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United States Marine Corps
School Liaison Officer - USMC
1555 Southgate Rd.
Arlington, VA 22204
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
Depending on where you decide to live will determine what school your child will be zoned to. There are numerous school districts in the National Capital Region. Review the states' website to locate information about your particular school. District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia.
There are too many public schools located within the commuting area to list them all. Please call the County Public School Offices to ask which school your children will attend and the specific enrollment requirements for that school. Requirements vary, depending on the area in which you reside. Bus service is provided free of charge.
Prior to registration, it is advisable to confirm with the school that all requirements have been met. Usual requirements are: birth certificate or equivalent, legal proof of residence, and verification of physical examination within the past twelve months. Proof of immunization is also required. Age regulations vary, however, all the school systems can accommodate children 5 thru 20 years of age. Pre-school facilities are also available at select schools.
Children between the ages of 6 and 16 MUST attend school.
Verification of immunization against the following is necessary in all jurisdictions: diphtheria, tetanus, polio, red measles (roseola), and German measles (rubella). Additionally, Maryland requires immunization against whooping cough (pertussis). Virginia requires immunization against mumps, whooping cough (pertussis), and tuberculosis. Washington, DC requires immunization against mumps and tuberculosis.
Transfer students must furnish a previous record (such as a report card or transfer slip) indicating grade level assignment, immunization and physical examination records, official verification of date of birth, and proof of residence.
Maryland - A child must be 5 years of age by 1 September of the school year in which he/she registers for kindergarten.
Virginia - A child may enter kindergarten if he/she turns age 5 on or before October 1st. Parents of children who will be 5 after October 1st and before November 1st may petition for the enrollment of their child and must receive counseling on the advisability of their child attending kindergarten. Social Security Numbers for the children are required for enrollment in school.
Starting this school year, any child at the 7th grade level or less in Virginia, will be expected, at the end of the 8th grade and the end of the 11th grade, to pass a very difficult standardized test. Children who start this school year, in the 8th grade or higher, will not be expected to take the test. If the tests are not passed, the child will be retained in that grade. A ten-week summer school course, to prepare for the test, costs $400.
Washington, DC - A child is eligible for kindergarten if he/she is 5 years old on or before December 31st of the school year. Also, all day pre care is available for 4 year olds turning 4 on or before December 31st of the school year. Forms for the physical and dental exams are available at the schools.
For more information, please contact the School Liaison Officer at 703-693-8378.
There are numerous quality private schools located in the greater Washington area. The Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington will provide you with a list of private schools for the area you desire. They can provide information for Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland and Washington, DC. They provide coed, boys, girls and pre-school, nursery and kindergarten private school information as well as high school information.
Home schooling is an option preferred by many in the Washington, DC area. For further information on home schooling, contact the Home School Legal Defense Association.
Please contact the Education & Career Services, Building 29, for additional information on colleges and universities in the area. Tuition costs vary from school to school. They can help you with tuition assistance.
The Henderson Hall Education & Career Services offers the following services: College Level Exam Program (CLEP); Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST); Armed Forces Aptitude Battery (AFCT); Defense Classification Testing (DCT); Defense Language Study Program SAT and ACT Tests; National Certification Exams (at cost); Dantes Independent Study Program; High School Degree, Tuition Assistance, Financial Aid/Veteran's Benefits; Counseling Services; External Degree Program - Both On and Off Base. Students desiring to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) must contact a National Testing Center. Fees for these exams may be reimbursable for active duty members. Also, please call Henderson Hall's Education & Career Services at (703) 614-9104 for information about free tutoring services.
Northern Virginia Community College representative is available on Wednesdays from 9 am until 1 pm; Park University representative is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am until 3:30 pm; University of Maryland University College Representative is available on Fridays from 9 am to 12 pm;
GED's can be obtained through the Arlington Public Schools Adult Education Department, Jackson Adult Center. Contact the Education & Career Services, 703-614-9104, for more information.