School Support Services

Hours of Operation

School Support Services will be temporarily closing at 12 p.m. on Fridays until further notice.

Monday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. (On-Site Registration Appointments ONLY. Limited services offered at front desk from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Thursday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Saturday 2nd Saturday of the Month - 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Federal Holidays Closed

Contact

9800 Belvoir Rd, Bldg 200
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
Google Map

Tel:
+1 (703)805-5555

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School Support Services (SSS) provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. A branch of Child and Youth Services (CYS), SSS is home to the School Liaison Office, where School Liaison Officers (SLOs) help deliver the best educational resources and information for your children.

We specialize in education transitions, and make sure incoming and exiting Families have information about local schools, graduation requirements, after-school services/programs, youth sponsorship programs and home schooling. We also help parents better understand the education process, school organization and interaction strategies.

How SLO's Can Help
  • Build relationships and facilitate communication among Army Families and the local school community 
  • Inform and assist parents with school transitions and deployment challenges
  • Establish school and community partnerships
  • Facilitate access to home school resources for parents
  • Provide information about college and other post-secondary opportunities and preparation materials
  • Inform and assist parents on youth education and school issues

Public Schools

Virginia Department of Education School Report Card (Web): Please reference the state report card so you may be informed and inquire when touring your school.  Virginia has Standards of Learning and does not follow the Common Core. Every state has its own Department of Education which determines its own accreditation and standards.  Because of this, it is not possible to compare to schools outside of the state.  Where you live determines where your children attend school.  Military waivers do not exist for the elementary school on Fort Belvoir.

Helpful Links:

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children (Web): These Virginia Code of Law provisions are to assist military dependents moving from public education in one state to public education in another state.

 

Private Schools

Virginia Council for Private Education (Web): oversees accreditation of nonpublic preschool, elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth.  A peer review process and an annual reportingrequirement have been developed to monitor the standards. Please refer to the link for a list of private schools currently approved by the Virginia Council for Private Education: 

Important Fact for School Transitions: Accreditation through a VCPE Approved State Recognized Accrediting Member guarantees the transfer of student credits from the state recognized accredited private school to a public school and ensures recognition of teacher licensure credits for time served in an accredited private school.

Youth Sponsorship

Sponsors for your middle school or high school teens are available either through the youth program or school. 

Army Youth Sponsorship Program

The Youth Sponsorship Club can help your teen learn about their new community and make new friends. Getting involved quickly helps children and teens fit in and feel less stress associated with their PCS move. All it takes to join the club is a visit to the school age or youth center or contact the School Liaison Officer.

Youth Sponsorship Registration

Contact your School Liaison Officer (SLO) to request a sponsor.  You can download and use the Youth Sponsorship Request form below to help your SLO pair your child with a compatible sponsor.

 

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Special Education Information

If you have a child with special needs, we can help you find information about the resources available in your school district. We can also help you connect with your local installation’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) office.

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Garrison SLO needs to provide info and links to district specific information. Link to locol EFMP, provide phone number as well.

References and Resources for Special Education

Highly mobile children are entitled to an expedited process, including: a). evaluations in 30 days instead of 60 days, b) removed delays due to school district schedules for families moving during incomplete screenings, c) continued Extended School Year for students moving in the summer.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources offers education, acronyms, tools, webinars and a directory of local Parent and Information Training Centers to help parents advocate for their children. The center focuses on proactive support and personal accountability. 

Military OneSource has a range of resources to help with caring for a family member with special needs including education, health care, legal, financial points of contact, EFMP, School Liaisons, etc.

Military Community & Family Policy Office of Special Needs provides a directory of age-specific resources and States-at-a-Glance for localized special education resources and information.

Free Army sponsored online training for educators and parents on a host of special education topics at

DirectSTEP course listing 

DirectSTEP registration

 

Home School

Home Schooling has become mainstream and widely-used. We offer resources and information to help you provide quality home-based education.

