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.

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.

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.