School Support Services
- How SLO's Can Help
- Build relationships and facilitate communication among Army Families and the local school community
- Inform and assist parents with school transitions and deployment challenges
- Establish school and community partnerships
- Facilitate access to home school resources for parents
- Provide information about college and other post-secondary opportunities and preparation materials
- Inform and assist parents on youth education and school issues
- Georgia Enrollment Requirements
- PreKindergarten (Students must be four years old on or before September 1)
- Kindergarten (Students must be five years old on or before September 1)
- First Grade (Students must be six years old on or before September 1)
- Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6**, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 **Grade 6 – Proof of second MMR and second Varicella Vaccine/Immunity
- Fort Stewart (DDESS) Schools Kindergarten enrollment: Must be five by September 1
- All students born on or after January 1, 2002 & entering or transferring into 7th grade need proof of an adolescent pertussis (Whooping Cough) booster immunization (Tdap). Proof of Tdap immunization must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231)
Immunization Records: An adequate and up-to-date Immunization record (GA Form 3231) 30 day grace period
GA Certificate of Ear, Eye, Dental, and Nutrition Record. (GA Form 3300)
(All students must be enrolled by a natural parent or custodian.)
1. Birth Certificate (Evidence of Date of Birth)
2. Immunization Record (GA Form 3231)
3. Social Security Card
4. Ear-Eye-Dental & Nutrition Record (GA Form 3300)
5. 2 Proofs of Parent/Custodian Address
FORT STEWART SCHOOL DISTRICT
1. Sponsor's Military Orders
2. Birth Certificate (Evidence of Date of Birth)
3. Immunization Record (GA Form 3231
4. Ear-Eye-Dental & Nutrition Record (GA Form 3300)
5. Social Security number
6. Lease or Memorandum of Housing
When does school start?
Start dates vary among school systems because it is a local decision. You will need to contact the school system directly.
- School Options
If you live on the Fort Stewart installation:
- All students K-6th grade will attend school in Fort Stewart Schools. This is a Department of Defense Education Activity School District. It is not public schools.
- To attend Fort Stewart Schools, you MUST be living on the installation, or be on the waitlist for on post housing within 90-days.
- To determine which school you attend based on your on post address, please view the Fort Stewart Schools Attendance Areas Chart.
- You cannot attend Fort Stewart Schools if your permanent residence is off post.
- Grades 7-12 attend middle and high school in Liberty County Schools. Fort Stewart's host Middle School is Midway Middle School. The host High Schools are Bradwell Institue High School and Liberty County High School.
Georgia’s Pre-K Program: Provides activities and learning experiences that help prepare young children for school. For a child to be school ready, it means they are socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively prepared for success in kindergarten. The program helps children become independent, self-confident, and enthusiastic learners. Participation in the program encourages children to develop good habits and daily routines early in their educational career. Parents please view/print the GA Pre-K program handbook here!
Georgia House Bill 224: Military Families living in Military Housing on Installation can choose an out of zone school within the Georgia school district in which housing is located. Fort Stewart is zoned Liberty County Schools. Hunter Army Airfield is zoned for Savannah Chatham County Public Schools.
Youth Ambassador Program:Qualities of a Student Ambassador.Ambassadors are…• Positive• Responsible• Respectful• DedicatedWhen students enroll in a new school, the transition can be very challenging. Student Ambassadors help make the move an easier one for newly enrolled students.Ambassadors are natural leaders with a strong work ethic. Skills needed to become an Ambassador are organizational and time management, the ability to work as a team player, and to be an active participant in your school. Personal qualities include the ability to listen and follow directions, be reliable and punctual, and to have school pride.If interested in joining one of the Youth Ambassador Programs or if you know of a new middle or high school student incoming to the Liberty County School System that may be interest in taking part of the program, please contact one of the following school sponsors .Bradwell InstituteKrista StewartLiberty County HighDebra ReedMidway MiddleDr. Tracey BazemoreLewis Frasier MiddleLori StanfieldLewis Frasier MiddleAshley FisherSnelson Golden MiddleDr. Cherie BoydLCSS DistrictMelannian PiercySchool Liaison OfficeGregory Cooke
If you live on or near Hunter Army Airfield: School Support Services for Hunter.
If you live in the following counties:
Private School options:
- 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.
- 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.
EFMP is a comprehensive, multi-agency program ready to assist military Families with members who have special needs.
- 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
- 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.
The Independent Learning Network, Inc. Home school resource in Savannah that offers varying resources to include testing and tutoring.
Classical Conversations is a useful resource for local events as well as partnering with other home schoolers.
Savannah Children’s Museum. An outdoor venue. It is important for guests to be prepared by bringing water, sunscreen and any other items outdoor play may warrant.
Coastal Heritage Society. Serves more than 150,000 people annually at our three historic sites: Old Fort Jackson National Historic Landmark, the Savannah History Museum, and the Georgia State Railroad Museum.
Telfair Jepson Center. New home school art classes at Telfair’s Jepson Center.
- Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah Starting in October, a new Home School program series aimed at providing supplemental educational experiences for homeschooled students, begins at Oatland Island. Less than 5 miles from Savannah’s historic district off of Islands Expressway.
- The University of Georgia Marine Extension Service conducts outreach, education and research to enhance coastal environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Tybee Marine Science Center Coastal Classroom programs. You’ll choose from a variety of classroom and field modules, in half-hour and one-hour segments, to build your students’ program. Floating Classrooms and Coastal Scientist programs can be stand alone or combine with the modules for a full day of programming. Call us toll-free at 866-557-9172, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we’ll help you put your program together.
New home school science program at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- List of Scholarships
Feel free to browse through this list of military scholarships and find the right ones for you.
- Teaching Opportunities:
- Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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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.