Transfer Application Season Begins Feb. 1

January 4, 2007
Student Transfer Application Season Scheduled from February 1 through April 2

Montgomery County parents who wish to request a change in school assignment for their children from their home school may begin the process during the current transfer season, which will be held from February 1 through April 2, 2007.

Except for students in the Northeast Consortium (NEC), Downcounty Consortium (DCC), and Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) areas, students in the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) are assigned to a school on the basis of their place of residence or their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and are expected to attend their home school. Assignment changes of students from one school to another are permitted under the following limited circumstances:

· An older sibling in the requested school

· A continuation in a feeder pattern from middle to high school, except when affected by boundary changes

· A documented hardship situation

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, which are contained in the information booklets, will be available in schools beginning the first week of February and on the school system Web site at shortly thereafter. The booklet will be available in both English and Spanish. Special programs that do not fall under the transfer guidelines are listed in the information booklet. Should there be more requests for language immersion programs than space available, a random, computer generated lottery will be conducted. Every effort will be made to notify parents of the assignment decision by May 15, 2007.

For more information about the transfer process, parents are asked to contact the principal of their home school. Non-English speaking parents may receive more information by calling the Spanish Hotline at 301-230-3073 or the ESOL Parent Center at 301-230-0674. Language Lines also are available to leave a message for someone to return the call—Spanish, 301-230-5403; Cambodian, 301-230-5427; Chinese, 301-230-5428; French, 301-230-5429; Korean, 301-230-5430; and Vietnamese, 301-230-5432.

For information about assignments for students residing in the NEC, DCC, or MSMC areas, please call 301-649-8081.

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