School Support Services
- Helping schools understand the challenges military Families face
- Informing parents about local school policies
- Giving Families information about local schools, graduation requirements, after school programs, youth sponsorship and homeschooling
- Connecting units and schools through partnership initiatives
- Conducting workshops to help parents navigate educational transition and advocate for their children
- Providing an array of resources that benefit military youth and improve school experiences
- When Do I Need a SLO?
Getting ready to move:
- Information about your upcoming duty station and educational options in your new community
- Connection to a youth sponsor who can answer your child’s questions from a youth’s perspective
- Assistance with the steps to prepare for your children’s departure from their current schools
Once you are arrive:
- Assistance with school registration and transition
- Help with questions about compliance and solutions regarding the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
- Two way communication between the school and parent
- Connection with homeschool co-ops or support groups
During your assignment:
- Answers to your questions about schools, homeschooling, special education, scholarships, transitions and more.
- Parent education opportunities about college and career readiness, preparing for transition and the Interstate Compact
To ease the transition, contact your SLO as soon as you get orders.
- Finding a School
Finding a new school and registering your child can be confusing.
We can help.
Our SLOs give you information on local schools so you can find the best fit for you and your family. They can also help you with everything you need to register – and can answer other questions, too. Contact our office and to get more detailed information.
- Additional References & 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 United State Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services outlines these requirements for State Directors of Special Education.
The Center for Parent Information and Resources offers parent education, acronyms, tools, webinars and a directory of local Parent and Information Training Centers to appropriately advocate for their children, proactively supporting personal accountability. Funded by OSEP.
Military OneSource has a range of resources in caring for a family member with special needs: education, health care, legal, financial, points of contact (EFMP, School Liaisons, etc.)
Military Community & Family Policy-Office of Special Needs provides directory of age-specific resources and States at a Glance for state education special education resources and parent resources.
DirectSTEP provides no-cost, Army sponsored online training for educators and parents on a host of special education topics such as understanding federal requirements, best practices for behavior management, IDEA eligibility, IEPs and more. Through the eCourses parents and educators learn how to apply education laws in order to obtain positive outcomes associated with critical education issues. Access the course listing and registration page through the links below.
- 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 50 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.
If you feel that you have an issue that the Compact can help address talk with your SLO. The SLO is able to assist by connecting with both the sending and receiving school to assist in resolving the issue. If it is not possible to resolve the issue locally, the SLO will help you work with the state commission, and if needed, the national office.
- 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.
The US Department of Veteran’s Affairs provides information about Military-Specific and Government Academic Support G.I. Bill
The Transferability of Educational Benefits for the Post 9/11 GI Bill are very specific. The Defense Manpower Data Center, through MilConnect will guide you through the transfer process and your eligibility to do so. Speak with an Education Counselor prior to making this election in order to ensure you understand the benefit.
In-State Tuition Programs for Military: Service-members, active duty for a period of more than 30 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 (pdf) apply.
Here are some additional web resources to assist you with your child’s education:
Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families makes live tutors available online 24/7 to help with more than 40 core subjects and standardized test preparation.
Homework Support: Army Child Youth & School 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.
A personalized learning resource for all ages Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, SAT and more.
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 nonmedical sessions are anonymous and may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings. Child Behavioral Specialists are located on the installation in Child, Youth and School Services programs, and in highly impacted schools located on and off the installation.
Military OneSource has access to free nonmedical counseling that’s anonymous and available online, on the phone or in person. Twelve free sessions may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings.
Ready and Resilient Workshops for youth and educators are offered through the SLO and Youth Center programs. These workshops provide educators and students with the same tools Soldiers receive through their Ready and Resilient training. As Master Resilience Trainers SLOs strive to develop a common language around resilience for educators, youth and their parents.
For information on how to attend a class contact your local SLO.
College and Career Readiness Resources:
College and career readiness includes the content knowledge, skills and habits that students must have to be successful in postsecondary 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. These links have tools that will help you plan for your child’s college and career readiness:
Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) provides STEM opportunities for military connected youth. The website provides information about AEOP programs available to youth, scholarship opportunities, news, and ways to get involved.
Military.com Scholarship Finder Military.com provides a search engine to help you find money for your child’s higher education needs. Search over 1000 scholarships intended for military youth. They also have a Military Scholarship Handbook.
School Support Services Scholarship Database Listing of crowd sourced scholarships for military connected youth. Scholarships are listed in alphabetical order and provide information on deadlines and qualifications.
Provides a description of federal student aid programs from the U.S. Dept. of Education and how to apply for them.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply for federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school.
Get Ready for College - College Planning, Financial Aid
- Frequently Asked Questions
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 method of collection vary from state to state.
Many local school districts across the United States include within their boundaries parcels of land that are owned by the Federal Government. They must provide a quality education to the children living on the Indian and other Federal lands while sometimes operating with less local revenue than is available to other school districts, because the Federal property is exempt from local property taxes.
