Metropolitan Open School (MOS) is a school with mixed ages—like a home school. Mathematics, science, reading, writing, social studies, French, music, art, dance, and knitting are taught by experienced teachers. MOS provides a non-traditional approach to education for kindergarten through junior high students that allows them to reach their highest achievement levels.
Through a comprehensive, integrated approach to learning, we develop students' innovative critical thinking skills and their sense of social responsibility. We believe in educating the whole child. To accomplish this, we supplement in school work with nearly weekly field trips, including to nature centers, museums, historic sites, zoos, and the MN Landscape Arboretum, as well as attending plays and music and dance performances. Additionally, every year the students put on a holiday program that includes singing, dancing, and acting.
Our diverse student population has come from all over the Twin Cities area. MOS offers reduced tuition to all families that qualify for this support.
Each child is special. Each child is respected. Each has a carefully thought out educational program. That's the way school should be for every child. If you know someone who does or did attend Metro Open School you know a very lucky child. - Joan Petroff, parent of Metro Open School alumni
'It's like a big family,' said Ruth Carp, one of the founders of the school. Carp now serves as a full time teacher and administrator. Parent Mary Hanson agrees. 'it's kind of a homey environment,' she said. 'There is no substitute for that individual attention...I never expected to see 5 year olds playing chess,' Carp said. 'But we've seen the whole school playing chess and being quite good at it. - St. Louis Park Sun Sailor
My son graduated from high school as valedictorian of his class, my daughter graduated summa cum laude. Upon their graduation, my cousin asked if I attributed their success in high school to the many years they spent at Metro Open School getting a foundation. I wholeheartedly agreed that they were very prepared for high school and gave full credit to Metro Open School. -Jeni Walker, parent of two Metro Open School alumni