USMC School Liaison Program Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote awareness of the unique educational needs of military connected children. School Liaisons:

• Develop, coordinate, and engage in school and community partnership initiatives that foster academic success.

• Increase educator and community awareness of the Marine Corps mission.

• Serve as the commander’s subject matter expert and point of contact for Pre-K-12 education related matters.

• Provide military families and students with school transitions and academic support information and resources.

WHAT IS A SCHOOL LIAISON?

School Liaisons are professionals whose mission it is to facilitate successful Pre-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 of the unique needs military connected children have, the educational and social challenges they face, and support for military connected students such as the Military Interstate Compact. 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!

We provide the following support:

• Direct assistance to military families with school-aged children in grades Pre-K– 12

• Educate schools and communities about the needs of military-connected school-age children and military family life

• Build collaborative relations between command, installation and community

• Maintain direct contact and develop relationships with school/district personnel

• Provide information about school options; and educational services, programs, and resources on-and-off base.

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Enrollment

When registering K-12 children for school in Arizona, families will need to be able to provide most or all of the following documentation to their child’s new school. Families are encouraged to keep these documents in a safe place when moving and hand carry them to their next duty station.

  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Child’s Immunization Records
  • Proof of Arizona Address
  • Proof of Withdrawal from Previous School (if not entering school for the first time)
  • Last Report Card and/or Unofficial Transcripts (if not entering school for the first time)
  • Special Education Records (if a child has an IEP or 504 plan)

Remote Enrollment

Military families with official PCS orders to Arizona can enroll their children prior arriving in the state. This policy is referred to as remote enrollment in Arizona and is commonly called advance enrollment as well. Arizona remote enrollment policy states that families have 10 days after their official date of arrival to provide their child’s school with proof of Arizona address.

AZ State Policy on Remote Enrollment: https://www.azleg.gov/viewdocument/?docName=https://www.azleg.gov/ars/15/00823-01.htm

Advance/Remote Enrollment for Military Families: https://statepolicy.militaryonesource.mil/key-issue/advance-enrollment

School Immunizations

Arizona requires proof of immunization to be provided for children to enroll and attend school. Military families who are unable to provide this documentation for their children upon enrolling them in school are afforded 30 calendar days from the date of enrollment to provide proof of immunization. This exception to policy is permitted by the Military Interstate Compact and adopted into state law under Arizona Revised Statute 15-1911.

ARS 15-1911: https://www.azleg.gov/viewdocument/?docName=https://www.azleg.gov/ars/15/01911.htm

AZDHS School Immunization Requirements & Exemptions: https://azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/immunization/index.php#schools-immunization-forms

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 schools aboard MCAS Yuma?

No, all schools 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 website. The downloads section of this site page includes it and you may also contact the MCAS Yuma School Liaison for any additional school information. 

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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.

College & Career

We are here to support our military connected students throughout their academic journey, including their transition from high school to post-secondary life. You can contact the School Liaison to ask specific questions about post-secondary plans for your student as well as for support in developing a plan of action and identifying resources to support you and your student prior to high school graduation. Planning begins with exploring resources on steps to post-secondary education—college and vocational education—such as state requirements for graduation, college fairs, financial aid, scholarships, and future career exploration.

Arizona High School Graduation Requirements: https://www.azed.gov/adeinfo/hsgrad

College Board - Big Future: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/?navId=www-accs

National College Fairs: https://www.nacacfairs.org/

Arizona Board of Regents: https://www.azregents.edu/

Road Trip Nation for Students & Career Seekers: https://www.roadtripnation.com/who-were-for/learners

Pipeline AZ: https://pipelineaz.com/

Vocational Training HQ: https://www.vocationaltraininghq.com/

Financial Aid for College

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) https://studentaid.gov/

Arizona FAFSA Challenge https://fafsachallenge.az.gov/

Scholarships

Arizona Community Foundation Scholarships: https://www.azfoundation.org/Scholarships/Scholarship-Opportunities

FastWeb: https://www.fastweb.com/ppc-fastweb?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=SEM-GOOG-Brand_AGBroad-fastweb&ESRC=fw_ggl.kw&msclkid=461f579b4fc211bfe3ab3501d2624c98

 

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Tutoring

Military dependent children are eligible to use free online tutoring services from Tutor.com. https://military.tutor.com/home

Services include on-demand, 24/7 tutoring in a wide variety of subject areas as well as college essay assistance, college entrance exam preparation, and training in study and time management skills. 

Tutor.com - Top 10 Facts for Parents https://www.tutor.com/cmspublicfiles/WWW/MIL_T10_Parents_2021_12_EN.pdf

Gifted & Advanced Learning

Arizona public schools are required to identify gifted students and provide education and services that are appropriate for their learning needs.

Arizona high schools offer a variety of advanced placement courses—to include AP, IB, and Cambridge International courses—to qualifying high school age students. Parents are encouraged to speak with their child’s school about testing for gifted education services as well as advance learning opportunities including career and technical education courses and dual/concurrent enrollment in community college courses.

AZ Department of Education - Gifted Education https://www.azed.gov/gifted-education

National Association for Gifted Children https://www.nagc.org/

Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma https://www.stedycte.org/index.html

Arizona Western College - Dual & Concurrent Enrollment https://www.azwestern.edu/enrollment/dual-enrollment

Students with Special Needs

We are available to assist our military families who have children with special needs navigate the special education process, identify school resources and supports for children with special needs, and support those families who are moving to Arizona and looking to transfer or establish a special education plan for their child.

Families that are moving to Arizona with a child who has an established special education plan are highly encouraged to hand carry current copies of special education plans and related records to Yuma and provide that documentation directly to their child’s new school.

Families can also find more information on specific educational related services and therapies for special needs students by contacting the MCAS Yuma Exceptional Family Member Program at https://www.mccsyuma.org/efmp

AZ Department of Education - Special Education https://www.azed.gov/specialeducation

Understood https://www.understood.org

Raising Special Kids https://www.raisingspecialkids.org

 

 

 

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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.

Military One Source article: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/education-employment/for-children-and-youth/changing-schools/interstate-compact-for-military-children/

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission: https://mic3.net/

Military Interstate Compact - Rules: https://mic3.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Rules-Book-20190905_Second-Version_20211230.pdf

AZ Department of Education - Military Families: https://www.azed.gov/parents/military-families

AZ State Council on the Education of Military Children: https://education.azgovernor.gov/edu/state-council-education-military-children

 

Workshops

Contact Information

School Liaison

1071 Martini Ave, Building 1071
Yuma, AZ 85365


Phone: 9282695373

DSN: 2695373

Email: yumaschoolliaison@usmc-mccs.org

Hours
Sunday CLOSED
Monday 8:00AM–4:30PM
Tuesday 8:00AM–4:30PM
Wednesday 8:00AM–4:30PM
Thursday 8:00AM–4:30PM
Friday 8:00AM–4:30PM
Saturday CLOSED
Closed Federal Holidays
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