The Met

Providence, RI

The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (The Met) consists of six small schools each serving 120 students. The schools form an independent school district that is funded by the state, and The Met's per-pupil budget allotment is similar to other public high schools in Providence. The school emphasizes vocational training; personalized learning;authentic work; a strong sense of school community; and the involvement of families, the local community, and area businesses. The facility design philosophy incorporates the small schools concept and creates a heightened sense of community. The largest campus in Providence, Met Public, consists of four small schools surrounding a central outdoor commons. All four schools share, with the surrounding community, a media center, health clinic, coffee shop, fitness facility and athletic fields. The campuses of The Met's two additional small schools — Met Shepard and Met Peace — are nearby in Providence as well.