ARMY SCHOOL LIAISON SERVICES
Monday - Friday, 8am-4:30pm
Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS)
Army School Liaison Services
Bldg. 500, West Point , NY
Ms. Michi Carl,
Army School Liaison Officer
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|The School Liaison Officer works in conjunction with the Child and Youth Services Division and the local school community to address educational issues involving military children. Through partnering with the local and military community, the School Liaison Officer uses a variety of resources to provide assistance with issues concerning student transition. The School Liaison Officer acts as a communication link between the installation and the surrounding school districts.
West Point is a 2013 winner of the LTG (R) Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award by the Military Child Education Coalition!
- School Support Strategy
Army CYS Services School Support initiatives provides a variety of programmatic strategies and resources that help "level the playing field" for transitioning military students. These initiatives prepare schools and installations to respond confidently to the complexities of transitions, and provide Families the assurance that their children's academic well being is a priority.
Per AR 600-8-101, all Soldiers with accompanying children/youth (from infant to age 18) will in and out process through Child, Youth and School Services/School Support Services for an explanation of the services of the School Liaison Officer. The School Liaison Officer is located in Building 695, and can be reached at (845) 938-2092.
For more information contact your School Liaison Officer above
You Made the Grade!
Initiated in February 2000, the You Made the Grade Program is designed to reward students in grades 1 through 12 for above-average academic achievement and to inspire them to work that much harder. Qualifying students can receive a booklet with various discount coupons on variety of items. To get the booklet, students must present a valid military ID card and proof of an overall "B" or better average to their local BX or PX. The overall objective of this program is to provide an incentive for kids to not only stay in school, but to excel in school.
Participating students must be in grades 1 through 12 and attending a public or private school, to include DoDS. If a child is home-schooled, the student should provide written affirmation of their scholastic aptitude from a parent or other community-authorized education provider. Students must present a valid ID card and proof of an overall B average or better in order to participate.
Students may receive one coupon package for every grade report they receive, but may enter the savings bond drawing only once per calendar quarter. Each coupon package described above will contain an entry form which the customer will mail to an address preprinted on the inside front cover of the coupon booklet. Drawings will be held in January, April, July and October from among all of the entries received by the close of the preceding calendar quarter.
Are you Out Processing soon?
Here are some helpful tips.
Contact gaining school counselor for information regarding student re- cords, transfer credits, regulations, and placement.
Have students most recent school records, separated by student. DO NOT PACK WITH HOUSE- HOLD GOODS. Records should include: report cards, transcripts, special needs documents, shot records.
Have address, phone and fax number of current school or alternate location if school has closed, as well as same information for new school, if determined before departure.
Give current school adequate notice of your departure & formally process out of current school.
Deliver all hand carried records to gaining school according to school policy & provide gaining school with previous school information so that records can be requested.
• Non-DOD Schools Program (NDSP)
Transferring with an IEP?
When transferring with an individualized education program, the new school is required to provide a free appropriate public education. This includes providing comparable services to those available through the current IEP. While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires that the new school provide services, it does not require that the services at the new location be exactly the same as those provided by the previous school. Comparable services are services that are similar or equivalent to those outlined on the incoming IEP. The flexibility in the phrase "comparable services" allows the school to determine how best to provide a FAPE using the previous IEP as a guide to the needs of the
- Local Schools
Thew below links are additional information regarding the local schools for West Point.
• DoD Education Activity
• District Home Page
• DoDEA Immunization Guide
• WP Elementary School
• WP Middle School
• Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery
• Central School District
• James O'Neill High School
• O'Neill High School
• Course Selection Guide
• O'Neill High School Profile
• O'Neill High School Clubs/Activities
• O'Neill High School Sports Programs
• NYS Graduation Requirements
• Orange County Schools Info Page
- Home Schooling
The below links are additional information regarding home schooling at West Point.
• Home Schooling
• National Home Education Network
• New York Home Educators' Network
• About.Com Home Schooling
• Home Schooling Central
• Education Week/Home Schooling
- Special Needs
Any child with special needs that has a parent that is either in the Active Army, a U.S. Army Reserve soldier in the USAR-Active Guard Reserve program and other USAR soldiers on active duty exceeding 30 days and any Army National Guard personnel serving under authority of title 10, U.S. Code. must be enrolled in the West Point Army Community Service Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).
The West Point EFMP Program Manager and School Liaison Officer are here to help with the transitions of your child with special needs into the school that your child(ren) will be attending.