Congress has provided financial assistance to these local school districts through the Impact Aid Program. Each year Military members and Federal employees complete a Survey Form. The amount of Impact Aid – or federal assistance –received is determined by the number of eligible parents/guardians who complete the survey form. It partially compensates school districts affected by federal activity for local tax losses resulting from tax-free federal installations.
Impact Aid Fact Sheet (we will provide a hand out to link to)
Impact Aid Website
At overseas/international locations where there is not a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school, NDSP supports a variety of options for your children, ranging from public or private schools to homeschool programs. NDSP has a team of education specialists who are available to provide transition and educational support and coordination for all students, including those with special needs. Sponsors are encouraged contact the NDSP as soon as possible for specific school information.
- Local Fort Drum Area Schools & New York School Statistics
Students living on Fort Drum will attend school at Carthage Central or Indian River Central. Click on this link to see how Fort Drum is split between the Carthage Central School District and the Indian River Central School District. Use this map as a guide to find out in what district you reside and what Elementary/Primary building your child will attend. Please note: this map is an unofficial guide for Elementary/Primary building guidance. Official determination rests with the public school district you reside in.
Students living off Fort Drum will attend school in the town or district in which they reside. Click on this link for a map of all of the public school districts in the Fort Drum area that educate military-connected students.
Off-Post Public Schools
Off-Post Private Schools
New York State School Statistics
The New York State Education Department posts a web site with the statistical report card for every school district in the state. For more information about the schools in our area (Jefferson & Lewis Counties), see the NY State School District Report Card Site.
- New York State Graduation Requirements
To graduate from high school in the state of New York, the following credit requirements must be met:
- English - 4 units
- Social Studies - 4 units
- Math - 3 units
- Science - 3 units
- Language other than English (LOTE) - 1 unit
- Art/Music/Dance/Theater - 1 unit
- Health - 1/2 unit
- Physical Education - 2 units
- Electives - 3 1/2 units
Total: 22 units
In addition, students also have testing requirements in the form of the New York State Regents Exams. To learn more about specific assessments necessary for graduating in New York State, as well as different diploma options for students, visit the New York State Education Department.
- Home School Options
All home school Families are required to register with the school district in which they reside. Fort Drum has a local home school group that is very active. Monthly meetings are held for parents and children to discuss concerns, issues, and accomplishments. This group is very knowledgeable regarding home school regulations. They offer support and many great ideas. For local home school resources contact the Fort Drum School Liaison Officer at (315)772-3214 or email the Fort Drum School Liaison Officer.
- New York Special Education and Special Needs
New York State Educational Services are some of the best in the country. The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) can assist parents with the Individual Educational Planning process. EFMP Navigators can assist Families in navigating many of the educational and social agencies that Family members may have to encounter. They can be reached at (315)772-0664 or (315)772-5488.
Military One Source offers a special needs toolkit: a valuable resource for military Families. Contact them at 1-800-342-9647 or on the web, www.militaryonesource.com
- Frequently Asked Questions from Fort Drum Families
Frequently Asked Questions from Fort Drum Families
“What school district will I attend if I live on-post?”
Families living in the Adirondack Creek, Crescent Woods, or Monument Ridge housing communities will attend the Indian River Central School District. Within the housing communities that attend Indian River, students in Kindergarten to 3rd grade will attend one of four primary school buildings in the district. Depending on where you reside, students will either attend Antwerp Primary, Calcium Primary, Evans Mills Primary, or Theresa Primary. Families living in the Rhicard Hills Housing Community or in the Leray Mansion area will attend Carthage Central School District. Within the housing communities that attend Carthage, students in Kindergarten to 4th grade will attend one of three elementary school buildings in the district. Students will either attend Black River Elementary, Carthage Elementary, or West Carthage Elementary.
To find out what elementary or primary building your child will attend, you can use this map as an unofficial guide: On-Post School Districts/Elementary-Primary Building Guide
“What school district can I attend and be able to use before and/or after school care on Fort Drum?”
In order to utilize bussing that travels to and from the School Age Center on Fort Drum, families need to live in either the Carthage or Indian River school districts. You may live on or off post and still use before or after school care. No other public school district (Watertown, General Brown, etc.) provides bussing to or from the School Age Center.
In addition, if you live in either the Carthage or Indian River district and would like to attend a parochial school in Watertown or Carthage, your child will have bus transportation to and from the School Age Center to their parochial school.
“Can I attend a parochial school and live on Fort Drum?”
Yes. Augustinian Academy, Faith Fellowship Christian School, and Immaculate Heart Central all have on-post students attending school in their buildings. Bussing is providing from the public school district that you reside in.
“Is bussing provided to and from school?”
Yes. Bussing is provided for every student attending school on Fort Drum, free of charge.
