- The School Liaison Officer’s primary function is to serve as a conduit between parents, educators and the command so that military-connected children experience a seamless transition during the transfer between schools. Most military children move up to nine times in their PreK-12th grade years and consistency and retention of educational goals is a major focus for families when planning to PCS. The School Liaison Officers can offer information on area schools and help facilitate communication between the military family on matters relating to regional public and private schools as well as home school and alternative modes of education.
The School Liaison Officer provides information and resources for military families on internal organizations including, but not limited to, Fleet and Family Support Programs (FFSP), Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), Child and Youth Program (CYP) activities as well as some external organizations, such as but not limited to, the Armed Services YMCA, Military Family Collaborative, and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. They also serve as a subject matter expert in education-related issues such as the Interstate Compact for Military Children, Department of Education, local school districts and other education related organizations.
*Please see Core Services for specific school related supports available.
The School Liaisons can:
- Answer questions about school enrollment options
- Provide information about local schools and boundaries
- Assist with inbound/outbound school transfers
- Help you understand and navigate the special education process
- Provide resources for college readiness
- Assist with agency referrals
...And much more!
School Liaison Officers are available to assist all service members and their families with school-related questions. Please see the Directory on this webpage for contact information or for program updates and assistance, visit our
Why School Liaison Officers?
- Families move an average of every 2.9 years
- Children attend up to 9 different schools by graduation
- Families experience increased stress related to deployment during wartime
- School Transition Services (PCS Cycle): School Liaison Officers assist families with school transfers and help “level the playing field” for military children and youth.
- Deployment Support: School Liaison Officers connect educators with the Navy deployment support system to inform them about the cycles of deployment and the tools available to assist educators in working with Navy children.
- Command, School, Community Communications: School Liaison Officers serve as subject-matter experts for installation commanders on K-12 issues, helping to connect command, school and community resources.
- Home School Linkage and Support: School Liaison Officers assist Navy families by gathering and sharing information on home schooling issues, policies and legislation from local school districts. They also help leverage Navy Child and Youth Programs resources to support these families.
- Partnerships in Education (PIE): PIE creates a volunteer network of resources to support installation and community members who have a vested interest in the success of all youth.
- Post-Secondary Preparations: School Liaison Officers leverage installation and school resources to provide graduating military students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.
- Special Needs System Navigation: School Liaison Officers provide information about installation and community programs and services, make referrals to the Exceptional Family Member Program, and offer assistance in navigating the administrative systems within local education agencies.
Academic Anchor is Navy Region Southwest's bimonthly School Liaison Newsletter. It addresses educational issues that affect military children in our region and provides information about upcoming events.
School Liaison Events
Contact your installation School Liaison Officer for event information in your area.
How to Ensure a Smooth Move
Children With Special Needs
Your child should be enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) if he or she has special needs. EFMP Liaisons are stationed throughout San Diego and can be reached by calling 619-545-0569. The number for EFMP Navy Headquarters is (866) 827-5672.
*This is a mandatory program for any family member who has special medical, educational, developmental, and/or emotional need or concern.
State of California Resources
Visit the California Department of Education website. You will have access to a wide variety of information, including the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), Accountability Progress Reports (APR), Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
There is also information on pending legislation in education, and education-related publications such as School Accountability Report Cards which are the best resource to obtain test scores and other data on each school in the state of California.
Information on the Interstate Compact for Military Children is available on legislation that outlines ways that districts can work with military families to ease the challenges of transition and level the playing field.
If you are looking for information on schools in El Centro, you can begin by going to the Imperial County Office of Education website.
If you are planning to live in one of the Lincoln Military Housing sites, you will find updated school boundary information for each housing area on the Lincoln Housing website.
Homeschool families can contact any of our School Liaisons for resources and support in your local areas. Go to homeschool page on California Department of Education for specific state level requirements.
If you are transferring overseas, visit the DODEA homepage.
