METCO Family Friends

What is the METCO Program?

METCO stands for Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity. Founded in 1966 in Boston, the program is the longest continuously running voluntary desegregation program in the country. The METCO Program provides the opportunity for an integrated public school education for children of color from racially imbalanced schools in Boston by placing them in suburban schools. The METCO Program provides a new learning experience for suburban children and a closer understanding and cooperation between urban and suburban parents in the Boston Metro area.

How are students selected for METCO?

METCO students and their parents volunteer to participate. Students are chosen on a first come, first serve basis, thereby ensuring a fair cross-section of applicants. There is a waiting list every year of families who would like to participate in the program.


METCO Family Friends

What is their role?

Boston and Concord families have the opportunity to work together to build family friends relationships where the spirit of the relationships is more of a “cooperating and sharing” than of guest and host. Relationships between paired families usually develop slowly. Each relationship is unique and sometimes friendship is one of the rewards, along with deepened insights and broadened horizons. The type and intensity of the relationship varies from family to family. There are many ways that this relationship can work, but it is particularly important that students from both communities understand that as cooperating partners they will be taking on an obligation of friendliness and helpfulness, not of mandated friendship.

Some things that Concord Family Friends can do:

  • Provide a Boston family with a reference point in the new community that their child is entering.
  • Help to communicate and amplify information regarding school programs and schedules.
  • Become familiar faces at school meetings and social events.
  • Offer “playdates” or get togethers with the Boston child and/or family.
The once a month late bus that occurs on the second Tuesday are an excellent opportunity for this, but they can also be done at any time agreed upon by the Boston and Concord families.
  • Could provide transportation to an after school activity or offer to keep a Boston student after school so a Boston parent can attend a meeting.
  • Can serve as an emergency contact.
  • Get to know a Boston student and their family.


METCO Family Friends Late Bus

The late bus occurs once per month on the second Tuesday.  The bus leaves Alcott School for Boston promptly at 3:00PM.

Late Bus Tuesdays for 2017/18 School Year

  • October 10th
  • November 14th
  • December 12th
  • January 9th
  • February 13th
  • March 13th
  • April 10th
  • May 8th
  • June 12th


The METCO Family Friends Committee at Alcott

Deniere Watford-Jackson: METCO Tutor and K Representative -

Carrie Lamont: METCO Family Friends Co-Liaison & grade level support - 


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