By Rachael Fisher


Finding the right schools and educational opportunities for each family member is an important part of any move. If you’re headed to Fairchild AFB with students, here is the school info you need to know.

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Schools on Fairchild AFB

Michael Anderson Elementary is the Fairchild AFB elementary school. Other students attend these local districts with diverse offerings that include Spokane alternative schools and a dozen local high schools that ranked among the Best High Schools in Washington. These child care services are offered to eligible patrons at Fairchild AFB through the Child Development Center and Family Child Care. Check eligibility and request care at MilitaryChildCare, the DOD’s website for families to find comprehensive info on military-operated and military-approved child care programs.

School Liaison

4 W. Castle St., Fairchild AFB, WA 99011


: 1 (509) 657-2246 The school liaison office is the connection between Fairchild AFB families and private and public schools. The office supports service members during all stages of transition and deployment to ensure children receive every possible opportunity for quality education. Fairchild AFB Elementary Schools

Fairchild AFB Elementary Schools

1. Michael Anderson Elementary

400 W. Fairchild Highway Fairchild AFB, WA 99011


: 1 (509) 565-3600 On-base children in pre-K through fifth grade attend the on-base Michael Anderson Elementary School. The name memorializes Col. Michael Philip Anderson, an astronaut killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. This Fairchild AFB elementary school features modern classrooms, playgrounds, and a cafeteria.

Fairchild AFB Middle School

All middle schools are off base. Students can attend schools in local school districts (depending on where you live): Central Valley, Cheney, East Valley, Mead, Spokane, and West Valley.

Fairchild AFB High School

All high schools are off base. Students can attend schools in local school districts (depending on where you live): Central Valley, Cheney, East Valley, Mead, Spokane, and West Valley. Childcare Options on Fairchild AFB

Childcare Options

1. Child Development Center

201 E. Fairchild Highway Fairchild AFB, WA 99011


: 1 (509) 247-2403 The Child Development Center offers care for children from 6 weeks to 6 years old. The center’s safe, nurturing environment promotes the social, cognitive, language and physical development of youngsters. The center is nationally accredited and DOD-certified. Children of active-duty military personnel, DOD civilian personnel, reservists on active duty and DOD contractors are eligible. Fees are based on total family income. Registration requires a completed DD Form 2606, immunization records, leave and earnings statements, and emergency contact information.

2. Family Child Care

610 N. Depot Road Building 2447 Fairchild AFB, WA 99011


: 1 (509) 247-5336 Family Child Care provides an alternative to child development center care for families that need evening care, weekend care, or care for children with special needs or infants and school-age children, as well as care during the swing and midnight shifts. FCC providers are well-trained and certified and undergo a thorough background check, and their homes are regularly inspected throughout the year. The program also offers a job opportunity for military spouses while allowing them to care for their children as well.

Schools Near Fairchild AFB

To be enrolled in a Washington school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 31 of the academic year. To learn about Washington’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the Washington State Department of Health. Central Valley School District, Spokane Valley, WA

Central Valley School District

19307 E. Cataldo Ave. Spokane Valley, WA 99016


: (509) 228-5400 Central Valley School District serves students who live in the Spokane Valley including Liberty Lake and Greenacres. There are three high schools, six middle schools and 14 elementary schools for the 13,000 students in the district. CVSD’s K-8 nontraditional schools, K-12 parent partnership program as home-school alternatives and New Tech Skills Center, which offers high schoolers technical and professional training at no cost, are in-demand Spokane alternative schools.

Cheney School District

12414 S. Andrus Road Cheney, WA 99004


: 1 (509) 559-4599 Cheney School District has an enrollment of 4,550, serving students who live in Cheney, Airway Heights and the surrounding area near Fairchild AFB. The district is a fast-growing area southwest of Spokane. It has two high schools, two middle schools, one K-8 school and five elementary schools. The district has been nationally recognized for its efforts to combat obesity by converting its school meal program from unhealthy processed foods to healthy “scratch” cooked meals.

East Valley School District

3830 N. Sullivan Road Bldg. 1 Spokane Valley, WA 99216


: 1 (509) 924-1830 East Valley School District’s 4,000 students live in Spokane Valley. The district extends from the Spokane River north to the foothills of Mount Spokane and east to the Idaho border. It has one high school, one middle school, and four elementary schools. It also has two choice schools among Spokane alternative schools: a K-8 school and a K-12 arts and technology academy.

Mead School District

2323 E. Farwell Road Mead, WA 99021


: 1 (509) 465-6000 Mead School District serves nearly 10,000 students who live just north of Spokane. There are 16 schools including two high schools, two middle schools, eight elementary schools, and several alternative schools. The alternative schools offer options that include a project-based learning program that is largely student-directed and includes community service projects; a parent-partnership for a home-school option; and a K-12 alternative school. Medical Lake School District, Medical Lake, WA

Medical Lake School District

116 W. Third St. Medical Lake, WA 99022


: 1 (509) 565-3100 Medical Lake School District is just 3 miles from Fairchild AFB, serving children who live on base and in the surrounding community. It’s a small district with one high school, one middle school and two elementary schools including Michael Anderson Elementary on base. The district offers full-day kindergarten. It also has an alternative high school that serves students age 14 to 21 that uses traditional methods as well as online learning to accommodate student needs and schedules.

Spokane School District

200 N. Bernard St. Spokane, WA 99201


: 1 (509) 354-5900 The Spokane School District is the largest in eastern Washington and the second-largest in the state. It has an enrollment of 29,275 students. The district has seven high schools, six middle schools, 34 elementary schools and five alternative schools. It offers full-day kindergarten at elementary schools plus several Spokane alternative programs, including Montessori, gifted classes, parent participation programs and programs for at-risk students.

Best High Schools in Spokane, WA

The best high schools in Spokane, WA, include these Top 3 as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2020.
  1. Lewis & Clark High School 521 W. Fourth Ave., Spokane, WA 99204; 1 (509) 354-7000
  2. North Central High School 1600 N. Howard St., Spokane, WA 99205; 1 (509) 354-6300
  3. Ferris High School 3020 E. 37th Ave., Spokane, WA 99223; 1 (509) 354-6000

West Valley School District

2805 N. Argonne Road Spokane Valley, WA 99212


: 1 (509) 924-2150 West Valley School District has an enrollment of more than 4,000, serving students who live in Spokane Valley. There are four high schools, including two alternative schools; two middle schools; and four elementary schools. It also has an early childhood education program and an outdoor learning center. The Best Fairchild AFB Schools: Daycare - High School


Choosing the right school is important — research by visiting school websites which are a great way to learn about a school district’s statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there. Plus, the Military Child Education Coalition ensures quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. Check out the info for parents of military-connected children. And, at Tutor.com for U.S. Military families – funded by the DOD and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, eligible students and service members in U.S. military families around the world can work one-to-one with an expert tutor online 24/7. Get free help with homework, studying, test prep, and proofreading in more than 40 subjects.  




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