Organizations Devoted to the Military Family
DoDEA: The Department of Defense Educational Activity instructional program provides a comprehensive pre-kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum overseas and at select locations in the continental U.S.
Military Youth on the Move: A website to help kids learn about new duty station
SchoolQuest.org: Includes school finder based on state or military installation, blog, library, state education resources and “Ask Aunt Peggie”.
militaryinstallations.dod.mil: Are you a service provider looking for a program or service across all installations? Simply select the program or service and then choose any installation or enter any zip code. A downloadable directory for all installations will be available on the results page.
Plan My Move: Installation specific information to help families PCS.
Military Homefront is the Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families, leaders, and service providers.
MCEC The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC®)'s work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. MCEC School Quest is a school finder.
National Military Family Association: Founded 43 years ago, the National Military Family Association is the leading non-profit organization focusing on issues important to military families.
Community Support Programs and Fleet and Family Support Center: Information on installations in Navy Region Southwest and the many services provided for military families.
MISA: Military Impacted Schools Association is a national organization of school superintendents. Our mission is to serve school districts with a high concentration of military children.
Interstate Compact for Military Children has been signed by the state of California and addresses the key issues of Eligibility, Enrollment, Placement and Graduation encountered by military families. Roll out has taken place in some districts in Metro San Diego and is pending in others. Contact your School Liaison for more information.
Special Needs Resources
SpecialEdConnection.com: Instantly locate proven strategies, helpful tools, special education law, federal statutes/regulations and more - with the online solution thousands of your colleagues already rely on. Username: navysand; password: navystaff
TASK: Team of Advocates for Special Kids is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to reach their maximum potential by providing them, their families and the professionals who serve them with training, support, information, resources and referrals, and by providing community awareness programs.
PACER: With over 30 different projects, the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities.
LD On-line: The world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.
NICHCY: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth.
Military Homefront Special Needs/EFMP: This site includes all enrollment information, toolbox of resources, and worldwide directory.
Tutor.com: for U.S. Military Families, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, is a free program that allows eligible college and grades K-12 students in U.S. military families to connect to a live tutor online at any time for one-to-one help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading and more. The service is available at no charge to all grades K-12 students and service members-regardless of whether the service member is serving full-time or part-time-plus some adult dependents on active duty.
National Parent Teacher Association: An organization dedicated to making a difference in the education, health, and safety of America’s children and youth.
The Education Trust: Promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college.
Guide to Online Schools: From K-12 to college, explore online learning modes, hear from experts, and read how Khan Academy and other free resources help students get ahead.
Todaysmilitary.com: Provides overview of joining the military- resources for parents and educators.
Post Secondary Support
CollegeBoard.org: Offers students free grade, activities and test score specific profiles and information on hundreds of colleges.
StudentAid.ed.gov: Provides student financial assitance resources.
GIBill.va.gov: VA website for Post 9/11 GI Bill, transferability and Yellow Ribbon.
fastweb.com: Find schools and ways to pay on FastWEB.
finaid.org: The smart student guide to financial aid.
Academy and ROTC
defense.gov: Military Academy Links for West Point , Navy, AF, CG, Merchant Marine.
todaysmilitary.com: ROTC links for Army, Navy and Air Force.
Military Scholarship Resources
aid.military.com: Military scholarship search.
deca.org/scholarships: DECA scholarships for military children.
fra.org: Fleet Reserve Association.
amra1973.org: American Military Retirees Association.
vfw.org: Veterans of Foreign Wars.
anchorscholarship.com: Anchor Scholarships Foundation.
Additional Scholarship Resources
bigfuture.collegeboard.org: College board scholarship search
collegenet.com: College Net Scholarship database.
nationalmerit.org: National Merit Scholarships.
petersons.com: Peterson’s Undergraduate Scholarship Search.
princetonreview.com: Princeton Review Scholarships and Aid.
