The Met Community School(MCS) was created in 2003 to offer academic and enrichment programs to the Met Community through funding from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers and the US. Department of Education. The MCS targets all Met students, their families and our community that extends beyond our neighborhoods and throughout the state. Programs are held at our Public and Peace Street Campuses which include spaces in the 5 small schools, Media and Arts Center, Fitness Center, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation as well as in community settings. The MCS, has run an increasing number of quality programs for twelve years, extended day and out of school time, summer work readiness and workforce development, mentoring and leadership, college and career preparation, family literacy and ESOL, STEM and STEAM, vacation and summer programming for students K-12 and their families. These programs contribute to success in academic achievement, enrichment and exploration, family and community engagement.
The Met partners with a host of community entities to provide expertise in program development and operation both at the Met and in their own community agencies. These include the Swearer Center for Public Service for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes at the Met, Music One for enrichment and academic achievement in music technology and the performing arts, Destiny House Organization for girls mentoring and leadership programs, Recycle-A Bike and the Woonasquatucket River Shed WaterShed Council for environmental education, river clean up, summer programs and for teaching bike mechanics as well as healthy and safe lifestyle training, DownCity Design (DownCity), RealFibers, the Center for the Advancement of Minority in Construction Industries (The Center) and the Center for Dynamic Learning (CDL) for STEM, STEAM programming, career pathway training and development as well as performing arts. Programs are also provided by a host of Met teachers and staff members, parents, mentors and community members. We partner with other agencies for additional funding at every opportunity for appropriate programming including Providence/Cranston Workforce Solutions, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, RI Department of Labor and Training, Providence After School Alliance and Afterschool Leadership Circle, formerly the RI After School Plus Alliance.
The overall concept of the MCS is to partner with the Met to provide out of school time programming which bridges academic success with lifelong learning to ensure that our students achieve at the highest levels. We also partner with the Met Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and, and to require all of our 9th grade students to attend programs 4 days each week. It also helps provides a full schedule of summer programming including a workforce development and job readiness program for teens and other summer enrichment opportunities.