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2020 College Admissions Profile

Metro Early College High School  
1929 Kenny Road  Columbus, OH  43210
614-259-6638
Executive Director: Meka Pace
Administrators: Anthony Alston & Caroline Davis
School Counselors: Elizabeth Mechling, Corey Boyer & Carla Ayala 
CEEB Code: 365204

What is Metro?

Established in 2006, Metro Early College High School was born out of the desire of both The Ohio State University and Battelle Memorial Institute to create a "small" STEM (Science, Technology, engineering and Math) school with a big footprint. Metro was the first higher education (OSU), business (Battelle) and K-12 partnership for STEM learning in Ohio. With a growing interest for STEM education in Columbus Ohio, Metro expanded its footprint to include a 6th-8th gradeprogram. The Metro model, not only includes a STEM-centric curriculum, but also provides early access to college coursework. Most Metro students earn between 20-25 college credits along with stackable credentials. Metro Early College High School serves as the platform school for the Ohio Stem Learning Network (OSLN) and is the model for Race to the Top programs in Ohio, Tennessee, New York, North Carolina and Texas.

Admissions:

Admission to Metro is non-selective. Interested students from across the state of Ohio apply, and admission is offered based on a lottery draw. Selected applicants then interview with current Metro faculty, students, and families to determine if Metro is the best fit. Currently, 30 different school districts from 9 different counties are represented, with about half coming from the largest district in central Ohio (Columbus City Schools).

COVID 19 Information:

At the onset of the COVID 19 outbreak, Metro classes transitioned to a virtual format. At Metro, monthly virtual classes have been a common practice for several years. While the transition wasn’t seamless, our school had the platform and resources already in place to make this adjustment. For the spring semester of 2020, students were given the option of continuing with our mastery grading system or choosing a pass/fail grading option for each of their classes. Metro has started the 2020-2021 school year on a virtual schedule with the mastery grading system in place. 


Our Community:
At Metro schools it is our desire to develop young adults who are connected to their communities and practice their citizen responsibility. Each year, Metro students must complete a minimum of 70 service hours to have a greater understanding of our larger community needs. As proximity to a college campus is vital to our school model, each Metro school is located on a college campus.

Metro students are welcomed into the college environment by participating in scavenger hunts to better learn OSU's campus; they work and learn from OSU faculty, staff and students and they take college classes with traditional college students at the university.

Our Vision & Mission:
Our vision is to provide a small and intellectually vibrant learning community designed to serve students who want a personalized learning experience that prepares them for a connected world where math, science, and technology are vitally important. Metro has a holistic approach to educating the students – focusing on cognitive, social, emotional and physical development through experiential learning, service learning and family and community support. Our mission is to have all members of the Metro community seek to improve their practice of the Metro Habits of Heart and Mind: Effective Communicator, Inquiring Learner, Active & Responsible Decision Maker, Effective Collaborator, Critical Thinker, Engaged Learner.

Core High School Requirements:

Students complete all high school requirements in Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Health/PE, Art and Foreign Language. Metro’s accelerated curriculum provides students the opportunity to earn 8-9 credits per year: 4 in Fall Semester, 0-1 in the January Short-Term, and 4 Spring Semester. Core courses focus on mastery of content through innovative, hands-on, project-based learning.

Gateway:

Once students have successfully earned mastery in the majority of their core high school requirements (Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Health/PE, Art, and Foreign Language), they begin a curriculum focused on early college access, internships, and research opportunities. Before students begin college coursework, they give a Gateway presentation defending their readiness for college. The six “Metro Habits of Heart and Mind” - Effective Communicator, Inquiring Learner, Active and Responsible Decision-Maker, Effective Collaborator, Critical Thinker, Engaged Learner, - and the student’s utilization of those habits in their coursework/life are the focus of the presentation. Metro faculty, parents, peers, and community members attend Gateways. In order to pass, all parties must agree that the student has proven readiness for college.

Early College Programs:

After successfully completing the Gateway, students choose an Early College Program (ECP). ECPs introduce students to college-level coursework, on a college campus, with college faculty and other college students. The ECPs provide students with additional support during the transition to college by registering them in courses with a cohort of their peers and having a designated high school teacher and college advisor to assist with scheduling, orientation, organization, and finding additional resources. All ECPs incorporate advanced high school coursework, college coursework, and internships/ career exploration. See our Early College Program descriptions here. 

Full Time College:

After successfully completing their Early College Program, students generally take a full load of college classes. Students work with a college advisor to develop schedules based on their long-term academic goals (or to finish their Associates Degree). Each year, more than half of Metro’s 4th year students take a full load (12+ credit hours per semester) of college courses. 80-90% of the students in every graduating class complete at least one college course before graduation.

Class of 2020 Data: 

  • Graduates: 170
  • 4-Year College: 132
  • 2-Year College: 27
  • In-State College: 115
  • Out-of-State College: 17
  • 11 students are doing a gap year/other programs

Honors & Scholarships:

  • 38%of the class of 2020 earned the state Honors Diploma
  • 2 members of the class of 2020 were semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition
  • Students in the class of 2020­­­ reported nearly $3 million in scholarship offers 

Metro students have been offered admission to and attended many prestigious colleges/universities, including but not limited to the ones listed below. (Names in bold indicate colleges to which graduates of the Class of 2020 matriculated.)