“What will I need to provide for documentation in order to register my child in school?”
You will need a completed registration packet for each child you are enrolling. All school districts have their own unique registration packet that can be found on their school district’s website. Carthage and Indian River registration packets can also be found in the Parent Central Services office in Clark Hall.
You will need to provide your school district with a proof of address. A physical street address is required. Students cannot be enrolled with only a housing community listed.
You will need information about the previous school that your child attended. Hopefully the last school gave you a hard copy of student records prior to leaving. Previous report cards may also be useful. If not, please have on hand the name and address of the last school your child attended.
Your child’s most recent physical and Immunization records are also necessary. A new physical may be required by the district upon entry.
School districts also ask you to provide the district with a proof of age. You will need to have a copy of your child's birth certificate and their Social Security Number. If the child(ren) have a different parent listed on the birth certificates, then you will need some sort of document that shows you have custody of the child.
Please also provide any special needs documentation from the last state you resided in.
“Can I enroll my child into school if we are using temporary housing?”
Families can enroll in school if they are using temporary lodging. Depending on the lodging, you may be attending either the Carthage or Indian River school district. We would highly suggest contacting the Fort Drum School Liaison in a situation like this to discuss schooling options that you may have.
“Can I switch districts or buildings if I want to attend a different school?”
New York is a district of residence, meaning that your children go to school in the district where you reside. Districts and buildings are assigned by location and once you are settled, you are required to attend the location that you are assigned. If you would like to attend a specific district or particular building, contact the School Liaison prior to choosing housing.
- Additional State and National Educational Resources
Jefferson County, New York Resource Links
New York State Educational Links
Financial Resources by County
- After School and Enrichment Opportunities
After-School Enrichment Opportunities
Students in grades 6–12 have the opportunity to utilize the Fort Drum Youth Center. The Fort Drum Youth Center offers a variety of programs for middle school and high school students after school, on Saturdays, and with summer programs. Membership to the Youth Center is free. For registration or program information, please visit the Fort Drum Youth Center webpage or call (315)772-6719.
The Fort Drum School Age Center (SAC) offers a supervised, comprehensive before and after-school program, as well as full day care during school out days for children in grades Kindergarten–6th grade. Cost for your child is determined by household income. For more information, please visit the Fort Drum School Age Center webpage or call (315)772-4411.
Both programs offer the following activities in these four main areas:
- Sports, Fitness and Health Options
- Arts, Recreation and Leisure Activities
- Life Skills, Citizenship, and Mentoring
- Intervention/Support Services
The Carthage and Indian River school districts provide busing to SAC for pick-up and drop-off and drop-off only at the Youth Center, to families living on Fort Drum and whose children are register and enrolled to use those programs.
The Fort Drum Child and Youth Services Sports & Fitness Program emphasizes safety, participation, fun and good sportsmanship. All registered participants are evaluated, assigned to a team, issued a basic uniform and guaranteed a specific amount of playing time.
The program is designed to provide all youth the opportunity to participate, develop fundamental skills, and grow in an atmosphere of sportsmanship, citizenship, and teamwork.
Local school buildings also offer after-school opportunities. Clubs, enrichment opportunities, and other after-school activities may be available at the school your child attends. To find out what’s happening, please visit your school district’s website.
Tutor.com for Military Families
One-to-one academic tutoring and on-demand homework help is available at no cost to eligible students in Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps families, including National Guard and Reserve, through funding from the U.S. Department of Defense. Eligible students include grades K–12 children and service members, plus some spouses and adult children. Coast Guard service members and their families are also eligible to use Tutor.com at no cost through funding from Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA). Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families allows students to connect anonymously to an expert tutor online at any time for personalized help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading and more. Eligible students can create an account and log in at tutor.com.
Other Enrichment Links
- Youth Sponsorship
Transitioning youth often have questions concerning their new community and how it compares to the community they are preparting to depart. The lack of knowledge of the area and the apprehension of leaving friends often makes moving a frightening experience. Interested Families can request a Youth Sponsorship by completing the Fort Drum Youth Sponsorship Application and emailing it to email@example.com.
By emailing it to the above address, it will be sent to Fort Drum Child and Youth Services and Youth Programs will contact your Family about connecting your child to a Youth Sponsor who can help answer questions and make moving a little easier.
For more information or to request sponsorship, call the Fort Drum Youth Center at (315)772-6719.
