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United States Air Force
School Liaison Officer - Lackland AFB
2160 Kenly Avenue
Lackland AFB, TX 78236
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.
The newcomer to San Antonio is often surprised to find the city has so many public school districts, each independently administrated and accredited by the Texas Education Agency in Austin. The Joint Base San Antonio surrounding area has 23 Independent School Districts (ISD) that have military children enrolled in them. Private/Parochial schools abound in San Antonio with a wide range of tuition rates. A number of churches offer day care, preschool, enrichment programs, and classroom education all on the same premises. Prior to departing your current Installation, contact the JBSA School Liaison Office and they will provide you a welcome packet to research districts, schools, test scores, rankings, policies, and more. They will be with your during your educational transition for your dependents.
Fort Sam Houston Independent School District
Lackland Independent School District
Randolph Independent School District
Students in grades K-12 are eligible to attend the on installation schools while staying in temporary lodging on the respective installation. If you are placed in contract quarters off the installation due to Texas law, you will need to register in the attendance zone for that quarters. If you are anticipating base housing within 30 days, contact the Housing Office for a Statement of Occupancy Form to continue uninterrupted enrollment.
If you wish to attend the schools on the Installations but are living off the installation, you may apply for a Non Resident Transfer Waiver. Transfer decisions are made without regard to race, religion, color, gender, disability, national origin, or ancestral language. In approving transfers, the Superintendent will consider availability of space, availability of instructional and support staff, and other resources, the student’s disciplinary history, attendance, grades, and any potential adverse effect on resident students. If approved for a waiver, parents should be prepared to provide transportation to/from school. All Non-Resident Transfer students must reapply each year and meet District eligibility criteria.
Each installation school district sets their own windows as to when they will open the non-resident transfer application. I have listed below the information on the person in which to contact for further details and guide you in the right direction.
Lackland ISD: http://www.lacklandisd.net/registration
Fort Sam Houston ISD
Randolph Field ISD
Fort Sam Houston ISD, Lackland ISD or Randolph Field ISD are not part of the Department of Defense school system, they are independent school districts subject to the jurisdiction of the Texas Education Agency. As the district's boundaries are coterminous with those of JBSA-FSH, JBSA-Lackland and JBSA-Randolph, the facilities of which by law are exempt from property taxation, the district has no taxable base; thus, funding is provided from Department of Education Impact Aid funds and state public school foundation funding.
There are 28 Independent School Districts that service military families around JBSA. For further information regarding Texas Schools and their accountability, testing or ratings, please visit the Texas Education Agency. The new TXSchools website contains interactive accountability rating summaries and detailed reports for each district, campus, and open-enrollment charter school in the state of Texas (it is optimized for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari).
Please contact the School Liaison Office prior to leaving your current installation to receive our welcome packet with valuable information and resources to make your move to JBSA smooth. To contact any of the JBSA School Liaison locations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may find a current listing of SLs Worldwide https://www.dodea.edu/Partnership/index.cfm
School begins no earlier than the fourth Monday in August and ends in June. Texas school districts are required to provide at least 180 days of instruction (Section 25.081, Texas Education Code). However, some districts have a waiver from the Commissioner of Education allowing them to substitute a few of those days for teacher professional development days.There are 28 Independent School Districts that surround JBSA and we have over 35000 military affiliated youth who attend them. Our largest districts hosting military youth are Northside, Northeast, Schertz-Cibolo and Judson ISD. JBSA-Lackland, Randolph & Fort Sam Houston all have ISDs located on their installations and the policies are very similar.
Each location hosts its own coterminous school district, meaning the boundaries are the boundaries of the installation. Students whose parents physically reside on either installation have automatic right to attend the Installation ISD schools; students whose parents are assigned to either installation, but reside off-installation, can be accepted as non-resident transfer students, but the parents must provide transportation.
Please contact the School Liaison Office prior to leaving your current installation to receive our welcome packet with valuable information and resources to make your move to JBSA smooth. To contact any of the JBSA School Liaison locations, please email Lackland.email@example.com.
Texas is one of the easiest states to home school. There are several on-line schools that credits are mandatory acceptance if you were to go back into a public school. They can also be utilized for supplementary classes as well. If you are currently registered in a Virtual K-12 program, Texas requires that children be in the public school system prior to being authorized to participate in the K-12. The San Antonio area has a large and active homeschooling population with many support services for parents who choose this option.
