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—February 1 through April 1, 2018.
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 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 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 students will 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 a 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 2018, the COSA booklet will be available in schools
and online on the Student Transfers web page
at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/transfers. The booklet will be available in both English and
Spanish. 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 at 240-740-2540 or visit the website at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/schoolchoice.
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.–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.