Toronto, ON | Grades 7 - 12 | Shortlist
Metro Prep is the most inclusive school I have ever been a part of. I have never met a group of teachers and facilities that are so interested in me and my education. I absolutely love the school and the people that are a part of it. I wish the school was bigger, but with the school being small it makes it part of its charm and so loveable. I was kind of thrown in with my brother, but as time went on I grew to love the school and all the people inside of it. Something about the school I would change would be the fact that there isn't really a focus on female sports as there are male sports. The school focuses more the male sports, but if there was more attention to the female sports they would get some more attention from female athletes from all around in my opinion. Overall the school is amazing and I think a great opportunity for any student who is able to attend.
The school has amazing leaders in the school. Wayne, the principal, takes such a likening into the students lives and it is one of the charms of the school. He is very loving and a great person to be around. All the teachers want is to help the students with their education and you get that vibe when you are around them. All the teachers classes I have been able to be a part of I have learned so much from all of the. The guidance counsellor has helped me through the many years I have been at the school. Now that I am graduation they have helped me get into the university I wanted to get into and it makes me happy to know other kids will have the same experience I had.
I think the teachers just want what's best for students and that requires them to ask kids to do a lot. Some classes require more than others therefore giving them more work to do. For some classes it is very obvious as to what is needed from you, the student, and then others it honestly depends. At the same time, the teachers give what they think is a good amount for the students so it is respectable that the work load is varied for the different classes. When teachers talk about success I imagine they are taking about the students fulfilling their dreams. All the teachers know what I want and they understand that I am willing to do my very best to get there.
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.
When you grow close to teachers you tend to join a lot of the clubs that they run. I joined debate club, girls club, basketball, volleyball, plays, and lot more. When you have students that are interested in different things then you can find a way to make different clubs happen.
The school is very diverse with the different students they have. The school also gets a lot of international students, predominantly from Asia, but that doesn't really make a difference when people are getting to know each other. There are a lot of different students that come from all around Ontario to attend the school. The school is more like a town than a city. Everyone knows everyone and usually they all talk to each other. I think any student that is willing to put in the work and not be lazy can succeed in the school. When you continuously slack off and not do any work, you can not expect the best of grades. Everyone is included in everything, it is just a matter of whether or not they will get themselves involved.
If I were asked to give a tour of the school I'd probably take them to the drama room or to the principals office. I spend a lot of my time in both spaces and they both mean so much to me. Wayne's office is so fun and interesting. Every time you enter his office you have a laugh and you walk out learning something new that is what makes him so loveable. The drama room is decorated nicely and everyone in the room has a laugh with everyone. I have spent my fair share of time in that room and it is such a creative space to be in. The drama teacher, Ryan, is an amazing person to be around. He brings out the creative side of people that enter the room. Both these places are areas in the school that any student would love to be in.
The school feels like a home for everyone in the school. With the teachers and the décor of the school it is hard for the school not to feel like a home. All the students that come to the school say how it feels like a second home for all of them, and sometimes a first home depending on the person. The school makes everyone feel included and appreciated. Everyone fits in wherever they go and with the people they surround themselves with. There are also so many different places you can relax in, whether that be in classrooms, study hall everyone just gets comfortable wherever they go and as time goes on a family grows with all the people in and all around the school.
We are allowed to go off school property and there are a lot of places we could go. There are a lot of food places by the school, and so when you get the chance to go get food and be around your friends you normally take it. There are a lot of people who do choose to stay on school grounds, but once the weather is nicer they go out.
The admission process was different for me, because when I went to the school it was for my brother to apply. That is when the principal, Wayne, liked my brother and I, and asked if I would be interested in joining the school. When I had the interview it was very relaxing and all I had to do was be myself. The best advice I could give would be, just be yourself and stay relaxed. When I was first introduced to the school and to principal Wayne, he made my family and I feel super comfortable. After the interview we wrote an admissions test that gave the school an understanding of what level I am at with Math and English. Overall the best advise I could give would be to stay calm and relaxed during the whole process and you'll be fine.