Navy School Liaison Officers
School Liaison Officer Contact Information NRSW, Navy Region Southwest ADRRESS: 937 North Harbor Dr. Bldg 1
San Diego, CA 92132
Available by appointment
NRSW, Naval Base San Diego
Serving South San Diego, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Spring Valley,
Chula Vista, Sweetwater & El Centro
ADDRESS: 2625 Le Hardy Street, Bldg. 3544
San Diego, CA 92136
Available by appointment
Marine Corps School Liaison Officers
School Liaison Officer Contact Information MCAS Miramar Phone: 858-577-8625
MCRD Phone: 619-524-8032
Camp Pendleton Phone: 760-763-7385/7386/7387
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a School Liaison and how can they help me?
School Liaison Officers (SLO) help by providing you with educational information on your new area (based on residence) and link you up with a SLO in your next duty station if you are leaving NRSW. SLOs also offer resources on deployment support, are the liaison between command, schools and military families, work with commands and schools on the Partnership in Education program, can help families navigate the special needs programs in districts, and offer information and support for Home School and Post Secondary preparation.
How do I choose a school?
We know the importance of choosing a school that best meets the needs of your military child(ren). Even though we are unable to make direct recommendations for schools, we are available to help you acquire information and research the schools in Metro San Diego and within NRSW. We can provide overall information on districts as well as help you determine what schools you might be mapped to once you have a residence.
What are enrollment options?
The Open Enrollment Act, SBX5 4 (Romero), was signed into law on January 7, 2010, and became effective on April 14, 2010. The Open Enrollment Act provides students enrolled in one of the 1,000 "low-achieving" schools, hereinafter referred to as "Open Enrollment" schools, the option to enroll in a different school with a higher Academic Performance Index (API) than the pupil's school of residence. For more information on the Open Enrollment Act in the State of California, go to www.cde.ca.gov/sp/eo/op. For NRSW District specific information; contact your School Liaison Officer.
What are the health and immunization requirements?
Immunization and health check up fact sheet for the California Dept of Education can be found at: www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/cefimmunization.asp. Once you determine where you will live and what school your child will attend, you should also check with your school to be sure there are no additional district requirements.
What are the School Registration procedures?
This depends on what school district you are looking to enroll your child in. We recommend that once you establish residence, that you contact the school directly. However, one thing you can do to prepare is to use the Checklist for School Moves to ensure that you hand carry all necessary documents.
What do I do if I’m on a housing wait-list or am in temporary housing?
MMost military housing areas and school districts within school boundaries of military housing are familiar with this situation. We recommend that you ask your local housing office for a letter indicating that you are on the waitlist, and will be moving into housing within 30 days. Most times this is all the schools need to proceed with registration. If you have questions or issues, please contact your SLO.
What is the Interstate Compact and what can it do for my family?
The Interstate Compact seeks to make transition easier for the children of military families so that they are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals. More information can be found at: www.mic3.net.
What options are there for before and after school care?
Before and After school care is something that has created a challenge for some families given the lack of availability. We recommend that you start looking for care early! As soon as you arrive and have registered your child in school, begin by asking your school or district what they offer. This is many times the best option, particularly if they offer on site care. If they don’t, many times the school will know what is available close to the school or in your community. If you are still having difficulty, contact your School Liaison Officer and they will work with you to try to find other options.
What do I do if I’m moving with a child with special needs?
In the Navy, your School Liaison Officer can help you with the special needs navigation of the school or district that you are planning to send your child(ren) to. You should also contact the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) to ensure that you are enrolled and that you have all information and resources that they offer. * Please note that the Marine Corps School Liaisons do not assist with Special Needs navigation. They have an EFMP that covers both medical and educational assistance. This is important to know in NRSW, and especially in Metro San Diego since we work jointly to serve our military families.
Can School Liaison Officers advocate in an IEP for my child?
The Navy School Liaisons are not able to advocate on your behalf. In our program, we offer information, resources and help you find the right people to talk to at the school or district. If you ever have issues with your IEP or school, please call your School Liaison since we also have many community resources that can offer guidance and direct assistance.