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Multidisciplinary Educational Training and Support (METS) Program
The METS program of the Montgomery County Public Schools is designed to meet the linguistic and academic needs of English language learners who have had limited or no previous schooling or significant schooling gaps due to interrupted or disrupted education. Students enrolled in the METS program receive instruction in developing English language proficiency and basic literacy and academic skills. Students also receive instruction and support to facilitate adjustment to both the academic and social school environment. The purpose of the METS program is to develop English language proficiency and literacy while providing the instruction and support with academics that will help narrow students' educational gaps and facilitate articulation to non-METS classes.
Identification and Placement of METS-Eligible Students
Students may be referred to the METS program by Residency and International Admissions, The ESOL Testing and Accountability Center, school staff and a parent or family member.
Students are eligible to attend the METS program when:
- They score at level 1 or 2 on the WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT)
- They have had a minimum of two years of a schooling gap
- Their age is appropriate for at least 3 rd grade placement
- They function at more than three years below grade level in Math
Once students are identified as eligible for METS services, they are assigned to a METS Site.
Currently there are METS sites at the following schools
Broad Acres ES
R. Sargent Shriver ES
South Lake ES
A. Mario Loiederman MS
Takoma Park MS
Julius West MS
White Oak MS
Bethesda Chevy Chase HS
Montgomery Blair HS
Albert Einstein HS
Richard Montgomery HS
Quince Orchard HS
Seneca Valley HS
Watkins Mill HS
Elementary METS Program
Eligible students in grades 3 to 5 receive instruction in English language development, literacy and basic skills in a multi-grade, all-day, self-contained model.
Teachers use a modified Reading/ Language Arts curriculum to help students develop literacy and language skills. Students also receive sheltered instruction in the areas of Math, Social Studies and Science.
Middle and High School METS Program
Eligible students in grades 6-8 receive literacy and English language development instruction as well as instruction in the Language of Math and Social Studies. Currently, The Language of Math and Our School, Our Community and Our World courses are being piloted. METS students receive ESOL services for a large part of the day, but take classes with non-METS students in electives such as Physical Education, and Art.
Instruction is provided by certified ESOL teachers. Because of the multi-grade nature of the METS program, the emotional and social needs of the students, and the various levels of literacy and numeracy of the students, classes are kept at a ratio of 15 to 1 with the support of a METS para-educator. Native language support is provided when possible.
Other METS Support Services
METS students and their families receive support from many professionals in the Division of ESOL/Bilingual Programs. ESOL Bilingual Counselors and Parent Community Coordinators are regularly assigned to all METS sites to facilitate the acculturation of students and parents to the academic and social environment of the school and community.
For further information, please call Teresa Timmons-Parrott at 240-453-2586.