• West Point EFMP
• Offical DoD EFMP
• DoD Special Needs Parent Tool Kit
• Military & DoD Special Education
• DoDEA Special Education Handbook
• DoDEA Special Education
• Stomp Project
• Autism Society of America
• CHADD-Children & Adults with ADHD
• National Center for Learning Disabilities
• Individuals with Disability
• Education Act
• National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education
• USAA Children with Special Needs Pamphlet
• National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
• Council for Exceptional Children
• Guide for Adults with special Needs
Youth Sponsorship & Relocation
Additional information can be found at the below CYSS link.
• CYSS Youth Sponsorship/Relocation
Senior Stabilization for Soldiers
The Stabilization for Soldiers program began in April 2001. It allows soldiers to extend their tour of duty at their current duty station for an additional year so a family member can graduate from their current school. So far, over 2,000 military families with high school seniors have taken advantage of this program.
Soldiers who have children in high school must request stabilization from PERSCOM before their children begin their high school junior year.
The request is made on a DA Form 4187 (Personnel Action- see above link). A soldier must list known scheduled temporary duty for a training course and other purposes.
Officers need to contact their branch assignment officers if they are scheduled for training at the end of their current tours. That will tell the branch that the training requirement may have to be deferred.
A letter from the high school stating when the student is expected to graduate from the school must be attached to the DA Form 4187.
• Army Regulation 614–200
• Assignments, Details, and Transfers
• Enlisted Assignments and Utilization Management
Stabilization for Soldiers with High School Seniors
5–26. Applicability and criteria
Soldiers with Family members in high school may request stabilization from PCS movement during the child’s senior year. The intent of the program is to provide stability to Soldiers with Family members in their junior and senior years of high school. The provisions of this section apply to RA Soldiers only. Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers should contact their servicing personnel office for guidance. RA Soldiers assigned to non-Army agencies or units must comply with all directives and regulations that apply to their command before submitting their request (for example, Soldiers assigned to the Defense Courier Service (DCS) must comply with DOD Directive 5200.33). Submission requirements are outlined below.
5–27. Submission of requests
a. Requests should be submitted no earlier than March of the student’s sophomore year, and not later than the
commencement of the student’s junior school year (for example, Student’s projected graduation date is Jun 2008;
submit request between March – September 2006). Requests submitted outside of this time frame will be considered as an exception to policy and must be justified as to the delay of submission. Soldiers may be eligible to PCS before the start of the student’s junior year of high school.
b. Human Resource Command (Director, EPMD) is the approval/disapproval authority. All requests will be submitted to HRC for consideration, regardless of chain of command recommendation. Soldier will request stabilization using a DA Form 4187 or memorandum. The request will be submitted through the chain of command to the ACOM/ASCC/DRU level, for a recommendation prior to forwarding to HRC-Alexandria (AHRC-EPO-P) for consideration. Soldier’s request will include the following:
(1) A letter/memorandum from the high school with the student’s name, SSN, and projected graduation date
(included as an attachment to the request).
(2) A statement on the Soldier’s request: “Student (child’s full name) is enrolled in DEERS.” All students must be enrolled in DEERS and must be under the direct care/custody of the Soldier submitting the request.
(3) A copy of the DD Form 1172 (Application for Uniformed Services Identification Card DEERS Enrollment) will be attached to the Soldier’s request if the student’s last name is different from the Soldier’s.
(4) Outside continental U.S. Soldiers whose DEROS is prior to requested stabilization date must include the
following statement in their request: “I will extend my foreign service tour to meet the stabilization requirement. Based on my new DEROS, I understand that I must still meet the required time remaining in service requirement to be eligible for reassignment to CONUS.”
d. Soldiers enrolled in the MACP must both apply if both desire stabilization under these provisions.
e. Requests for stabilization of CSM/SGM and/or selectees for the USASMC will be coordinated with HRC, CSM/
SGM Branch (AHRC-EPS).
f. For Soldiers on assignment instructions, normal reassignment rules apply. That is, Soldier may request deletion or deferment in accordance with AR 600-8-11. These requests will be considered as an exception to policy.
g. Stabilization under these provisions may be changed or canceled due to the changing needs of the Army.
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additional scholarship information.
• Military Children’s Scholarship Handbook
• Fisher House Foundation Scholarship Programs
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Scholarships for Military Children/Commissaries
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military and military affiliated organizations.
Special educational benefits and aid are available for veterans and their dependants.
National and Federal aid is available through organizations such as DoDEA, the Department of Education and others.
Below you will find many helplful links for
additional schooling information.
• DoD Education Activity
• DoDEA Immunization Guide