Course Catalog

The Metro Learning Experience

At Metro, we are preparing students for success in middle school, high school and beyond. Our courses are selected to give them the tools they need in to be active learners and use STEM practices (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in all academic areas.

Middle School Curriculum & course progression

English Language Arts

Reading Foundations

*Short Stories, Plays & Poems

*Contemporary Literature

**American Literature

**European Literature

***Modern Classics

***Multicultural Literature

English 9 (HS Credit)

The order of some English classes is interchangeable, marked by matching stars/asterisks. 

Ex: Short Stories, Plays & Poems can come before OR after Contemporary Literature.


Integrated Math A

Integrated Math B

Integrated Math C

*Pre-Algebra A (can be taken A → B)

*Pre-Algebra B(can be taken B → A)

Algebra 1 (HS Credit)

Algebra 2 (HS Credit)

**Geometry (HS Credit) - Order can change

**Statistics (HS Credit) - Order can change)


6th Grade:
Fall: Energy & The Environment

Spring: Animal Kingdom & Cell-ebration

7th Grade:
Fall: Physics of Sports & That’s Electric

Spring: Infinity and Beyond & Natural Disasters

8th Grade:
Fall: Potions & Let’s Taco ‘Bout Food

Spring: Genetics & Gold Diggers

Social Studies

Regions & People I

Regions & People II

World History I: 750 B.C. – 1400 A.D.

World History II: 1400 A.D. – 1600 A.D. 

American Studies I: 1492 - 1786

American Studies II: 1786 - 1877

Grade Level Electives (subject to change)

6th grade: 

Wellness (Physical Education) and STEM Foundations

7th grade: 

Wellness (Physical Education) and Foreign Language

8th grade: 

Foreign Language and Automation & Robotics

These electives alternate every other day.

Additional Electives (subject to change)

Automation & Robotics 

Design & Modeling 

Magic of Electrons 

Medical Detectives 

Green Architecture 

Anatomy (J-Term)

Mythbusters (J-Term)

Forensics (J-Term)

Exploring Computer Science (HS Credit)

English 9: College Reading & Writing - 1 ELA Credit

English 9 helps students improve on 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 will acquire the fundamentals of grammar, broaden their vocabulary and develop their abilities with language and communication through reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
English 10: College Writing & Reading- 1 ELA Credit

English 10 provides students opportunities to 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.  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. 
English 11: Literature & 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 and to enhance their abilities to interact intelligently with others as world citizens.
English 12: Language & Composition - 1 ELA Credit

 In English 12, students refine skills in reading and critical thinking, as well as communication 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.
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 be incorporated. The content/assignments will promote and measure academic skills/habits in students’ other coursework in order to serve as a “multiplying force” toward overall academic success. One half (0.5) credit will be awarded for World History and one half (0.5) credit 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 a variety of resources 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. This course explores the relationship between individual Americans and the governing bodies. It looks closely at the political culture of the country to gain insight into the challenges faced by political leaders and political activists. It also studies the roles of political parties, interest groups, 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 will learn about the American tax system, 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 graphical analysis, Newtonian mechanics, and energy and conservation.
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.

Foreign Language - Elective Credits

Students are encouraged to complete foreign language credits in preparation for the college access phase of the Metro program. Students can complete up to three credits of high school level foreign language; a variety of languages is available through the use of an online programs that helps students build a foundation of understanding, speaking and writing in a foreign language. Students may elect to continue foreign language credits at the university level.

Intro to Fine Arts: Painting & Drawing - 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. A written paper is included in this course showing the relationship to famous artwork and the students’ own art pieces. 

3D Art - 1 Art Credit

Students may take a second art credit in a course that focuses on a variety of art forms that move beyond painting and drawing. 

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.

Advanced Wellness - 1 Health Credit

Wellness II focuses on physical fitness and nutrition. Wellness I is a prerequisite for this course. Students are tested at the beginning of the course to measure body fat, test blood pressure and endurance and retest after 8 weeks to check levels.

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