If you participate in Homeschooling, please find attached a quick resource guide to assist you with your transition to JBSA. Please make sure that you are utilizing an Accredited Version of Curriculum to ensure easy portability if the decision is made to transfer back into a public school. As long as your child has not been enrolled in a public school in Texas there is no requirement for registering a "home schooler" you would just continue their education. If you are currently registered in a Virtual K-12 program, Texas requires that children be in the public school system prior to being authorized to participate in the K-12.
Contact your School Liaison Office for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Some districts offer robust classes for people of all ages along with ESL and GED classes after school through its Community Education Department. These departments offer classes that are a variety of enrichment classes. Some districts also offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and citizenship classes. Please refer to the section on Advanced Education for information on colleges and tax-supported technical schools.
School Liaison Office
The JBSA School Liasion Office at Fort Sam Houston, Lackland and Randolph serve approximately 25,000 military-connected children located in 23 public school districts, 50 Charter Schools, 38 Magnet Schools and the 48 campuses of the Archdiocese of San Antonio Department of Catholic Schools. They proudly serve all branches of the military to provide a link between military families on and off installation schools and provide services that enable families to be more involved in their child's education. For more information or to receive a welcome packet please contact either of the JBSA School Liaison Office locations:
Fort Sam Houston2010 Stanley Road, Bldg. 2797, 78234210-221-2214 or 210-221-2256DSN:email@example.com
Lackland2100 Kenly Ave., Bldg. 1249, 78236210-671-3722DSN:473-3722Lackland.firstname.lastname@example.orgRandolph555 F Street West, 78150210-652-5321DSN:487-5321Fax:email@example.com
Students enrolling in public school must attend the school in the area in which they reside. There are no busing of students across district boundaries. Magnet High Schools have an early spring application process for the following school year.
Pre-Kindergarten: Child must be 4 years old on or before September 1. Children of active duty military are automatically eligible for enrollment.
Kindergarten: Child must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the school year.
First Grade: Child must be 6 years old on or before September 1 of the school year.
The Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children provides guidance for exceptions to the Age Requirements. Contact your School Liaison Office for details.
Before and After School Programs
These types of programs are not mandated by law; some public schools do not offer these programs. However, private schools do offer before and after school programs at different rates.
Each Installation has a Before & After School Program run by the Youth Programs. Transportation is normally provided only to/from the Installation School districts.
School districts have the authority to adopt dress codes which may apply differently on a gender basis.
Bus Service for JBSA
Each school district will provide transportation for students K-12. Schedules are provided at registration. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from school when residing off-the installation or attending on non-resident transfer status. Parents are responsible for providing transportation for pre-kindergarten students.
Each School District has their own Child Nutrition Programs. You may apply for free and reduced price meals at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now but have a change, like a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, become unemployed or get food stamps or TANF, complete another application at that time. Please consult your school districts website for further information.
Texas offers a variety of alternative schooling options for parents. These include charter schools, which are monitored and accredited under the statewide testing and accountability system; private schools, which may or may not be accredited through various organizations; and home schooling, which is not accredited or regulated by any state agency in Texas or commission. Families may also be interested in online learning programs and high school equivalency programs.
Magnet Schools: Magnet programs are theme-oriented courses of study that provide students with in-depth experiences in particular areas of interest. While some magnet programs exist within comprehensive schools, there are also magnet schools whose entire student body is composed of magnet students. All magnet programs fulfill the ISD requirements for promotion and graduation. There are 15+ magnet schools in the JBSA area. They specialize in certain educational fields, such as, technology, business, communications arts, health care and more. The attendance arrangements are complex. There is an application process for all and for some; the student must be accepted in the freshman year. Contact your School Liaison Office for a comprehensive listing.
Charter Schools: Charter schools are also available. A charter school is a publicly funded school that is managed by a private contractor, with varying levels of success. Charter schools are accountable to the state and must meet the same standards as public schools.
Early College High Schools: ECHSs are partnerships between school districts and colleges, innovatively designed to blend secondary and the first two years of post-secondary education using a dual credit framework. There are three currently located within the JBSA Area.
Texas Education Agency (TEA) accredits public schools in Texas at the district level for grades K-12. TEA does not have oversight of private schools or vocational schools in Texas. The Texas Private School Accreditation Commission provides information for private schools.
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Texas State law requires students attending school to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. To find the current requirements for Texas Schools, please contact the School Liaison Office or visit: Texas Department of State Health Services, Immunization Branch.
The Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children provides guidance for exceptions to the Immunization Requirements. Contact your School Liaison Office for details.