We have a one year only preschool for children who are 4 years old. The child must have turned 4 on or before September 1, 2021 but not yet have turned 5 by this date. If your child is age 5 on September 1, 2021 they are age appropriate for Kindergarten and would need to apply for Kindergarten placement. We do not service students in our preschool who are Kindergarten age appropriate.
For the 2021-2022 school year, applications become available on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. and are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday 26, 2021. Completed applications are evaluated according to criteria listed on the Admission Guidelines sheet on the Admissions tab of Metcalf's website. Final decision letters will be mailed on or after April 15th.
No, every completed application that is submitted before 4 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021 will be considered equally.
We only charge tuition for our preschool program. This fee is comparable to those charged by other daycare centers in the area. Registration fees are charged for students in grades K-8; these vary according to grade level. Fees/tuition 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. Each applicant uses a unique code as an identifier. The committee is not privy to the student's identity..only their demographic information and assessment and supporting documents provided by their current teacher/day care provider. Documents sought would include report cards and standardized assessments such as IAR reports, Preschool Assessment, etc.
There are two preschool classes at Metcalf. The morning class meets from 8-11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and the afternoon class meets from 12-3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If your child is admitted to preschool, we will ask for your class preference but your child is not guaranteed to be placed in that class.
Admission is not automatic, although a high priority is given to children enrolled in preschool. No new application is required. A Declaration of Intent form will be sent to all current Preschool students and is necessary to continue attending Thomas Metcalf School.
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. Students needing these services attend through HILIA'S cooperative agreement between their home district and the Lab Schools. Our Support Services staff serves the needs of students with mild to moderate learning challenges. If a student has needs that go beyond this level, we team with the home district to determine where the services should take place.
Metcalf receives between 550 and 650 applications each year and admits approximately 40 to 60 students. The ratio of admits to applications received for the 2020-2021 school year was:
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.
We are often asked to give individual tours and have meetings with parents. This past year we received well over 500 applications. In fairness to all applicants we try to give equal treatment to prospective families. Since it's not possible to individualize meetings/tours for that many families, we provide an informational open house for all prospective applicants including a tour and time to ask questions. This informational meeting is held during the first part of February. Please watch our website during January for this date to be announced.