The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO)

By Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Voluntary program intended to expand educational opportunities, increase diversity, and reduce racial isolation, by permitting students in certain cities to attend public schools in other communities

This is an ongoing program.


METCO Program
(617) 427-1545

Additional information

Since its founding during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, the METCO program has enrolled tens of thousands of Boston students of color in predominantly white school districts, creating the opportunity for students in those districts to experience the advantages of learning and working in a racially and ethnically diverse setting.


  • No transportation provided.

For whom

Ages 11-20 years, 3-5 years, and 6-10 years.


Contact us for more information.

Application required

  • Sign-up is ongoing

METCO Program Application

You don't need any documents for the Preliminary Application. Submit in February or April.

Once you receive your lottery number, upload:

Proof that you live in Boston - documents of residency and occupancy 

Proof that you are the legal guardian of the student - a photo ID of you and your student's birth certificate

Academic records - for the last two complete school years