Applications are available February 1st and are due (completed) in the Thomas Metcalf School office by 4:00 p.m. March 1st. Completed applications are evaluated according to criteria listed in the Admission Guidelines. Final decision letters will be mailed April 15th.
No, every completed application that is returned before 4:00 p.m. on March 1, 2013 will be considered equally. However, waiting until March 1st to return the application does not allow time to inform you if items are missing.
We only charge tuition for our preschool program. This fee is comparable to those charged by other daycare centers in the area. Materials/activity fees are charged for students in grades K-8; these vary according to grade level. Fees may be waived or reduced for families qualifying for the free or reduced lunch program. (See application form.)
An admissions committee evaluates the application according to the demographic needs at each grade level.
Admission is not automatic, although a high priority is given to children enrolled in preschool. No new application is required. The Declaration of Intent is necessary to continue attending Thomas Metcalf School. The school will not admit students who need programs or services that Metcalf does not provide.
No, we do not maintain a waiting list. A new application must be filed for each year admission is requested.
No, we do not identify students as gifted nor do we offer programs or services specifically targeted at gifted students. We strive to offer a rich curriculum for all students.
Thomas Metcalf School has the resources to provide special education services to students with visual or hearing impairments. Our Support Services staff serves the needs of students with mild to moderate learning challenges. However, we do not have the resources available to offer a full learning or behavioral disability program.
Students living within McLean County Unit District 5 may use the transportation service provided by that district.
Students enrolled in one of the special education programs through a cooperative agreement with local schools are transported by the home district. The families of all other students assume responsibility for transporting children to and from school.
Metcalf receives between 550 and 650 applications each year and admits between 40 and 60 students. The ratio of admits to applications received for the 2012-2013 school year was:
Preschool (age 4) – 26:124 (21%)
Kindergarten – 10:163 (6%)
Elementary (1st-3rd grade) – 9:154 (6%)
Intermediate (4th-6th grade) – 6:157 (4%)
Middle School (7th-8th grade) – 3:48 (6%)
Please keep in mind that these are last year’s numbers and will not necessarily be consistent with the openings for the coming school year.