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.
» 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.
These Students Do Not have to Submit a COSA If Requesting Another School Within Their Consortium:
Please Note: By accepting a COSA, the parent or guardian must provide transportation.
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.
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.
For information about the Northeast Consortium, Downcounty Consortium or Middle School Magnet Consortium, contact the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services (DCCAPS):