Celebrating Linganore’s out of district transfer students


graphic by Emily Reed

64 (4.6%) out of the 1383 total of Linganore’s population are transfer students.

by Emily Reed, Managing Editor

A small but mighty 4.6%, or 64 students, of Linganore’s population are out of district transfers. Linganore welcomes transfer students in hopes that they will enrich our student population and increase diversity.

An out-of district transfer is a process that allows students to attend a school outside their assigned attendance area because it provides a program for their specific needs or they are a child of an FCPS employee.

Out of district transfer students have to comply with the same school rules and regulations that are currently in place. The school reserves the right to dismiss transfer students if their grades plummet or they are prone to tardiness and have behavioral issues.

This year, FCPS ruled in Regulation 400-15 that all current transfer students must reapply every year before May 1 to renew their request for another year.

Of the 63 schools in Frederick County, 14 schools are restricted due to over capacity, 12 of which are elementary schools. Linganore is only at 83% capacity, so students can transfer to attend LHS.  Urbana High School is the only restricted high school in the county.

One of the most common draws for students to transfer into Linganore is the Project Lead the Way engineering program.

“The PLTW Program is helping me become a nuclear engineer which is my lifelong goal. It’s a great resume booster to tell colleges that I’ve been in a national pre-engineering program,” said Lourdes Jack, a transfer from Urbana.

“The engineering program here has a more focused approach that helps me to think critically,” said Bailey Davis.

“It exposed me to all different types of engineering and I enjoy the challenging classes,” said Dalton Pearl, a transfer from Brunswick.

Aside from the engineering program, these students all expressed their joy of being a part of Linganore’s welcoming and friendly community.

“Moving from West Virginia and then to Urbana was tough.It was a relief coming here and being so welcomed. I didn’t feel like an outsider anymore. It’s more family oriented and people are willing to help one another here,” said Jack.

“I feel comfortable here because it’s more organized and the counselors were very helpful during the transition,” said Davis.

While I didn’t come to Linganore as an out of district transfer because of the engineering program, I too felt seamlessly integrated into the community and engulfed in the encouraging atmosphere. Linganore treats their transfer students as an equal and valued part of the Lancer team which means more than any special program they can offer.