- 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. They facilitate communication between the military family and the Command staff on matters relating to regional public and private schools as well as home schools and alternative modes of education such as charter schools, online education, and independent study.
The School Liaison Officer coordinates services for military children and their parents with internal organizations including but not limited to all Fleet and Family Support Programs (FFSP), Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), Child and Youth Program (CYP) activities. The School Liaison Officer coordinates services for military children and their parents with external organizations including but not limited to the Armed Services YMCA, Healthy Start Military Family Cluster, and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. They also serve as a subject matter expert in education-related issues such as Military Impacted Schools, Department of Education, Colleges and Vocational schools and financial aid institutions.
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 service members and their families with school-related questions at the main housing office at Naval Base San Diego on Mondays and Fridays from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. No appointment is necessary!
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. Information is also available on the following Facebook page:
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. *This is a mandatory program for any family member who has special medical, educational, developmental, and/or emotional need or concern.
EFMP Liaisons are stationed throughout San Diego and can be reached by calling 619-556-6899. The number for EFMP Navy Headquarters is (866) 827-5672.
Online Information About San Diego schools
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.
If you are transferring overseas, visit the DODEA homepage.
More information on Schools:
SchoolQuest.org (via MCEC website)
SOAR: Student Online Achievement Resources - An extraordinary resource to help your child succeed in math and reading skill development! Log on today - it's FREE for military families!
Navy School Liaison Officers
School Liaison Officer Contact Information Regional School Liaison Program Manager Phone: 619-532-4251 Deputy Regional School Liaison
Serving incoming families who require general Metro San Diego information
Phone: 858-349-7678 Naval Base San Diego
Serving Murphy Canyon Area, San Diego City
Phone: 619-991-2509 Naval Base San Diego
Serving South San Diego, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Chula Vista, Sweetwater & El Centro
Phone: 619-247-9082 Naval Base Point Loma
Serving San Diego Metro West of 5/Coastal
Phone: 858-431-6482 Naval Base Coronado
Serving Coronado, South Bay
Phone: 619-247-9109 Naval Base San Diego
South San Diego, Lemon Grove, La Mesa/Spring Valley, Chila Vista, Sweetwater
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