Course Catalog & Resources

The Metro Learning Experience

At Metro, we are preparing students for life after High School.  Our courses are selected to give them the tools they need in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Our high school curriculum focuses on developing excellence in The Metro Habits and a foundation in the core content that prepare students for success at The Ohio State University and other post-secondary institutions.

High School Core Prep Curriculum

World Studies/Metro Skills

This enriched class will integrate Modern World History Ohio Content Standards (historical events from the Enlightenment to the present), through an equal focus on skills/habits fostering success in higher education and beyond. Common Core Standards in Reading and Writing, as well as specific Social Science skills will also be incorporated into this course. The content/assignments in this course will promote and measure academic skills/habits in students’ other coursework in order to serve as a “multiplying force” towards overall academic and professional success. One half (0.5) credit will be awarded for “Modern World History” and one half (0.5) credit will be awarded as an “Elective” for Metro Skills.

American History - 1 Social Studies Credit

This American History course will integrate both Social Science skills with historical content of America and the United States from the early 1600s to the present, as well as education in government and economics. There is a strong emphasis on college preparation, civic participation, and integration with research and technology. Students use will a variety of resources and activities to explore major themes, including the changing face of American society and the United States’ changing role in the world.

Government - 1 Social Studies Credit

Government is designed as a vigorous, writing-intensive course that uses the perspective of political institutions to explore the history, organization, and functions of the U.S. government. Students are encouraged to use their knowledge of the structures and processes of governing to develop their own views on current political issues and apply what they have learned to the promotion of civic action. Beginning with basic theories of government, moving to the Declaration of Independence, and continuing to the present day, this course explores the relationship between individual Americans and the governing bodies. It looks closely at the political culture of the country and gains insight into the challenges faced by presidents, congressional representatives, and other political activists. It also studies the roles of political parties, interest groups, the media, and the Supreme Court.

Economics - 1 Social Studies Credit

The introductory economics course has a strong emphasis on personal finance. Students learn the importance of budgeting and how, through a variety of financial instruments, to make money work for them. Students also learn how the stock market operates by participating in a virtual stock game. In this context, students are introduced to the concepts of stock ownership, the commodities market, supply and demand and the different types of business structures. Students learn how to complete various tax forms and the how's and why's of the American tax system. Students will read the book, Freakonomics, and gain insight on how to look at problems from an economic standpoint. Finally students learn about the different types of economic systems, the circular flow of money through the economy, and government intervention in our economy.

Energy and Matter – 1 Science Credit

The purpose of this course is to provide incoming students with the opportunity to learn and develop the skills they will utilize in current and future science courses. Foundational work for this course is most prominent within the physical sciences, focusing on basic chemistry and physics content, through the use of hands-on labs and inquiry-based activities and assignments. Topics of study include - scientific method, measurement, motion, energy, gravity, friction, elements and the periodic table, chemical bonding, density

Biology - 1 Science Credit

Biology is an introductory course in fundamental biological concepts that prepares students for college biological sciences course work and capstone research. Topics include: basic biochemistry, energy flow, ecosystems and population biology, cellular structure and processes, metabolism, photosynthesis, heredity, genetics, evolution, and organismal structure. Students develop research project efficacy through designing a long-term experiment, collecting data, drawing conclusions, and reporting their findings.

Chemistry - 1 Science Credit

Chemistry is an introductory course in fundamental chemical concepts and laboratory techniques that prepares students for college chemistry course work. Topics include atomic structure, periodicity of elements, bonding, molecular structure, reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, acids and bases, pH and pOH, gas laws, and chemical equilibrium. Students develop laboratory efficacy through extensive practice doing laboratory chemistry.

Environmental & Earth Science - 1 Science Credit

Environmental and Earth Science is a course that is designed to introduced students to major ecological concepts that focuses on issues dealing with resource management such as: soil & agriculture, land use, freshwater systems & impacts, and energy sources/alternatives and impacts. Students also study earth science fields that include geology, meteorology, oceanography and astronomy. This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to explore the relationships between humans and the natural environment revolving around real-life issues by conducting environmental research, applying the scientific method, project management, and developing analytical and critical thinking skills while investigating solutions to real world problems.

Physics – 1 Science Credit

The Physics course is designed to engage the students in thinking about scientific concepts and scientific inquiry. Students participate in experimental design, laboratory experiments, demonstrations, discussions and projects. Upon successful completion of this course, students demonstrate an understanding in the following topics: graphical analysis, Newtonian mechanics, including kinematics, dynamic and static forces, as well as energy and conservation.

