School Liaison Officer

  • 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

    Core Services

    • 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

    Academic AnchorAcademic 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 our Facebook page:


  • How to Ensure a Smooth Move

    Naval Base Ventura County Child/Youth

    Youth Programs

    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.

    An EFMP Liaison is available at the NBVC Fleet & Family Support Center and can be reached by calling 805-982-8844. The number for EFMP Navy Headquarters is (866) 827-5672.

    Online Information About Ventura County 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.

    Hueneme Elementary School District serves students in K-8 living in Pt. Hueneme Housing.

    Ocean View School District serves students in K-8 living in Pt. Mugu Housing.

    Pleasant Valley School District serves students in K-8 living in Catalina Heights (Camarillo) Housing.

    Oxnard Union High School District serves high school (grades 9-12) students living in Pt. Mugu, Pt. Hueneme, Oxnard, Camarillo, and their unincorporated areas.

    Oxnard Elementary School District serves students in K-8 living in the City of Oxnard.

    Rio School District serves students living in the El Rio and River Park area.

    Ventura Unified School District serves students in K-12 living in the City of Ventura.

    Military Child Education Coalition

    Academic Performance Index

    Homeschool

    Military Family Megasite

    Military Youth on the Move (DOD web site)

    NBVC Youth Sponsorship

    Plan My Move

    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!

    Military Organizations Devoted to the Military Family

    DoDEA The Department of Defense Educational Activity instructional program provides a comprehensive prekindergarten through 12th grade curriculum overseas and at select locations in the continental U.S.

    Military HOMEFRONT www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil 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 www.militarychild.org 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 https://www.schoolquest.org is a school finder.

    National Military Family Association www.militaryfamily.org 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 www.navylifesw.com Information on installations in NRSW and the many services provided for military families.

    MISA militaryimpactedschoolsassociation.org 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.

    Special Needs Resources

    Navy EFMP www.public.navy.mil Exceptional Family Member Program. San Diego for region wide questions: www.facebook.com/NavyEFMP.sandiego

    TASK www.taskca.org 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 www.pacer.org Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights Through more than 30 projects, PACER 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 www.ldonline.org is the world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.

    NICHCY www.nichcy.org 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 www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil This site includes all enrollment information, toolbox of resources, and worldwide directory.

    Other General Resources

    National Parent Teacher Association www.pta.org are dedicated to making a difference in the education, health, and safety of America’s children and youth.

    The Education Trust www.edtrust.org promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college.

    Todaysmilitary.com www.todaysmilitary.com Provides overview of joining the military- resources for parents and educators.

    Post secondary Support

    College Board www.collegeboard.org Offers students free grade, activities and test score specific profiles and information on hundreds of colleges.

    Student Aid on the Web www.collegeboard.org

    VA website for Post 9/11 GI Bill, transferability and Yellow Ribbon www.gibill.va.gov

    Find schools and ways to pay on FastWEB www.fastweb.com

    The smart student guide to FinAid www.finaid.org

    Academy and ROTC

    Military Academy Links- West Point , Navy, AF, CG, Merchant Marine www.defense.gov

    ROTC Links- Army, Navy, AF www.todaysmilitary.com

    Military Scholarship Resources

    Military.com scholarship search www.aid.military.com

    DECA scholarships for military children www.deca.org/scholarships

    Fleet Reserve Association www.fra.org

    American Military Retirees Association www.amra1973.org

    Veterans of Foreign Wars www.vfw.org

    Anchor Scholarships Foundation www.anchorscholarship.com

    Other Scholarship Resources

    College board scholarship search www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org

    College Net Scholarship database www.collegenet.com

    National Merit Scholarships www.nationalmerit.org

    Peterson’s Undergraduate Scholarship Search www.petersons.com

    Princeton Review Scholarships and Aid www.princetonreview.com

    Scholarships.com www.scholarships.com

  • NBVC School Liaison Officer

    School Liaison Officer Contact Information
    NBVC School Liaison Officer Address: Bldg. 225 (Fleet & Family Support Center)
    Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm
    Phone: 805-989-5211
    FAX: 805-989-4240
    Email: monica.james@navy.mil

  • 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 waitlist or am in temporary housing?

    Most 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 that indicates that you are on the waitlist. 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.