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Please see this important update about the M.E.T.S. Charter School renewal status.

Letter from M.E.T.S. Charter School (English)

Letter from M.E.T.S. Charter School (Spanish)

Letter from the New Jersey Department of Education




AllStar Project - Development School for Youth (DSY)

AllStar Project  -   Development School for Youth (DSY) is an excellent program - young people aged 16 - 21 learn to perform as professionals, and they partner with business leaders across the country who conduct development workshops and provide paid summer internships at their companies.  It is 8 weeks - one day a week!!


Please see link below for more information: 



Charter School Cheer U-N-I-T-Y METS Cheer

On Tuesday, January 7, 2020 M.E.T.S. Charter School's Boys Varsity Basketball team faced off against Passaic Arts and Science Charter School. As the basketball teams were battling on the court, the cheer teams from both schools came together in the name of unity. While speaking briefly before the game, Coach Casella and Coach Dollar, Head Cheer Coach from PASCS, discussed their philosophies on respect and sportsmanship.Coach Dollar then invited the Mustang Cheer/Step Team to perform with her team during half-time. Each coach gathered a few girls from their team and quickly completed one run through of the cheer prior to the start of the game. The half-time performance went off without a hitch and parents from both schools approached Coach Casella after the game to compliment the amazing performance.Coach Casella and the Mustang Cheer/Step Team were honored to be part of such an amazing display of unity amongst charter school teams. We are grateful to Passaic Arts and Science Charter School, Coach Dollar, and the Panthers Cheer Team for their hospitality. 

Holiday Toy Drive Toy Drive

A very special thank you to all M.E.T.S. Charter School students, families, teachers, and staff for their kind support and donations for the Holiday Toy Drive. Thanks to your exceeding contributions, we were able to donate toys to three locations in both Hudson and Essex County. The Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, Spandana Nallapati, from the Children's Specialized Hospital in Jersey City, received our gifts with big smiles and gratitude. Devan Tierney, the Development and Communication Coordinator for WomenRising in Jersey City was also overjoyed to receive our toy donations. The third drop off location was the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The Neonatal Social Worker, Nohelia Cajina, could not be more thankful. Nohelia hosted a holiday party on December 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm, where the toys were distributed to siblings and families impacted by infants in critical condition in NICU. The Mustang Mentality was truly manifested as the M.E.T.S. Charter School community came together to extend a giving hand to children and families going through a difficult time this holiday season. #GoMustangs 


Students Help build M.E.T.S. Computer Lab! METS Vailsburg Computer Lab

Over the course of the school year, M.E.T.S. Vailsburg students were taught the functionalities and concepts of building a computer from scratch. Using the knowledge they have learned, students built 10 computers needed for the new computer science lab. 


These custom built computers will provide students a lab to work on lessons, work on resumes and access to many programs such as Visual Studio, Photoshop, Fruity Loops, and Eclipse. 

The computer lab is also home to the computer science class where students learn how to code programs and edit videos needed to pursue a STEM related degree. 


We are extremely proud of our students and their help in making our computer lab possible! 

A Talk On Teen Dating Violence: Awareness & Prevention Gallery Teen Dating

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month, M.E.T.S. Charter School hosted 'A Talk On Teen Dating Violence: Awareness & Prevention' held on October 30, 2019. A special thank you to our poets Akosua Asante, Anthony Meza, Taneja Williams, Ana Mendes, and Daneesha Bazelais. Great job!

Class of 2020 Varsity Soccer players Soccer

Class of 2020 Varsity Soccer players- (Front)Captain Sadek Sidelarbi.(Second Row Left to Right)  Brianna Alvarado, Davion Massey, Kelvin Ejesei, and  Nourhan Fathy. (Third Row) Miguel Correa, and Teniola Heroun.


On Friday, October 25, 2019, the M.E.T.S. Varsity Soccer team had its last game and celebrated their seniors from both the Heights and Vailsburg campuses. Each senior player and the managers received a gift card and sweater from Coach Pestrichella and Coach Casella. Our Heights Guidance Counselor, Ms.Figueroa also provided the seniors with some sweet snacks.  It was a bittersweet end to the season. 


Vailsburgs First Annual Movie Night Fight Night! Movie Night!

M.E.T.S. Vailsburg hosted their first annual Movie Night Fright Night! 


Students came into Vailsburg Campus with Blankets, Hot chocolate and their most comfortable clothes to particiapte and watch movies throughout the night!