Metro!!! The School Without Walls (Rod Nordberg, 1970) is an eighteen-minute documentary about the Chicago Public High School for Metropolitan Studies (aka Metro), which was part of the CPS system from February 1970 to September 1991. The film follows the students and their teachers outside the classroom, as they visit local institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium, attend classes at Second City, and engage with business owners, art gallerists, and neighbors from the communities around them. As both students and teachers emphasize throughout, Metro experimented with an alternative model of learning that celebrated the diversity and creativity of the young adults involved and fostered dialogue and respect by going beyond the walls of the classroom into the world.
Preserved by Chicago Film Archives with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation.