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 middle school curriculum focuses on developing capacity in The Metro Habits and a foundation of literacy in mathematics, science, English, and the social sciences.

Middle School Curriculum

Ancient Civilizations

This class focuses on basic language arts skills such as reading comprehension (fiction and non-fiction), acquisition of vocabulary, the writing process and speaking and listening skills. This class also touches upon Ancient Civilizations that will be built upon in other humanities classes. The goal of this class is for students to master the key common core standards for language art

Expansion to Reconstruction

This middle school level course is a combination of Language Arts and Social Studies. Students will progress through specific Common Core Language Arts goals using nonfiction, fiction, writing, language and communication. These skills will be taught and reinforced by using Ohio Social Standards about the American History of Westward Expansion through The Reconstruction after the American Civil War.

Forensics

Forensic Science is a J-term course introducing students to the science of crime scene investigation. The course begins by analyzing a crime scene and looking for clues to help solve crimes. Students try their hand at using deductive reasoning to solve mysteries. Students will learn how to analyze handwriting, determine if someone is lying, and discover methods to detect counterfeit money. Students next discover how to analyze different types of trace evidence, such as glass and hair. Fingerprinting is a big part of forensics, and students learn how to lift prints and then match them to a suspect. Finally, students learn all about blood, and discover how to analyze patterns found in blood spatter. The course is very hands-on oriented, and students should leave with a much deeper understanding as to how science can be used to solve crimes.

Greeks and Romans

This class is a combination of language arts and social studies. This class uses the common core middle school language arts standards and the Ohio content standards for social studies. The language arts components focus on reading strategies for fiction and non-fiction, vocabulary, the writing process and speaking and listening skills. The social studies component of this class focuses on the Ancient Greek and Romans, their major wars, major figures, daily life, and contributions to today's society.

Integrated Math

Integrated Mathematics is a rigorous course that is designed to prepare students for Pre-Algebra. It includes one year’s worth of middle school mathematics in one semester of instruction. Key topics include computation and problem solving with rational numbers, ratios and proportions, rational numbers on the coordinate plane, algebraic problem-solving, and three-dimensional geometry.

MS Biology

Middle School Biology is an introductory course to biological concepts and basic science principles that prepares students for high school biological sciences. Topics include: binomial nomenclature, classification, characteristics of living things, characteristics of different kingdoms, scientific method, observations, and measurement. Students work towards developing research and reporting techniques through designing and implementing experiments and reporting their findings.

MS Chemistry

This course is designed to give students a firm foundation in chemistry. A conceptual approach is utilized, with special attention given to having students develop an understanding of the particle nature of matter. A hands-on approach is emphasized, where students are engaged in a variety of laboratory experiences and projects. They will gain experience in observing, collecting data, forming hypotheses, and drawing conclusions based on experimentation. Through inquiry, students attempt to discover knowledge for themselves. Topics covered include measurement, the metric system, density, phases of matter, weather, energy, atomic structure, physical/chemical changes, mixtures, and acids/bases.

MS Economics

This course teaches and assesses the economic Ohio Social Studies standards taught during middle school. Normally these standards are taught throughout middle school in small sections. The goal of this course is to progress through the entire middle school economics class at a mastery level in one class. During this class, students will create and present a business, complete with a business plans and prototype. They will also learn about personal finance skills appropriate for middle school students.

MS Physics

This course is designed to give students a firm foundation in physics. While math is used, the purpose of this course is for students to develop a conceptual understanding of the most fundamental concepts in physics. Much of the course is project-based, where students learn the engineering design process through designing, building, testing, and revising their projects. A hands-on approach is emphasized, where students learn to set up their own experiments, collect and interpret data, graph their results, and present their findings. By utilizing an inquiry approach, students will gain proficiency in solving problems. Topics covered include measurement, the metric system, motion, forces, gravity, energy, simple machines, waves, sound and light.

Pre-Algebra - Middle School

Pre-Algebra is the middle school course that prepares students for success in Algebra I. Students expand on problem-solving with multi-step problems, explaining mathematical reasoning, and improving mathematical language. Students use hands-on and visual aids whenever possible to aid in developing abstract thinking. Key areas of focus include proportional reasoning, percent of increase and decrease, problem-solving with positive and negative rational numbers, probability and statistics, evaluating expressions and equations, and three-dimensional geometry.

Renaissance, Reformation and First Global Age

This middle school course is a combination of Language Arts and Social Studies. Students will progress through specific Common Core Language Arts goals using nonfiction, fiction, writing, language and communication. These skills will be taught and reinforced by using Ohio Social Standards about the World History of The Renaissance, The Reformation & First Global Age.