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United States Navy
School Liaison Officer
Joint Region Marianas
Bldg. 203, Halsey Dr.
Piti, GU 96915
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.
Active duty military and eligible civilian personnel may choose to enroll their children in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)-Pacific Guam District Schools 671-344-9160/9578. You may choose to enroll your children in the Guam public schools, private schools, or a home school program, but you will be responsible for paying any potential costs that may be incurred for attendance.
To register your child(ren) you should hand-carry copies of school records such as high school transcripts, report cards, standardized or special program test results, IEP and other records that may help with student placement. Official documents required for registration may vary in different school systems and may include birth certificate or passport, orders, identification cards, sponsor and child's social security number, and immunization records (to include current PPD or TB test), emergency points of contact and previous school's contact information.
DoDEA-Pacific Guam District has a student enrollment of approximately 2,400. Eligible students attend school in one of four (4) schools; Andersen Elementary (PreK-5) and Andersen Middle School (6-8) both located on Andersen AFB in the north; Commander William C. McCool Elementary/Middle School (PreK-8) located on Naval Base Guam in the south; and Guam High School (9-12) located next to Naval Hospital in Agana Heights. The approximate pupil to teacher ratio for K-3rd 18:1, grades 4-6th 25:1 (elementary and/or combined elementary/middle), grades 6-8 16:1 (single middle schools), grades 9-12 25:1.
School Year: DoDEA-Pacific Guam District schools operate on a 9-month calendar which starts the end of August and ends the middle of June for 180 instructional days. Parent/student orientations are held about 10 days prior to the first day of school. Individual orientations are provided throughout the school year. School Year calendars can be found on the School District website.
Registration and Re-registration
Registration for new students continues throughout the year. Online Preregistration for students new to Guam District is available through the DoDEA-Pacific Guam District Schools website. Additionally, each year in April, current students who plan to attend in the upcoming school year must be re-registered to verify eligibility status. Contact DoDEA-Pacific Guam District Schools or view the website for eligibility and registration information and requirements.
Entrance Age Requirements on/or before September 1 for Early Childhood Education programs:
If you have any questions, contact DoDEA-Pacific Guam District 671-344-9578/9160.
School Transition Assistance: Throughout the school year, each DoDEA-Pacific Guam District school welcomes and orients new students to help each student become connected to the school. Just prior to the start of the school year, new students and parents are offered an orientation and tour of the school. New middle and high school students who enter school at other than the start of the school year are welcomed by a Student to Student team member who helps introduce the new student to the school campus, culture and community. The on-base Youth and Teen Center is also a great place to meet new friends. Additionally, Navy Fleet and Family Support Center Guam offers a "pen pal" program called Instant Friends that you can sign your child up for prior to coming to Guam. Contact (671)-333-2056 or email@example.com.
Bus Transportation for K-12th grade
Bus transportation is available to all eligible K-12th grade students who attend DoDEA-Pacific Guam District schools and who live within the commuting zone. Students requiring bus transportation should first complete registration at the school. Parents bring the student to the School Bus Office located at Andersen Elementary School in the north and Commander McCool School in the south for a bus pass. High School students may obtain a bus pass at either of the above locations. Before accepting off-base housing lease agreements, contact DoDEA-Pacific Guam District schools transportation office (671-344-9581/76) to ensure the location is within the commuting zone. Currently, there are no fees for bus service.
The DoDEA-Pacific Guam District adheres to the DoDEA curriculum standards in addition to the National Standards in Education. The curriculum is comprehensive with a balanced co-curricular and extra curricular program comparable to a majority of the school districts in the United States. The curriculum includes core academic areas such as science, mathematics, social studies, reading and writing, as well as the fine and visual arts. In addition to the above curriculum, students receive instruction in physical education, music, art, computer science and cultural education. High School advanced placement courses are available. English as a second language, gifted education services and special education are offered to eligible students.
