The Metro School and The Ohio State University
A 100% college acceptance rate, hands-on college experience from a high school, and a rigorous academic experience in a STEM-based environment. That’s what Metro High School offers, and it’s made possible through a partnership with The Ohio State University and Battelle Memorial Institute.
The chance for Metro students to take Ohio State classes as a part of their regular education is one of the most innovative parts of the program. Students have the opportunity to start engaging with college-level material at an early point, and can build relationships with faculty members who might later supervise an exciting research project.
And Metro’s footprint is growing. It serves as a model for the Race to the Top programs in New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The little school is starting to have a big impact.
According to Peter DeWitt, Assistant Principal, “Metro’s students have the opportunity to complete up to two years of college coursework before graduation. The average Metro student completes 35–40 credit hours at OSU! This programmatic approach to early college access for high school students has been developed and fostered through OSU’s collaboration with Metro—a collaboration which has allowed Metro students to find their passion through the breadth of course offerings on-campus, explore career opportunities through research experiences with professors, expand their academic capabilities through challenging college coursework, and to experience success as a college student while still in high school.”
Throughout the process, Ohio State plays a central role in Metro’s development. The university has been integral to developing Metro’s educational program, offering both material and structural support. In addition to funding the Metro Fellows—graduate students in STEM fields from The Ohio State University—and helping fund the school itself, Ohio State faculty and staff have created partnerships with the school to increase hands-on learning opportunities for students. The school has a student population of approximately 400. The small size helps provide students with a personalized learning experience, and the payoff is clear: all 93 of the 2011 graduates were accepted to college, and 47 of them chose to attend Ohio State.
The Ohio State University’s connection to the Metro School is another instance of its commitment to encouraging STEM programming and partnership in the central Ohio community.
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1929 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43210