We are an alternative middle college high school located on the campus of San Diego Mesa College.
San Diego Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical High School, also known as San Diego Met High School, is a public, college-preparatory school located on the San Diego Mesa Community College campus; it serves approximately 200 students in grades 9-12.
San Diego Met High School, which is part of San Diego Unified School District, was launched in September 2004; each year a new ninth-grade class has been added, and the first graduation was held in June 2008.
The Met follows the Big Picture Learning educational philosophy, that believes that all students will succeed, if they are provided with a personalized environment, a rigorous curriculum and support to help them achieve their goals. The Big Picture Company is an educational not-for profit organization whose mission is to “catalyze vital changes in American education by generating and sustaining innovative, personalized small schools that work in tandem with the real world and local universities and colleges.
Students earn attendance credit through independent study contracts. Three days per week students are engaged in academic study on campus, the other two days each week are spent in Learning Through Internships (LTI) programs. In addition, students present four exhibitions a year in which they demonstrate how they have mastered the content standards and integrated the five learning goals through their academic work and internships. The five learning goals are Communication, Empirical Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Social Reasoning, and Personal Qualities.
The academic program at San Diego Met High School meets San Diego Unified School District graduation requirements, California State Standards, and course requirements(a-g) for admission to the University of California and California State University systems. Students receive additional academic support as they prepare for the California High School Exit Exam, PSAT, SAT, and ACT.
Following The Big Picture School model, students at San Diego Met work with teachers (called advisors) and design a customized learning plan focused on their personal interests and passions. San Diego Met High School implements school-wide practices that are consistent with the Big Picture School’s current research on best practices.
Our clubs include: Math Club, Free Expressions, ASB, Yearbook, Prom, and Grad Nite. Students are encouraged to broaden and deepen their interests and learning through independent projects, internships and internship projects, and college course work.
The San Diego Met is defined by a commitment of teaching one student at a time based on students’ unique interests, needs, and abilities, with parental support as a key element.