School Liaison Officers of US Army Garrison Fort Belvoir serve all military connected families living in Fairfax County and Prince William County (active duty-all services, National Guard, Reserves, Retirees, DoD civilians, and DoD contractors). For those who reside outside of these counties in northern Virginia, we will connect you to a Military School Liaison Officer covering other areas in the National Capital Region.
Virginia Department of Education School Report Card
Please reference the state report card so you may be informed and inquire when touring your school. Virginia has Standards of Learning and does not follow the Common Core. Every state has its own Department of Education which determines its own accreditation and standards. Because of this, it is not possible to compare to schools outside of the state. Where you live determines where your children attend school. Military waivers do not exist for the elementary school on Fort Belvoir.
Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children
These Virginia Code of Law provisions are to assist military dependents moving from public education in one state to public education in another state.
Virginia Council for Private Education
Virginia Council for Public Education oversees accreditation of nonpublic preschool, elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth. A peer review process and an annual reporting requirement have been developed to monitor the standards. Please refer to the link for a list of private schools currently approved by the Virginia Council for Private Education:http://77241.inspyred.com/images/2014-03-26%20State%20Recognized.pdf
Important Fact for School Transitions
Accreditation through a VCPE Approved State Recognized Accrediting Member guarantees the transfer of student credits from the state recognized accredited private school to a public school and ensures recognition of teacher licensure credits for time served in an accredited private school.
Virginia Requirements for Home Instruction
Notification by parent or guardian of intent to provide home instruction must be submitted by 15 August prior to the school year your child will receive home instruction. For families moving to the county during the school year, submission must be within 30 days of setting up residence. It is required for all students to demonstrate evidence of progress either through a composite score in/above the 4th stanine on nationally standardized achievement test (3rd grade/above) or a) subject portfolio for each quarter b) transcripts from distance learning program or college.
Memorandum (19 JUL 2013), US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSEP).
Guidance for States to expedite processes for highly mobile children: a) evaluations in 30 days instead of 60 days, b) remove delays due to school district schedules for families moving during incomplete screenings c) continue Extended School Year for students moving in the summer previously receiving.
Virginia Department of Education Guide for Military Families with Students in Special Education
Center for Parent Information & Resources (Link to www.parentcenterhub.org) Ensures parent education, acronyms, tools, webinars, and a directory of local Parent and Information Training Centers to appropriately advocate for their children, proactively supporting personal accountability. Funded by OSEP.
Education Directory for Child With Special Needs, States at a Glance (Link to
Military Community & Family Policy-Office of Special Needs provides directory of age specific resources and States at a Glance for state education special education resources, and parent resources
There are several resources to support military connected children and youth while their parents have duty assignments.
Fairfax County Office of Children Centers
The Fairfax County Office of Children Centers located at your child's school follow the School District Calendar.
Prince William County Schools Contract Care
Prince William County Schools contract care through Minnieland Academy follows their School District Calendar.
Child Care Aware of America and the United States Military Services
The Department of Defense provides military benefits to dependents in need of extended care off the installation. Each branch of service offers a different benefit to dependents of those on active military orders and government civilians.
SitterCity assists with locating babysitters, nannies, certified home care providers, tutors, senior care, housekeepers, and pet care. The Department of Defense has paid the membership fees for active duty, reserves, and the National Guard.
Military-Specific and Government Academic Support
In-State Tuition Programs for Military
Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014
For veterans/retirees and their dependents to receive in-state tuition. This bill was H.R. 3230 and signed into public law August 7, 2014. This goes into effect July 2015. For progress update on states adopting into state legislation.
Higher Education Opportunity Act, revised August 14, 2008
For active duty and their dependents for general in-state tuition clauses.
Please contact the Office of Military Services at prospective universities for further assistance.
Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families
Paid for by the Department of Defense, 24/7 Online professional tutors available to help in more than 16 subjects and test preparation.
SitterCity assists with locating babysitters, nannies, certified home care providers, tutors, senior care, housekeepers, and pet care. The Department of Defense has paid the membership fees for active duty, National Guard, and Reserves of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force.
US Army Child Youth & School Services, USAG Fort Belvoir
Homework Labs are available in Before/After for elementary at the School Age Center and for middle and high at the Youth Center.
Government Internships for High School Students (These are not military specific)
Service Learning Hours
Army Volunteer Corps
For students needing to meet adult supervised service hours, there are varying opportunities on Fort Belvoir.
Library of Congress Veterans History Project
For Students 10th grade and above, they may interview a veteran and contribute to The Veterans History Project (VHP). There is an individual Web page for each veteran who contributes. The webpages are within the permanent collections of the Library of Congress.
Teen Resilience Training - Hosted by the Military Intelligence Readiness Command. Click HERE for more information and registration packet. Registration forms must be completed and emailed by 1 April 2015.
Real Warriors (866-966-1020)
24/7 multimedia behavioral health support center for all military connected, Defense Centers of Excellence and Department of Defense.
You can access Military OneSource free non-medical anonymous counseling online, on the phone, or in person. Twelve free sessions may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings.
Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC)
MFLCs are available to meet in-person on or off the military installation. The free nonmedical anonymous sessions may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings.
Youth sponsorship emulates the Department of Defense Military Sponsorship Program. These programs are peer led with adult supervision and provide support especially during times of transition.
Military Youth on the Move
The Department of Defense designed Military Youth on the Move as one-stop shop for parents and students with moves and deployment.
Military Kids Connect
The Department of Defense formed the National Center for Telehealth & Technology to offer this online community for military connected students which provides access to age appropriate resources dealing with unique challenges of military life.
School Liaison Officers of US Army Garrison Fort Belvoir serve all military connected families and will connect you with the School Liaison Officer at your next installation.
Partners in Education, USAG Fort Belvoir
To support school learning communities by collectively improving systems for transition predictability for military-connected and other highly mobile students. Together, the school districts and the installation use the guiding principles outlined by superintendents, school board members, and commanders in the US Army Secondary Education Transition Study (SETS) to accomplish comprehensive outreach, create a network of professional development, and enhance educational activities. Fairfax County Public Schools and Prince William County Schools are signatories of the (SETS) Memorandum of Agreement.
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