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Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Met High School?

The Met offers a unique an innovative CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, unduplicated in Rhode Island. With high standards and strong family engagement, the Met’s individualized learning approach has proven successful in unlocking students’ passion for learning.  The Met empowers its students to take charge of their learning, to become responsible citizens and life-long learners.  The hallmarks of a Met education include internships, individual learning plans, advisory, and a breakthrough college transition program. The Met is proud to be a Big Picture Learning School.

What is Big Picture Learning?

Big Picture Learning’s mission is the education of a nation, one student at a time.  As a non-profit organization dedicated to a fundamental redesign of education in the United States, Big Picture Learning’s (BPL) vision is to catalyze vital changes in K-Adult education by generating and sustaining innovative, personalized learning environments that work in tandem with the real world of their greater community.   At the core of Big Picture Learning’s mission is a commitment to equity for all students, especially underserved urban students, and the expectation that these students can achieve success.  Big Picture Learning designs innovative learning environments, researches and replicates new models for learning, and trains educators to serve as leaders in their schools and communities. In order to create and influence the education of the future, Big Picture Learning must continually reflect on and improve our practice and research to provide the results to leverage our influence in policy decisions and educational systems at the state, national, and international levels. You can learn more about Big Picture Learning at bigpicture.org.

Where are there other Met Schools?

Big Picture Learning has started “Met like” schools across the country and around the globe. For a full listing of Big Picture Learning Schools visit http://www.bigpicture.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=422935&type=d&pREC_ID=923039

Which career path can my child explore at The Met High School?

Students learn and work best when they are passionate and interested in what they are doing. Having students explore their interests is an important step in helping them figure out who they are and what kinds of work and learning will motivate them. Interest exploration isn’t just for students who haven’t identified their interests. It is an ongoing and lifelong process. Over the course of four years, students will develop many new interests and ideas based on the experiences, explorations and opportunities they’ve had.

Through the process of Real World Learning, students explore new things and identify their interests. Students can learn more about interests and potential career paths by interviewing adults whose work interests them.

Your child may come to the Met very clear interests and a career path in mind. They may have lots of questions jobs and careers. They may be unsure what it is that they want to learn more about. Either way, it’s necessary to develop a plan to expose them to the wider world through the process of Interest Exploration.

Will my student obtain credits in core subjects like English, Science, Social Studies, Math? 

The Met’s learning goals are tied to the state defined academic standards and the learning goals serves as a guide to help obtain those core subject credits. Visit the Learning Goals page on this website to read more about these goals.

How does The Met prepare my student for Higher Education?

The Met believes that all students should be afforded the opportunity to attend an institution of higher education if they so choose. By developing challenging individual learning plans, organizing student visits to colleges, educating families about the college application and financial aid processes, and building relationships with local colleges, The Met is cultivating our students’ readiness for the challenges of post-high school study. All Met students are required to take college entrance exams and apply to at least one college or post-secondary school program. No matter what their chosen course, The Met requires all students to develop post-high school plans that contribute to the future success of the student – be it through college, a professional internship, travel, trade school, the military, or the workforce.

How do I get my child into The Met?

Application process for incoming 9th and rolling application process for current grades 9 - 12

  1. Download and print the application

  2. Follow the instructions in the application and submit or mail it to us

  3. Give your current guidance counselor or principal a copy of the Request for Release of Academic & Special Services Records. They must complete the form and submit it to the Met with appropriate documents

  4. Attend an open house

When are the Open House events?

Click here to see the Open House Schedule

Where have your students conducted their career exploration/internships?

Throughout Rhode Island -

Click here to see the list of internship sites

Who are the Advisors(Teachers)?

The advisor’s role is to manage the student’s internships and individual, personalized Learning Plans. To do this, the advisor must get to know each student and his or her family well (this includes home visits and one-on-one meetings with each student).

Though certified in one area, the advisor does not “teach” his or her subject area; rather s/he draws upon many disciplines to meet the needs of each student, their projects, and

the advisory activities. Ultimately, the success of the student is the responsibility of the advisor.

Is the curriculum different than my local public school?

The Met offers a unique and innovative career and technical program that is unduplicated in Rhode Island.

How many students are enrolled at The Met?

The Met has approximately 850 students enrolled in 6 schools located in Providence and Newport. Each school has between 140 and 180 students.

Is there any preference given to siblings of students already enrolled in your school?

Although we like to enroll siblings, all students must apply and go through the application and lottery process.

Are parents involved in their child's education?

The Met takes pride in its strong parent involvement. As the child’s primary educators, we understand how integral the family is to the educational process. Parents are members of the learning plan team (along with the student, mentor and advisor) help  to design their child’s curriculum. As panelists at a student’s exhibition, parents are also involved in assessing their child’s work.

We invite you to become more involved at The Met. Consider leading a Pick Me Up (a whole school morning meeting) or running a workshop related to your career field or interests.  Ask your child’s advisor how you can help.

What are the school hours?

The Met school day starts at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00pm. Freshmen participate in extended day activities Monday through Thursday from 3:30pm-5:00pm. The school buildings open at 8:00am and close at 5:00pm. Evening activities may be scheduled as needed.

Do students participate in after school activities?

Extended day activities are offered by the Met Community School to all students and are mandatory for 9th grade students. Extended Day is everyday 3:30pm - 5:00pm. For more information about extended day click here.

Does The Met have sports for my daughter/son?

At the Met we know what an important role athletics play in the success of some students. In cooperation with the RI Interscholastic League, Met students can participate in sports through their sending school districts.

What does homework look like at the Met?

The Met knows that time in school and at internships is valuable, but limited. If students are to meet their full potential and master their goals, they will have to plan time outside of school to do work. To read more about homework at the Met click here.