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School Support

(All Ages) Army CYS Services School Support initiatives provides a variety of programmatic strategies and resources that help "level the playing field" for transitioning military students. These initiatives prepare schools and installations to respond confidently to the complexities of transitions, and provide Families the assurance that their children's academic well being is a priority.



School Support Services for Families
  • Facilitates communication between schools and Army leaders
  • Consolidates school information for military Families
  • Communicates procedures for in and out processing
  • Encourages relationships between schools, military Families, the Garrison, and the community
  • Supports school personnel by providing information concerning the military lifestyle
  • Provides access to military resources
  • Coordinates education transition-related resources within school and the community
  • Collaborates with parents to ensure academic success
  • Supplies resource materials on primary, secondary and post-secondary education
  • Supports Home School Families


Easing School Transitions

Are you facing a move that will require changing school districts? Army School Liaison Officers with strong education backgrounds are located on each installation to assist Families with school transition and other education related issues.

  • For School Liaison Officer contact information or to find information about schools that support each installation, select the installation from this list:

  • Department of Defense has provided tools and information to help make informed educational choices: militaryk12partners.dodea.edu
  • To find schools near the installation where you will be living, use SchoolQuest. Create a profile for your Family and school students, then search for schools that fit your Families' needs. Get important school contact information and begin the conversation about transitioning to your new school!
  • Do you have a child with special needs? Visit idea.ed.gov for an all-inclusive guide to accommodating children with disabilities from birth to 21 years of age.
  • Click here to download School Liaison Officer Directories for the following services:

    • Air Force
    • Army
    • Marine Corps
    • Navy

 



Post High School Information
  • Military Children's Scholarship Handbook 2014 (PDF 7.96MB, 70pp) - this handbook includes special funding opportunities available to children of Military Families! 
  • IN-STATE TUITION - This organization works to help Military Families qualify for in-state tuition. To find information about eligibility of active Military Service members and their Families for in-state college tuition rates in their home state or state of duty assignment go to https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/Education/index.html

 



The Army School Support Services Strategic Plan 2009 – 2014

The Army School Support Services Strategic Plan focuses on four critical areas impacting educational success for children:

  • Standardized Services
  • Quality Educational Opportunities
  • Programs that Support Families during all Transition Times
  • Efficient delivery of this information through marketing and communication plans

The Strategic Plan is reviewed and updated annually.  Click here to download the Army School Support Services Strategic Plan.  (PDF 2MB) (opens new window)



The Interstate Compact on
Educational Opportunity
for Military Children
is now active!

Education and Outreach

This Compact is legislation adopted by states to address important school transition issues, such as transferring school records, graduation requirements, entrance and exit testing, kindergarten entrance age and more. This Compact eases transitions for students as they move from state to state. To learn more, visit the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission website.

 



The Youth Sponsorship Program
  • Helps relocated youth become familiar with their new home
  • Provides youth with a sponsor and Family Members with a welcome packet
  • Matches sponsors based upon gender, age and interests
  • Encourages sponsors to show the incoming youth around the Garrison and their school
  • Introduces youth to the activities offered by Child, Youth & School Services and the Community Recreation Division

Contact your Garrison for specific details about programs available - Click here to find local Garrison CYS services



Additional Resources for Parents, Students and Educators
  • Online Tutoring is a live online tutoring service available in English and Spanish 24 hours a day.
  • Building Resilient Kids Web Course, for school administrators, support staff and teachers to help all students meet life's challenges with resilience, focusing primarily on students from military families.
  • Military Child Education Coalition - Focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, Family separation, and transition.
  • Military Impacted School Association - A national organization representing school districts that serve high concentrations of military children. The organization works to provide a continuum of quality education for all military children.
  • Advocates for Home Schooling (HSLDA) - A non-profit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms.
  • Military One Source offers help in many areas, including: Short-term, non-medical counseling services to all active-duty, National Guard and Reserve members and their Families, face-to-face counseling and telephonic consultations, free transition resources, free parenting materials and information and much, much more!