One of the goals of the student selection process is to enroll a diverse student population. Applications are sorted by three different variables:
After the student data is categorized, the selection committee uses this information to identify a demographically diverse population. (The number admitted at different grade levels will vary depending upon current enrollment and demographic needs.) The selection committee does not have access to student or parent names. The Superintendent of the Laboratory Schools reviews building decisions to ensure compliance with legislative requirements: the total number of students enrolled and the distribution by school district.
|Wednesday, February 1||Applications become available online and in the Main Office at 8 a.m.|
|Thursday, February 9||
Informational meeting in Hayden Auditorium at 6 p.m.
|Wednesday, March 1||Application deadline at 4 p.m.|
|Friday, April 14||Decision letters will be mailed on or after this date|
If your child is accepted, you will receive an acceptance packet that must be returned to the office. Documentation must be provided to verify the child's age. An official certified birth certificate (this is not the keepsake copy from the hospital) must be presented to the staff in the Metcalf office and we will photocopy it for our records. Children must be 4 years old by September 1 to attend preschool or 5 years old by September 1 to attend Kindergarten. There are no exceptions to this rule as it is mandated by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Before final acceptance is issued, students applying for preschool and kindergarten will be asked to participate in an assessment process and those applying for grades 1-8 may be required to interview with a member of the administrative team.
The school reserves the right to ask students to withdraw from Metcalf for non-cooperation, persistent anti-social behavior pattern, any educational needs that a student has developed which cannot be met, or for other reasons as determined by Metcalf staff and administration.