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United States Army
School Support Services
Bldg 2295 - Corner of 12th & Bitar Lewis Main
Box 339500 MS 20
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433-9500
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.
JBLM students that reside on Joint Base Lewis McChord are served by the Clover Park School District. There are six newly built elementary schools on the base. Five on the Lewis Main and Lewis North locations and one on McChord Field. The middle and high school students living on base are bused to either Mann Middle or Woodbrook Middle schools (grades 6-8) and Lakes High School, Clover Park High School (both grades 9-12) or Harrison Preparatory (grades 6-12).
Joint Base Lewis McChord students who reside on JBLM are served by the Clover Park School District. There are six elementary schools on JBLM. Children must have reached their fifth birthday by August 31 to enter kindergarten and must be six years old by August 31 to enter first grade. The High and Middle school students living on post attend school off-post, are bused to the following schools depending where they live on post to: Lakes High School, Clover Park High School, Woodbrook, Middle School or Mann Middle School and Harrison Preparatory Academy depending on which housing area they live on post. Students who may be looking for an academic challenge (grades 6-12) may want to consider General Harrison Preparatory Academy in the City of Lakewood.
Children coming to JBLM with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will present a current IEP to the school upon registration of the child into the school system.
The children of Joint Base Lewis McChord's Service members' live in any one of the 19 additional school districts that surround JBLM. Many of the districts off post have K-5 elementary school, grades 6-8 as a Middle School and grades 9-12 as a High School, but there are some that have K-6th grade as elementary school, grades 7-9th as Junior High and grades 10-12 as High School, so be sure to ask what the configuration is in the district in which you are looking to live.
Each school district is different in grading scales, meals, B/A school programs, sports, and SPED programs. Please check with the school itself to discuss the options available for that particular school. You may find a list of school districts on the school liaison website.
Local School Boards
Class sizes, Dress Codes and Grading Systems: Each school's achievement on state testing can be found by district on the state website.
Dress Codes -- Each school sets its dress code and parents are able to purchase the school spirit clothing such as: polo shirts, sweatshirts with and without hoods, and physical education clothing at the school from the registrar. Most schools do not have a formal dress code but do have policies prohibiting vulgar language or inappropriate words for an academic learning environment and some schools have polices governing the use of cell phones during class time and student must sign a statement of understanding.
Counselors at each secondary schools can explain the grading system that is used in the school and how it compares to the school your student has just come from. There may be some differences in the weighting of grades with advanced placement courses or honors courses taken at another school or in another state. Be sure to speak with the counselor on how it will affect your student.
Washington State voters recently (2012) approved charter schools, however, those schools implementation plan has been to start at the lowest grade and allow the first class move up (so the elementary school that started last year will have a new KG, with the last KG and First grade moving up. Kindergarten is offered as a full day program.
Enrollment Requirements by law are as follows:
On base students register at the school they attend. For more information about Clover Park District Reception, phone 253-583-5000/583-5042/5041. Please visit the school support services webpage to find the school link.
On base schools operated by the Clover Park School District have no set dress code. Each school has a guideline for dress code based on the staff, parents and students of the school. The Clover Park school district does not endorse school uniforms at this time and if further information is needed, the school district can be accessed by going to their website.
Off base schools requiring uniform dress are minimal. Please check school website.
The schools on post have some after school programs but the majority of after school programming is offered through the Child Youth Services (School Age Center –SAC) program such as before and after school programs to include sports for grades K-5. The middle school students are offered sports after school at the seventh grade (state requirement) and high school students have a variety of activities to choose from. A requirement for participating in school sports is that the student must be making adequate progress and maintaining grades in order to participate.
There are also several private and parochial schools in the local area, should you this option choose for your child’s education. The School Support Services office has a list by county.
Families that home school their children must file a letter of intent with the school district in which they live. If the student will require any additional training or education in the public school setting like advanced science or math the student must be enrolled in the district. The state of Washington requires that all home schools be registered through the local school district.
Each candidate for high school graduation in the state of Washington must have completed the equivalent of a four-year program of educational growth in grades 9-12. Each school district has a list of credits that are required to receive a High School Diploma. Credits must meet the requirements of the state and the district.
To earn a high school diploma, a student must:
•Earn the high school credits required
•Pass state tests or approved alternatives to those tests
•Complete a Culminating Project
•Complete a High School and Beyond Plan
For more information on graduation requirements, visit the OSPI website. (http://www.k12.wa.us/) A graduation toolkit is available online as well.
If you have questions about the schools or policies, call the school liaison officer at 253-967-7195.