Student Transfer Application Season Scheduled from the First School Day

in February 2019, Through the First School Day in April 2019


ROCKVILLE, Maryland—Montgomery County parents/guardians who wish to request a Change of School Assignment (COSA) for their children from their home school may begin the process during the upcoming transfer season—the first school day in February 2019, through the first school day in April 2019.


Except for students in the Northeast Consortium (NEC), Downcounty Consortium (DCC), and Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) areas, students in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) are expected to attend the school within the established attendance area in which they reside (home school) or assigned in accordance with their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Students may apply for a COSA from the home school, or the school of assignment through the IEP process, based on the following criteria:


When a documented unique hardship is shown. Problems that are common to a large number of families do not constitute a unique hardship.

When a family moves within Montgomery County, preference to remain in the original school will be considered to complete the current school year only, with the exception that Grade 11 and Grade 12 students may be permitted to stay through graduation.

When a younger sibling seeks to attend the school where an older sibling will be enrolled in the regular/general school program, or a special education program, during the year the younger sibling seeks to enroll. When an older sibling attends a magnet, language immersion, or other application program, a COSA may be approved to the regular school program for younger sibling on a
case-by-case basis. Such approval requires consideration of available classroom space, grade-level enrollment, staffing allocations, or other factors that impact the schools involved.


The criteria above regarding siblings does not apply if a boundary change has occurred.


The transfer process begins in the home school where parents/guardians may request the Change of School Assignment (COSA) Information Booklet that contains the COSA form, describes the process, and provides useful information. Beginning the first week of February 2019, the COSA booklet will be available in schools and online at The booklet will be available in English and translations in other languages. Exempt countywide programs that do not fall under the transfer guidelines are listed in the information booklet. 


For information about assignments for students residing in the NEC, DCC, or MSMC areas, please contact the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services, 240-740-2540, or visit the website at


For more information about the transfer process, parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the principal at their home school. Non-English speaking students and parents/guardians who may require assistance may contact ASK MCPS to get the information they need by telephone at 301-309-MCPS (6277).  Telephone operators who speak English and Spanish are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents who speak languages other than English or Spanish who call the ASK MCPS telephone line and identify their language will have their questions answered through a telephone interpreter.


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