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School Support Services- Yuma Proving Ground
The School Liaison Officer (SLO) works for the Child and Youth Services Division to help address educational issues involving military children and youth in the local school community.
By partnering with the local and military communities, the SLO acts as a communication link between the Garrison and surrounding school districts.
When Do I Need an SLO?
Getting ready to move:
- Information about your upcoming duty station and educational options in your new community
- Connection to a youth sponsor who can answer your child’s questions from a youth’s perspective
- Assistance with the steps to prepare for your children’s departure from their current schools
Once you arrive:
- Assistance with school registration and transition
- Help with questions about compliance and solutions regarding the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
- Two-way communication between the school and parent
- Connection with homeschool co-ops or support groups
During your assignment:
- Answers to your questions about schools, homeschooling, special education, scholarships, transitions, and more.
- Parent education opportunities about college and career readiness, preparing for the transition, and the Interstate Compact
To ease the transition, contact your SLO as soon as you get orders.
Finding a SchoolLocal Schools InformationYouth SponsorshipSpecial Education InformationLocal EFMP ResourcesAdditional References & Resources for Special EducationDeployment Support - School resources
Homeschooling 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.
Local Home School Information
Home Schooling in the State of Arizona is under the jurisdiction of each county. For more information on the Yuma County policies and procedures you may contact the Yuma County Superintendent of Schools:
210 S. First Ave. Yuma, AZ 85364 (928) 373-1006 Website: www.yumasupt.org
The YPG Youth Center has opened its doors to all home school groups for teaching and learning activities. Homeschooled families are able to use the computer lab, playground, resource library for lesson planning, and many other resources available. The Youth Services Program is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am-12 pm to home school groups upon reservation. For more information on the use of the Youth Center, you may contact the School Liaison Officer.
HOMESCHOOLING Arizona Virtual Academy- www.azva.org Arizona Families for Home Education- www.afhe.org Home School World- www.home-school.com Home Schooling Legal Defense Association- www.hslda.org Home Educators of Yuma (HEY) - www.homeeducatorsofyuma.com
James D. Price Elementary (Located on YPG) +1(928) 502-7730 Phone (928) 343-9419 Fax Serves - K-5th Grade
Ron Watson Middle School 9851 E. 28th Street Yuma, AZ 85365 +1(928) 502-7400 Phone (928) 502-7403 Fax Serves 6-8th Grade
Castle Dome Middle School 2353 S. Otondo Drive Yuma, AZ 85365 +1(928) 502-7300 Phone (928) 502-341-1700 Fax Serves - 6th-8th Grade
Gila Ridge High School 7150 E. 24th Street Yuma, AZ 85365 (928) 502-6400 Phone (928) 502-6749 Fax Serves - 9th-12th Grade
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 50 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 the past year.
If you feel that you have an issue that the Compact can help address talk with your SLO. The SLO is able to assist by connecting with both the sending and receiving school to assist in resolving the issue. If it is not possible to resolve the issue locally, the SLO will help you work with the state commission, and if needed, the national office.
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.
The US Department of Veteran’s Affairs provides information about Military-Specific and Government Academic Support G.I. Bill
The Transferability of Educational Benefits for the Post 9/11 GI Bill is very specific. The Defense Manpower Data Center, through MilConnect, will guide you through the transfer process and your eligibility to do so. Speak with an Education Counselor prior to making this election in order to ensure you understand the benefit.
In-State Tuition Programs for Military: Service-members, active duty for a period of more than 30 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 (pdf) apply.
Here are some additional web resources to assist you with your child’s education:
Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families makes live tutors available online 24/7 to help with more than 40 core subjects and standardized test preparation.
Homework Support: Army Child Youth & School 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.
A personalized learning resource for all ages Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, SAT and more.
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 nonmedical sessions are anonymous and may occur in individual, couple, family, or group settings. Child Behavioral Specialists are located on the installation in Child, Youth and School Services programs, and in highly impacted schools located on and off the installation.
Military OneSource has access to free nonmedical counseling that’s anonymous and available online, on the phone, or in person. Twelve free sessions may occur in individual, couple, family, or group settings.
Ready and Resilient Workshops for youth and educators are offered through the SLO and Youth Center programs. These workshops provide educators and students with the same tools Soldiers receive through their Ready and Resilient training. As Master Resilience Trainers SLOs strive to develop a common language around resilience for educators, youth, and their parents.
For information on how to attend a class contact your local SLO.
College and Career Readiness Resources:
College and career readiness include the content knowledge, skills, and habits that students must have to be successful in postsecondary 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. These links have tools that will help you plan for your child’s college and career readiness:
Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) provides STEM opportunities for military-connected youth. The website provides information about AEOP programs available to youth, scholarship opportunities, news, and ways to get involved.
Military.com Scholarship Finder Military.com provides a search engine to help you find the money for your child’s higher education needs. Search over 1000 scholarships intended for military youth. They also have a Military Scholarship Handbook.
School Support Services Scholarship Database Listing of crowdsourced scholarships for military-connected youth. Scholarships are listed in alphabetical order and provide information on deadlines and qualifications.
Provides a description of federal student aid programs from the U.S. Dept. of Education and how to apply for them.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply for federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school.
Get Ready for College - College Planning, Financial Aid
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Many local school districts across the United States include within their boundaries parcels of land that are owned by the Federal Government. They must provide quality education to the children living on the Indian and other Federal lands while sometimes operating with less local revenue than is available to other school districts because the Federal property is exempt from local property taxes.
Congress has provided financial assistance to these local school districts through the Impact Aid Program. Each year Military members and Federal employees complete a Survey Form. The amount of Impact Aid – or federal assistance –received is determined by the number of eligible parents/guardians who complete the survey form. It partially compensates school districts affected by federal activity for local tax losses resulting from tax-free federal installations.
Impact Aid Fact Sheet (we will provide a hand out to link to)
Impact Aid Website
At overseas/international locations where there is not a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school, NDSP supports a variety of options for your children, ranging from public or private schools to homeschool programs. NDSP has a team of education specialists who are available to provide transition and educational support and coordination for all students, including those with special needs. Sponsors are encouraged to contact the NDSP as soon as possible for specific school information.