- Important Dates for School Year 2018–2019
The first day of school for all districts is Tuesday, September 4, 2018, with the following exceptions:
- Wednesday, September 5, 2018: Copenhagen, Lowville, and Sandy Creek
The break/holiday schedule for the 2018–2019 school year is as follows:
All districts November 21–23, 2018
All districts December 24, 2018–January 4, 2019, with the following exceptions:
- December 24, 2018–January 1, 2019: Beaver River, Copenhagen, Lowville, Sandy Creek, and South Lewis
All districts February 18–22, 2019
All districts April 15–22, 2019, with the following exceptions:
- April 15–19, 2019: Augustinian, Belleville-Henderson, Carthage, General Brown, Gouverneur, Sackets Harbor, and South Jefferson
For additional school information, please contact your school directly. Any questions and/or concerns pertaining to your child’s school, please contact the Matt Rogers, Fort Drum School Liaison, at (315)772-3214.
- 2018–2019 SAT and ACT Test Dates, Times, and Locations
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for the 2018–2019 school year will be conducted at Watertown High School on the following dates:
- October 6, 2018
- December 1, 2018
- March 9, 2019
- May 4, 2019
- June 1, 2019
The American College Test (ACT) for the 2018–2019 school year will be conducted at Jefferson Community College on the following dates:
- October 27, 2018
- December 8, 2018
- April 13, 2019
- June 8, 2019
- July 13, 2019
Both tests have registration deadlines and fees.
To register for an SAT exam, visit: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat
To register for an ACT exam, visit: http://www.act.org/
For additional information on SAT and ACT testing, please contact your school guidance department directly. Any questions and/or concerns pertaining to your child’s school, please contact Matt Rogers, School Liaison Officer, at (315)772-3214.
College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Area High School Codes Alexandria High School - 330115 Beaver River High School - 330365 Belleville-Henderson High School - 330380 Carthage High School - 331250 Copenhagen High School - 331475 Faith Fellowship High School - 335810 General Brown High School - 331625 Gouverneur High School - 332145 Harrisville High School - 332280 Immaculate Heart High School - 335820 Indian River High School - 334500 LaFargeville High School - 332725 Lowville High School - 332925 Lyme High School - 331330 Sackets Harbor High School - 334975 Sandy Creek High School - 335030 South Jefferson High School - 330005 South Lewis High School - 335653 Thousand Islands High School - 331390 Watertown High School - 335815
- 2018–2019 School Year Kindergarten Screening Dates
The following are specific kindergarten screening dates and the telephone numbers of the schools. Call the district in which you live to schedule a registration appointment during the screening dates provided below. For additional information on kindergarten registration, please contact your school directly. Any questions and/or concerns pertaining to your child's school, please call Fort Drum School Support Services at (315)772-3214.
School District/Building Phone Kindergarten Screening Alexandria 315-482-9971 Mid-May Belleville Henderson 315-846-5411 May 3 Beaver River 315-346-1211 May 17–18 Carthage School Central: Black River 315-773-5911 May 29–31 Carthage 315-493-1570 May 30–31 and June 1 West Carthage 315-493-2400 May 21–23 Augustinian Academy (Parochial) 315-493-1301 Anytime Copenhagen 315-688-4411 May 15–16 General Brown Central: Dexter 315-779-2300 Pre-register now Glen Park 315-779-2300 Pre-register now Gouverneur Central: East Side 315-287-2260 Pre-register now West Side 315-287-3200 Pre-register now St. James (Parochial) 315-287-0130 Anytime Harrisville 315-543-2707 May 16–17 Indian River Central: Antwerp 315-659-8386 May 30–31 Calcium 315-629-1100 May 22–24 Evans Mills 315-629-4331 May 9–10 Philadelphia 315-642-3432 June 4 Theresa 315-628-4432 June 5–6 LaFargeville 315-658-2241 June 6–7 Lowville 315-376-9005 Pre-register now Lyme 315-649-2417 May 4 Sackets Harbor 315-646-3575 May 10 Sandy Creek 315-387-3445 Pre-register now South Lewis Central: Glenfield 315-348-2620 June 1 Port Leyden 315-348-2660 May 31 South Jefferson Central: Mannsville 315-465-4281 May 18, 21–22 Wilson 315-583-5418 May 14–16 Thousand Islands Central: Cape Vincent 315-654-4599 June 5 Guardino 315-686-5578 May 22–23 Watertown City Schools: Knickerbocker 315-785-3740 May 16–17 North 315-785-3750 May 16–17 Ohio 315-785-3755 May 22–23 Sherman 315-785-3760 May 14–15 Starbuck 315-785-3765 May 16 Faith Fellowship (Parochial) 315-782-9342 Anytime Immaculate Heart (Parochial) 315-788-7011 Anytime
Hours of Operation
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|Tuesday||8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday||8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Friday||7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
|U.S. Holidays & CYS Training Days||Closed|
School Support Services provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. A branch of Child & Youth Services (CYS), School Support Services features School Liaison Officers (SLOs), who help schools, installations and Families work together for student achievement.
SLOs are your best support in the area of education, schools and military transitions. SLOs are knowledgeable in current education news and policies. They act as the conduit between the school community – including local public school districts, private schools and home school Families – and the installation.
How do they do it? By