School Support Services

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Hours of Operation

Monday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Contact

1900 Reece Road, Bldg. 1900
Fort Meade, MD 20755
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Tel:
+1(301)677-1227 or +1(301)677-1165

Military DSN Tel:
(312)622-1227/1165

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School Support Services (SSS) provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. A branch of Child and Youth Services (CYS), SSS is home to the School Liaison Office, where School Liaison Officers (SLOs) help deliver the best educational resources and information for your children.

We specialize in education transitions, and make sure incoming and exiting families have information about local schools, graduation requirements, after-school services/programs, youth sponsorship programs and home schooling. We also help parents better understand the education process, school organization and interaction strategies.

What Can A School Liaison Officer Do For Me?

School Liaison Officers (SLOs) “level the playing field” for transitioning students, help prepare families, schools, and installations to respond confidently to the complexities of transition and deployment while providing families the assurance that their children’s academic well-being is an Army priority by providing:

Five basic core services:

1. Transition Assistance (PCS Cycle) – School Liaison Officers assist families with school transfers and help “level the playing field” for military children and youth through direct family interaction and through” paving the way” with local schools.

2. Communication Link between Command, Schools, and Families – School Liaison Officers serve as subject matter experts for installation commanders on K-12 issues helping to connect command, school, and community resources.

3. Home School Linkage and Support- School Liaison Officers assist Army families by gathering and sharing information on home schooling issues, policies, and legislation from local school districts, and helping leverage Child Youth & School Services [CYSS] resources to support these families.

4. Partnerships in Education [PIE] – Creates a volunteer network of resources to support installation and community members who have a vested interest in the success of all youth.

5. Post-Secondary Preparations – School Liaison Officers leverage installation and school resources to provide graduating military students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.

Examples of SLO activities:

  • Provide information on student registration in the local school system
  • Provide information on the Student Meal Program
  • Educate parents on the local school system, policies, procedures, programs, and schedules
  • Support home school families
  • Supply resource materials on primary, secondary, and post-secondary education
  • Coordinate with CYSS Homework Centers and Youth Technology Labs
  • Participate in Education Council Meetings to elevate parental issues for resolution

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.

When Do I Need a SLO?

 In-Processing:

  • A SLO can assist you prior to and at arrival to make your child’s school registration and transition smooth.
  • A SLO can provide information and address your specific questions and concerns regarding your educational options through your in processing brief, a personal office visit, emails, and phone calls.

Out-Processing: Contact your SLO well in advance of your departure if possible!

  •  A school liaison can assist you with connections to provide information about your upcoming duty station.
  • A SLO can also assist you in ensuring you have properly completed the steps to prepare for your child’s departure from his/her current school.

Anytime I have questions or concerns: regarding schools, homeschooling, special education, scholarships, transitions, and more!

Elementary Schools - On Post

1. West Meade Early Education Center is a public elementary school located on Fort George G Meade. The school is owned and operated by Anne Arundel County Public School District. The student to teacher ratio is 20:1. This school serves students from Pre- Kindergarten through Kindergarten and ECI (Early Childhood Intervention Program)

School Distinction / Noted Programs:  Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Academic Curriculum, ECI Program

School Websitehttps://www.aacps.org/Page/1210

Address: 7700 Ray Street, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755

Phone Number: +1(410)222-6545

Parent Handbook

Calendar SY 2018-2019

Instructional Hours: 9:05 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

(Pre-k Session: Morning 9:05 a.m.-11:40 a.m./ Afternoon 12:55 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)

Office Hours: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

*Note: Pre- Kindergarten is not a mandated grade in the state of Maryland. All parents with students who will be 4 years old on or before September 1 of academic school year will be subjected to an application/ selection process. Please click links below to learn more.

2. Manor View Elementary School is a public elementary school located on Fort George G Meade. The school is owned and operated by Anne Arundel County Public School District. The student to teacher ratio is 18:1. This school serves students from 1st Grade through 5th grade. 

School Distinction / Noted Programs: International Baccalaureate (About IB), Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Academic Curriculum, Student Junior Ambassadors Program (Military Youth Sponsorship Buddy System Component)

School Website: https://www.aacps.org/Page/1158

Address: 2900 MacArthur Road, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755

Phone Number: +1(410)222-6504

Parent Handbook

Calendar SY 2018-2019

Instructional Hours: 8:30 a.m.-2:55 p.m.

