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School Liaison Program

The Henderson Hall Marine Corps School Liaison is here to serve military families, commands, schools and the community located in the National Capital Region. The program provides support for transitioning students in grades K-12 due to the mobile military lifestyle:

  • Information on local schools (public, private and charter)
  • Homeschooling requirements
  • Marines Mentoring Program
  • Special Education (Check out www.wrightslaw.com for additional support on this topic)
  • High School graduation requirements
  • Post-secondary preparation
  • Tutoring resources – see flyer
  • Military Interstate Children's Compact (The Compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation.)

Ask a SLO Anything Series

Ask a SLO Anything Series

Wednesday, October 13 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm • Via Zoom.

Henderson-Hall's SL Amy Fishman, Ft. Myer's SLO Ann Daffin and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling SL Kimberly Crutchfield invite your to Ask A SLO Anything on any schools relate issues!

Join us to discuss current school issues that impact you and your children. Ask questions about:

  • Transitions
  • Challenges with returning to in-person learning
  • Health concerns for students
  • Homeschooling and more!

Register at amy.fishman@usmc-mccs.org or call 703-693-8378. For all active duty Military families of school age children.

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Additional Information
Schools and Home Schooling

The District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland have some of the best schools in the nation. As you consider your move to the area below are the neighboring districts to compare. If you have any questions regarding districting, school requirements or transfer of credits, please contact your school liaison representative at 703-693-8378.


Local Virginia Public K-12 School Districts

Home Schooling

VA DOE Home Schooling Information:

School Liaison Resources

Educational Resources
Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families

Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families
Free online help is available 24/7 for military members and their families from live, professional, and screened tutors in more than 16 subjects. Tutors available to help with K-12 coursework, introductory college courses, adult education, and career transitions.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission
Interstate Compact on Educational/Opportunity for Military Children information can be found on this site. Click your state on the interactive map for information.

Special Needs
Exceptional Family Member Program

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
The primary mission of the Marine Corps EFMP is to ensure the continuum of care for eligible Marine Corps family members. An exceptional family member can be a child, spouse, or a dependent parent who requires medical or educational services due to a physical, intellectual, or emotional need.

Specialized Training of Military Parents

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)
STOMP is the only National Parent Training and Information Center for military families providing support and advice to military families with individuals with disabilities without regard of the type of medical condition their child has.

VA Department of Education – Special Education

VA Department of Education – Special Education

Maryland State Department of Education – Special Education

Maryland State Department of Education – Special Education

District of Columbia Schools Special Education

District of Columbia Schools Special Education

Fairfax County Public Schools Parent Resource Center

Fairfax County Public Schools Parent Resource Center

Arlington County Public Schools Parent Resource Center

Arlington County Public Schools Parent Resource Center

Financing College

Schoolarship for Military Children

Schoolarship for Military Children
The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created to recognize the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community.

Navy–Marine Corps Relief Society

Navy–Marine Corps Relief Society
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is a privite non-profit charitable organization providing financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States. Click on education programs.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation honors Marines by educating their children through scholarships. Information including eligibility, registration dates/deadlines, and applications can be found on this site.

Marines Mentoring Program

Looking for virtual volunteers!
Mentoring Program for Barcroft students is back! Barcroft students are in great need for volunteers. This volunteer job is easy and rewarding! Just one or two hours a week!

Mondays-Two time slots are available to pick from: 1100 or 1500 (1 hour).
Open to all Marines and Service Members.

Important Information:
Volunteers will start off the program with getting to know their students, these will go from community builder/get to know you activities (for a couple of sessions) to social-emotional learning activities (also one-two sessions). (Activities will be provided). Last, (after a few weeks) you will read with your students. Barcroft Elementary has an online library you may use and will share their screen. Each session will be 1 hour. The Barcroft POC will lead a quick training for those interested in signing up. We’d love as many volunteers as possible for this program! For volunteer hours, contact the School Liaison Officer at amy.fishman@usmc-mccs.org

Virtual Boot Camp:
' We are looking for Marines and service members to lead a virtual boot camp/gym class once or twice a month. Volunteers may pair up with more than one volunteer at a time. This can be a live stream event or prerecorded. Please contact the School Liaison Officer at amy.fishman@usmc-mccs.org if you are interested.


Want to help and don’t know how? Read!
Let’s continue the Mentoring Program virtually through United Through Reading and receive volunteer hours!! This is so easy you can do it from your own home or even your car!

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JUMP – Joint Uniform Mentoring Program

2019–2020 Joint Uniform Mentoring Program (JUMP)

2019–2020 Joint Uniform Mentoring Program (JUMP)

Do you have a heart for youth? Want to inspire the minds of the future? Consider being a Mentor for elementary or middle school age students!

Requirements: 2 to 4 hours per month during the student’s lunch period.
Location: Leckie Education Campus (PK3-8th grade). Leckie EC is located within 5 minutes of JBAB.
When: Monday - Friday, 12:30 – 1:30 pm (times can adjust according to your schedule).

If you are interested, please contact the Henderson Hall School Liaison Officer, Amy Fishman, 703-693-8378; amy.fishman@usmc-mccs.org. Transportation will be provided.

Volunteer Spotlight

SSgt Mildred Shines is a Maryland native with roots in Prince George’s County. She has served in the Marine Corps for almost 10 years and continues to excel in her academic and personal endeavors. Her recent promotion to SSgt reflects her dedication, commitment and perseverance towards excellence in achievement.

“She is determined and self-motivated,” added a colleague at her recent promotion. The same can be said about SSgt Shines work ethic as she mentors students at Long Branch Elementary. SSgt Shines has been a volunteer with the School Liaison Program at Henderson Hall for two consecutive years with Arlington Public Schools.

She began volunteering ardently as a high school student and 10 years later continues to devote her leisure time to organizations such as Toys for Tots and Young Marines.

Her charisma resonates with the students at Long Branch as she combines humor and reading with her style of mentoring. There is a “...lasting impact on the mentor and mentee…” shares SSgt Shines. “..I try and maintain a peppy attitude by thinking that the kids are my family members…” And this is why she is remains a beloved favorite amongst the elementary students.

  1. What school can my child attend?

  2. How and when do I register my child/children for school?

  3. What is the cut off month to register for Kindergarten?