Feb 1, 2013- Applications become available (8 am)
Feb 5, 2013 - Informational Meeting (6 pm)
Mar 1, 2013 - Last day to turn in applications (4 pm)
Apr 15, 2013 - Decision letters will be mailed
Thank you for your interest in Thomas Metcalf School. Under the direction of the Dean of the
College of Education, Thomas Metcalf School continues the long tradition reflected in the four-part mission of the Illinois State University Laboratory Schools:
- Provide a school in which excellence in education theory and practice can be observed, studied, and practiced by teacher candidates and other pre-service school professionals.
- Provide an environment in which research and development activities may be conducted.
- Provide a comprehensive, high-quality academic program for students.
- Promote effective high-quality education throughout the teaching profession and aid other educators in the process of improving the quality of education in their schools.
Since the University Laboratory Schools must provide a student subject pool for a number of research projects as part of its stated mission, it is important to create a diverse student population. In order to accomplish this, students will be admitted in accordance with the following guidelines:
- Class Size: In an effort to serve as an exemplary school, Thomas Metcalf School limits the number of children per teacher. Depending upon the composition of a given class, the following enrollment ranges will typically be observed:
|Preschool (age 4)
||12-14 students per class
||16-20 students per class
|Primary (1st-3rd grade)
||18-22 students per class
|Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
||20-24 students per class
|Middle School (7th-8th grade)
||22-26 students per class
- District of Residence: Illinois State University Laboratory Schools are limited by state law to 1,000 students (excluding students with identified disabilities). The maximum number of students that can be admitted from McLean County Unit District 5 is 642; the maximum for Bloomington School District 87 is 246. The remainder of the students may be admitted from other school districts in the state.
- Program Availability: Enrollment at Metcalf may be dependent upon the availability of appropriate programming for a specific student.
- Siblings: Every attempt will be made to consider families, but since the needs of every grade level vary, each application must be considered on its own merit.
- Academic Ability: Metcalf accepts students at varying academic levels, and does not seek to enroll only high-performing or gifted students.
- Socio-Economic Levels: Students are selected from various socio-economic levels.