San Diego Early/Middle College
mission of San Diego Early/Middle College is to develop individuals who
are socially, ethically and academically prepared to thrive in the
higher learning environment of their choice and to use their knowledge,
creativity and skills to contribute to their communities and the world
Diego Early/Middle College students enjoy the privilege of attending a
small, non-traditional high school on the campus of San Diego City
College, where they have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma
and up to two years of college credit in five years or less. In order
to achieve this, each student agrees to the following expectations:
Making education a high priority in one’s life, including positive participation in class and school activities.
Devoting a minimum of two hours each evening to homework, studying and reading.
Being punctual and maintaining good attendance in all classes
the AVID program and subscribing to its principles, including
maintaining an organized notebook, taking Cornell notes and
participating in study groups.
Taking responsibility for one’s own learning, behavior, and success.
Demonstrating the ability to make appropriate choices and accepting responsibility for those choices.
Showing respect for everyone in the school community and the rights of others to learn and succeed.
Behaving in a manner that shows respect for the college, school facilities, and equipment.
handling the freedoms and scheduling of a college setting, and
understand that our presence on the college campus is a privilege, not
Understanding that flexible scheduling requires productive use of unscheduled time.
Adhering to the acceptable use policies for technology of San Diego Early/Middle College and San Diego City College.
attendance by our students in both their high school and college
classes is vital to the SDEMC program. Families are asked to schedule
vacations, doctor visits, and other appointments so that they do not
conflict with high school or college classes.
need to call the school secretary if their child is absent. Students
who need to leave campus for medical or legal reasons during the school
day must obtain a “blue slip” from the school secretary.
be aware that college instructors expect students to attend class and a
student may be dropped from class if he or she misses as many sessions
as are offered in a week.
possible, students should communicate with their instructors (high
school and college) if they are going to be miss a class.
to school are considered excused only for medical or legal reasons.
Excuses must be in the form of a phone call or note to the school
secretary. Oversleeping, transportation problems, or personal excuses
cannot be accepted.
Students who arrive 30 or more minutes late will be marked absent.
should have at least one study partner for each class who they can
contact for missed work so that they can do the make-up work prior to
returning to school. If that is not possible, it is the student’s
responsibility to request make-up work from teachers.
High School Students on College Campus
Freshmen and Sophomores
has an agreement with San Diego City College that 9th and 10th graders
are not allowed on campus without direct adult supervision, including
before or after school. Abiding by this agreement is very important for
the safety of our younger students. Every 9h and 10th grade student is
responsible for the following:
1. During school, students walk together to the college cafeteria (or
any other area on campus) with an adult and sit in the areas designated
by SDEMC staff.
2. Before and after school, students walk directly to the SDEMC classrooms or their trolley/bus stops or drop off points.
3. SDEMC students do not interact with college students except in a classroom situation.
Juniors and Seniors
and seniors are under SDEMC’s general supervision when taking classes
or studying in the library on the college campus. However, they may not
leave the campus (even to go to McDonald’s) during the school day
without parent permission and a “blue slip” from the school.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Academic Honesty Policy
of academic dishonesty by SDEMC students will not be tolerated.
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Cheating on quizzes and/or tests or copying someone else’s work
Fabrication (any intentional falsification of or invention of data, citation, or other authority in an academic exercise)
Plagiarism (the taking of and passing off as one’s own the work or ideas of another)
Consequences for Academic Dishonesty
for academic dishonesty may include parent notification, a zero grade
for the assignment, lowering of the citizenship grade, lowering of the
academic grade, or removal of network privileges.
students are all ambassadors for the school and expected to show
respect for each other and everyone in the college and high school
community. Students are expected to know and follow all classroom, high
school and college rules. The following is the hierarchy of
consequences for defiant or disruptive behavior in the high school
Teacher speaks to student privately
Teacher calls home
Teacher refers student to counselor or principal
Parent conference to create a student action plan
are examples of unacceptable student behavior. Depending on the
severity and student’s prior behavior history, consequences for these
actions range from a teacher or counselor talking to a student
privately about his or her behavior to revoking privileges, suspension,
removal from SDEMC and reassignment to school of residence, expulsion,
Defying any high school or college staff member
Deliberately disturbing classroom instruction
Being on the college campus without adult supervision (9th and 10th graders)
Acting in a rowdy/distracting, potentially dangerous way
Using profanity or vulgar language
Leaving campus without permission
Public display of affection
Cheating or plagiarizing
Defacing or damaging school property
Harassing someone sexually
Fighting, threats of violence, or intense incident of “drama”
Possessing or using drugs, alcohol or tobacco
Possessing, furnishing, or selling any item deemed to be a weapon
note that SDEMC is a guest on the campus of San Diego City College. Any
student who jeopardizes our standing on the college campus or the
learning of others because of repeated defiant behavior or an
unwillingness to follow school rules will be removed from SDEMC and
reassigned to their school of residence.
