The School Liaison Program (SLP) focuses its efforts on making transitions for military school age children easier. Through connections with families, schools, commanders, community and installation programs, School Liaisons engage in a system of support on behalf of the military child.

The School Liaison program is here to facilitate a smooth transition for your school aged children.  Yuma has an Open Enrollment educational system as well as many educational options available to our military families.  The School Liaison can help you navigate the educational system in order to make the best school choices for your children.

USMC SCHOOL LIAISON MISSION:

  • Identify and coordinate community resources to reduce the impact of the mobile lifestyle on military school-age children and families
  • Implement predictable support services that assist children/youth with relocations, life transitions, and achieving academic success
  • Provide a wide range of resources that facilitate school transitions for parents, student, schools, commanders, and communities.

WHAT IS A SCHOOL LIAISON?

School Liaisons are professionals whose mission it is to facilitate successful K-12 schooling transitions when military connected children move with their families to new duty stations and when those children are transitioning to the next step in their education, such as transitioning into kindergarten or graduating high school and pursuing post-secondary education. School Liaisons are located on every Marine Corps installation, both CONUS and OCONUS, and work together to provide families with the schooling information and resources they need to locate quality schools for their children and ensure continuity in their education throughout the service member’s career. School Liaisons also work with the local school systems to inform education professionals and the community on the unique needs military connected children have and the service related challenges they face. Most importantly, the Yuma School Liaison can serve and support any active duty military family assigned to MCAS Yuma, regardless of their branch of service. We’re here to support you during your move here, during your time on station, and as you prepare for your next PCS move!

Enrollment

Military families with official PCS orders to Arizona are now able to enroll their children in school, pre-register them in courses and apply for special programs prior to arriving in the state.  Please click on the links below to view the Remote Enrollment FAQs for more details.

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Immunizations

Students must have proof of all required immunizations, or a valid exemption, in order to attend school. Arizona law allows exemptions for medical reasons, lab evidence of immunity, and personal beliefs.

Contact the your School Liaison for any questions about kindergarten readiness, school options, immunizations, or registration information.

Identifying Students with Special Needs

Yuma School District One and Crane District are committed to making sure that all children with disabilities, including children attending religious or private schools are identified and evaluated.
 
Children from birth through two years who require screening, evaluation, or early intervention services should be referred to the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP). In Yuma County, please call 928-329-8095.
 
Three to five-year-olds should be referred to the following programs: Yuma School District One, (North End Preschool 928-502-8140), Crane School District (Great Beginnings Preschool 928-373-3949) for appointments and screenings. The identification procedures shall include screening and evaluation procedures consistent with considerations for older students. Information regarding such screenings and regarding the rights of children with disabilities shall be made available in a mode of communication that will be understandable to parents, regardless of their ethnic, linguistic, or cultural background. Vision and hearing screening shall be in accordance with the regulations of the Department of Health Services. The evaluation procedures shall include consideration of academic progress, communication, emotional/behavioral, adaptive living, and psychomotor problems (A.A.C. R7-2-401). If the child is determined to be eligible for services, the Team will establish educational services and placement.
 
The district shall complete screening procedures within 45 calendar days after enrollment for each kindergarten student and new students enrolling without appropriate screening records. If the screening procedures indicate a possible disability, a referral for evaluation shall occur after appropriate pre-referral procedures have taken place (Student Assistance Team {SAT} referral). This process includes parents, administrator, general education teacher, and others who may be providing support to the student. If the SAT team refers the student to ESS for evaluation, a meeting will be called which includes the SAT team, school psychologist and special education teacher. A determination is made by the team whether or not to proceed with a full psycho-educational evaluation. Parents and/or students may request a referral for evaluation and that request will follow a similar pattern, SAT to ESS referral (A.A.C. R7-2-401). Contact the school of attendance to request a SAT team meeting to discuss evaluation needs and provide input.
 
