Policies and Regulations → Section I → IO → Special Instructional Programs and Accommodations
Last revised: July 30, 2018
To identify alternative program options available to Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) students and describe program placement procedures
Alternative programs are designed to expand the array of educational program options that provide additional academic, behavioral, social, and emotional support beyond what is available to middle and high school students in the regular academic programs. The purposes, objectives, and locations of MCPS Alternative Programs vary – from programs located at comprehensive MCPS middle and high schools, to programs located at other locations which may include other MCPS schools, or the sites of community partner agencies.
Consistent with Montgomery County Board of Education Policy ACA, Nondiscrimination, Equity, and Cultural Proficiency, MCPS will work to identify barriers that prevent students from equitably accessing educational opportunities. Schools are expected to utilize a continuum of instructional strategies and behavioral and disciplinary responses before referring a student to Alternative Programs and to consider all relevant information to identify educational supports or services that may be needed by the student beyond what has been provided. Alternative Programs placement practices, as well as discipline practices, are to be consistently, fairly, proportionally, and equitably applied.