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.

Middle School Curriculum

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.

MS Pre-Algebra

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.

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.
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.
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.
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 & 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 ELA 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.
English 10: College Writing and Reading- 1 ELA 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 ELA 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 ELA 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.
Intro to Fine Arts: Drawing & Painting - 1 Art Credit
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. 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.  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 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.

Students participate in physical activity at OSU's RPAC building and conduct research at OSU's Thompson Library. The course culminates with a written self-analysys of their nutritional habits and physical activity levels.

Early College Experiences Curriculum 

Human Body Systems
Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases.

Bodies Learning Center

“Bodies” integrates biomedical technologies and college coursework to promote student interest, growth and development in the biomedical and health sciences. Bodies is for students interested in biomedical engineering, medical and health careers as well as biomedical genetic research. Bodies has formed partnerships with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University and OhioHealth.  Students take Biology 1113 and 1114 at Ohio State along with Principles of Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems and Scientific Writing.

Bodies students engage in medical rotations through Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and are immersed in Capstone Research projects with practicing scientists and medical personnel. Students present their Capstone projects in the spring.

Design Learning Center

Design is a year long STEM Early College experience that integrates Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Capstone Research, Automated Systems and Robotics, with college level Computer Programming and Math. Enrollment in this learning also includes participation in Metro's FIRST Robotics team planning, build, and competition seasons. Previous Capstone Research projects have included explorations into the effects of Radiation on electronic equipment to simulate the effects of space travel, hot embossing polymer plastics in microchips, and ways to improve the efficiency of Diesel engines. This learning center is designed for students that may be interested in Engineering fields.

Growth Learning Center

Growth is an early-college experience for students that partners with the Ohio State University’s Horticulture and Crop Science Department. The program offers trans-disciplinary project-based instruction in all aspects of the food system: sustainability, production, transportation, consumption, and nutrition. In our high school science course we dissect the food system and work toward students’ understanding of their place within that system. In the high school English course we will read texts that support that understanding. 

The final term of this experience includes the Internship and Capstone Research courses. The materials for these courses have been refined by Metro and are used throughout the curriculum. We guide students through independent research projects with the end goal of producing a scientific poster and presentation.

Within their internship/capstone experience, students work to develop a high level of professionalism and to solve a problem for the host site, thus accelerating their research skills. 

Capstone Research - 1 Science Research Credit

This one-term course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to conduct guided research beyond the Metro science classroom. Research topics are developed under the guidance of the instructor and must be contained within the content area of this Early College Experience in Materials Science. Students develop a hypothesis, conduct experimentation, collect data, interpret and analyze data, and communicate research findings. Students are required to provide weekly written documentation of progress throughout the term. Additionally, students are required to present a seminar style weekly update to the class for peer assessment. The project conclusions are communicated through a student-developed scientific journal-quality paper and a scientific poster.

OSU Coursework

Metro students are generally advised to take GE (General Education) courses at The Ohio State University, because those courses are required for most majors and will typically transfer to other colleges/universities.

For a list of available GE courses offered: http://ascadvising.osu.edu/sites/ascadvising.osu.edu/files/BS_GE_SP14.pdf