Toronto, ON | Grades 7 - 12 | Shortlist
The academic environment at Metro, although being competitive was also not overwhelming and did not feel like everyone was pushing to be better than each other. Its competitiveness simply made everyone want to work harder and be better in order to reach their fullest potential. I did feel appropriately challenged and although the classes were demanding, the teachers were extremely supportive and nurturing. I felt well-prepared going into university because of the style of the classes at Metro. Many teachers did lectures, which taught me from a young age how to take my own notes. It also taught me how to listen to what the teacher was saying, understand it, and also write it all down in order to study from my own notes and my own wording of notes.
The work is easy for you to understand what you are learning. From a young age you learn the basics and as the years go on the work gets progressively harder. Some classes are lecture based like history, so it is up to you to do the work and if there is something you don't understand or find difficult it's up to you to tell the teacher. With the teachers, they take an interest in the students and try to help you the best they can. They are willing to stay after school to help you understand the work. I think a lot of the work we are learning is beneficial with university, and if you choose to continue in that field then it will definitely help.