Integrating classrooms around Boston since 1966.
Founded in the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, METCO places Boston residents in suburban schools—breaking down barriers to educational opportunities and creating rich, racially diverse learning environments for students of all backgrounds.
METCO students travel by bus or by parents’ transportation (or, for older teens, by train), to get between their Boston home and their suburban school. There, they are full and equal members of the school community. Partner districts provide the same range of support for METCO participants as they do for all their students: academic, social/emotional, transportation, meals, counseling.
In addition, each district has a METCO director or coordinator on staff to ensure the success of the METCO participants and their full integration into school life. Some districts also provide late bus transportation, allowing students to participate in after-school academic and extracurricular activities.
Any Boston resident from Kindergarten through 9th grade may apply to be enrolled in METCO. Districts select students with completed applications every year in the order they're received based on the number of slots available in each grade.