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International Admissions and Enrollments

high school studentInternational Admissions and Enrollments Office
Rocking Horse Road Center
4910 Macon Road, Room 147
Rockville, MD 20852

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About Us

The mission of International Admissions and Enrollments (IAE) is to facilitate the enrollment of eligible international students, foreign students, and United States citizen students coming from foreign and other US schools into Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).

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What We Do

International Admissions and Enrollments

IAE determines eligibility for school admissions for all international students as well as for students with more complex residency issues. It also provides technical assistance to MCPS staff related to enrollment and residency.

Please see the How to Enroll page for more information and brochures in other languages.

Assistance is provided to families and schools to enroll homeless MCPS students. The goal is to maintain a stable educational environment by minimizing the effect of mobility and to ensure academic success.

The following students must start their enrollment process at the International Admissions and Enrollments office:

  • Students who are residing in Montgomery County without parents and are requesting a waiver of tuition.
  • Students residing with parents who reside in housing with a short-term lease.
  • Students residing with a non-custodial parent.
  • Students over the age of 18 and self-supporting.
  • Students living with parents and awaiting completion of permanent housing within 60 days.
  • Students placed in Montgomery County (e.g. foster, group home) by a juvenile or social services agency.
  • U.S. citizens who attended a foreign school need interpretation of school documentation, and educational records for placement.
  • Foreign students who have a permanent residency abroad but are seeking admission into MCPS. This group includes holders of J-1 visas (exchange visitors) and applicants of I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Student Visa Status.
  • International students, defined as nationals from other countries, with bona fide residency in Montgomery County who have not been attending a United States school system at any time during the prior two years.

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Services We Provide

International Admissions and Enrollments provides the following services to incoming students and their families:

  • Verifies students school eligibility
  • Interviews parents and students and reviews school records and other appropriate documentation
  • Makes grade placement recommendation and evaluates foreign school credentials to grant high school credits toward graduation
  • Assigns students to the receiving school
  • Refers students, as needed, to other appropriate services, including the Division of ESOL/Bilingual Programs for assessment of English proficiency; Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services for completion of state health requirements; the Department of Special Education for assessment and early determination of appropriate programs for students with special needs; the Division of the Controller for tuition payment, and the U.S. Office of Immigration and Naturalization Services to facilitate the admissions of foreign students.

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