How do I enter the Newton METCO Program?
The Newton METCO Program primarily places students in Kindergarten through grade two based on space availability, class sizes and the total amount of Boston students already enrolled in that grade. The Director of the Newton METCO Program works with the Newton Public School administration to determine the number of seats available for Boston students in each of the elementary schools. Although there are no income guidelines for participation in the METCO Program, parents and students go through an extensive placement process, including residency verification, students being assessed academically to plan the best placement, parent interviews, and attendance at mandatory workshops and orientations. Siblings of students already in the Newton METCO Program will be considered for placement provided their parents have continued to demonstrate support for the Newton Public Schools, the Newton METCO Program and for their child presently in the Program. However, placement in the same elementary school for a sibling can not be guaranteed.