English 9: College Reading and Writing - 1 English Credit

English 9 provides an opportunity for students to improve upon competencies in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This course focuses on the development of reading strategies that help students negotiate through various types of academic texts both expository and narrative. Students leave this class more effective, thoughtful, strategic readers. Students read and write frequently and plentifully. Students continue to acquire the fundamentals of grammar and broaden their vocabulary. Students develop their abilities with language and communication through reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

English10: College Writing and Reading- 1 English Credit

English 10: College Writing and Reading- 1 English credit English 10 provides students with opportunities to both read and write about a variety of subjects, and to demonstrate an awareness of audience, author’s intent, and purpose. From essays to short stories, writing is both analytical and creative, with intensive focus on the writing process; students explore expository, analytical, and argumentative writing styles. The goal of this class is to help students develop a personal academic voice. Students produce and revise multiple drafts of essays, practice essential skills of paragraph organization, and develop techniques of critical analysis and research. Readings are derived from a range of texts in literature, the media, and academic disciplines. Assignments take on many forms including responses to readings, personal narrative response papers, and formal academic essays.

English 11: Literature and Composition - 1 English Credit

English 11 provides students opportunities to develop their skills in reading, thinking, writing, listening, and speaking through in-depth study of international literature in a variety of genres and through researching informational materials. Students evaluate and interpret a variety of literature and poetry while discussing such elements as character development, plot, imagery, figurative language, theme, paradox, setting, the short story, narrative poetry, form, and rhyming patterns. Students read from a variety of literary genres to broaden their perspectives, to understand the universality of the human experience, and to enhance their abilities to interact intelligently with others as world citizens.

English 12: Language and Composition - 1 English Credit

English 12 provides students opportunities to refine skills in reading and critical thinking, as well as opportunities to communicate in both writing and oral presentation for a variety of purposes and audiences. Students are expected to recognize and apply a variety of literary concepts to the readings and to evaluate an author’s intention and style. They also analyze literature, media, and contemporary issues considering purpose, devices, and format. Longer creative writings and essays are produced to show a mastery of grammar and usage as well as a full and clear development of ideas. Students participate in discussions, presentations, and projects relating to course material.

Introduction to Fine Arts: Drawing & Painting - 1 Fine Arts Credit

Students in this course are introduced to art through drawing and painting experiences. Basic drawing skills are learned using a variety of artistic materials. Students explore various styles and techniques as they work with a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, and watercolor. Students learn how to be engaged learners by learning the skills, techniques and knowledge used in the visual arts. This course introduces students to the art elements, art principles and famous artwork, which require the students to be inquiring learners. Students learn and gain an understanding of the process of interpreting, critiquing, creating and experiencing art. The class participates in art exhibits and learns the important roles of art within their communities. This course requires students to work effectively collaborating with their fellow classmates to create a shared art project as part of their mastery. Students also participate in art with other interdisciplinary courses, which focus on critical thinking and creativity relating to each other. A written paper is included in this course showing the relationship to famous artwork and the students’ own art pieces. Students through their art experiences in the Fine Art course discover their roles within their community and the world connected to art.

Algebra I - 1 Mathematics Credit

Algebra I is the first in a series of courses preparing students for advanced mathematical concepts. This course is designed to develop algebraic concepts, problem solving and abstract thinking. Students explore algebraic expressions, linear and quadratic equations, functions, polynomials, rational numbers, solve linear equations and inequalities, use proportional reasoning, graph relations and functions, analyze linear equations, factor expressions, simplify radical and rational expressions and solve radical and rations equations. Students apply the concepts of permutations, combinations and factorials.

Algebra II - 1 Mathematics Credit

Algebra II reviews, expands, and extends student knowledge of the fundamental facts, concepts, and skills of Algebra I. Algebra II focuses on the following concepts: rules of exponents and radicals, operations with polynomials (FOIL, distribute, factor & combine like terms), systems of equations (including quadratic equations), solving matrix/quadratic/rational/radical equations, graphing parabolic, conic functions, and inequalities. Students apply these concepts using a problem-solving approach in real-world settings when appropriate.

Geometry - 1 Mathematics Credit

In Geometry students explore the characteristics of lines, planes, polygons, circles and three-dimensional figures using inductive and deductive reasoning to solve problems related to these figures. Geometry is explored through visual and analytic methods using tools such as compasses, protractors, straightedges, graphing calculators, computer applications, presentations, project-based learning, and problem-based learning in the form of design challenges. This course reinforces Algebra skills needed in all fields of mathematics. Topics include: an analysis of lines and angles, midpoint and distance, proof and logic, triangles, introduction to trigonometry, polygons, 2-and 3-dimensional formulas in geometry, and circles. Students reinforce and demonstrate their understanding of geometry concepts via unit projects that range from designing city layouts to creating commercials.

