Applications must be submitted either on-line or dropped off in the Thomas Metcalf School Main Office. Completed applications are evaluated according to criteria listed in the Admission Guidelines. Final decision letters will be mailed on or after April 15.
No, every completed application that is submitted before 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 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 provided by their current teacher/day care provider.
Children must be four years old on September 1 of the school year they are enrolling in--we do not allow any exceptions to this rule.
Children must be five years old on September 1 of the school year they are enrolling in--no exceptions as this rule is mandated by the Illinois State Board of Education.
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. 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. These students attend through cooperative agreement between their school district and the Lab Schools. 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.
Metcalf receives between 600 and 700 applications each year and admits approximately 40 to 60 students. The ratio of admits to applications received for the 2017-2018 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 often get asked to give individual tours and have meetings with parents. This past year we received well over 600 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.