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Diane WiltshireMain Office

Ms. Diane Wiltshire,
METCO Director, K-12
phone: (617)993-5850
fax: (617)993-5909

BHS Tutor

Mr. Neil Beers

CMS Tutors

Evens Mondesir - Lower and Upper Schools

Elementary Schools Bus Monitors - Office Aides

Dahlia Walker - Burbank
Georgiana Chinn - Butler

METCO Student Handbook 2012-2013

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Belmont Public Schools METCO

Mission

Our mission is to provide, through professional leadership and voluntary citizen action, the development and promotion of quality integrated educational opportunities for suburban students and for students from the Greater Boston community, and to work towards the expansion of a collaborative education program. It is our belief that the METCO experience should provide a strong academic foundation in an environment rich in culture, educational, ethnic and racial diversity. 

Purpose 

To provide the opportunity for an integrated public school education for students of color from Boston and for the students of Belmont. To provide a new learning experience for suburban children. To foster closer understanding and cooperation between urban and suburban parents and other citizens in the Metropolitan Boston area.

About METCO

The METCO (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunities) program, a voluntary integration program founded in 1966, provides a suburban public school education for African-American, Hispanic, and Asian students from Boston. Belmont typically includes about 125 students annually from Boston as part of the METCO program.

This program fosters a broader educational and social experience for both suburban and urban children and their families. METCO students participate in all aspects of the academic and  extracurricular life of the schools and are supported by the METCO Director and staff.

Accomplishments

The METCO program has raised student achievement scores, enhanced graduation levels and fostered college attendance for Boston and Springfield students of color since 1966. In turn, it has brought an integrated learning experience to predominantly white student populations in suburban classrooms.

College Attendance Rate

  • METCO students attend college at nearly the same rate as their suburban classmates.
  • Ten percent more METCO graduates attend college than the statewide average.
  • METCO students select four-year, degree granting colleges nearly twice as often as their friends and neighbors attending Boston schools.

Graduation Requirement

The Massachusetts English and Math MCAS graduation requirement is no barrier to METCO students. Their passing rates exceed the Massachusetts state average.

  • 100% of METCO seniors in 2012 passed the 10th grade English and Math MCAS enabling them to graduate on time. 
  • Nearly 100% of their suburban classmates also passed the MCAS requirement.

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Contact Us

  • Administration: 617-993-5400
  • High School: 617-993-5900 
  • Chenery Middle School: 617-993-5800 
  • Butler School: 617-993-5550 
  • Burbank School: 617-993-5500 
  • Wellington School: 617-993-5600 
  • Winn Brook School: 617-993-5700
 
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