METCO provides students with educational opportunities
designed to enrich their academic, personal and
interpersonal experiences

Our Mission

The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc. (METCO) provides students with a strong academic foundation rich in cultural, educational, ethnic, socioeconomic, and racial diversity and fosters the opportunity for children from Boston and from neighboring suburbs to develop a deeper understanding of each other in an integrated public school setting.

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What is METCO?

Following the passage of the Racial Imbalance Act, the METCO program was established in 1966 to provide the opportunity for children from racially imbalanced schools in Boston and children from isolated suburban schools to learn together in an integrated public school setting. Throughout its history, METCO has provided students with a strong academic foundation, as well as an environment rich in cultural, educational, ethnic and racial diversity.

METCO Incorporated

Over the last half century, METCO has reached tens of thousands of students, supporting 3,300 students annually in 31 participating suburban school districts and 190 public schools. Funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, METCO is the state's only program designed to address long-standing racial segregation in our public schools and communities.

METCO's track record speaks for itself: graduation rates and college attainment far above state averages and lifelong friendships between diverse students. METCO's true power goes beyond academics. METCO creates environments where students, parents and teachers of different backgrounds can appreciate diversity, find common ground through shared experiences, and strive toward the mutual goal of preparing young people to become global citizens.

Our Purpose

  • The METCO program was established to provide the opportunity for children from racially-imbalanced schools in Boston and children from isolated suburban schools to learn together in an integrated public school setting.
  • METCO strives to increase the diversity and reduce the racial isolation in the receiving districts so that the students from different backgrounds can learn from each other in meaningful ways.
  • The METCO program also provides closer understanding and cooperation between urban and suburban parents and other citizens in the Boston Metropolitan area.

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