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Helpful Moving Tips - Finding Schools for Your Children



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Helpful Moving Tips - Finding Schools for Your Children
[12/10/2004]

Source: Standard Installation Topic Exchange System (SITES) for LIFELines




  • Finding the right schools to fit your children can be a challenging task. It is one of the most important considerations when deciding where to locate, especially if there is more than one school district in your new hometown



  • There are a few rules that can help you to target the right schools for your children:




    • Take an honest assessment of each child's abilities, personality, likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. 

    • "Interview" each child. Talk to them about their desires and needs in a new school. Ask them what they would change about their present school if they could. 

    • Research the schools in the area for their strengths, and try to "match" each child with the proper school for their situation. 

    • If possible, visit the schools, if you are lucky enough to take a househunting trip, and interview counselors, principals, teachers, and coaches. Take pictures of the schools, students and classrooms for your children. 

    • Analyze each school for its contribution to your child's development. A "jock" will shine in a strong sports school, and your little artist will thrive in a school that emphasizes the arts. On the other hand, your little genius may need an academically excellent and challenging program, and your shy student may appreciate small classrooms and individual attention. 

    • Before you buy or rent a home off the installation ask the local school board what the rules are for living in the school district. If it is a rule that you must live in the district in order to send your children to those schools, be sure that you are clear on the district boundaries. Before you sign a lease or a contract, double check with the school district to verify that the potential address is, indeed, within the limits of the district. 

    • Sometimes, a parent may petition on behalf of their child to have the child attend a school which is outside of their district. Check on the rules in your community. 

    • Encourage the teachers and administration, in whichever schools you choose, to maintain close contact with you on the progress of your children. Stay involved. Watch for signs of discontent.

    Helpful Web Sites: 



    1. Military Child Education Coalition The military child coalition is a clearinghouse of information important to parents researching the educational needs of a child. It includes military and school links.

    2. Department of Defense Education Provided by the Department of Defense school system this site focuses on the history, success rate, student testing procedures and much more.

    3. Military Acclimate Provides a wide variety of resources that include a moving calculator, cost of living analysis, as well as information to find the best community for your family's lifestyle.

    4. After School Helping individuals interested in the growth and development of children between ages 6-18 by providing information on how to obtain funding for an event or after school activity.
    Healthy Parenting Provides military specific parenting resources including access to Family Advocacy Program, chaplains' programs, and medical clinics.ance (DLA), and mileage rates.

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