To be a leader in school reform within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and across the nation by promoting school integration, closing the achievement gap, and overcoming racial barriers. Core Values: 

  • We respect people, value a multi-racial society, and are committed to inclusion and educational equity.
  • We believe in the effectiveness of a cohesive and welcoming collaborative environment.
  • We maintain open and transparent decision-making processes.
  • We strive to be exceptional in all that we do by establishing and achieving high academic, social and emotional expectations.
  • We work to keep students central to our mission.

Our History - A Timeline

June 1963 — A list of 154 demands for public school improvement is presented to the Boston School Committee by the NAACP.

February 1964 — Twenty thousand students of color, plan and stage a school boycott. Suburban white students join their peers of color at "Freedom Schools," which were organized in Black churches and community centers to protest against racial and educational inequity in Boston public schools.

May 1965 — Boston Redevelopment Authority director Edward Logue proposes a school integration plan that would bus Boston students to suburban schools. The plan is not moved forward.

August 1965 — Massachusetts passes the Racial Imbalance Act. Despite the new law, students of color in Boston remain heavily concentrated in under-performing Schools.

September 1965 — Taking matters into their own hands, two African-American parents, Ellen Jackson and Elizabeth Johnson, lead “Operation Exodus," enrolling 400 Boston students in mostly White suburban schools that volunteered to join the Exodus movement.

November 1965 — The Brookline School Committee seeks guidance from Black community leaders in developing a school transfer program.

December 1965 — The “METCO Bill” is filed in the state legislature. The bill would provide funding and support for the creation of the school transfer program that parents had been advocating for.

August 1966 — METCO bill is signed into law.

September 1966 — Two hundred twenty METCO students (grades K-11) take the first bus rides to classrooms in seven original suburban districts: Arlington, Braintree, Brookline, Lexington, Lincoln, Newton, and Wellesley.

1976 — Ten years after its start, a total of 37 receiving districts had signed on to host METCO students.

2018 -- METCO celebrates its 50th anniversary, now serving over 3,300 students in over 190 public schools across the Commonweatlh

Board of Directors

  • Chuck Walker, Esq., Adjunct Professor, UMass Dartmouth, Board President
  • Mabel Reid Wallace, Wayland METCO Director, Board Vice President
  • Maricel Sheets, Newton METCO Director, Board Secretary
  • Barbara Cataldo, Director, The Campus School, Boston College, Board Co-Treasurer
  • Wayne Ogden, Board Co-Treasurer
  • Cheryl Antoine
  • Darnell Billings
  • J. Brendan Brooks
  • Ronaldo Cheek
  • Jackie Daley
  • Dan Gutenkast
  • Gloria Jefferson
  • Claire Jones
  • Patrick Kimble
  • Betsy Lipson
  • Keith McDermott
  • Hiten Patel
  • Stephen Perreira
  • Jon Sills
  • Beth Williams-Breault
  • Doug Wohn
  • Ed Woodson
  • Kalise Wornum