Military Families with school aged children on IEPs or 504 accommodation plans are encouraged to contact the MCAS Yuma Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) for educational support of their children at 928-269-2425.
 
Thank you for helping Yuma School District One and Crane School District locate and identify children with disabilities. Working together we can make a difference!

In the state of Arizona, a child is eligible for admission to kindergarten if the child is 5 years of age by September 1st.  However, age is only one factor in determining kindergarten readiness.  Social, emotional, cognitive and physical development should also be taken into account.  The following list will give you an idea of the necessary skills a child should have mastered in order to receive the greatest benefit from his/her kindergarten experience.

Social & Emotinal Development Language

  • Use words instead of being physical when angry
  • Listen to stories without interrupting
  • Follow two-step directions
  • Ask for help when necessary
  • Pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks
  • Stay with an activity to completion
  • Initiate and sustain appropriate play with other children
  • Begin to share with others and understand  her/him taking turns
  • Comply with rules, limits, and Academic routines
  • Be able to recognize authority
  • Interact appropriately with adults
  • Respect the rights, property, and feelings of others
  • Begin to control themselves
  • Dress themselves(button shirts, pants, coat)
  • Manage bathroom needs independently
  • Separate from parents for extended period time
  • Attempt new tasks knowing it’s okay to make mistakes

Language 

  • Speak in complete sentences of 5-6 words
  • Use descriptive language
  • Sign and/or recite rhymes
  • Pretend, create and make-up songs and stories
  • Talk about everyday experiences
  • Tell or retell stories
  • Enjoy having books read to him/her
  • Ask questions
  • Verbally and appropriately responds to a topic
  • Express his/her ideas so others can understand him/her

Academics

  • Look at pictures and then tell stories
  • Identify some alphabet letters
  • Count to 10
  • Correctly count at least 3 objects
  • Identify own first name in writing
  • Attempt to print own first name
  • Recognize and identify 5 colors
  • Understand concepts such as in/out, under/on,  on/off, front/back
  • Participate in art and music activities
  • Know her/him body parts (head, shoulders, knees, etc.)
  • Draw a picture of her/himself including head, body arms and legs
  • Use words like bigger, smaller, or heaviest

Motor Skills

  • Hold scissors correctly       
  • Holds a pencil, crayon or marker properly
  • Put together a 10-12 piece puzzle
  • Ride a tricycle
  • Run, jump, and skip
  • Walk backwards

Are there school aboard MCAS Yuma?

No, all school are located outsite the installation.

Children who live on MCAS Yuma are provided transportation to Palmcroft Elementary School, Woodard Junior High School (Yuma One Elementary School District), and Kofa High School (Yuma Union High School District). 

Children who live in 16th Street Housing are in the school bounderies of Ronald Reagan Elementary School, Centennial Middle School (Crane School District) and Cibola High School (Yuma Union High School District).

School-age children who live off installation attend the school they are districted to (Boundary Maps available on each district's website).

Which school is the best to attend?

Each parent and child must decide which school is best for them. This decision is best made by visiting prospective schools, researching the schools via their web page and talking to teachers, children and administrators.

I have determined my residence in Yuma, how do I find out which school my child should attend?

Please contact the School Liaison Officer to determine what school district you are residing in. Yuma is an open enrollment school system. The School Liaison can help answer any questions you may have about open enrollment.

Where can I find my school start and calendar information?

Each school district posts their calendar information on their web site. You may also contact the MCAS Yuma School Liaison for all pertinant school information. 

Online School

Online schools are a great and flexible option for families whose needs may not be met by traditional in person school or who prefer an online option. Below is a listing of online public and charter schools. Several of our local school districts within Yuma County, Arizona offer their own online public school programs, which are accredited by the Arizona Department of Education and follow the Arizona state standards for academics. There are also online charter schools which operate similar online education programs in various states throughout the country. Families with questions regarding enrollment in online schools or who need assistance identifying the school that would best meet their child’s needs are encouraged to contact the MCAS Yuma School Liaison for more information.

