Metro Early College High School is a small, intellectually vibrant, Ohio public STEM high school open to students in the state of Ohio. It is an early college program focused on problem-based learning with an emphasis on STEM learning practices (science, technology, engineering, and math). Initially serving students from 16 Franklin County school districts, Metro now serves students from 29 central Ohio districts.

Metro’s mission is turning college aspirations into reality through personal relevance, academic rigor, and transformative relationships. Students engage in a curriculum that allows them to complete high school coursework at an accelerated pace and access to professional internships and college coursework before graduation.

High School Curriculum

Metro Early College High School Curriculum is divided into two phases: Core Prep and College Access. Each student receives a personalized learning plan to target successfulness in both phases.


During the Core Prep Phase 9th and 10th grade students prepare for and explore the different areas of learning such as mathematics, science, social studies and language arts. As the students demonstrate performances in these areas they acquire the skills necessary to complete their Ohio Graduation Tests. In addition to this the students participate in design challenges where they investigate solutions to real world problems. These design challenges help showcase their ability to work individually as well as with others.


Upon successful demonstration of Mastery in the Core Prep Phase, students move into an environment that focuses on learning outside of school walls. This involves enrolling in Early College Experiences (ECEs), college courses at either The Ohio State University or Columbus State Community College, and participating in an internship. Students have an option of ECEs based on their area of interest. While the Core Prep phase focuses on capacity building, the College Access phase focuses on practical experiences, skill development, social maturity, critical thinking, and responsibility.


Metro operates on a Mastery-based system. In order to receive credit for a class, the student must attain a 90% or higher. There are opportunities to remediate work or retake classes if this benchmark is not met. Metro classes are given in longer blocks to help develop strong student/teacher relationships, motivate deep inquiry, and help students prepare for college coursework. Each student participates in Advisory, ensuring they have an adult to serve as their advocate and to provide a framework for goal-setting and personal skill-building.