COURSE CATALOG

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

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 asterisks.) 

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

SCIENCE

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


ELECTIVES BY GRADE (subject to change)

6th grade: 

  • Wellness (Physical Education) and STEM Foundations

7th grade: 

  • Wellness (Physical Education) and Art

8th grade: 

  • Automation & Robotics


MATHEMATICS

  • 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)* 

  • Statistics (HS Credit)* 

(* means order of courses can change)


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


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)


HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

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 11: Literature & Composition - 1 ELA Credit

English 11 helps students 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 and form. 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 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 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.

SOCIAL STUDIES

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 in students’ other coursework in order to serve as a “multiplying force” toward overall success. Half (0.5) credit will be awarded for World History and half (0.5) credit for Metro Skills.

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 and the roles of political parties, interest groups, and the Supreme Court.


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.


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.


SCIENCE

Environmental/Earth Science - 1 Science Credit
This course introduces students to ecological concepts that focus on issues of resource management such as: soil & agriculture, land use, freshwater systems/impacts, and energy sources. Students study earth science fields like geology, meteorology, oceanography and astronomy. Students explore the relationships between humans and the natural environment by conducting environmental research, applying the scientific method and developing analytical and critical thinking skills while investigating solutions to real world problems.

Biology - 1 Science Credit
This course covers fundamental biological concepts to prepare 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.

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.

Environmental Justice - 1 Science Credit
Environmental Justice is designed to have students evaluate and learn about Earth and all of its resources. Throughout the course, students will examine case studies that relate to environmental science as well as looking at the environmental justice aspect of issues. The environmental justice aspects may include disproportionate effects on certain areas, people groups or species. This course will develop student's ability to think about how what they do has an impact on a scale much larger than themselves. 

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.

MATHEMATICS

Algebra I - 1 Math 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.

Geometry - 1 Math Credit
Students explore the characteristics of lines, planes, polygons, circles and three-dimensional figures using inductive and deductive reasoning. Geometry is explored through visual and analytic methods using tools such as compasses, protractors, straightedges, graphing calculators, computer applications, presentations, and design challenges. 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. 

Pre-Calculus-1 Math 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.

Algebra II - 1 Math 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.


Trigonometry - 1 Math 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.

Calculus - 1 Math 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.

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
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.

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. 

College Coursework

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.