METCO Program OfficeMrs. Barbara J. Hamilton, M.Ed., LICSW, Academic DirectorMs. Felicia Grullon, Admin Assistant
LHS Room 145 (Main Bldg. )781-861-2320 x 69122From left: Cheryl Crowder, Lisa Powell, Habiba Davis, Gretchen Segars and Barbara Noblesat the National Educators Conference in Maryland.
MELP is designed to enhance the education of our
Boston students and to further meet their individual learning needs. The
goal is to provide targeted specific instruction in the areas of mathematics
and language arts. Students from all six elementary schools come together
on 21 Thursday afternoons throughout the school year to work on mathematics
and language arts skills. The program is taught by Mathematics Specialists,
currently working in the elementary schools, as well as various reading
teachers and specialists. Selected students work in small groups (six studentsto one teacher and one assistant) for approximately two hours per session.
Lunch Group Programs
The primary purpose of METCO Lunch Bunch groups has been, and continues to be, to provide time and a safe space for children of like affinities from different classrooms to come together in an environment where they make up the majority. This lunch group is particularly helpful to students who are in classes where they are one of only a few students of color.
Having our special lunch is not an act of intentional exclusion. Instead, the groups provide a positive environment for students to explore their affinity experience and discuss topics pertinent to them. Students may work on activities or engage in discussions that reinforce positive self-image, reaffirm identity, or address issues of diversity at school. We might also explore feelings, peer relationship issues, or problem solving. Generally, our agenda is driven by the needs of the group of students. At times, our groups are more informal and fun.
Our overall goal in our work with our students is to ensure that all Boston-resident students are being encouraged, motivated, and supported in their academics and social-emotional development.EFFICACY
The goal of this program is to promote the understanding
that intelligence is developmental and “Smart is not something you are.
Smart is something you get.” We seek to instill in our students feelings
of competence, purpose and identity so they will recognize their capabilities
and strive to reach their full potential. We also want them to see themselves
as learners, and enable them to turn data into feedback to develop strategiesto overcome academic and emotional challenges.FAMILY FRIENDSThe METCO Family Friends Program is another supportive aspect of the METCO partnership wherein Lexington families volunteer to become "partners" with Boston families. When a child enters one of our schools via the METCO Program, she/he is paired with a volunteer Lexington family (preferably a family with a child in the same classroom or grade level as the Boston child). The Family Friends Program provides opportunities for Lexington and Boston children and their parents to broaden relationships through the sharing of family, cultural and social experiences in their respective communities. At the elementary level, Family Friend students participate in METCO Friends Visiting Days which are scheduled in advance on specified Thursday afternoons. Overnight visitations may occur (individually arranged, if desired) both in Lexington and in Boston. Open and regular communication between families in Lexington and Boston is encouraged throughout the year to help nurture the mutual development of relationships.Middle School ProgramsACADEMICA COACHING (Extended Day)Academic Coaching provides middle school METCO students the opportunity to remain after school for one hour to work on homework with supervision and teacher support.
Extended Day meets after school Tuesday - Thursday 3:00-4:00PM throughout the academic year, supervised by METCO Extended Day staff. Extended Day is an opportunity for METCO students to seek out extra help from teachers and work on homework assignments and projects with support if needed. Students are required to set a goal/s for each homework session. The importance of good study skills, time management, and discussions around college and career planning are also included as part of the Extended Day activities .METCO LHS ACADEMIC SUPPORTAFRICAN AMERICAN & LATINO SCHOLARSThe AAL Scholars Program is a recognition program that identifies African American and Latino students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade at LHS who are exceptional in their achievement and their potential for leadership. It drives these students to stretch and reach for even higher goals and set even higher standards for themselves. Finally, it rewards them through access to supports and knowledge resources and, most of all, personal relationships that will help them be successful now and in the future. It does this through field trips, seminars, weekly meetings, academic competitions, and mentoring relationships with strong, successful adults and with other students. The LHS AAL Scholars Program honors academic commitment and fosters a culture of high scholastic achievement by students at Lexington High School.THE CALCULUS PROJECT
Unlike any initiative in public education to close the achievement gap in mathematics,
the Calculus Project is designed to increase the number of students of color who enroll in
The importance of enrolling in high level math classes cannot be underestimated. Not
only does the rigor of an honors or AP math class prepare students to excel on
standardized tests (e.g. MCAS and SAT); but more importantly, those students who are
capable of advanced mathematical thinking have more post-secondary educational
Students who engage in the Calculus Project participate in a variety of opportunities to
strengthen their math skills. They
Attend challenging yet fun enrichment courses in the summer where highly
qualified instructors pre-teach core mathematical concepts prior to enrollment in
high level math classes during the school year. Become members of a “cohort” in order to provide support to each other.
Are taught that success in mathematics stems from hard work and not an innate
ability established at birth, as well as learn how to work collaboratively in groups
in- and outside of the classroom. Discover how mathematics is applied in the real world through classroom
activities and field trips (this experience is enhanced when they have an
opportunity to meet African American and Latinos who work in STEM
professions during a speaker series that takes place during the summer)
All of these supports as well as the challenges of rigorous mathematics curricula lead
Calculus Project students to achieve at the highest levels in high school and beyond.CALCULUS PROJECTWill meet in room 201 from 9AM to 2PM in the Photonics Building located on BU's campus at 8 St. Mary's Street.2017 Saturday Fall SessionsGrade September October November December8 16th 7th, 28th 18th 9th9 23rd 14th 4th 16th10 30th 21st 11th 2nd