Children & Family
METCO SHOWCASE in Roxbury on Nov. 18!
PARENTS EXPLORE FREE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR BOSTON CHILDREN, YOUTH, AT EXCEPTIONAL SUBURBAN SCHOOLS
Sign up NOW with METCO’s streamlined enrollment process!
Meet METCO school district reps, enjoy refreshments, music by DJ, RAFFLE, Wally the Green Monster!
WHAT: “METCO SHOWCASE” highlights METCO program’s streamlined application process and provides the opportunity for families to SIGN UP NOW! Parents and children can visit with representatives of participating school districts, take photos with Wally the Green Monster, explore community agency services and opportunities, enjoy free pizza, music by DJ and more!
WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 FROM 12 NOON to 2:30 PM
WHERE: Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St., Boston
BACKGROUND: Making it easier than ever to apply to METCO, families no longer need to provide past school records for the METCO application process. They only need their child’s birth certificate, parent-guardian ID, and proof of Boston residency.
Parents can also choose up to three suburban school districts, ranking them in order of preference. No longer are children assigned arbitrarily to districts not acceptable to parents due to distance or other factors. To help parents make school choices, extensive school district profiles have been created on the METCO website.
METCO’s 57-year much-applauded history shows that Boston children enrolled in METCO get an OUTSTANDING, FREE public education in the suburbs with rigorous classes, many sports and extracurricular activities, great facilities and high graduation rates and college attendance.
The simplified METCO enrollment process represents an historic accomplishment that involved years of intense collaboration with parents, educators, district leaders, and MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE), which oversees METCO and must approve critical program and policy changes.
Founded in 1966, Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) is a key player in Boston history. METCO has enrolled tens of thousands of Boston students in predominantly white school districts, creating the opportunity for students in those districts to learn in a racially and ethnically diverse setting. METCO supports over 3,100 families in 33 participating school districts and 190 public schools, with graduation rates and college attainment far above state averages. Many have called METCO a major player in the effort to dismantle racism. See www.metcoinc.org for more information.