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Department of the Air Force
404 W. Martin Street
Scott AFB, IL 62225
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.
If you live on base, your children will attend schools in Mascoutah Community Unit School District 19. The elementary school located adjacent to the base is within the Mascoutah School District. Middle school and high school students living in base housing are bussed to Mascoutah Middle and High Schools.
Children of Scott AFB servicemembers and civilian employees attend school in one of the surrounding 32 school districts.
For information on all schools in the local area follow this link and go to the "Schools" section.
For additional information regarding schools in the local area, please contact the School Liaison Officer at 618-256-9595.
Many Scott AFB families choose to home school their children for a variety of reasons. There are many home schooling groups around Scott Air Force Base. Few are secular in nature. Illinois is one of the least restrictive states when it comes to laws for home schooling families. The State of Illinois simply requires home schooling families to register with the Regional Office of Education. There is a group of home schooling families on base that meet on a regular basis. This allows them to share resources and skills, take group field trips and fellowship in a variety of social activities. Contact information for the home schooling group can be obtained from the Scott AFB School Liaison Officer at (618)256-9595.
Illinois law mandates that all pupils entering Early Childhood Programs, kindergarten, first grade, fifth grade, ninth grade, and all pupils new to the district have a physical examination. Examinations made any time within one year before entrance will comply with the law for school attendance.
At the time of registration, each new family will be asked to provide a Certified Birth Certificate for each child they are registering, up to date immunization record, physical from the state of Illinois, and Proof of Residency. Proof of residency in a district may include:
Scott AFB offers a wide range of education for all ages. If you live on base, your children will attend schools in Mascoutah Community Unit School District 19. The elementary school located adjacent to the base is within the Mascoutah School District. Middle school and high school students living in base housing are bussed to Mascoutah Middle and High School.
Kindergarten is a full day. A child must be 5 years of age before September 1 to enroll in kindergarten. Most private schools follow this Illinois State law also.
Students in Grades 1-5 residing in all base housing areas attend Scott Elementary School. Grades 6-8 students attend Mascoutah Middle School. Students in grades 9-12 attend Mascoutah High School.
Parents dropping off students at either Scott Elementary or the Youth Center will be required to obtain a pass to utilize the Scott School Gate. Passes will be issued by Scott Elementary and the Scott Youth Center. The Scott School Gate is only authorized for parents dropping off students at Scott Elementary or the Youth Center. Violators will be turned around. Families with questions should contact the Youth Center at 618-256-5139, Scott Elementary School at 618-746-4738, or the 375th Security Forces Squadron at 618-256-2223.
Scott AFB children make up approximately 50 percent of the student population of Mascoutah District #19. Mascoutah School District 19 offers a comprehensive program for all students, including those with disabilities. Programs offered are for learning disabilities and speech therapy.
For more information on local school districts, please contact the Scott AFB School Liaison Officer at 618-256-9595 or visit the following link. https://www.scott.af.mil/Newcomers/School-Liaison-Office/
The following information is needed for enrollment:
The Education office provides on-base support to the following post-secondary institutions:
Southwestern Illinois College - 2 year college, over 150 programs - career, degree, and certificate options - day, evening, weekend, and distance learning classes
McKendree University - 4 year university with 6 Bachelor's Degree options on base - courses taught in 4 and 8 week accelerated format
Park University - 4 year university with 6 Bachelor's Degree options and 3 Associate's Degree options on base - courses taught in 8 week format
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) - 4 year university with 2 Bachelor's Degree options on base - courses taught in accelerated weekend format
Maryville University - Accredited MBA online or in classroom setting with 4 concentration options - 6 terms per year - 8 week sessions
Webster University - 6 Master's Degree options on base - courses taught in 9 week format
Scholarships and loans can be obtained through many sources at different times of the year.
For more information please contact the Education Office at 618-256-3327.