About Weston METCO

Since 1967, Weston has participated in METCO, (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity), a voluntary, desegregation, program which brings approximately 167 students, grades K-12, from Boston to Weston’s schools.

The Weston METCO program supported students through this past year of immense challenges. Our students are still working hard to achieve the academic goals that parents and the program have developed for them. Our METCO Academic Liaisons are working with our Boston students supporting them in their pursuit of academic and lifelong success.

Elementary students in Kindergarten through grade three are working under the guidance of Riola Lazo, METCO Liaison (Country and Woodland Schools). At Field School, METCO Elementary Liaison, Theresa Dryden, is working with our fourth and fifth grade students. Cyril Kakulu is the METCO Liaison at the Middle School, and he works with our sixth, seventh and eighth graders. La Toya Rivers, the METCO Director and High School Liaison works with students in grades nine through twelve.

The Boston Weston METCO Parent Organization (BWMPO), the Family Friends program, and the Community Coordinating Committee (CCC) are examples of the diverse groups of students, parents, teachers, administrators and members of the Boston and Weston communities who are working together to make our METCO program the best ever!

We have many events throughout the year where we bring the Boston and Weston communities together.  Some of these events include the Family Friends Ice Cream Social in September (this year at the Country School, the METCO Gospel Jubilee In January at the Weston High School and the Annual Pot Luck Supper in March in Weston.  Everyone from both the Weston and Boston communities are welcome to attend these events.  To learn more about the program’s achievements, please read the most recent annual report to the School Committee.

Weston METCO Class of 2022

METCO 2022

Top Row: Sarah Thomas, Joshua Ortiz, Tye McCatty, Natalia Hyman
Middle Row: Raesaun Tavares-Reid, Riana Tavares-Reid, Amare Yarde, Gianni Hill
Bottom Row: Kamea Johnson, Laryce Blake, Gianna Depina-Nazoliny, Kayleena Rattray

Kudos to our Weston METCO Alum Hiphop artist Echezona Onwuama,  reprising a rap he wrote as a high school junior dedicated to METCO students of today!  The virtual performance was a part of the annual celebration of METCO Inc., the theme was Raise Your Voice for Racial Equity. 

posted 10/26/2020

Josh OrtizJoshua Ortiz a Junior  at Weston High school  has been selected as a member of the inaugural Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship, a year-long program that will engage high school students from across the country to both explore how to make civics more inclusive and relevant to Americans of all backgrounds and to become civic leaders.  Read more here.

A Visual History and Personal Stories 

Weston Metco Program

During the 2017-2018, Weston Media Center, working in collaboration with the Friends of Weston Metco, set out on a year-long production to record the history and personal stories of Weston’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement and how residents made a change for the better by bringing the Metco program to Weston’s schools. The video continues to tell the stories of former and current Metco students, families, and friends.

This video premiered at the Metco’s Annual Potluck Supper over the weekend. It’s well worth a watch and can be seen on Weston Media Center’s site.

TenacityIn late March WHS students participated in the Bedford Annual Academic Bowl for African American and Latino Scholars “Tenacity”.  Our team consisting of: Melissa Barbosa, Alanah Bullock, Taniya Williams, Helen Befekadu, Jaycee Bullock, Hannah Jordan, Ashanti Malcom-Bates, Dellena Bereket, Nasarith Berhe coached by LaToya Rivers, Erin Patterson and Andi Gettys; placed 4th overall and received 3rd place for their history argument.  This year’s prompt was “Is hate speech free speech?” 

Click here to read Madelaine Kenyon’s September 28, 2017 article in the Weston Town Crier.

Photos below are from Roxbury/Weston METCO event at the First Parish Church. Roxbury/Weston and METCO in Weston: Why did it start? Has it been successful? What is the outlook? Brief reflections from five individuals who have experienced the METCO Program in Weston

metco collage

Class of 2021. COVID cannot stop the Weston METCO Senior Photo Tradition!!  Socially distant photoshoot in Boston and shining like the stars they are!  CONGRATULATIONS to our Weston METCO 2021 Seniors Ligia Barrow Madrid, Dellena Bereket, Nazareth Berhe, Deven Buchanan-Maule, Taj Clachar, Michael Colmenares, Alton Jenkins, Jahmari Oliver-Bigby and Jayson Vieira.

METCO 2020

WHS METCO Class of 2020

Back row (l to r):  Aaliyah Phillips, Timothy Simpson, Ashanti Malcolm-Bates,
Tomily Torres, Michael White, Anika Blake, Shaniah Steed
Front row (l to r):  Nneoma Onwuama, Sydney Freeman, Jyea Joyner, Hannah Jordan,
Elliyah Clark, Ashley McCoy