The Clinical program addresses the range of emotional difficulties that interfere with the student’s ability to progress academically through an array of traditional clinical models. Students are evaluated at the outset of their placement to determine the optimal clinical style and theoretical orientation. Case assignments are designed to be flexible so that we can best match the student’s therapeutic needs with the available resources of the clinical program. Specific treatment goals are reflected in the Individualized Educational Plan (I.E.P.). Metropolitan Preparatory utilizes a combination of individual, family, and group counseling in and effort to address the range of emotional issues that may interfere with the learning process. Each student is assigned an individual counselor that best matches his/her needs. The counselor meets with each student on a weekly basis. Family counseling is available at your request. Finally, groups are available each day to address peer socialization issues and to foster the growth and development of the overall Metro Prep community. Each student participates in five groups each week.
Substance Abuse Program
The school-based substance abuse programming provides a continuum of care to best address the individual needs of each participant. The certified addictions counselor addresses a variety of issues, including cognitive, psychological, legal, social, cultural, lifestyle, vocational and behavioral changes in clinically appropriate settings such as group counseling, individual counseling, family counseling, client specific education, and early intervention. Through integrated and comprehensive services, including continuous assessment, participants are able to access levels of care and specific services to create an individualized treatment approach.
Experiential Component/Extended School Year
Metro Prep operates on a 12-month calendar, unlike most school districts. In the summer, the program schedule is altered to accommodate a variety of outdoor experiential learning trips. Summer school hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. from Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. On Wednesday, students can choose to remain in class or leave the building to participate in a series of activities that are designed to foster qualities of teamwork, cooperation, identity, self-esteem, confidence, and mastery. The activities may include a team course and high rope course, a bike trip, canoeing, zoo trip, beach, and water park trip. Other trips are designed to begin exploring post-high school career and educational opportunities. These trips may include a college or university, junior college, technical institute or an alternative institute, school of cosmetology and possibly a culinary art school.