The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 7, 2005


METCO brings Boston students to CCHS

Norma Dinnall updated the Concord Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) on the the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) program at the high school at the September 27 RSC meeting.

There are 80 METCO students enrolled in the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) and another 189 METCO students attend the Concord Public Schools. The METCO program has been at CCHS for 40 years. Students come from many different neighborhoods of Boston, including Roxbury, Dorchester, Hyde Park and Brighton. The METCO student body is roughly 60% black, 30% Hispanic and 10% Asian. Dinnall said, "There are always more girls than boys. We lose more boys than girls and we want to find a way to better support young men in this program."

The students get up very early and are bussed to Concord Schools. Most METCO children have a local host family as part of the Family Friends Program. The host family generally has a child of the same age or grade. Dinnall said "These host families produce wonderful relationships."

Dinnall mentioned that two students had recently dropped out of the program. Dinnall said this is unusual. RSC member Michael Fitzgerald stated, "I want to make sure the school is supporting these kids enough." He noted that doing sports is not easy because the student misses the bus ride home.

Dinnall said, "If issues of race come up, they need to see someone in Guidance. The climate is good here. There are some issues. Kids face these same issues in Boston too." She recommended strengthening the Family Friends Program, for instance, by increasing the number of families participating.

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