Apply to BMC

BMC Interest Meetings

You are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to attend one of our interest meetings BEFORE completing an application! This will help you learn more about your options and determine which academy and cohort best align with your future plans.

Interest meetings will be held in Leviton Auditorium in Moore Hall on the WPCC campus. Masks are required and families/guests are asked to sit together.

  • Tuesday, September 21st, 6:00 pm

  • Thursday, October 14th, 6:00 pm

  • Tuesday, November 16th, 6:00 pm

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The Burke Middle College Application Process

  1. Review the requirements.

  2. Read the overviews and purposes of our Academies and Cohorts to determine if ONE of these will meet your academic and career needs.

    • You will ONLY be considered for admission to the Academy and Cohort to which you apply.

  3. Complete the online application between September 1, 2021, and January 15th, 2022.

  4. Request recommendations from THREE teachers who have taught you during the 20/21 or 21/22 school year by entering names and email addresses in the application.

    • Requests for recommendations will automatically be emailed to the teachers.

    • You should ask the teacher and verify his or her email address BEFORE listing him/her as a recommender.

  5. Submit ALL requirements by January 15th, 2022.

  6. Check your BCPS email to learn the status of your application. All applicants will be notified by March 15, 2022 of their application status.

  7. Accept or decline your invitation no later than April 1, 2022.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the application the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Residency in Burke County and be a current sophomore in high school

  2. Junior status by the end of this current school year

  3. A minimum unweighted GPA of 2.8

  4. No major attendance or discipline issues

  5. Complete a minimum of 13 high school credits, including:

      • English I, II, and Communication Skills

      • Anerican History OR AP US History and World History: Issues and Patterns OR AP World History

      • Math I and Math II

      • Earth Science and Biology (Physical Science or Chemistry is recommended but not required)

      • Health & Physical Education

      • Electives

        1. Recommended Electives: one fine art course, one CTE course, & two credits of the same foreign language


Please review the following information to understand the expectations and commitment you are making through your application and potential acceptance at Burke Middle College.

BMC Academic Integrity Policy

BMC Student Expectations

WPCC Student Code of Conduct

Submit an Application

Before you begin, review this document to have all of the information needed ready and accessible: BMC Application Information

Next, complete the online application. Your parent or guardian will also need to digitally sign the application and you must be logged into your BCPS email to access the application. If you are not currently a student in the BCPS system, please contact Cher Wheeler to access the application.


  1. What is the difference between Burke Middle College and Career and College Promise (CCP)?

Burke Middle College:

  • Tuition-free classes

  • Complete 11th & 12th grade high school classes on WPCC's campus

  • Graduate high school from Burke Middle College

  • BMC is a NC Cooperative Innovative High School (CIHS), which gives BMC students greater flexibility in program and class options

  • Students are responsible for paying college fees ($70 - $125)

  • Able to rent many textbooks from school

Career & College Promise:

  • Tuition-free classes

  • Complete 11th & 12th grade grade classes at respective high school

  • Graduate from their respective high school

  • Student must complete their selected pathway(s) before taking additional courses.

  • Pay college fees for specific courses.

  • Must purchase their own textbooks (are able to rent from CCP Coach: ENG 232, ENG 242, and HIS 132).

  1. How does the transfer process work if I graduate with college credits or an associate degree? Do all colleges accept all of my credits?

Not all programs of study at WPCC are “College Transfer” programs. Many are designed for students to complete at WPCC and then enter the workforces directly. Courses in these programs will NOT typically transfer to 4-year universities. However, WPCC offers several college transfer degrees that are designed to seamlessly transfer to all public NC universities. All classes that are taken as part of these degrees will transfer toward the completion of a bachelor degree. Students who complete the entire college transfer associate degree will receive two years credit at their 4 year public university and fulfill their general education requirements for a bachelor's degree. For more information, you may visit the NC Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Transferability to private or out-of-state universities is not guaranteed. To determine how/if WPCC classes will transfer to these institutions, students should contact each institution directly. To view a list of private NC institutions that guarantee transfer credit for articulated NC community college coursework please click here.

  1. Are BMC students allowed to be enrolled in the Burke Virtual Academy?

No, BMC students participate in face-to-face high school classes so that they can receive the support, guidance, and direction they need to become acclimated to the college atmosphere and expectations. BMC students ARE permitted to take online WPCC courses if they demonstrate academic success in the virtual environment.

  1. What does it take to get in to BMC?

Students must meet all of the criteria listed in the Admissions Requirements section above.

  1. What qualities are you looking for in BMC applicants?

Students must be mature and responsible to succeed in the middle college climate. Since middle college students have much more flexibility in their schedules, students that are organized and disciplined are typically more successful in this environment. Reviewing the three documents linked under Expectations will give you a better idea of what is expected of our students.

  1. I'm taking some of the course prerequisites during spring semester. Will that affect my eligibility at BMC?

It will not affect your eligibility. As long as you are scheduled to take or enrolled in the courses and will complete them before fall semester of your junior year, you will be eligible for admission.

  1. When will I know if I have been accepted at BMC?

Admission letters will be sent to your BCPS email on May 1, 2021. Student who receive admission invitations must accept or decline them by May 16th, 2021.

  1. Are veterinary medicine courses available at BMC/WPCC?

BMC teaches the following high school courses: English III, English IV, American History II, Civics and Economics, Math 3, Math IV, and Chemistry. WPCC does not offer veterinary medicine courses, but offers a variety of foundational courses that will be beneficial to someone planning to pursue a veterinary medicine degree or field. You can explore the courses offered by visiting the WPCC Course Catalog.

  1. Is there bus transportation to BMC?

BCPS does NOT offer busing to the WPCC campus. However, Greenway Public Transportation does have several routes that make stops at WPCC. Click the link to view the routes.

  1. How do college classes and high school classes work? What does a typical schedule look like?

High school classes follow a similar schedule to college classes. Classes meet either on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. All high school classes have a REQUIRED 45 minute seminar session on Friday. College classes typically meet on Monday and Wednesday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, or Tuesday and Thursday. A few college classes meet daily. You can learn more about college classes and scheduling by visiting the WPCC Course Catalog. Our career counselors and school counselor assist each student in creating a manageable class schedule each semester. Sample SEATED schedule

  1. Does BMC offer lunch?

Yes! Students must sign up each day they wish to have lunch in the front office before 9 am. Lunches are delivered at 11:30 and are available until 1 pm. We receive our lunches from Freedom HS, and are only given the ordered amount, so please make sure your student signs up. We also highly encourage all students to complete the Free/Reduced Lunch Forms every year to see if they qualify.

  1. Can I still participate in elective classes (like Band and Chorus) at my previous high school while attending BMC?

Yes, students can still participate in classes like Band and Chorus at their home high school, but this often causes conflicts that get you "out of sequence" with your cohort. There is no guarantee that we will be able to accommodate these extra classes every semester. This also often causes students to need to complete an additional semester or year at WPCC to complete a degree since the schedule conflicts interfere with the natural progression of the degree requirements.