Student Transfer Application Season Scheduled from the
First School Day
in February 2019, Through the First School Day in
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.
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
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.
above regarding siblings does not apply if a boundary change has occurred.
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 www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/transfers.
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.
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 www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/schoolchoice.
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.