Metropolitan Business Academy is a magnet school with a business focus. Our school currently has 378 students enrolled with a capacity of 400 students. The goal is to have 100 students in each grade. There are approximately 86 students in the senior class, 80 students in the junior class, 110 in the sophomore class, and 104 students in the freshmen class. Because we are a magnet school, half of our students are supposed to come from urban districts, in this case, New Haven, and half are supposed to come from surrounding suburban districts, like Branford, North Haven, and Wallingford. Currently, sixty percent of our students are from New Haven and forty percent are from suburban districts within a thirty-mile radius. Our school is made up of forty percent Hispanic/Latino students, forty percent African American students, and twenty percent Caucasian or other, mostly Asian, students. Every year, our school becomes a little more diverse.
There are four pathways in our school that students can choose after their ninth grade year. The pathways include: allied health & science, law & political science, digital media and technology, and finance. Every student must enroll in one pathway, but students can take courses outside of their pathway as an elective if there is room in the class. In robotics, there are mostly students who are in the technology pathway, but I also have students who are taking it as an elective. This particular robotics course is for juniors and seniors who have already taken Algebra 1 and Geometry, and students who have or are currently enrolled in Algebra 2. In science, these students have taken physical chemistry, biology, and have taken or are enrolled in chemistry.