Building relationships, encouraging leadership, opening opportunities
The mission of the METCO Program is to provide urban and suburban students with opportunities to enrich their academic, personal, and interpersonal experiences. At DS, we believe that the METCO experience should offer rigorous academics, afford opportunities for personal growth, foster positive relationships with peers, families and alumni, attend to well-being, build leadership skills, and provide a strong academic foundation.
The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) is a program funded annually by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under the Racial Imbalance Act in order to increase racial diversity and reduce racial isolation in suburban districts. The Program was started in 1966 and currently has 3,183 students participating in 33 school districts in the Boston area.
Registration is free for any student residing in the Boston area. Matriculation is granted using a lottery system.
Learn all about METCO in Massachusetts here.
The goals of the state-wide METCO program are to:
· Increase diversity and reduce racial isolation in suburban districts.
· Promote cooperation and understanding between urban and suburban families and educators.
· Provide a strong academic foundation, as well as an academic environment rich in cultural, educational, ethnic and racial diversity.
· Teach and foster leadership.
Learn more about the mission, vision and values here.
In our towns, the METCO grant enrolls 40 students in grades K through 12 in our four public schools. Student enrollment is based on number of seats available through annual program funding.
To learn more about the application process, please visit the METCO, Inc Application Process page.
At Pine Hill and Chickering Elementary Schools, the CSA and the PTO run the Family Friend program. The program pairs families in Dover and Sherborn with families in Boston who have children in the same grade and helps build connections between Boston families and the Dover Sherborn community. We encourage Boston students to spend time in Dover, Sherborn, and Boston outside of school on shortened school days (“half days”). The Family Friend program encourages frequent communication between Boston and Dover and Sherborn families, and hosts events for students and for families throughout the year. The program also aims to foster meaningful connections between parents and caregivers and works with the District liaison and METCO Director to ensure equitable access to all local school-related and town events.
METCO Director for Dover and Sherborn
157 Farm Street
Dover, MA 02030
508.785.0036 (ext. 7131)
Dover Sherborn Community Liaisons:
Chickering School Liaisons:
Pine Hill School Liaisons:
Irene Saranteas Bassalee
Dover Sherborn-Boston Parent Liaisons
This organization is dedicated to supporting DS METCO students through mentoring and scholarship awards. Fundraising efforts are ongoing, and scholarships are twice per year based on applications: once for graduating seniors and once for graduates 1-4 years after graduation.
Pine Hill Elementary School serves grades k-5 in Sherborn.
Chickering Elementary School serves grades k-5 in Dover.
Our middle school and high school serve grades 6-12 for Dover and Sherborn. The middle and high school buildings share a campus in Dover.
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