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Transfer Requests

Requesting Attendance Outside of Your Child's Attendance Zone:

ELEMENTARY

Residents of Montgomery County may request that their child(ren) attend another elementary school within the division by submitting a Transfer Request Form Please submit a separate request form for each child. 

Please Note:

  • Requests may be submitted beginning in January for the following school year.

  • Requests will be reviewed in the order they are received.

  • Requests for grades 1-5 will be reviewed beginning in June and will be resolved by mid-July; Kindergarten requests will be resolved by August 1st.

  • Parents should receive verification within 10 working days that their request has been received.

  • Decisions are based on grade level numbers with a commitment to reasonable class sizes as directed by the MCPS School Board.

 IF changes to school assignment are granted:

  • The decision will remain in effect through 5th grade as long as space in subsequent grades is available based on residential enrollment.

  • The family must provide transportation to/from school

  • The student must continue to meet all attendance and behavioral expectations of the school. 

  • Students approved to attend an elementary school outside the attendance area in which they reside will be automatically enrolled in the middle school within the attendance area in which they reside after they complete the 5th grade.

Questions regarding transfers for elementary students may be directed to:

Barbara Wickham
Director of Elementary Education
750 Imperial Street SE
Christiansburg, VA 24073   
540-382-5100, ext. 1041
barbarawickham@mcps.org  

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SECONDARY

Residents of Montgomery County may request an exception to the Student Transfer Policy by submitting an Exception to Student Transfer Policy Request Form (New
Please submit a separate request form for each child. 

Please Note:

  • Requests may be submitted beginning in January for the following school year.

  • Requests will be reviewed in the order they are received.

  • Requests for grades 6-12 will be reviewed beginning in June and will be resolved by mid-July.

  • Parents should receive verification within 10 working days that their request has been received.

IF changes to school assignment are granted:

  • The decision will remain in effect as long as space in subsequent grades is available based on residential enrollment.

  • The family must provide transportation to/from school

  • The student must continue to meet all attendance and behavioral expectations of the school. 

 

Questions regarding transfers for secondary students may be directed to:


Carl Pauli
Director of Secondary Education
750 Imperial Street SE
Christiansburg, VA 24073
540-382-5100, ext. 1043
cpauli@mcps.org

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The Montgomery County School Board has approved a school division transfer policy that provides the following guidelines for students who wish to transfer schools within the division.

  • Transfer requests will be considered for students in elementary school only.

  • MCPS will not accept transfer requests for students in grades 6 through 12.

  • MCPS will verify the residency of all 5th grade students to ensure that students are enrolled in the middle school within the attendance area in which they reside the following year.

  • Students currently in grades 6 through 12 as transfer students (approved prior to October 3, 2017) will be allowed to remain in their current school through graduation

  • Exceptions may be granted for elementary students rising into middle school who already have an older sibling in grades 6 through 12.

  • Children of year-long contracted employees of Montgomery County Schools may be permitted to attend a middle school or high school within the attendance zone of their parent’s assigned work location only.

  • The only non-resident students who will be considered for admission to Montgomery County Schools are children of year-long contracted employees of MCPS.

  • Other exceptions may be granted by the superintendent or designee in cases of extenuating circumstances and as provided in Policy 7-2.2 and 7-2.4. 

 

Full versions of the Policy 7-2.2 and Policy 7-2.4 can be found online.