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United States Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center
56 FSS / FSH
7282 N 137th Ave, Bldg 1113
Luke AFB, AZ 85309
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 educational opportunities in the greater Phoenix area include over 40 public school districts for elementary and high school children as well as vocational, community college, and university level educational institutions. A great place to find specific information about all schools is on the Internet. The public schools have "report cards" showing standardized test scores, demographics, parent information, safety, and registration information. Most of the local colleges and universities have websites. The Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) also has information about local schools.
The Education Services Center can offer assistance and counseling for college level curriculum. There are no DoDDS Schools on Luke AFB. Among the metropolitan area school districts there are significant differences in the quality of education provided. Children are assigned to the district in which they live, making it important to research schools before making a housing decision. The A&FRC maintains information on the average standardized scores of the surrounding public school districts. We are in Maricopa County. The A&FRC also has maps of the different districts showing their boundaries which some times overlap municipal boundaries.
Within a 15-20 mile radius of Luke AFB, there are over 15 elementary school districts with school start dates for each one varying from mid-August to the first of September. Some of the districts are on a year-round school schedule, which means the students have several breaks during the school year but attend the entire year. This currently applies to some high schools and is being considered by elementary schools as well.
There are many private schools in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Private secular schools are schools without religious affiliation. Many secular schools have a long history and tradition while others are relatively new. Secular schools often give preference for admission to students whose relatives are alumnae of the schools. Secular schools may offer a traditional education that centers around preparation for college while others focus on an educational philosophy or a specific approach to learning such as those that accommodate individuals with special needs, i.e., schools for deaf or blind students. Tuition costs vary widely. Transportation may be included in the cost of tuition or may be separate charge. Teachers are not required to be certified by the state though they may hold a variety of degrees and certifications.
Please contact your child's school district to ask what transportation services are provided.
The school food service program is an essential part of the total educational program. Based on the premise that well nourished students are better prepared to receive the instruction of the school day, the Nutrition Services Department plays a vital role in each school's educational team.
As part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs, the schools can offer meals free or at reduced price. Free and reduced-price meal applications are available in the school office, cafeteria, or the Nutrition Services Department. Only one application is required per family. Every district family is encouraged to complete and return an application.
Before and After School Programs
Many school districts offer before and after school programs. Please contact your child's school district to ask what before and after school services are provided.
The Youth Center, located in Building 1143 near Fowler Park, on Luke AFB, assists active duty personnel and DoD civilians by offering a safe learning environment for youths ages 6 to 18. Continuing programs include homework assistance, computer resource, job referral, community service projects, youth transition programs, social programs, sports programs, instructional classes, before-and-after school programs and summer and holiday camp programs. For further information, visit the Youth Activities Center office, or call 623-856-7470 or 623-856-7471.
School Sports Programs
Check with your child's school to find out which school sports activities are offered.
Exceptional Children Programs
The Gifted and Talented Education program provides assistance to schools providing education for gifted students. It ensures compliance with state requirements for the appropriate identification procedures of potentially gifted students, and curriculum and instruction for students who have been identified as gifted.
Special Needs Children
If your child has special education needs, the districts require an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). Questions about Arizona's Special Education or Exceptional Student Services can be asked by calling 602-542-4013 or visit the Arizona Department of Education website. In addition to Arizona's Special Education Services, the military has the Military OneSource resource for special needs assistance. Military OneSource also has free Tip Sheets, Booklets, CDs and Cassettes that you can order.Parents may decide to perform the schooling themselves in their own home or a relative, neighbor, professional tutor, or home schooling cooperative may perform the service. Parents who are considering this option should inform themselves completely about time commitments, curricula, relevant state laws, outside resources and available support groups.
Within a 15-20 mile radius of Luke AFB, there are over 15 elementary school districts with school start dates for each one varying from mid-August to the first of September. Some of the districts are on a year-round school schedule, which means the students have several breaks during the school year but attend the entire year. The Temporary Living Facilities (TLF) or Papago Village, is located in the Dysart School District. Elementary School children attend the Luke Elementary School, and High School students attend Dysart High School.
