Fort Benning Schools
Fort Benning’s five elementary schools and one middle school offer quality education for children of military personnel living on post. Programs are designed to serve the unique needs of military families.
A school board made up of parents elected from each school serves in an advisory role to the school district. Parental involvement is encouraged. Each Fort Benning school has a parent-teacher organization.
Eligibility to attend the Fort Benning schools is based upon residency and age. Students must reside on post in family housing or have a billeting assignment for occupancy within 180 days. The student must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current year to enter pre-kindergarten and 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current year to enter kindergarten. Schools belong to the Georgia/Alabama District and are part of the DOD Domestic Elementary and Secondary Schools.
Fort Benning schools offer programs for students with special needs, including learning disabilities, intellectual and emotional impairments, developmental delays and speech-language impairments. If the needs exceed the services available on post, services may be provided through programs in the Muscogee County School System. Sponsors of children needing special education services should call Fort Benning’s director of special education at 706-545-8263. Gifted education services are also provided to eligible students in kindergarten through eighth grades.
The English as a Second Language program helps children attain proficiency in English. School counselors and nurses work in each school to provide services to all children. For more information about Fort Benning schools, visit www.dodea.edu/Americas.
Dexter Elementary 706-545-3424
McBride Elementary 706-544-9411
Stowers Elementary 706-544-2312
White Elementary 706-545-4623
Wilson Elementary 706-545-5723
Faith Middle 706-545-0310
School Liaison Office / 706-545-3062
The school liaison officers work with Child & Youth Services and local schools to address educational issues involving military children. Liaisons are a communication link between the installation and the surrounding school districts.
Local High Schools
Students on Fort Benning may attend Spencer High School in Columbus or Chattahoochee County High School. Both provide advanced, on-grade level and remedial classes to accommodate all academic levels.
All Columbus high schools offer magnet academies, which are specialized schools of study. Fort Benning students may apply to any of these magnets. The application process and requirements vary. Students who qualify for these programs may be required to meet and maintain a minimum GPA, submit report cards signed by their eighth-grade counselor, pass an entrance exam, provide teacher recommendations and interview with school officials. Students interested in attending a magnet academy are encouraged to call the school for more information.
Army Continuing Education System / 706-545-7397/6258
The Army Continuing Education System serves Soldiers and family members through the Army Education Center in Building 9230 in the Commissary Mall on Marne Road. Counselors provide information on the GoArmyEd portal, Army Tuition Assistance, GI Bill, various grants, scholarships and more.