Office Hours: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

3. Meade Heights Elementary is a public elementary school located on Fort George G Meade. The school is owned and operated by Anne Arundel County Public School District. The student to teacher ratio is 17:1 (varies depending on grade level). This school serves students from PreK-5, through 5th grade and  ECI ( Early Childhood Intervention Program )

School Distinction / Noted Programs: PBIS (Positive Behavior Incentive School) Student Junior Ambassadors Program (Military Youth Sponsorship Buddy System Component), After School Extended Day Program, Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Academic Curriculum.

School Website: https://www.aacps.org/Page/1162

Address: 1925 Reece Road, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755

Phone Number: +1(410)222-6509

Parent Handbook

Calendar SY 2018-2019

Instructional Hours: 9:40 a.m.-4:05 p.m.

Office Hours: 10:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

4. Pershing Hill Elementary School is a public elementary school located on Fort George G Meade. The school is owned and operated by Anne Arundel County Public School District. The student to teacher ratio is 21:1 (varies depending on grade level). This school serves students from 1st Grade through 5th grade. 

School Distinction / Noted Programs: International Baccalaureate (About IB), Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Academic Curriculum, Student Junior Ambassadors Program (Military Youth Sponsorship Buddy System Component)

School Website: https://www.aacps.org/Page/1173

Address: 7600 29th Division Road, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755

Phone Number: +1(410)222-6519

Parent Handbook

Calendar SY 2018-2019

Instructional Hours: 8:30 a.m.-2:55 p.m.

Office Hours: 9:30am-1:30 p.m.

Middle Schools - On Post

1. MacArthur Middle School is a public middle school located on Fort George G. Meade. The school is owned and operated by Anne Arundel County Public School District. The student to teacher ratio is 26:1 (varies depending on grade level). This school serves students from 6th grade through 8th grade.

MacArthur Middle School is a uniformed school. Uniform Policy

School Distinction / Noted Programs: International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) School, National Junior Honor Society, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Student Ambassadors Program (Military Youth Sponsorship Buddy System Component), NASA Best (Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology) Program.

School Website: https://www.aacps.org/Page/1223

Address: 3500 Rockenbach Road, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755

Phone Number: +1(410)674-0032

Parent Handbook

Calendar SY 2018-2019

A/B Day Schedules

Middle School Program of Study

Instructional Hours:   9 a.m.-3:40 p.m.

Office Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Summer Office Hours may differ.

2. Meade Middle School is a public middle school located on Fort George G. Meade. The school is owned and operated by Anne Arundel County Public School District. The student to teacher ratio is 22:1 (varies depending on grade level) This school serves  students from 6th grade through 8th grade.

Meade Middle School is a uniformed school: Uniform Policy

School Distinction / Noted Programs:  Maryland Green School, Wellness School Of Distinction, ROADS School (Rigor, Opportunity & Achievement Driving Success), Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

School Website:  https://www.aacps.org/Page/1226

Address:  1103 26th Street, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755

Phone Number: +1(410)674-2355

Parent Handbook

Calendar SY 2018-2019

A/B Day Schedules

Middle School Program of Study   

Instructional Hours:   8:20 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Office Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Summer Office Hours may differ.

High School - On Post

Meade High School is a public high school located on Fort George G. Meade. The school is owned and operated by Anne Arundel County Public School District. The student to teacher ratio is 26:1 (varies depending on grade level). This school serves students from 9th grade through 12th grade.

School Distinction / Noted Programs:  The International Baccalaureate (IB) High School Diploma Program, Homeland Security Signature Program, Project Lead the Way, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), U.S Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), Student Ambassador Program (Military Youth Sponsorship Buddy System Component)

School Website: http://meadeseniorhigh.org/index.jsp

Address:  1100 Clark Road, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755

Phone Number: +(410)674-7710

Parent Handbook

Calendar SY 2018-2019 

A/B Day Schedule

High School Program of Study

Instructional Hours:  7:30 a.m.-2:18 p.m.

Office Hours:  8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Local School Information Links

Maryland State Department of Education

Fort Meade School Information (PDF)

Local Educational Activities near Fort Meade, MD

 

AACPS to offer free American College Testing (ACT) exams to all high school juniors beginning this spring

In a move designed to open collegiate doors to significantly more students than ever before and support more students in the college admissions process, Anne Arundel County Public Schools will pay for all high school juniors to take the ACT college entrance exam beginning this spring.

The ACT is designed to assess the degree to which a student is prepared for college-level work. It has four main sections - English, Reading, Math, and Science - as well as an optional writing component. Approximately 5,600 AACPS juniors will be given all but the writing component during the April administration of the ACT. The test will be administered during the school day.

