(Change of School Assignment)
2016-2017 School Year
How are Students Assigned to Their Home School?
Students in Montgomery County are assigned to public schools based on their place of residence or in accordance with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Students are expected to attend their assigned school. Paired elementary schools are considered as one school for school assignment purposes. In order to attend a different school, the student must document a unique hardship or fall within one of the following four exceptional circumstances.
To determine what the local school is for a specific address, call the School Boundary Information Line at 240-314-4710 between 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. weekdays.
Why is a Student Allowed to Transfer to Another School?
A. Documented, unique hardship
B. Exceptional circumstances
Please note that by accepting a change of school assignment, the parent or guardian accepts responsibility to provide transportation.
How to Request a Transfer to Another School
The transfer process begins in the home school, where parents may request an assignment change form and the Change of School Assignment Information Booklet that describes the process and provides useful information.
Assignment change forms and the information booklets will be available in schools beginning the first week of February. Special programs that do not fall under the transfer guidelines are listed in the information booklet. Every effort will be made to notify parents of the assignment decision in May. Special education COSA requests for students receiving 15 or more hours of special education services will be decided after July 1.
When Can a Student Request a Transfer?
Montgomery County parents who wish to request a change in school assignment for their children from their home school may begin the process during transfer season, which is held from the first school day in February through the first school day in April.
Downcounty, Northeast, And Middle School Magnet Consortia Students
For information about the Northeast Consortium, Downcounty Consortium or Middle School Magnet Consortium, contact the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services (DCCAPS):