The School Liaison Officer’s primary function is to serve as a conduit between parents, educators and the command so that military-connected children experience a seamless transition during the transfer between schools. Knowing that many military children move an average of every 2.9 years, School Liaison Officers can provide families with educational information to assist them as they begin their PCS planning.
The Child and Youth Education Services program supports military families with seven cores services provided by the School Liaison Officer:
1. School Transition Services (PCS Cycle): School Liaison Officers assist families with school transfers and help “level the playing field” for military children and youth.
2. Deployment Support: School Liaison Officers connect educators with the military deployment support system to inform them about the cycles of deployment and the tools available to assist educators in working with military children.
3. Command, School, & Community Communications: School Liaison Officers serve as subject-matter experts for installation commanders on K-12 issues, helping to connect command, school and community resources.
4. Home School Linkage and Support: School Liaison Officers assist military families by gathering and sharing information on home schooling issues, policies and legislation from local school districts. They also help leverage military Child and Youth Program resources to support these families.
5. Partnerships in Education (PIE): PIE creates a volunteer network of resources to support installation and community members who have a vested interest in the success of all youth.
6. Post-Secondary Preparations: School Liaison Officers leverage installation and school resources to provide graduating military students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.
7. Special Needs System Navigation: School Liaison Officers provide information about installation and community programs and services, make referrals to the Exceptional Family Member Program, and offer assistance in navigating the administrative systems within local education agencies.
Public School information
** Please note: In New York your physical address determines the schools your children will attend.
NSA Saratoga Springs services the following school divisions:
Ballston Spa Central School District | Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District | Corinth Central School District | Galway Central School District | Glens Falls City School District | Mechanicville City School District | Niskayuna Central School District | Queensbury Union Free School District | Saratoga Springs City School District | Shenendehowa Central School District | Schuylerville Central School District | Scotia-Glenville Central School District | South Glens Falls Central School District | Stillwater Central School District | Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District |
Please find specific enrollment/registration information for individual schools districts at the following links. Medical information, required immunizations and forms are included. Registration must be done in person and at the zoned school site once a permanent address has been established.
Ballston Spa Central School District | Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District | Corinth Central School District | Galway Central School District | Glens Falls City School District | Mechanicville City School District | Niskayuna Central School District | Queensbury Union Free School District | Saratoga Springs City School District | Shenendehowa Central School District | Schuylerville Central School District | Scotia-Glenville Central School District | South Glens Falls Central School District | Stillwater Central School District | Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District
All children must meet the New York State Department of Health Immunization Requirements listed at: http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2370.pdf , or Recommendation for Implementing Religious Exemptions, New York State Education Department http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/documents/modelproceduresMarch2016.pdf
Local Before & After School Care Sites
** Please note: Most school districts will only bus children within their own school district boundaries for school-age childcare.
New York State Office of Children and Family Services Please choose School Age Child Care for facility and narrow by school district.
Private School information
There are many private school options in Saratoga Springs and surrounding areas. Please follow the internet search for private schools near Saratoga Springs, NY.
**The U.S. Navy neither endorses nor supports the above organizations. They are provided as a purely informational resource for families**
Home School Information
Parents who are interested in home schooling their children while in New York are required to provide written notification to the school district superintendent of the residential area where they reside. This intent must be provided by July 1st for the upcoming school year. The school year is recognized in New York as beginning July 1st and ending June 30th. Additional information regarding home instruction in New York can be found at, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/homeinstruction/.
K-12 Special needs
Parents of special needs students can connect with their local public school’s Office of Student Services through the following links:
Ballston Spa Central School District | Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District | Corinth Central School District | Galway Central School District | Glens Falls City School District | Mechanicville City School District | Niskayuna Central School District | Queensbury Union Free School District | Saratoga Springs City School District | Saratoga Springs Gifted and Talented | Shenendehowa Central School District | Shenendehowa Enrichment & Acceleration | Schuylerville Central School District | Schuylerville Advanced Studies | Scotia-Glenville Central School District | Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District | Stillwater Central School District | South Glens Falls Central School District
Enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) provides military families with special needs consideration during the assignment process and access to support services to help navigate the medical and educational system.
The Exceptional Family Member Program has three components:
- Identification and enrollment of a family member with special medical or educational needs
- Assignment coordination to determine the availability of services at the projected duty station
- Support to help families identify and access programs and services
EFMP enrollment is mandatory and required for family members with special medical or educational needs; including spouses, children and dependent adults who:
- Require special medical services for a chronic condition such as asthma, attention deficit disorder, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, etc.
- Receive ongoing services from a medical specialist
- Have significant behavioral health concerns
- Receive early intervention or special education services through an individualized education program or individualized family service plan
Through the EFMP family support office, families can receive assistance with navigating military and community support systems. EFMP coordinators can assist service and family members with the enrollment process. Families can enroll by obtaining paperwork from the EFMP medical point of contact at their local military treatment facility. The forms for enrollment are:
Department of Defense Form 2792, "Family Member Medical Summary."
Department of Defense Form 2792-1, "Special Education/Early Intervention Summary."
Special Ed Connection, a free web-based resource available to Navy families, provides resources and tools that enable families to better understand special education requirements and available services.
Direct Step eCourses, another free web-based resource, can assist with navigating the complexities of special education laws and procedures.
Military OneSource offers assistance to families with special needs family members.
Specialized Training for Military Parents (STOMP)
The Youth Sponsorship program is designed to assist young people in making the transition from one installation to another successfully. It is our goal to help incoming youth adjust and get connected with a youth sponsor at the installation. Youth Sponsors will provide information about area schools, attractions and the surrounding community. Local schools promote Youth Sponsorship through individual programs such as a Buddy System, Ambassadors, etc... Programs are offered through classroom teachers in primary grades and the Guidance Counselors in intermediate and secondary levels. More information can be found by contacting your local school or your School Liaison Officer SLO.NSASARATOGASPRINGS.firstname.lastname@example.org. or by phone at: 518-886-0200 x161.
Local Child & Youth and MWR programs offer family events to encourage military family unity and to come together to interact throughout the year. Extracurricular activities such as, Seasonal festivals, Month of the Military Child events, Kid’s Fun Run & Back to School event, Trick or Treating and the Children’s New Year’s Eve party are some highlights of our year.
Academic support, http://www.tutor.com/military ; https://www.khanacademy.org/
SAT/ACT Preparation, http://www.eknowledge.com/allAccessLandingPage.php?coupon=3A8E9CEFCE
Student Aid, https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
Military Dependent Scholarship List http://www.navymwrmidlant.com/modules/media/?do=download&id=4a452423-54a1-421f-b758-fd05e97184cf
Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children, http://www.mic3.net/
School Quest, https://www.schoolquest.org/
The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), http://www.militarychild.org/
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), https://www.dodea.edu/
National Military Family Association (NMFA), http://www.militaryfamily.org/
Military OneSource, http://www.militaryonesource.mil/