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Student Transfers
(Change of School Assignment)

2018-2019 School Year

  How are Students Assigned to Their Home School?

Students in Montgomery County are expected to attend the school in the established area in which they live (home school) or where they are assigned in accordance with their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Students may apply for Change of School Assignment (COSA) from the home school, or the school of assignment through the IEP process, based on the following criteria. 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?

  •  Unique Hardship- When a documented unique hardship is shown.  Problems that are common to a large number of families do not constitute a unique hardship.
  •  Family Move- 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 students will be permitted to stay through graduation.  
  •  Siblings- 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 programs, a COSA may be approved to the regular school program for younger siblings 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.

 These Students Do Not have to Submit a COSA If Requesting Another School Within Their Consortium:

  • High school students who live in the Northeast Consortium (NEC) or Downcounty Consortium (DCC) areas and are requesting another Consortium school.
  • Middle school students who live in the Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) and are requesting another MSMC school or who went through the MSMC Choice process lottery and are appealing to an MSMC school.
  •  If You Are Requesting another school within the Consortium, you must submit a written and signed letter of appeal to the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services (DCCAPS), 11721 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20902.  For information on changing school with the NEC, DCC, or MSMC, contact the DCCAPS at 240-740-2540, or visiting the website .  

     Please Note: By accepting a COSA, the parent or guardian must provide transportation.  


    How do I Apply for a School Transfer? 

    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.

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    Change of School Assignment (COSA) form and the information booklets will be available in schools 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 I Apply?

    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 February 1 through April 1. 

      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):


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