The curriculum and the operation of the school system are supported by the DoDEA Community Strategic Plan and individual school level improvement plans focusing on highest student achievement. The district and schools have improvement teams that represent all stakeholders in the development, implementation and monitoring of student success.
All teachers meet the certification standards for U.S. accreditation. The teaching staff has taught at schools throughout the world and is enthusiastic about working in a system with national standards and high expectations. The schools are fully accredited through AdvancED.
Standardized test scores and School Report Cards (SRC) for the DoDEA-Pacific Guam District schools are available through the DoDEA Data Center.
Special Education Programs
The DoDEA-Pacific Guam District Special Education programs provide students with special needs an opportunity to succeed in the least restricted environment. Programs offered are based on the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP).
A special education program is in place to meet the needs of students with special needs. DoDEA-Pacific Guam District schools provide services for students ages 3 through graduation from high school, with developmental delays and physical, emotional, communication and learning disabilities. Speech and language services, physical therapy and occupational therapy services are available for students in preschool through grade 12.
Prior to accepting orders, contact the Navy or Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) through your medical treatment facility to ensure continuity of services. For additional information, contact DoDEA-Pacific Guam District Special Education Coordinator at (671) 344-9163.
High School Graduation requires 26 total credits.
Students are encouraged to take the most rigorous program available. Guidance counselors at DoDEA schools assist student in completing and updating a Six-Year Education/Career Plan (Grades 7-12) which is a blueprint for a high school education plan.
School Lunch Program
DoDEA-Pacific Guam District schools offer parents the choice of purchasing healthy meals each school day. Children who qualify under USDA National School Lunch Program guidelines may get meals at free or reduced prices. For more information, please contact the school where your child will attend.
School Uniforms are required for DoDEA-Pacific Guam District schools K-12 students. Authorized uniform components can be purchased on base as well as off-base. View the school uniforms on the DoDEA-Pacific, Guam District schools website or request an informational brochure from the school.
The school board is an elected body of parents of students attending DoDEA-Pacific Guam District Schools. School Board members serve a two (2) year term of office. The School Board operates in an advisory capacity to the Superintendent.
Middle and High Schools have a variety of sports program offerings such as high school football, basketball, wrestling, tennis, cross country and middle school basketball, soccer, and volleyball. Contact the school or view the websites for more information. Don't forget to check out MWR Youth Programs on Naval Base Guam or 36 FSS on Andersen Air Force Base for additional youth sports programs. Off-base youth sports programs are also available through Guam Sports Complex 671 633-2521 or Guam Department of Parks and Recreation 671-477-8279/80.
Before and After School
Child and Youth Programs (CYP) offer a fee based before and after school care option as well as day camp programs and activities during school holidays. CYP offers comprehensive youth sports programs for ages 3 and up. Child and Youth Programs operate a preteen and teen center for recreation and other activities affiliated with Boys and Girls Club of America and the 4-H Programs. Contact 671-564-1844/45 or view the Naval Base Guam MWR Guam website or (671) 366-1601/3490 or view Andersen Air Force Base 36 FSS website https://www.andersen.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/414478/child-care-and-youth-programs/
Active duty military and eligible civilian personnel may choose to enroll their children in Department of Department of Defense Education Activity(DoDEA)-Pacific Guam District Schools 671-344-9160/9578. You may choose to enroll your children in the Guam public schools, private schools, or a home school program, but you will be responsible for paying any potential costs that may be incurred for attendance or registration.
The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) is a single unified public school district consisting of K - 12th grades. 26 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 5 high schools, and an alternative school serving over 30,000 students. Public high schools are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Preschool children of income-eligible families may enroll in Head Start classes at selected locations. Preschool children, who will be 4 years old by July 31, may be screened for the Gifted Preschool program which enrolls a limited number of students. Screening usually occurs in the Spring (March –May) prior to the start of the school year. Mandatory school ages are 5 to 16 years. Children whose fifth birthday is on or before July 31 must enroll in kindergarten. The learning environment may range from a modern two-story structure to relocatable classrooms. Most teachers are fully certified and the remainder are primarily limited-term teachers who have degrees in their subject area. School Report Cards with standardized test results are available on the Guam Department of Education website. Most public schools require school uniforms. School Bus Transportation run by Guam Department of Public Works is available to all K-12th grade students who attend public schools and who live within the commuting zone. For information contact 671-646-3122/3166.
