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Admission Procedures

Student Selection Process

Applications are sorted by three different variables:

  • those with parents employed at Metcalf/UHigh
  • those with siblings already enrolled at Metcalf
  • school district applying from; Unit 5, District 87, and other

The number of students admitted at different grade levels will vary depending upon current enrollment. The selection committee does not have access to student/parent names or any other identifying information. Applications are randomly pulled and reviewed using a blind draw process. 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.

2023-2024 Application Process Timeline:

February 1, 2024 Applications available at 8 a.m.
February 7, 2024 Open House: 6:00pm - 7:30pm (optional)
March 1, 2024

Application deadline at 4 p.m.

March 18, 2024

Supporting documents due: applicant appraisal form, report card or progress summary, IAR exam or equivalent (4th-7th grade only)

April 15, 2024 Decision letters mailed on or before 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.

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.