THE METRO LEARNING EXPERIENCE
At Metro, we are preparing students for success in middle school, high school and beyond. Our courses are designed to provide students with the tools they need to be active learners and to use STEM practices (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in all academic areas.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
(The order of some English classes is interchangeable, marked by matching asterisks.)
Ex: Short Stories, Plays & Poems can come before OR after Contemporary Literature.
ELECTIVES BY GRADE (subject to change)
(* means order of courses can change)
ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES (subject to change)
HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM
English 9: College Reading & Writing - 1 ELA Credit
English 11: Literature & Composition - 1 ELA Credit
English 10: College Writing & Reading- 1 ELA Credit
English 12: Language & Composition - 1 ELA Credit
World Studies/Metro Skills
Government - 1 Social Studies Credit
American History - 1 Social Studies Credit
Economics - 1 Social Studies Credit
Environmental/Earth Science - 1 Science Credit
Biology - 1 Science Credit
Physics – 1 Science Credit
Environmental Justice - 1 Science Credit
Chemistry - 1 Science Credit
Algebra I - 1 Math Credit
Geometry - 1 Math Credit
Pre-Calculus-1 Math Credit
Algebra II - 1 Math Credit
Trigonometry - 1 Math Credit
Calculus - 1 Math Credit
ADDITIONAL COURSES & ELECTIVES
Research Internship - 1 Credit
The Research Internship course provides opportunities for students to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in a professional work setting. It also provides 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. Mentors will 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 semester. Writing is an important component of this course in documenting and communicating quantitative and qualitative research data, results and recommendations.
Intro to Fine Arts - 1 Art Credit
Basic drawing skills are learned using a variety of artistic materials and techniques. This course introduces students to the art elements, art principles and famous artwork, which require students to be inquiring learners. Students gain an understanding of the process of interpreting, critiquing, creating and experiencing art.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The course culminates with a written self-analysys of their nutritional habits and physical activity levels.
EARLY COLLEGE EXPERIENCES CURRICULUM
Human Body Systems
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.
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. 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 and will present to the class for peer assessment. The project conclusions are communicated through a student-developed scientific journal-quality paper and a scientific poster.
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.
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.
Metro students are generally advised to take General Education courses because GE classes are required for most majors and will typically transfer to other colleges/universities. Coursework can be completed at The Ohio State University or Columbus State Community College based on students meeting set requirements. Students eligible to take college courses must submit an application prior to the semester when they will take their first class. All scheduling will take place through a Metro college Advisor.