The Guam Department of Education implements the K-12 Content Standards and Performance Indicators throughout its schools. K-12 Content Standards and Performance Indicators specify “what students should know and be able to do” at the completion of a K-12 education and the standards reflect current educational practices, national standards and what the local community believes are valuable and necessary for students to be competent, productive, and responsible citizens in society and in the world. A public school student will be provided instruction in the following content areas: language arts/reading, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, world languages, health, physical education and educational technology. Gifted And Talented Education Programs (GATE) provides opportunities for enrichment in academics as well as visual and performing arts. English as a Second Language(ESL) is also provided for eligible students.
Special Education Programs provide students with special needs an opportunity to succeed in the least restricted environment. Programs offered are based on the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP). A special education program is in place to meet the needs of students with special needs provides services for students ages 3 through graduation from high school, with developmental delays and physical, emotional, communication and learning disabilities.
Prior to accepting orders, contact the Navy or Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) through your medical treatment facility to ensure continuity of services. For additional information, contact DoDEA-Pacific Guam Special Education Coordinator at (671)344-9163.
For the purpose of determining grade point averages, ensure the incoming student transcripts include the previous school's grading system.
Public High School Graduation requires a minimum of 24 credits.
Public schools offer parents the choice of purchasing healthy meals each school day. Children who qualify under USDA National School Lunch Program guidelines may get meals at free or reduced prices. For more information, please contact the school where your child will attend.
Middle and High Schools have a variety of sports program offerings such as high school football, basketball, wrestling, tennis, cross country and middle school basketball, soccer, and volleyball. Contact the school or view the websites for more information.
Guam has approximately 25 private schools affiliated with religious denominations. Tuition/registration costs average about $4,900 per year and range from $3,100 to $14,100. For information about School Bus Transportation, Middle and High School sports, extracurricular opportunities, and school meal programs, contact the respective private schools to inquire.
For home school support and information, parents in Guam may contact the Guam Home School Association or Guam Homeschool Resource Center. As in many states, home schooling is also an educational option in Guam. There is no requirement for home-schooling parents to register with any local or military agency on island, although parents should keep detailed records of their home-schooled students' progress. Many states are strict about what they will and will not accept when giving credit for student work in a home-schooling program. On Guam, children who are home schooled are subject to Guam Law (17 Guam Code Annotated, Chapter 6, Section 6109), which outlines the basic requirements for home schooling. Home-schooled children must receive instruction in English, in several branches of study that the Guam public schools require, for at least three hours per day for 170 days each calendar year.
It is current Guam Department of Education (GDOE) policy that no credit for any high school courses completed at home will be granted any credit by the GDOE. For eligible DoD dependents, DoDEA-Pacific Guam District schools accept grades from accredited home school programs. However, the school guidance counselor will review the credits to determine transferability and/or to determine if there is a need for end of course exams. DoDEA-Pacific Guam District schools offers auxiliary services for eligible DoD dependents who are home schooled. Contact the school principal about enrolling in some classes on the school campus, participating in sports, and usage of services such as the school library, testing etc.
School Liaison Officers
School liaison officers work to connect military families, commands and kindergarten-12 schools. Liaisons serve as subject matter experts for K-12 education matters and issues. There is a network of school liaison officers around the world to assist military families with information about schools in the current and next duty station.
Use the School Liaison Officer Worldwide Directory. Contact school liaison officers in Guam at DSN 349-6678, commercial 671-349-6251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For school options and resources, view the School Liaison Officer web page.