So far, so good. My son just started as a freshman this year and is very happy with his advisory. He has a lot of respect for the Internship Coordinator, who seems to be listening to all his interests and strengths and moving him through the Business Environments class. I'm pleased that the founding principal is no longer there and was placed in a position redeveloping/redesigning secondary curriculum. I had an unpleasant experience when I went to fill out paperwork, in which some staff member was in her office disgruntled and the door remained open, a practice I found unprofessional at best. Rick Novak is interim principal and seems to be guiding the school well. I'm impressed with his approach so far. And I'm hopeful they will find a stellar replacement soon.
This is a really great school for non-traditional students or students that don't do well sitting in class all day. We are given a lot of free time, and our internships give us so much experience. Tuesdays and Thursdays are used for internship days, and people who don't have internships come to school and do extra work or finish homework. The teachers are totally supportive and the principal is a doll, she's so sweet and understanding. The staff is completely nice, except for the Internship Coordinator, watch our for her. The Met is a really, really awesome school and I would completely recommend it to others, however , it is a non-traditional school. It is easy to slack off and miss class, but the teachers make sure you're still passing class.
I am a parent of a senior at the MET, and we have had an amazing experience there. I know there is a different experience with each advisory class, but my daughter is in a fantastic advisory, and has gained more than we could have asked for by attending this school. She is able to speak comfortably in front of people, and has gained immense experience in different career choices through the internship program. In addition, she has been able to attain actual college credits through the college classes offered instead of taking AP classes that most high schools offer. She has had challenging courses, and it is not simple to get an A there. Those students have to work hard. Expectations are high, and the teachers are very involved in the well being of every student. We are extremely particular, and we are extremely pleased with the MET.
I am a returning Junior to the San Diego Met. The concept of this school is great however the execution is terrible. This year more than half of the administration has left. Numerous amounts of students have transfered or are trying to transfer. I am one of these students desperately trying to get out of The Met. My recommendation to all parents and students is it may look all magnifcent and perfect on the outside but on the inside it is a terribly run school. I would not recommend this school to anyone. In fact I try to recommend students not to attend. besides all of this, the so called "challenges" that are presented at The Met are a joke. I am a straight A student there and barely have to apply myself or put any effort into my studies. All in all, do not attend. You will be disappointed.
I'm a parent of a 9th grade student. It's definitely an alternative school, not for those who want the 8-3, five day a week school experience. My child's class has more than 45 minutes for English and History, more like 2 hours. The principal does run a tight ship, but I like that, and she know every single kid. It is strange dropping off your 14 year old at a college and it's a PITB to go to the office ( you have to get a parking permit, and find a space...), but all in all, we've been very pleased.
Be careful. The first sign of trouble is the principal's lack of proper grammar, spelling and punctuation when writing. How can students be expected to perform at a high level of excellence if the head administrator can't? She runs a very tight ship, is borderline mean, and never, ever smiles. This school boasts a high rate of matriculated students who are admitted to college. What they fail to disclose is poor performing students are expelled rather than guided through their difficulties. I believe the expel policy skews the school's actual performance data.
I'm currently a junior here. The Met sounds great in concept - internships 2 days a week, college classes during 11th and 12th grade, based on a college campus - but it doesn't run smoothly in action. We only go to school 3 days a week and on the days we're here the teachers are scrambling for time to teach. For example, our humanities teacher has 45 minutes 3 days a week to teach English, history, and college prep work. This might be okay if we were given a framework for independent study, but instead we have to do a few very spread out assignments that don't give us any cohesive knowledge base - it often seems like work for the sake of doing work. I think academics here need to be more carefully reviewed and appreciated, and SDUSD should evaluate our school by more than just test scores.
I am the parent of current 9th grade student. This school is an alternated school following High tech school model. This school doesn t have any sport option. The Principal knows all 180+ students. The teachers are very caring about all students. Each teacher has only less than 25 students which they follow for 4 years. Each student has a workstation in the class. Teacher is teaching practical material from the internet isn t coved by other traditional high schools. The academic is lacking in this school. The student don't get test often. This school population is well diversifying. They aren't any clique in this school. The students are helped to focus to get into college after high school. All students are required to set goal every quarter. Student can start taking community college class if they are able in 10th grade. Because they are located inside community college, it is very convenience.
This is my daughter's third year at The Met, and I think it is fabulous! Each advisor (teacher) has the same students for each of their 4 years, so they REALLY know each students strenghts and weaknesses, and helps them. In addition, two days a week the students have an internship in whatever career they are thinking of pursuing, which helps them to focus on what college classes they will eventually need. The students are also encouraged to take advantage of the free college classes available while still in High School. If they take all available classes, they will actually have 1-1/2 years of college completed by the time they graduate high school. Can't get much better than that!!
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