April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize and appreciate military children for their service and sacrifice. Military children live with on-going challenges presented by frequent moves, family separations, and life transitions. They move 6-9 times during their K-12 years.
My son’s first Valentine’s Day at school in Germany left me scrambling at the last minute. I’d made it to the base Exchange too late — the traditional boxes of themed sign-and-tear cards I remember giving away to my classmates when I was a little girl had long-since been sold out.
Only about 20% of high school students have a job, while a whopping 69.7% of students enroll in college upon graduation. For the 20% of high school students who have already entered the workforce, applying for college may seem eerily familiar to you because you’ve applied for jobs before.
Some school districts will allow your child to complete additional work prior to departure in order to “close out” the semester with a final grade and full credit. DODEA schools allow this, but you may have to inquire if this is a possibility with other school districts.
Some parents elect to homeschool their children while OCONUS. This is a legal option open to all SOFA sponsored active duty military, DOD civilians, and contractors. No state or federal government permission is required.
As mobile military students move through various sets of curriculums, graduation requirements, and school systems they can suffer academically and socially. This is finally a front-burner issue with many school districts in the states.
Whether you are pumped to send the kids back to school or bummed that you have to wake up way too early, it’s best to be prepared for the upcoming school year. After a summer of lax bedtimes, playdates and vacations, getting back into a good routine can be challenging.
Have a little one going into kindergarten next year? Check out these 10 fast facts about DODEA's program:
1. Kindergarten is a full day program.
2. Kindergarten enrollment is not required. It is a parent decision.
Leaving a school and classmates is hard at any age. Thanks to the internet older students have ways of making sure they can stay in touch, but departing can still be difficult. All ages may fear the unknown of the new school.