What is the Met?
The Met Sacramento is one of the Sacramento City Unified School District's small, innovative public charter schools. We are located in the downtown grid at the corner of 8th and V streets across from Southside Park. Students at the Met work two days each week at internships in their interest areas. The Met is part of the Big Picture network (bigpicture.org). Because the school is small ( we average around 270 students) students at the Met are able to form close, meaningful relationships with both teachers and other students.
The advisory is the main academic center at The Met. Students stay in the same advisory for all four years with the same group of students and the same advisor (teacher). Advisors find educational resources for the students, assist them to target key academic learning goals, work with mentors to ensure the rigor of internships, and actively involves parents in their student's education. The advisory is more than just another classroom. Many students describe it as their second family.
The staff at the Met utilizes Schoology, a system that allows teachers and staff to create, manage, and share academic content. Both parent and student receive a Schoology account when they enroll at the Met. Schoology allows students and family to monitor grades and attendance in real time. Nearly every assignment and supporting material is posted on the teachers' class page. Nearly all student work is submitted electronically via Schoology. No more "lost" homework. Schoology organizes upcoming student work by due date and allows families to review assignment details with their student(s). Even if you're absent, you can still check your assignments from home on Schoology.
An important component that sets the Met apart from other high schools is the Met series: Met 101 (9th grade), Met 201 (10th grade), Met 301 (11th grade) and Met 401 (12th grade). The Met series is designed to provide students with meaningful opportunities for engaging, learning and reflecting beyond school hours. The Met series includes attending cultural events, completing community service hours, reading for pleasure, and devoting time to their health and wellbeing. Students present the Met series at their end-of-quarter exhibitions. It is at the exhibitions where students are able to reflect and make connectioins between the Met series and their personal growth.
Big Picture Learning Goals are tools for problem solving. The Learning Goals are a framework for looking at real-world concepts and abilities necessary to being a successful, well-rounded person. The Learning Goals provide an inquiry-based framework to explore content and project work in greater depth. Good project work incorporates many overlapping elements of the Learning Goals.
Four times a year, students present their body of work to a panel consisting of parents, internship mentors, fellow students, and their advisor. The objective is for the student to provide evidence of mastery of the Learning Goals (the Met's ESLRs) through internship project work, and evidence of their performance in workshops and college classes (when applicable). The panel holds the student accountable for the academic expectations by questioning and challenging them to think critically about their work. The rule at the Met is: No evidence means you didn't do it. At the end of each exhibition, the panel is given the opportunity to critique and offer suggestions to help the student improve.
Met students are expected to do a significant amount of reflecting throughout their time at the Met. Students think deeply and thoughtfully about their academic, internship, and personal lives through journaling, essay writing, presentations, one-on-one meetings with advisors and mentors, and more. Reflecting on what went well and changes that need to be made is a great way for students to acknowledge and accept what needs to be done, as well as to acknowledge the ways in which they have grown. Self-awareness is a key component to personal qualities, which is why the Met requires students to continue to reflect to the end of their high school career.
Panther Pipeline is a dual-enrollment partnership program between the Met and Sacramento City College. Through this program students can not only earn college credits while enrolled in high school, but they also meet with a college counselor each semester to create an education plan that continues beyond high school. If students are deemed ready by Met staff, they may start the Panther Pipeline program as early as the second semester of their 9th grade year. There are currently six college courses offered on The Met campus each year, and students have access to courses on the main campus of the college as well. All Panther Pipeline classes are tuition-free. This is an excellent opportunity for students to take the next step in their educational career.