Trigonometry - 1 Mathematics Credit

Trigonometry is an advanced mathematics course that extends algebraic concepts through an analytic and graphic study of radical, rational, polynomial, exponential, circular and logarithmic functions over the complex number system. As well, students are introduced to the concepts of probability and sequences and series. Students also extend their knowledge of right triangle trigonometry to the study of unit circle trigonometry and analytic trigonometry. Finally, students study the structure of trigonometric graphs and trigonometric regression of data.

Pre-Calculus-1 Mathematics Credit

Pre-Calculus emphasizes analysis of functions and applying problem solving skills. Students model and analyze Pre-Calculus concepts that include: Function analysis and curve sketching (domain, intercepts, asymptotes, end behavior and range); Analytic trigonometry (inverse trig functions and proofs with Trig identities); Vectors, polar coordinates and complex numbers (graphing and operations); Conic sections and parametric equations; Sequence and series; Limits and other calculus-bridging concepts. The graphing calculator serves as a learning tool to help students apply their understanding of the concepts and applications introduced.

Calculus - 1 Mathematics Credit

Calculus is a high school course that is aligned with a college level Calculus I course. Calculus allows students to work through all of the topics covered in differential Calculus as well as some of those that are covered in Integral Calculus. As part of differential Calculus students limits, explore the idea of “infinity”, derivatives as “rates of change”, and how to apply each of the above to everyday situations. Topics in integral Calculus include anti-derivatives and the idea of an integral as the limit for Riemann sums. Students will disembark from Metro math classes with the conclusion on this course.

Research Internship - 1 Internship Credit

The Research Internship course provides opportunities for students to apply the knowledge and skills gleaned though their classroom courses in a professional work setting. It also provides students with an opportunity to explore professional career fields prior to selecting a college major. Based on interests, students are placed at an internship site for a minimum of 120 hours per term. Students and their mentors identify a research topic directly related with the work and goals of the internship organization, and one that provides a service to the organization. Students conduct research that is communicated though an exhibition at the end of the trimester. Writing is an important component of this course in documenting and communicating quantitative and qualitative research data, results and recommendations. Students also develop an electronic portfolio of their written work.

Spanish I - 1 Foreign Language Credit

In Spanish I students are introduced to vocabulary and pronunciation of frequently used expressions, while gradually building a foundation in understanding and speaking Spanish. Students study the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and integrate their knowledge and appreciation of the culture with their learning of the language. Students engage in communicative skills such as dialogues, vocabulary demonstrations and songs. Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills are developed through daily use of Spanish. Grammar concepts are introduced and practiced in meaningful contexts throughout the course.

Spanish II - 1 Foreign Language Credit

In Spanish II vocabulary and grammar concepts are introduced in context through authentic materials and speaking scenarios. Speaking and listening skills continue to improve through daily use. Students are expected to create meaningful conversations, improve in writing and correct grammar usage and use the Spanish language to converse and interact with each other. The five language skills—listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural awareness and appreciation—continue to be developed.

Spanish III - 1 Foreign Language Credit

In Spanish III students increase their Spanish language and cultural understanding skills based on the foundation acquired in Spanish I and Spanish II. Students continue to increase vocabulary and grammar structures. Instruction and interaction is primarily in Spanish with a focus on listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural awareness and appreciation. Students expand their Spanish language and cultural learning by engaging in activities such as listening to complex passages or conversations and answering questions about the content, expanding vocabulary in areas such as health and well being, foods, social events and travel, and using the Internet to acquire information about the Spanish speaking world.

Wellness I - ½ Physical Education Credit; ½ Health Credit

Wellness integrates the concepts and practices of health and physical education. Each student completes 120 hours of fitness and 60 hours of health instruction. Students demonstrate mastery through physical activities, class projects and topic-based group discussions. Students complete three research projects: nutrition, pharmaceuticals, and global health. A weekly exercise log sheet based on each student’s aerobic and anaerobic activity is maintained. The final project includes the student’s 12-week workout plan and nutrition data maintained and analyzed over the duration of the course. Students write a wellness self-analysis based on the data collected during the 12-week program.

Advanced Wellness - 1 Health Credit

Wellness II focuses on physical fitness and nutrition. Wellness I is a prerequisite for this course. Each student works in conjunction with The Ohio State University (OSU) and the Center of Science & Industry (COSI Columbus) for 8 weeks of this 12-week course. Students are tested at the beginning of the course to measure body fat, test blood pressure and endurance through Microfit’s Bod Pod-Body Composition Testing ™. Retesting will occur after 8 weeks to check levels. Four days a week students participate in physical activity at OSU’s Recreation & Physical Activity Center (RPAC). One day a week students conduct nutritional research with a researcher at OSU’s Thompson Library. The course culminates with a three-to-five page written self-analysis of their nutritional habits and physical activity levels.