may have cell phones on campus; however, cell phones must be out of
sight and turned off during instructional time (passing periods are
included as part of the instructional program).
Students may use cell phones before school begins, during the lunch period, and when school ends.
Other Electronic Devices (e.g. MP3 Players, iPods)
may have electronic devices such as MP3 players and iPods; however,
these devices must be out of sight and turned off during instructional
time (passing periods are included as part of the instructional
note that students bring electronic devices and cell phones onto campus
at their own risk; SDEMC is not responsible for lost/stolen or damaged
should dress in a way that does not interfere with their learning or
the learning of others, but that exhibits the student’s progress toward
being socially prepared for the world beyond.
Items that do not demonstrate social preparedness include (but are not limited to) clothing or accessories that:
Promote sex, violence, drugs, or alcohol
Are deemed to be gang-related or likely to incite confrontation
Obscure the head and/or face
Hinder timely movement between classes (namely inappropriate footwear)
Draw attention to the body rather than the mind
Are deemed offensive or which may cause a disruption of the school environment
referred to the counselor or principal for unresolved dress code
violations by any staff member will be given a change of clothing or
will be sent home.
SDEMC Technology Acceptable Use Policy
policy is intended to supplement the San Diego City Schools Acceptable
Use Policy, and is in compliance with District, state and national
Students at SDEMC are provided access to the Internet and multimedia
technology in order to support and enhance their learning in the
classroom, and in order to prepare them to participate as students,
employees and citizens in an increasingly technology-based global
With the use of technology comes rights and responsibilities for
students, educators and parents. All SDEMC community members must be
aware of what constitutes appropriate use of technology, and support
students in behaving in a respectful manner. Students should act in the
spirit of community in their use of technology, working together to
become successful and responsible citizens of the “cyber classroom.”
Student use of technology is a privilege that is contingent upon
students abiding by the policies set forth below.
What Can Students Do with SDEMC Technology?
Use a general student account to utilize laptops and classroom desktop
computers. Computers may only be used with the permission of a staff
member, and under a staff member’s direct supervision.
Use Internet for educational purposes to research topics and
communicate with peers and faculty. (Note: The computers are for
school, not personal use.)
Create and use a Google account to access email, Google Docs,
student-generated websites and other free features available through
Google. The Google account will be created on-site to be used strictly
for school purposes, and staff will have access to students’ usernames
Use SDEMC video equipment and multimedia to create products
demonstrating mastery of course content in an innovative and creative
Abide by good “netiquette” in order to interact successfully with other Internet users.
What Must Students Avoid with SDEMC Technology?
Use of the Internet to communicate with anyone other than an SDEMC
community member without the express consent and supervision of an
SDEMC staff member. Any attempts by someone outside of SDEMC to
communicate with you or meet you in person must be reported to a staff
Inappropriate use of school email, including distribution of
unsolicited email or other personal use. Note: Using personal e-mail at
school is not allowed.
Violating basic Internet privacy and safety protocol, including
revealing personal information about one’s self or another SDEMC
Use of the Internet to violate copyright law (illegally downloading music, software, etc.).
Engaging in harmful or illegal activity, or viewing content that
encourages such behavior. This includes cyberbullying, lewd content,
vulgar language, violent content, hateful or discriminatory materials,
or any other content deemed inappropriate by SDEMC staff.
Vandalism, unauthorized access (this includes bypassing proxies),
“hacking,” or tampering with hardware or software, including
introducing “viruses” or pirated software is strictly prohibited.
The presence of food, drink, gum or rowdy behavior near technology.
Vandalism or theft of technology.
Engagement in any activity that disrupts the use of the network by others.
Violation of this AUP may result in temporary or permanent suspension
of a student’s ability to utilize SDEMC technology, in addition to
other disciplinary action.