What is METCO?

METCO (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) is a voluntary program funded by the state of Massachusetts. Its goal is to expand educational opportunities and reduce racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic isolation by having students in Boston and Springfield attend public schools in participating communities.

Lincoln has been a leader in the METCO program since its 1966 inception and has the highest percentage of Boston students in the 33 participating suburban districts. Today there are over 90 children from various Boston neighborhoods enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade at the Lincoln Public Schools. 

METCO FAQs, from the Massachusetts Department of Education

METCO Inc., the program administrator 

Lincoln Public Schools METCO Program


“Without meaningful social contact, talk of tolerance and cooperation is nothing but an abstraction.” 

  – Former federal judge Nancy Gertner on school integration efforts