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United States Army
School Liaision Officer
9301 NW 33rd Street
Doral, FL 33172
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 state of Florida has been supportive of military personnel relocating to the South Florida area. Florida was the ninth state to sign the Interstate Compact that addresses military connected children in transition. In addition to the Interstate Compact, Florida Statutes and school board policies also provide directives to ensure our children have an excellent education.
U.S. Southern Command housed in Doral makes it possible for our families to relocate to Broward or Miami Dade County, both counties with superb schools. In Florida, the grade a school receives is determined by student performance on standardized assessment testing. You can find your school's performance grade at the school district website.
Elementary schools in Florida are from Kindergarten to fifth grade. In order for your child to be eligible for kindergarten he should be five years old by September 1. There are K-8 Centers serving children from Kindergarten through 8th Grade, Middle Schools from 6th to 8th Grade and High School starts at 9th Grade.
The State provides free, three hours a day childcare for all children four years old by September 1. The program is called Volunteer Pre-Kindergarten (VPK). Children are able to attend a private child care facility three hours a day during the school year. It is recommended that children attend this program before entering kindergarten.
In Florida you will find different school concepts. In addition to regular public schools there are Magnet schools which are theme based schools. Usually Magnet programs are available from elementary to high schools. Charter schools are also available. Charter schools are public schools run similar to private schools. ---- Military connected children do have preference in magnet school programs as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. If you are interested in your child attending a magnet school program you should apply during the application period and mark on the application that your child is a military dependent. You will need to confirm that you are active military by submitting a copy of your orders to the School Registrar. Selection is based on a lottery system. Miami-Dade Public School System accommodates military families in transition by allowing them to submit applications after the application deadline. Charter schools are another option. Unfortunately, at this time we do not have military preference in all charter schools; however; there are some charter schools that do provide military preference. Charter schools also select student using a lottery system; each school has its own application deadline, usually during the spring. If you are interested in applying for magnet or charter schools, please keep a copy of the application for your records with the date and name of school personnel receiving the application. For more information on Magnet or Charter schools and registration details, please contact your School Liaison Officer at 305-437-2633.
In order to register your child in any of these schools, you will need to provide name and age verification, proof of address and health and immunization records. Active military personnel have a 30 day waiver to provide the school with a child's immunization records. Florida requires that school physicals be conducted by a doctor in the state. The required state forms are available at the doctor's office. You can bring a copy of your child's immunization record and the doctor will transcribe the information onto the Florida form.
Florida is now a School Choice state, meaning parents can choose an out of boundary school within a specific county or across county lines. Parents still need to register their children at the boundary/ home school, however; at the time of registration they can submit a Parent Choice Transfer requesting another school. School re-assignments are usually granted if the choice school is not at 100% capacity. Both school systems try to accommodate military families’ transfer requests. Parents who choose a school re-assignment must provide transportation for their children. If your children attend the designated boundary/home school the district provides transportation for students living two or more miles from the school.
Children attend schools in either Broward orMiami Dade County Public Schools
The School Liaison Officer (SLO) provides School Transition Support Services, Partnerships in Education (PIE) initiatives, Installation/School Communication, Home School Linkages and Post Secondary Preparation Opportunities.
You can pay for your children's college education years before they graduate from high school through Florida's Prepaid College Program. This plan was designed to help parents beat the rising costs of tuition by locking in tuition at today's prices. To qualify, some residency requirements exist.
You can choose to pay for this plan in either a lump sum or installments. The plan is financially guaranteed by the State of Florida. All funds paid into the program are invested in a trust fund, much like a pension plan. You can enter your child in the program anytime from birth through 11th grade. Pending acceptance, your child may attend any one of Florida's four-year universities or 27 community colleges.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your School Liaison Officer at 305-437-2633.