorpark Unified School District, with an advisory council made up of school administrators from other school districts, including Conejo, Simi Valley, Oak Park, and Las Virgenes. 

HS@MC is partially supported by grants from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the United States Department of Education Tech Prep Demonstration Program (TPDP).  Non-grant fiscal support is provided by the Moorpark Unified School District, who continues to provide the majority of funding.

We look forward to educating students at the High School @ Moorpark College.  Please do not hesitate to call (805) 378-1444 if you have any questions.

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