What are the Met School's Fundamentals?
Is this a regular high school program?
Yes. The Met School is a Manitoba High School Diploma program, just like other high schools. We follow the Manitoba curriculum, students earn credits for approved courses and students need to meet Graduation requirements. All Met School students must pass the required courses and take electives to obtain their Manitoba Diploma.
Is this for everyone?
The Met School is best for students who are looking to challenge themselves to achieve academically while extending their learning into the community. It is best for students who are curious, independent, and who act on their own initiative. It works well for students who are comfortable doing different projects and assignments from their peers. Students should also be at ease with the increased level of parent involvement, and the accountability and responsibility the program requires. While it may be a good placement for some students who have had difficulty in school, the demands of the program also require that students have the ability to commit to the many aspects and challenges of the program. Like any high school program, students who are successful take advantage of the opportunities presented to them.
Is this a good program for a child with special needs?
Students need to be able to take initiative and have the skills needed to secure an internship placement, attend independently and contribute to the site. This is not a work experience program. Although our class sizes are smaller in the Met School, there is no educational assistant support for students, even for those who may have special needs and may have been approved for funding.
What determines whether or not a student is successful?
Commitment - on the part of students and parents. The Met School comes with a high level of accountability and responsibility. Students should be organized and motivated with a commitment to developing strong projects and internship placements. Students need to be willing to work independently at school, while also being comfortable with the level of independence needed for an Internship Placement. Students need to develop appropriate skills to secure placements in internships: resume writing and interview skills for example. Students need to be comfortable having a different high school experience from many of their friends. Students need to be willing to develop the skills necessary to manage a complex school experience that includes placements in the community along with multiple levels of projects and assignments. It is not easier than a more traditional high school program and students must view the Met School as the opportunity they are looking for. Parents must also embrace this as an opportunity for them to have an active role in the life of their teenager.