About Our School
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MLC serves students in grades 6-12.
The mission of the Metropolitan Learning Center, a dynamic partnership of educators, students, and parents, is to provide a forum for global and international studies so that students develop a caring, inquiring, and open-minded perspective and become empowered as agents of change creating a better and more peaceful world.
About the Metropolitan Learning Center
At the Metropolitan Learning Center, we look at everything we do through the eyes of the learner as our students evolve into world citizens. Our partnership approach – among educators, students, and parents – is designed to empower students to discover their passion and place in their many communities, from local to global.
Our nationally recognized global-systems curriculum emphasizes cross-cultural awareness, knowledge of the global dynamic, state of the planet awareness, and understanding of the consequences of human choice. The philosophy, assessment, and curriculum, especially in terms of its alignment with the International Baccalaureate standards and practices, prepare students to meet the world as prepared and thoughtful global citizens. Learning is enhanced through hosting of international visitors and foreign exchange students. MLC students apply their classroom experiences through service learning, field studies, personal project and senior capstone projects. MLC students communicate with their peers throughout the world through online curriculum projects, teleconferences and face-to-face exchanges.
An International Baccalaureate (IB) World School - Middle Years and Diploma Programmes
MLC is the only public school in Connecticut that is authorized to offer both the IB Middle Years Programme (grades 6-10) and Diploma Programme (grades 11-12).
The IB Middle Years Programme, for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers. The IB Diploma Programme, for students aged 16 to 18, "aims to develop students who have excellent depth and breadth of knowledge -- students who floursih physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically," (www.ibo.org/en/programmes).
"Teaching and learning in the IB celebrates the many ways people work together to construct meaning and make sense of the world. An IB education empowers young people for a lifetime of learning, independently and in collaboration with others." (www.ibo.org/benefits/the-ib-teaching-style).
- A National Magnet School of Distinction, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
- A National Magnet School of Excellence, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
- Recipient of the Goldman Sachs Award for Excellence in International Education, 2004
- Named by the US Department of Education as one of the most successful magnet schools in America, 2009
- Ranked 17th among Connecticut High Schools by US News & World Report 2013
- Jeff Bezos Scholars (2006, 2007, 2008)
- Gates Millennium Scholars (2007, 2011)
- CREC Teachers of the Year (2013, 2011, 2004, 2003)
- Magnet School National Teacher of the Year 2012
For more information, please contact:
Sasha Douglas, Principal
1551 Blue Hills Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002