Our amazing school will start with its first grade 9 cohort in 2020-2021. It is already planned out that we will add grade 10 in 2021-2022, grade 11 in 2022-2023, and grade 12 in 2023-2024.
High School is a time of great change for students. They grow from being kids at the start of puberty in Middle School, into adolescents and by the time they leave school, young adults, college-ready, and on their path to work and life after college. Your children will go through a lot of changes in the next four years; some of them will be messy, but it’s an exciting time in their lives, as they start to prepare for the next stage of their life, after the security of the school. And that is what we will work towards with both you and your children over the next four years – we will focus on the skills they need to be successful independent learners, we will counsel them on choices for college and work and guide them to make choices that fit their personality and skills, we will help them and you navigate the complexities of adolescence and again how to make positive choices regarding their lives. We will do this together – as the saying goes – “it takes a village to raise a child”
So, what are some of the things you as parents need to know to help you navigate High School with your child?
1- As your child changes physically, they will also change emotionally and socially.
They will start to rely more on the opinion of their friends, rather than you and open communication will be vital to keeping relationships healthy.
There will be bumps, but all we can stress is that you must talk, talk, talk, even when faced with a brick wall, and let them know you are always willing to listen to their ideas.
2- Your child will need to start thinking of possibilities after school – What do they want to study? Where do they want to study? What are the requirements for their universities of choice to ensure they are ready for their chosen majors? What other options are available in their field of interest? We need to do this together!
Start conversations at home about what they think they would like to do and be open to any and all career paths. What was a clear career path for us, is no longer the case, and in the last 20 years there has been a huge shift in the types of careers college graduates enter? What is important next year is that you start this dialogue and let them think about their options.
We as a school will help in this process, with course counseling to decide what subjects to study in Grades 10, 11, and 12, helping students get to know their particular skills and how to develop them, and college counseling to explain various majors and the college admissions process.
We encourage your child to broaden their skills outside school – colleges are more and more competitive and look for rounded students, especially if you are applying abroad. Encourage sports, community service projects, work or work experience, and engaging in hobbies. At school, we will work with you to help this process, but again, students need to seek independent activities outside of school. Encourage your child to commit to whatever activity they choose. They don’t need to be on the national Handball team to be attractive to a university – but they need to have committed to an activity for more than a couple of months to prove they are willing to stick with a major and will be an asset to any university.
We will also plan for various activities and community services in school that will enrich the students’ High School experience. We aim to work more on building their characters to be future leaders, entrepreneurs, and successful and ethical citizens.
Recent changes to the SAT exam mean that it now focuses on students applying skills that will help them in college – reading factual texts to extract information, writing skills, making connections between ideas, and applying math skills to real-life problems.
The SAT exam is a 3-hour 50 minutes exam (which includes an optional essay section) and is made up of five sections – Reading, Writing, Math (with a calculator), Math (no calculator), and the Essay (optional depending on college requirements).
Students sit their SAT exams in Grade 11 and 12 – there are various times throughout the year to sit the exam and students use their best scores to apply to colleges.
The test is out of 1600 (without the essay) with the essay score shown separately if the student opts to take it. Universities generally look for a minimum score of 900-1000, but this will be higher if applying to specialist faculties such as engineering or medical fields.
ALL universities in Egypt require SAT scores for college admissions; abroad it depends on the country or the individual college. SAT is not a requirement for graduation from school – it is purely used for college admissions – and students sit this exam outside the school in various centers around the country.
Alternatively, students can also take the ACT exam, which is another accepted admission test for universities in Egypt. ACT is a computer-based test designed to measure a high school student’s readiness for college. With four sections – English, Reading, Math, and Science – the test takes approximately 3 hours to complete. Students are advised to register for ACT in Grade 11 and 12 and can choose from dates in September, October, April, June, or July. There are separate test dates for ACT II tests. All information related to the ACT test can be found at http://global.act.org/.
However, we will prepare your child for both tests; SAT or ACT through the curriculum content, particularly in English Language Arts and Math, and through administering the Pre-ACT in Grades 9 and 10. We also aim to offer a Pre-ACT workshop after school (CCA).
The Pre-ACT is a version of the ACT that is designed to predict a student score in the ACT when they actually sit this exam. It cannot be used for college admissions as it is a simpler, age-appropriate version of the actual ACT.
Students and the school use the information gained from Pre-ACT data to highlight student strengths in the required skills and to ensure all required elements have been covered by Grade 11 to allow your child to achieve their best possible score on the actual ACT exam.
Just as we will discuss college majors and subject choices with you and your child, we will do the same with Pre-ACT and ACT and how to prepare for both versions of the exam.
Metropolitan School is proud to be the first school in Egypt to acquire the Ministry of Education’s approval as an official testing center for the ACT exam, with the first testing session held in August 2020.
Detailed Information and Overview about Grade 9:
As a parent, you are definitely excited and proud to see your precious child transition from Middle School to High School, and as a school, we share the same feeling! We are very eager to plan the best for our first 9th graders, whether on the academic or non-academic level.
Grade 9 will be the first year of your child’s experience in High School that paves the way to grades 10,11, and 12. Therefore, it’s very important that both home and school, together, emphasize the importance of taking this year seriously and encourage our students to work hard to achieve the highest GPA (grade point average) possible.
During grade 9, we will be working together to guide and counsel our Met students. We will raise their awareness and educate them in regards to the course choices/tracks that will relate to the future faculties and universities that they aim to join. Students and parents will be guided by the school’s college counselor to help with such decisions for grades 10,11, and 12. The counseling process, workshops, and one-to-one counseling will start in G9.
On completing grades 9 to 12, Met students will graduate from Metropolitan School with a high school diploma and a transcript that includes all the credits your child earned and a cumulative GPA for grades 9-12, which is the overall average. Your child will graduate with a high school diploma having a minimum of 24 credits up to 32 credits.
Universities abroad will consider the cumulative GPA for grades 9-12 as a part of their admissions requirements, for that reason, it’s important that our students work hard starting grade 9, as each year’s GPA will count. Within Egypt, only AUC (American University in Cairo), currently, accepts the cumulative GPA for (G9-12). All other universities (private or public) follow the admission process as set by the Supreme Council of Universities in Egypt where they accept 8 qualifying subjects from grades 11 &12 (3 maximum credits from G11, and 5 minimum credits from G12).
Find below the credits/courses that your child will be receiving in grade 9, the academic year 2020-2021: