Newark Campus Expands Network Daring Students to be “Extraordinary”
M.E.T.S. Charter School cut the ribbon on its first school in Newark, NJ, on Monday, August 28th. The Newark campus represents the first expansion of the M.E.T.S. Network and will follow the philosophy, curriculum and expertise of the original school in Jersey City. The Newark campus will open with about 250 ninth to twelfth graders. The founding Instructional Leader of the new school will be Mrs. Diemecha Harris, originally of Newark, NJ.
M.E.T.S. of Jersey City is a college preparatory Middle and High School established in 2011. M.E.T.S. is committed to early college graduation for all students by allowing and encouraging them to complete up to 60 college credits before graduation. Ian Fallstich, Lead Administrator and CEO of the M.E.T.S. Charter School network, is proud of the M.E.T.S. model. “We havea 100% high school graduation rate and 97% four-year college acceptance rate,” he says. He attributes this success to students’ completion of “rigorous and engaging college coursework” while still in high school.
M.E.T.S. currently partners with Essex County College, Hudson County Community College, New Jersey City University, Rutgers University, and the University of Texas as well as Liberty Science Center and the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL). According to research findings published by Jobs for the Future Early College Dual Enrichment program “enabling more students, particularly low-income and minority students, to experience rigorous high school and college coursework that leads to improved outcomes,” and is based on the early college high school strategy supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and Jobs for the Future.