People always ask me, what is Met School?
Well, Met School is one of the best decisions I’ve made in the past four years. I am proud to say I am one of the first students to be in Winnipeg’s first Met School, at Garden City Collegiate, from Grade 9 through to graduation.
Brian O’Leary, superintendent of the Seven Oaks School Division, decided to open a Met School in September 2009 because he felt this unique way of going through high school needed exploring.
With class sizes at a maximum of 15 students, we get the chance to connect with each other as well as with our advisors and mentors. Being located within Garden City Collegiate allows us to participate in their school activities, advanced math and science classes, as well as interact with the GC students. It’s like having the best of both worlds.
One of the best things about Met School, and what makes it so unique, is the two days a week that students go to their internships, which are based on their interests and passions.
There seems to be some confusion about what kind of student goes to the Met School.
Met School provides great opportunities for everyone, from high-achieving academic students who want to take their learning to the next level, to those who find themselves struggling in a regular high school setting. Grade 12 advisor Nancy Janelle explains that it’s been rewarding to watch her class mature over the past four years, exploring their interests and passions and learning about themselves.
In this setting, you make many strong friendships and learn in a way meant just for you. You get to experience so much and grow in many positive ways.
Janelle says, "I am very proud to be a part of something so innovative and challenging. I love my job!
"It’s been rewarding to see all they’ve accomplished, watch them overcome obstacles, and see their many amazing projects and internships," she adds.
Many different and unique opportunities come out of being a part of the Met School.
"I am very happy with the way Met School has grown and I would like to see it continue to expand," O’Leary says. "More students could and should have this experience!"