The Department of Defense requires all Soldiers and Airmen with school-age children to notify their children’s school upon receipt of reassignment instructions. Parents are encouraged upon receiving notification of orders for a new assignment to speak directly with their student’s counselor and request transcripts and special educational needs documentation, GPA interpretations with course descriptions, and copies of any assessment reports. This information will ensure a smooth move to the new school. Students living on Joint Base Lewis-McChord are served by the Clover Park School District. Families living off base in local communities will attend school in the local school district where they live. There are private and parochial schools in the nearby communities that serve military families. There are six elementary schools that support military students on the installation, as well as two middle schools, Mann and Woodbrook Middle Schools, and two high schools. Clover Park High School is for those living on McChord Field, and Lakes High School is for those living on JBLM Main and North. For transportation, contact the Transportation Office for Families residing on base for pick-up and drop-off points at (253) 583-5494.
If you have questions, contact the School Liaison Office, Waller Hall Welcome and Farewell Center, Room 203, at (253) 967-7195. K-12 school-related information is available for transitioning Soldiers at www.jblmmwr.com/SLTS.html. Check out the information concerning the Military Child Education Coalition at www.militarychild. org.
For more information call: Clover Park School District, (253) 583-5000; North Thurston School District, (360) 493-9000; Bethel School District, (253) 683-6000; Olympia School District, (360) 596-6100; or the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction at (360) 725-6000.
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