Base housing is divided by Glendale Avenue, which separates residents into two school districts. Those north of Glendale Avenue in Saguaro Manor fall within the Dysart School District. Those south of Glendale Avenue in Ocotillo Manor fall within the Litchfield Elementary School District. View your school's AIMS and Terra Nova test results online at the Arizona Department of Education website.
Because of the large number of school districts, please contact the individual school district to learn more about their local school board.
Achievement Test Scores (e.g. Stanford Achievement Test)
The Arizona Instrument to Measure Students, or AIMS, is a standards based assessment required in grades 3-8 and in High School. Scores from the AIMS test are important information to help parents track the progress of their student and school. In addition, federal law requires that districts and schools test 95% of their students each year with AIMS or risk being designated as failing to make Adequate Yearly Progress under NCLB. The state designates when the assessment can be given, therefore there are limited make-up dates are available for the tests; it is vital that all students attend school during these testing periods. There are two types of AIMS tests administered in Arizona, the AIMS DPA (dual-purpose assessment) for elementary students and AIMS HS for high school students.
AIMS DPA Overview
Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards-Dual Purpose Assessment (AIMS DPA) is a standards based assessment with embedded TerraNova norm-referenced items in the Reading and Mathematics tests.AIMS DPA is aligned to the new articulated reading and mathematics standards. The test is administered annually in the spring to students in grades 3-8.
AIMS HS Overview
AIMS HS is a statewide, standards-based assessment. AIMS HS measures the performance of students, schools, and districts on academic standards in reading, writing, and mathematics and is administered to students beginning the spring of their tenth grade year. High school students have five opportunities to pass all three sections of AIMS HS and are required to pass the test in order to receive a diploma in Arizona.
The Education Services Center offers many educational programs including undergraduate and graduate degree courses from Park College, Rio Salado Community College, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Wayland Baptist University. Scholarships are also available. Contact the Education Center at 623-856-7722/ DSN 312-896-7722 or located in Bldg 1150.
Individuals who are staying in the Temporary Living Facilities (TLF) or Papago Village, are eligible under the Dysart School District, but would apply under open enrollment. Elementary School children attend the Luke Elementary School, and High School students attend Dysart High School.
Base housing is divided by Glendale Avenue, which separates residents into two school districts. Those north of Glendale Avenue in Saguaro Manor fall within the Dysart School District. Those south of Glendale Avenue in Ocotillo Manor fall within the Litchfield Elementary School District. You must have proof of residency prior to enrolling your children in the Litchfield Elementary School District.
Magnet schools are highly competitive, highly selective public schools renowned for their special programs, superior facilities, and high academic standards. They may specialize in a particular area, such as science or the arts. Students who apply to these schools go through a rigorous testing and application process. Some magnet schools have boarding facilities to allow students from out of state to attend. Magnet schools were first launched in the late 1970s to help desegregate public school systems by encouraging children to attend schools outside their neighborhoods. Student diversity is still an explicit goal of most magnet schools.
Charter schools began appearing in the early 90s. They are "alternative" public schools started by parents, teachers, community organizations, and for-profit companies. These schools receive tax dollars but the sponsoring group must also come up with private funding. Charter schools must adhere to the basic curricular requirements of the state but are free from many of the regulations that apply to conventional schools and the day-to-day scrutiny of school boards and government authorities. Charter schools allow parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, and others the flexibility to innovate, create and provide students with increased educational experiences. To find out more about charter schools and where to find them in your area, visit the U.S. Charter Schools Web site .
Home schooling is educating children outside the public-private-parochial school establishment. Parents may decide to home school their children for a variety of reasons - religion, special needs, concern about physical conditions and danger in formal school settings, or fear of unacceptable teaching or religious curricula. Each state has specific mandatory requirements for parents who choose the home schooling option. Parents who choose to educate their child at home and who resides in Arizona visit the homeschool website or call 602-506-3144. Luke AFB has a Homeschool Group providing support military homeschooling families. Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org and the Luke Home School Yahoo Group. Other helpful websites include Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE), and Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA website at www.hslda.org.
Check with your child's school to ask which grading system is used.