Home Schooling

Guildlines for Homeschooling in Yuma County

Families looking to withdraw their children from traditional schools and homeschool are encouraged to familiarize themselves with local and state regulations prior to beginning homeschool. In the state of Arizona, families enjoy many liberties regarding homeschooling and are given complete autonomy over their children’s education. Arizona does require, per ARS 15- 802, that all homeschooled students must have an affidavit of intent to homeschool filed with their county school superintendent’s office and receive instruction in, at a minimum, reading, writing, math, science and social studies. It is important to note that traditional homeschool, in a legal and practical sense, is the sole responsibility of the parent. Parents who homeschool are responsible for every aspect of their child’s education, from choosing a curriculum and delivering instruction to assigning grades and scheduling activities. Families looking for a home or distance learning option for their children that is delivered by a fully accredited online public or charter school are encouraged to review the Online Schools page.

Reseach & Plan Ahead - Spring Junior Year

Talk with your family and prioritize what factors are important to each of you as you search for a college. Consider location, cost, size, selectivity, campus life, academic programs, class size, safety, career placement, internships, foreign study, financial aid and scholarship possibilities.

Make an appointment with your Guidance Counselor at school to discuss your plans. Talk with your teachers; they are a valuable resource.

Obtain information about the colleges that interest you. Contact the admissions office of those schools that interest you to request a catalog, application and scholarship/financial aid information. Find out when Open Houses and Visitation Days are scheduled.

Visit College Campues - Spring Junior Year - Summer Entering Senior Year

Bisit all of the campuses of the colleges you are considering. Visit College Tours for more information. This is your opportunity to learn as much as you can about the academic and social life. Come prepared with a list of questions that reflect your concerns.
 

Decide & Apply - Fall Senior Year

Consider retaking the SAT or ACT if you think you can improve your score
Register to take the SAT II Subject Tests. Some colleges you are applying to require you to do so. Check with the college you are applying to for details. Most colleges do not require this.
Talk to your Guidance Counselor by early fall if you are interested in a Military Academy Appointment.
 

Obtain college applications as soon as possible.Check with your Guidance Counselors for some applications, it is your responsibility however to secure applications.Read and follow application instructions carefully. Pay close attention to directions and deadline dates. Stay organized. Allow yourself enough time. Plan ahead.

Ask your Guidance Counselor for application submission details. They may want you to submit it to the counselor directly.
 
Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if you plan to compete in a Division I or Division II sport. Make your counselor aware that you plan on doing this.Fine-tune your resume making sure to include your activities, accomplishments, honors and goals. Include this in your college application.
 
Write a thoughtful and interesting essay that reflects what is special about you. Let your individuality shine through. Some but not all colleges require a college essay. Ask teachers/advisors/coaches for letters of recommendations for college application. Give them at least 2-3 weeks to complete.Make arrangements for an interview, audition or portfolio review if it is required. Be aware of deadline dates.
 

Meet with college representatives. Apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is available in December. Colleges may also provide their own institutional form. Both can be completed online.

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Military Interstate Compact

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children directs the governor of Arizona to enter into a compact with other states to remove barriers to educational success that are imposed on children of military families (military children) because of frequent moves and deployment of parents. The compact applies to public schools only

The Interstate Compact Enacts the Following Provisions:

  • Facilitates the timely enrollment of military children because of difficulties in the transfer of education records from a previous school district or because of variations in entrance or age requirements.
  • Facilitates the student placement process by allowing waivers to ensure that military children are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, grading, course content or assessment.
  • Streamlines qualifications and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular programs for military children.
  • Facilitates the on-time graduation of military children.
  • Promotes flexibility and cooperation among the educational system, military parents, and military children to achieve educational success for the student.
Contact your School Liaison for more information.

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Contact Information

School Liaison

1071 Martini Ave
Yuma, AZ 85365


Phone: 9282695373

DSN: 2695373

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