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.
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.
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!
Good staff, challenging. Students with chance to achieve highest! Top 100 !! Hope it will stay that way.
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!
good school with great students but a horrible principal. He is just the worst.
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!
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.
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.
Metro is the best. Hands down. Free, great education, nothing's better.
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.
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.
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.
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