Home School Legal Defense Association provides information on home school law, and general support and information about homeschooling.

Home Instruction

Virginia Requirements for Home Instruction (Web): August 15th is for the Notification by Parent to provide home instruction. For families moving to the county during the school year, submission must be within 30 days of setting up residence. It is required for all students to demonstrate evidence of progress either through a composite score in/above the 4th stanine on nationally standardized achievement test (3rd grade/above) or a) subject portfolios for each quarter b) transcripts from distance learning program or college.

Transition Support

We understand that military transitions for children include much more than school plans and enrollment. We have a number of resources to help make your move as easy as possible for the kids, including:

Military Kids Connect provides online age-appropriate resources to help parents, teachers and children cope with the unique challenges of military life.

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3) addresses key transition issues military Families experience, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation. All fifty states have signed the compact and are in varying stages of implementation and/or compliance. The compact applies to children of Active Duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members on active duty orders and members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired within past year. Read more. 

School Transition Information: School Liaison Officers are located on each installation to assist military Families with school transition and other education-related issues.  Go to Army OneSource for more information.

Military Youth on the Move the Department of Defense designed Military Youth on the Move as one-stop shop for parents and students with moves and deployment.

Partners In Education, USAG Fort Belvoir

To support school learning communities by collectively improving systems for transition predictability for military-connected and other highly mobile students.  Together, the school districts and the installation use the guiding principles outlined by superintendents, school board members, and commanders in the US Army Secondary Education Transition Study (SETS) to accomplish comprehensive outreach, create a network of professional development, and enhance educational activities.  Fairfax County Public Schools and Prince William County Schools are signatories of the (SETS) Memorandum of Agreement.

Academic and Behavioral Support

We can help you find information and resources for academic and behavioral support, including:

Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families makes live tutors available online 24/7 to help with more than forty core subjects and standardized test preparation.  

Homework Support: Army Child & Youth Services provides homework labs in before/after school programs for elementary students at the School Age Center, and for middle and high school students at the Youth Center. 

Support/Resilience Programs:  School Support Services include information about other programs you can use for support and resilience-related issues.

Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) are available to meet in-person on or off the military installation. The free non-medical sessions are anonymous and may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings. Child Behavioral Specialists are located on the installation in Child & Youth Services programs, and in highly-impacted schools located on and off the installation.

Military OneSource has access to free non-medical counseling that’s anonymous and available online, by phone or in person. Twelve free sessions may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings.

Real Warriors is a multimedia behavioral health support center with tips for helping children cope with deployments and reunions.

National Military Family Association produces MyMilitaryLife, a free iPhone and Android app that provides Families with credible information tailored to your needs. 

Army One Source

Post Secondary Support

Our support doesn’t end with elementary education. If you have children preparing for academic life after high school, we can help you find information about testing opportunities, scholarships and military-specific resources that can help you plan.

Military-Specific and Government Academic Support information: G.I. Bill

Transferability of Educational Benefits: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil

In-State Tuition Programs for Military: Service members on active duty for a period of more than thirty days and their dependents are eligible to receive in-state tuition at many public colleges and universities in the state where they reside or are permanently stationed. An enrolled dependent may pay in-state tuition as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled at the institution, even if the service member is reassigned outside of the state. Regulations outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act, 2008 (P.L 110 - 135) and the Higher Education Act of 1965 apply. For more information:

College and Career Readiness: College and career readiness includes the content knowledge, skills and habits that students must have to be successful in post-secondary education. It also includes training that leads to a sustaining career. A student who is ready for college and career can qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without needing remedial or developmental coursework.

Let us help you plan for your child’s college and career readiness:

College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness and Success 

Counselor Connection 

Army One Source Military Scholarship Handbook

Before/After Care

There are several resources to support military connected children and youth while their parents have duty assignments.

The Fairfax County Office of Children Centers (Web) located at your child’s school follow the School District Calendar.