"This is a quantum leap forward for us in terms of enhancing not only the ability of our students to be prepared for the rigors of college, but the ways we assess their progress toward this goal," Superintendent George Arlotto said. "The ACT is a highly respected, widely accepted measure of college readiness, and we are thrilled to be able to provide it for all of our 11th-graders."

The ACT is the most frequently administered college admissions assessment, with more than 1.9 million students in the United States taking it last school year. The test is accepted for admissions by all four-year universities in the United States and more than 225 universities around the world. It is also accepted by Anne Arundel Community College.

More than 1,000 AACPS students took the ACT last year. Administration of the ACT this year is expected to cost AACPS approximately $200,000. The funds will come from existing allocations, and not require any additional appropriation from the County.

As part of the shift, AACPS will offset some of the cost by no longer paying to administer the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), the precursor to the SAT, to students in grades 9 through 11. All county high schools will, however, be sites for PSAT administration on October 15, 2016. Students will be responsible for the $15 fee to take the PSAT.

Youth Sponsorship

Sponsors for your middle school or high school teens are available either through the youth program or school. 

Army Youth Sponsorship Program

The Youth Sponsorship Club can help your teen learn about their new community and make new friends. Getting involved quickly helps children and teens fit in and feel less stress associated with their PCS move. All it takes to join the club is a visit to the school age or youth center or contact the School Liaison Officer.

Youth Sponsorship Registration

Contact your School Liaison Officer (SLO) to request a sponsor.  You can download and use the Youth Sponsorship Request form below to help your SLO pair your child with a compatible sponsor.

 

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Special Education Information

If you have a child with special needs, we can help you find information about the resources available in your school district. We can also help you connect with your local installation’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) office. The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive, coordinated, community support in areas such as housing, medical, educational and personal services to Families with special needs.

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The Fort Meade EFMP office is located at the Army Community Service 

830 Chisholm Ave., Bldg. 830
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
DSN: (312)622-5590 Commercial +1(301)677-5590

Special Education Resources - Maryland Individualized Program (IEP)

Maryland Statewide IEP Document

Online IEP Process Guide

Building IEPs with Maryland Families: What a Great IDEA!

Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice

Maryland Disability Law Center

Military OneSource EFMP/Special Needs

The Exceptional Advocate Newsletter

Military Exceptional Family Member Programs

References and Resources for Special Education

Highly mobile children are entitled to an expedited process, including: a). evaluations in 30 days instead of 60 days, b) removed delays due to school district schedules for families moving during incomplete screenings, c) continued Extended School Year for students moving in the summer.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources offers education, acronyms, tools, webinars and a directory of local Parent and Information Training Centers to help parents advocate for their children. The center focuses on proactive support and personal accountability. 

Military OneSource has a range of resources to help with caring for a family member with special needs including education, health care, legal, financial points of contact, EFMP, School Liaisons, etc.

Military Community & Family Policy Office of Special Needs provides a directory of age-specific resources and States-at-a-Glance for localized special education resources and information.

Free Army sponsored online training for educators and parents on a host of special education topics at

DirectSTEP course listing 

DirectSTEP registration

 

Home School

Home Schooling has become mainstream and widely-used. We offer resources and information to help you provide quality home-based education.

Home School Legal Defense Association provides information on home school law, and general support and information about homeschooling.

Maryland Department of Education: Home School Information/ Regulations

http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/msde/nonpublicschools/nplegal/comar/comar_13a_10_01.htm

Frequently Asked Questions

Fact Sheet Home Instruction (PDF)

Moving Soon?

Helpful link to make the students transition smoother

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission

Quick Checklist for School Moves (PDF)

Military Teens On the Move

Transition Support

We understand that military transitions for children include much more than school plans and enrollment. We have a number of resources to help make your move as easy as possible for the kids, including:

Military Kids Connect provides online age-appropriate resources to help parents, teachers and children cope with the unique challenges of military life.

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3) addresses key transition issues military Families experience, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation. All fifty states have signed the compact and are in varying stages of implementation and/or compliance. The compact applies to children of Active Duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members on active duty orders and members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired within past year. Read more. 

School Transition Information: School Liaison Officers are located on each installation to assist military Families with school transition and other education-related issues.  Go to Army OneSource for more information.

Military Youth on the Move the Department of Defense designed Military Youth on the Move as one-stop shop for parents and students with moves and deployment.

Academic and Behavioral Support

We can help you find information and resources for academic and behavioral support, including:

Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families makes live tutors available online 24/7 to help with more than forty core subjects and standardized test preparation.  

