Ninth Graders at Parkway Center City Middle College Are Earning College Credit before Taking Their First High School Class

PHILADELPHIA – While most Philadelphia students are enjoying summer break, 130 freshmen scholars entering Parkway Center City Middle College (PCCMC) already are hitting the books and delving into the mysteries of history, diversity, political and social philosophy and more.

The rising ninth graders arrived on Community College of Philadelphia (CCP)’s Main Campus on July 9, where they are enrolled in the Summer Bridge Program, and taking one college class each. They are the third cohort from Middle College to take the five-week summer program, where scholars also are engaged in programming that fosters the development of their critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. In addition, PCCMC scholars receive advice and insights on how to succeed in College.

“At Community College of Philadelphia, we play an important role in diversifying the pipeline of highly skilled workers,” CCP President Dr. Donald Guy Generals said. “This is one of many ways we accelerate career and transfer opportunities and make college more accessible.”

The city’s first Middle College program is a partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and Community College of Philadelphia. Graduates of Parkway Center City Middle College will be able to earn an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts or a Certificate in Entrepreneurship or Computer Programming and Software Development before they actually earn their high school diploma. This year, 2,500 students applied for admittance to the Middle College, where there are 380 students enrolled in 9th through 11th grades.


  • Otis Hackney, Philadelphia’s Chief Education Officer
  • William R. Hite, Superintendent, The School District of Philadelphia
  • Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President, Community College of Philadelphia
  • Anh Nguyen-Brown, Principal, Parkway Center City Middle College 
  • Xavier Brown, Coordinator, Dual Enrollment – Middle College Programs
  • Zahir Rivera, 9th grader, Parkway Center City Middle College High School 

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, July 25
8:15 a.m., Community College of Philadelphia (outside the Pavilion: Winnet Building)
West side of 17th Street, south of Spring Garden Street.


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