Prince William County Schools (Web) contract care through Minnieland Academy who follows their School District Calendar.

Military Child Care Fee Assistance

Military-Specific and Government Academic Support

In-State Tuition Programs for Military “Higher Education Opportunity Act, 2008 (P.L 110 - 135), Service-members, active duty for a period of more than 30 days, and their dependents are eligible to receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities (that receive funds under the Higher Education Act of 1965) in the state where they reside or are permanently stationed.  An enrolled dependent may pay in-state tuition as long as they remain continuously enrolled at the institution, even if the service-member is reassigned outside of the state.” Please contact the Office of Military Service at prospective universities for further assistance.

Helpful Links:

Tutoring

Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families: Paid for by the Department of Defense, 24/7 Online professional  tutors available to help in more than 16 subjects and test preparation.

US Army Child Youth & School Services, USAG Fort Belvoir: Homework Labs are available in Before/After for elementary at the School Age Center and for middle and high at the Youth Center.

Government Internships for High School Students (These are not military specific)

Service Learning Hours

Army Volunteer Corps (Web) For students needing to meet adult supervised service hours, there are varying opportunities on Fort Belvoir

Library of Congress Veterans History Project (Web): For Students 10th grade and above, they may interview a veteran and contribute to The Veterans History Project (VHP). There is an individual Web page for each veteranwho contributes. The webpages are within the permanent collections of the Library of Congress.

Support/Resilience Programs

Real Warriors (Web) and +1 (866)966-1020: 24/7 multimedia behavioral health support center for all military connected, Defense Centers of Excellence and Department of Defense

MilitaryOneSource (Web): You can access Military OneSource free non-medical anonymous counseling online, on the phone, or in person. Twelve free sessions may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings.

Military Family Life Consultants (PDF): MFLCs are available to meet in-person on or off the military installation. The free non-medical anonymous sessions may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings.

Deployment Health & Family Readiness Library (Web)

App, National Military Family Association (Web)

Youth Sponsorship

Youth sponsorship emulates the Department of Defense Military Sponsorship Program. These programs are peer led with adult supervision and provide support especially during times of transition.

Military Youth on the Move (Web): The Department of Defense designed Military Youth on the Move as one-stop shop for parents and students with moves and deployment.

Military Kids Connect (Web): The Department of Defense formed the National Center for Telehealth & Technology to offer this online community for military connected students which provides access to age appropriate resources dealing with unique challenges of military life.   

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Common Core State Standards and Assessments?

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) focus on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that students need for entry-level careers, freshman college courses and workforce training programs. The standards detail what K-12 students should know at the end of each grade. Most states and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have adopted the standards in English Language Arts and mathematics. There are two assessments being developed to measure student success (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and Smarter Balanced). The decision of which assessment to use is determined by individual state education agencies.

www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/common-core-assessments

http://parcconline.org/parcc-assessment  

www.smarterbalanced.org  

 

What is a Unique Military Child Identifier? Numerous states have enacted a voluntary report-only self-identification of military children within their public school systems. This data collection would allow monitoring of critical elements such as academic progress and proficiency, special and advanced program participation, mobility and dropout rates. Requirements and methods of collection vary from state to state.

www.usa4militaryfamilies.dod.mil/MOS/f?p=USA4:HOME:0  

www.militarychild.org/military-student-identifier

 

What are Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Schools?  DoDEA is a civilian agency of the Department of Defense that manages schools for military children (pre-kindergarten through K12) on a limited number of installations in the United States and worldwide. DoDEA operates the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Education Schools (DDESS) within the U.S. and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) overseas. While DoDEA schools do not fall under federal education programs like No Child Left Behind (the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - ESEA) there is a formal agreement between the Department of Education and the Department of Defense that provides for cooperative arrangements. DoDEA schools use the Common Core State Standards and follow the accountability guidelines mandated for all public schools receiving ESEA funds.