Homework Support: Army Child & Youth Services provides homework labs in before/after school programs for elementary students at the School Age Center, and for middle and high school students at the Youth Center. 

Support/Resilience Programs:  School Support Services include information about other programs you can use for support and resilience-related issues.

Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) are available to meet in-person on or off the military installation. The free non-medical sessions are anonymous and may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings. Child Behavioral Specialists are located on the installation in Child & Youth Services programs, and in highly-impacted schools located on and off the installation.

Military OneSource has access to free non-medical counseling that’s anonymous and available online, by phone or in person. Twelve free sessions may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings.

Real Warriors is a multimedia behavioral health support center with tips for helping children cope with deployments and reunions.

National Military Family Association produces MyMilitaryLife, a free iPhone and Android app that provides Families with credible information tailored to your needs. 

Army One Source

Maryland Department of Education HS Graduation Requirements

Maryland High School Graduation Requirements

High School Graduation Requirements (PDF)

Post Secondary Support

Our support doesn’t end with elementary education. If you have children preparing for academic life after high school, we can help you find information about testing opportunities, scholarships and military-specific resources that can help you plan.

Military-Specific and Government Academic Support information: G.I. Bill

Transferability of Educational Benefits: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil

In-State Tuition Programs for Military: Service members on active duty for a period of more than thirty days and their dependents are eligible to receive in-state tuition at many public colleges and universities in the state where they reside or are permanently stationed. An enrolled dependent may pay in-state tuition as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled at the institution, even if the service member is reassigned outside of the state. Regulations outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act, 2008 (P.L 110 - 135) and the Higher Education Act of 1965

College and Career Readiness: College and career readiness includes the content knowledge, skills and habits that students must have to be successful in post-secondary education. It also includes training that leads to a sustaining career. A student who is ready for college and career can qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without needing remedial or developmental coursework.

Let us help you plan for your child’s college and career readiness:

College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness and Success 

Counselor Connection 

Army One Source Military Scholarship Handbook

Military Links

Military Teens on the Move

Army Child, Youth and School Services

U.S. Army MWR

Military OneSource

Army OneSource

DoDEA Educational Partnership Branch

Army EFMP/Special Needs Information

Military Impacted School Association

Senior Stabilization

Resource Links

Homework Assistance/ Local Tutoring (Brainfuse Website)

http://www.aacpl.net/homework/

Scholarships

http://www.scholarshipsforscholars.org/

Parent Connect

http://www.aacps.org/html/parents/parentconnect/parentconnect.asp

This is an easy-to-use tool for communicating student progress that will allow you to take an even more active role in your child’s education. Parents and guardians of grades 1-12 students can log onto the secure Parent Connect website to access their child’s grades and attendance.

Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

http://www.parcconline.org/

The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) are required assessments that were designed by a group of states working together on a common assessment linked to the Common Core State Standards. The assessment is comprised of two parts: the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) given in early spring and the End of Year (EOY) given around May. These tests will provide a more accurate measure of a student’s critical thinking, problem-solving, reading, and writing skills. States involved will have comparable results, and students, parents, and teachers will have detailed information on whether students are on track for post-secondary success. In Maryland, PARCC is replacing the MSA and HSA Algebra 1 and HSA English 10 assessments.

PARCC Practice Tests

http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/

After School / Enrichment Programs
  • EXPLORE Program (K-5)

http://www.aacc.edu/kic/

In partnership with Anne Arundel Community College, Anne Arundel County Public Schools offers after-school and weekend enrichment courses for advanced learners in grades kindergarten through five. EXPLORE courses extend regular classroom instruction, stimulate higher level thinking and creativity, and encourage discovery of hidden talents and abilities. Courses cover a wide range of topics and are located both at the Explore your world community college campus and at various sites around the county. Sample course titles include Math Mania, Weird Weather, Creative Dramatics, Kidz’ Logic, Lift Off into Space, Cartooning, and Dinosaurs Rock. Tuition and supplies/lab fees are indicated in the fall, winter/spring, and summer course offerings booklets which are distributed through the Talent Development teacher in each elementary school.

  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Tuition Waiver Program (K-12)

 http://www.marylandhall.org/

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis offers after-school and Saturday courses in the creative and performing arts.  Twenty percent of the enrollment in each class is provided tuition-free to randomly selected applicants from Anne Arundel County Public Schools.  Sculpting, painting, jewelry design, classical ballet and acting are just some of the classes offered for ages five to seventeen.  Tuition Waiver applications and course offering booklets are distributed in schools for fall, winter/spring, and summer sessions or may be obtained online at this location. A course catalog with application form is available at the guidance office at each school.  For further information, call 410-222-5430.

