English Language Arts
The ELA curriculum uses Expeditionary Learning, a K-12 Language Arts curriculum which is a comprehensive, standards-based core literacy program that engages teachers and students through compelling, real-world content.
The K-12 curriculum offers two hours of literacy instruction per day, depending on the grade level. At the heart of the curriculum, at all grade levels, are the hour-long module lessons. Each grade level includes three to four modules, which span a full school year. The modules allow students to build important content knowledge based on a compelling topic related to science, social studies, or literature. Each module uses rich authentic texts throughout.
One of the key features of the EL curriculum is the focus on both writing and presentation skills. In different units, the students are required to complete a performance task: an extended supported writing task or presentation where students need to successfully bring together what they know about this topic.
To prepare for these tasks, students read, research, discuss, dramatize, draw, and write so that they acquire strong and specific content and background knowledge, as well as the literacy skills that they need to do so. Homework set is pre-reading, completion of work for students who need more time to complete tasks, or research/writing tasks. The curriculum is designed in a way that as the lessons in each unit progress, the teacher has had the opportunity to carefully check in on students’ progress. Each unit has two built-in assessments: a mid-unit assessment (usually reading) and an end-of-unit assessment (usually writing).
As students progress into High School, the curriculum will develop to include Advanced Placement (AP) course options. This year we have introduced in Grade 10 Pre-Advanced Placement English, to better prepare students for the English AP options in Grades 11 and 12.
The Math curriculum is based around a variety of grade-appropriate resources, including Eureka math — also known as Engage NY—which is a complete K through 12 curriculum that sequences the mathematical progressions through different modules.
The math curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards at each level with the necessary skills to progress to higher-level math courses later in High School. Students are provided with both online resources on MS Teams and through Khan Academy and a student workbook to complete the requirements of each grade level.
The science curriculum in middle school and high school is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) — the most broadly adopted science standards in the United States. Designed by a partnership between the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and others, these standards employ a three-dimensional learning model that emphasizes science practices, science content, and crosscutting concepts. These standards provide more than just a comprehensive understanding of science content. They also help students to develop skills such as communication, collaboration, inquiry, problem-solving, and flexibility—which are transferable across disciplines and highly sought after in the global marketplace.
HMH Science Dimensions
The HMH Science Dimensions curriculum is designed so that our middle school students master the science of their time. The curriculum consists of 12 topical modules that cover Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Engineering.
HMH Science In high school, the HMH Science curriculum provides meaningful learning experiences to prepare students for college and beyond. Our dynamic program offers students courses in Biology, Modern Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Physics. As students progress into the upper-grade levels of high school, science offerings will include Advanced Placement (AP) course options
At Metropolitan we focus on setting a strong Arabic language foundation from an early age. Students are exposed to Arabic literature, poems, and heritage.
Objectives of the Arabic curriculum:
1) To instill a love of learning a language, developing strong presentation skills from an early age, and comprehending the intricacies of the Egyptian language.
2) Ensure students can read and write proficiently and communicate with others using correct Arabic terms and expressions.
3) To develop an artistic taste for language and understanding all aspects of the uniqueness of the language.
4) To develop the student’s handwriting and dictation skills.
5) To aid the students in comprehending the complexity of Arabic grammar.
The objectives are met through:
1) Reading Arabic stories and the syllabus
2) Reading and interpreting Arabic sayings, adages, and proverbs
3) Rules of dictation
4) Composition and reading paragraphs
5) Planning for free reading
6) Lesson practices
7) Activities and exams
In Metropolitan we believe foreign language programs should be available to all students. Foreign language acquisition provides the vision and skills necessary to be a global citizen and develops critical thinking skills. We offer the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, often referred to as CEFR or CEFRL.
The CEFR/CEFRL is an international guideline used to describe the achievements of learners of foreign languages. It was established by the Council of Europe. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching, and assessing.
The CEFR/CEFRL defines levels of language proficiency that allow learners’ progress to be measured at each stage; Basic, Independent, and Proficient. These broadbands are further broken down into six global levels of performance A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. Each global level can be further ‘branched’ into sublevels in order to suit local needs and yet still relate back to a common system. It describes the skills and knowledge that language learners need to communicate effectively through understanding (listening and reading), speaking (production and interaction), and writing.
The approach of the CEFRL develops the KG1-Grade 12 curriculum for French foreign language programs and professional learning resources and facilitates the DELF assessment and certification. DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française, Diploma in French Language Studies) is a Life-long certification awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language.