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Metro High School

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Posted July 17, 2014

A peculiar thing, and disappointing, at this school is the teaching staff. My kids went through Kennard but skipped Mckinley. At Kennard, I could highly recommend almost every teacher there. They seem to love teaching and love the students. They were constantly coming up with innovative ideas and projects while holding onto the basic principles of education young children. That's not the case at Metro. There are some good and some not so good teachers, just like any other school. A couple of the teachers really should not be teaching in my opinion....one admitted to not liking 'people'! I would have expected much more discernment in choosing teachers at the 'best high school in Missouri'. This is my biggest disappointment at Metro. It seems Metro is successful due to its student body. They have a somewhat rigorous admissions guideline initially, and they enforce the integrity of student body by 'weeding' out students by junior year. The number of students who do not continue at Metro either voluntarily or involuntarily is astounding. This is something that is troubling. It shows that there's a flaw either in the admissions process or the instruction/curriculum thereafter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Metro is a great school because they assemble some of the best kids from the region and over time it has developed a wonderful culture of hard work and success. The student body is both racially and socioeconomically diverse; and they do not self segregate. There are a number of great and dedicated teachers but there are a few that would not last if they had to earn it like the kids do. For hard working kids, this is a great school. Note: when applying give your USCF (chess) rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

An academics based school for self-motivated students with teachers who know how to challenge them. Administration is caring and accessible. No wonder this is the #1 high school in the state!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

Good staff, challenging. Students with chance to achieve highest! Top 100 !! Hope it will stay that way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

G R E A T S C H O O L . . . for kids who need more then school !!!


Posted September 29, 2009

I am a mom of three gifted and talented children. About 12 years ago I found myself single again and unable to afford private education. About nine years ago, I had saved enough to move into St. Louis City so that my children could attended the Academic and Classiscal schools: Kennard, McKinley and Metro. It was the absolute best investment I have made to date. It has proven to be Recession-proof and has already paid for itself in terms of scholarship dollars. Of course, my children have the most to do with that for taking advantage of these great educational opportunities. The faculty and staff at Metro have worked hard at creating an atmosphere of learning and providing college-credit 1-8-1-8 courses, AP and IB courses. They have also partnered with local universities, colleges and different organizations to expose the students to a broad spectrum of experiences. Thanks Metro!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2009

good school with great students but a horrible principal. He is just the worst.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2009

I am currently a senior at Metro High School, and I am simultaneously saddened and overjoyed by the realization that I will soon be leaving: I will miss Metro for its acceptance, tolerance, the top notch education yet the vibrant social atmosphere, but I am so glad about going to college: I hear it's much easier than going to Metro!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

Metro is awesome! I attended all 4 years of high school and it was challenging, but it prepared me for what was ahead of me...college. Because of Metro and all that it stands for, I am well prepared to tackle and accomplish my goals.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2006

Like most students at Metro,I complained about being there nearly all 4 years that I attended. But it was after I graduated that I realized what a valuable education and high school experience I received there. Looking back, yes there was an extensive amount of work to be done and the stress level was high, the students always found (or shall I say my friends and I always found) creative ways to de-stress. The small student body made it just like family. It is very rare that you hear of a public school that 100% graduation rate and 100% to college rate, but Metro is that school. I'm proud that I graduate from there (Class of 2003!) and if I had to do it all over again, I would. They say high school is supposed to be 4 of the greatest years of your life...and I can actually agree to that.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 6, 2006

Metro is the best. Hands down. Free, great education, nothing's better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2005

My mother graduated from Metro, my younger sister is currently a sophomore at Metro, and I attended, graduating in 2002. I am now a senior at Fordham University in Bronx, New York. Although I complained a lot while a student, with regards to the demanding course load, I couldn't have asked for a more nurturing, supportive, challenging environment with which to attend high school. As a class and school, we worked to implement change at Metro and across the public school district, tackling pervasive issues like racism, sexism, and most notably homophobia--an issue that caused us to face great hostility. Metro is a safe and trusting place; there are strict no-tolerance policies on name calling and fighting (I never saw a fight in 4 years). I don't have children of my own but if I did (and lived in St. Louis), they would attend Metro.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 31, 2005

I went to Metro for grades 9-12 and am now in my last year at Truman State University in Missouri. This school has a very friendly open atmostphere, good sports teams, and excellent staff. I learned more than I could ever have wanted while attending Metro and for the average graduate, college is much easier than for students from other schools. I believe the college rate is nearly 100% every year, preparing for,getting accepted and going to college is very much a part of the curriculum. And in the entire four years I never once felt unsafe or bullied.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 10, 2004

I am excited about the overall test scores of the school compared to the other schools. These scores are reflective of the administration, staff and students commitment to excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 57% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 54% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
English

The state average for English was 60% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II

The state average for English II was 69% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 61% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
n/a
Government

The state average for Government was 54% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 47% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

All Students90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Biology

All Students100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English

All Students89%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Free or reduced-price lunch92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English II

All Students97%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Geometry

All Students57%
Black49%
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Government

All Students76%
Black63%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Free or reduced-price lunch70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

U.S. History

All Students86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 44% 17%
White 42% 74%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 2%
Hispanic 5% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students College counselor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Wilfred Moore
Fax number
  • (314) 531-4894

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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4015 McPherson Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 534-3894

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