  • United States Naval Academy (USNA) Advanced Studies Program (Grades 6-12)

The Advanced Study Program is sponsored and funded by the Board of Education's Advanced Co-Curricular Advanced Programs Office. United States Naval Academy Only public school students may attend during the fall and spring semesters of the school year.  During the summer session, the program is also open to non-public school students for a fee.  The program consists of advanced studies in mathematics, computer applications, humanities, and the sciences for grades six through twelve.

In addition to the regular classes, The Advanced Studies Program at the USNA also offers several Saturday morning “hands-on” physics lab demonstrations during the school year. Parents and teachers are welcome to attend with the middle and high school students. A course catalog and application form is available through the guidance office at each school or download it below. For further information, call 410-222-5430.

  • Middle School Scholars (Grades 6-8)

http://www.aacc.edu/kic/

Co-sponsored by the Advanced Co-Curricular Programs Office of Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Anne Arundel Community College, these one-day courses meet when schools are closed for students and immerse advanced, highly-motivated sixth through eighth graders in a professional field such as archaeology, environmental science, journalism or space exploration. Courses are co-taught by an educator and a specialist and are located at an historic, cultural, natural, or professional site. Students have the opportunity to talk or work with experts and perform hands-on tasks in a particular field. Space in each class is limited to 15 students. Summer opportunities are also available.

  • Maryland Summer Centers (Grades 3-12)

The Maryland Summer Centers program, in partnership with public and nonpublic agencies, Maryland Summer Centers for Gifted and Talented Students provides Maryland’s diverse gifted and talented student population with advanced, rigorous, experiential learning opportunities that nurture these students’ talents and abilities within unique learning environments.  One to three weeks in duration, these residential and non-residential summer courses cover a wide range of topics from maritime studies to law and government, Chinese studies to robot design.  Programs are designed for students entering grades three through twelve. 

Through a grant written by the Advanced Co-Curricular Programs and World and Classical Languages & ESOL Offices, Anne Arundel County is the Center for Chinese Studies for the State of Maryland for MSDE.  During the summer of 2009, this program was expanded to include Spanish, German, French and Russian.  For more information, contact the World and Classical Languages & ESOL Office at 410-222-5424.

  • Girl Scouts of America

http://www.gscm.org/

GSA is a youth organization for girls in the United States and American girls living abroad. This groups aims to empower girls and to help teach values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence, entrepreneurship, and citizenship through activities including camping, community service, learning first aid, and earning badges by acquiring practical skills. Girl Scouts' achievements are recognized through rank advancement and by various special awards such as the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Membership is organized according to grade, with activities designed for each level.

  • Boy Scouts of America

http://www.scouting.org/

The BSA's goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to inculcate typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking.

  • Community Volunteer Opportunities for Students

http://www.aacvc.org/ForStudents

  • Martial Arts

http://www.kickconnection.com/classes/After-School-Program#.VxVJOTZf3cs

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Common Core State Standards and Assessments?

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) focus on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that students need for entry-level careers, freshman college courses and workforce training programs. The standards detail what K-12 students should know at the end of each grade. Most states and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have adopted the standards in English Language Arts and mathematics. There are two assessments being developed to measure student success (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and Smarter Balanced). The decision of which assessment to use is determined by individual state education agencies.

www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/common-core-assessments

http://parcconline.org/parcc-assessment  

www.smarterbalanced.org  

 

What is a Unique Military Child Identifier? Numerous states have enacted a voluntary report-only self-identification of military children within their public school systems. This data collection would allow monitoring of critical elements such as academic progress and proficiency, special and advanced program participation, mobility and dropout rates. Requirements and methods of collection vary from state to state.

www.usa4militaryfamilies.dod.mil/MOS/f?p=USA4:HOME:0  

www.militarychild.org/military-student-identifier

 

What are Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Schools?  DoDEA is a civilian agency of the Department of Defense that manages schools for military children (pre-kindergarten through K12) on a limited number of installations in the United States and worldwide. DoDEA operates the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Education Schools (DDESS) within the U.S. and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) overseas. While DoDEA schools do not fall under federal education programs like No Child Left Behind (the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - ESEA) there is a formal agreement between the Department of Education and the Department of Defense that provides for cooperative arrangements. DoDEA schools use the Common Core State Standards and follow the accountability guidelines mandated for all public schools receiving ESEA funds.