PCS move may mean school search

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PCS move may mean school search

by: Ruth Ploeger, Army Region School Liaison Officer/Transition Support Specialist | .
Family and MWR CYS Services | .
published: May 31, 2016

So you are planning a PCS move stateside this summer and you are worried about schools?

There are some great resources to help you find information about the schools in your new location allowing you to make an informed decision about where your children will attend school. Be sure to remember that in most cases once you have selected a place to live your school will be whatever is zoned for your home. So, if you want to really have some input into where your children attend you will search for a school FIRST and a home SECOND. This will help you ensure the school you place your child in has the types of programs and standards that will work best for your child making for a much smoother move.

A School Liaison Officer (SLO) can help you connect to your new location, provide “on the ground” details, and help guide you to local resources and program information. Your current SLO will give you a “warm hand off” to a stateside SLO. Find a SLO.

You can do more digging using some of the below sites. Remember, YOU are your child’s biggest advocate! A little “homework” now can make for a more positive educational experience for your child. Happy hunting!

NEIGHBORHOOD SCOUT 
GREAT SCHOOLS
Both these sites have data, program information, and parent reviews.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS
Get district profiles, information, assessment and more data on schools.

STATE EDUCATION RESOURCES
Get the scoop on a host of topics for schools in any of our 50 states.

SCHOOL QUEST
Type in your child’s needs and get connected to schools and programs in your selected location

PUBLIC SCHOOL REVIEW
PRIVATE SCHOOL REVIEW

For more to help your student PCS, visit Europe Family and MWR's website for an Outbound Student Handbook

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