By Rachel Childs


Looking for day cares, schools, and educational opportunities at your new duty station can feel daunting. Researching your options is no small task, but we're here to help! Read on for information on local public school districts, charter schools, private schools, and child care facilities at NAS Patuxent River.

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COVID-19 Notice

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, schools and other youth services may be closed or operating on a reduced schedule. Check the venue or school's website or call for more information on attendance guidelines and restrictions.

Maryland School Enrollment

To be enrolled in a Maryland school, a child must be at least 5 years old on Sept. 1 of the school year. Registration typically requires a birth certificate or other proof of the child's age and the child's previous school records and immunization records. For details on Maryland's minimum vaccine requirements for children in day care or school, visit the Maryland Department of Health website. Check with the school for additional requirements.

NAS Pax River Schools

The air station's school liaison officer website has information on NAS Pax River school districts, homeschooling in Maryland, transition support, and more. The website also has contact information for the air station's school liaison officer, who can provide information and guidance on area schools as well as educational resources for your children. There are no DoDEA schools on NAS Pax River. Children living in NAS Pax River military housing and the surrounding region attend St. Mary's County Public Schools, Calvert County Public Schools, and Charles County Public Schools.

St. Mary's County Public Schools

23160 Moakley St. Leonardtown, MD 20650


: 1 (301) 475-5511 Students who live in NAS Pax River military housing communities attend St. Mary's County Public Schools. The following list of elementary, middle, and high schools are all part of St. Mary's County Public Schools. For a full list of schools in this district, visit the district's website.

Public Elementary Schools Near NAS Pax River

Evergreen Elementary School Grades K-5 43765 Evergreen Way California, MD 20619


: 1 (301) 863-4060 Green Holly Elementary School Grades Headstart-5 46060 Millstone Landing Road Lexington Park, MD 20653


: 1 (301) 863-4064 Hollywood Elementary School Grades PK-5 44345 Joy Chapel Road Hollywood, MD 20636


: 1 (301) 373-4350 Lexington Park Elementary School Grades PK-5 46763 S. Shangri La Drive Lexington Park, MD 20653


: 1 (301) 863-4085 Park Hall Elementary School Grades PK-5 20343 Hermanville Road Park Hall, MD 20667


: 1 (301) 863-4054 Public Middle Schools Near NAS Pax River

Public Middle Schools Near NAS Pax River

Esperanza Middle School Grades 6-8 22790 Maple Road Lexington Park, MD 20653


: 1 (301) 863-4016 Spring Ridge Middle School Grades 6-8 19856 Three Notch Road Lexington Park, MD 20653


: 1 (301) 863-4031

Public High Schools Near NAS Pax River

Great Mills High School Grades 9-12 21130 Great Mills Road Great Mills, MD 20634


: 1 (301) 863-4001 Leonardtown High School Grades 9-12 23995 Point Lookout Road Leonardtown, MD 20650


: 1 (301) 475-0200

Calvert County Public Schools

1305 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678


: 1 (443) 550-8000 Calvert County is found across the Patuxent River. For information on schools in Calvert County, visit the Calvert County Public Schools website.

Charles County Public Schools

5980 Radio Station Road La Plata, MD 20646


: 1 (301) 932-6610 If you are interested in schools in nearby Charles County, visit Naval Support Facility Indian Head's school liaison officer website and the Charles County Public Schools website.

Charter Schools Near NAS Pax River

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students, and have open enrollment. For more information about charter schools in Maryland, visit the Maryland State Department of Education's website. Private Schools Near NAS Pax River

Private Schools Near NAS Pax River

To search for local private schools in Maryland, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type, and more. A list of local private schools can also be found on the air station's school liaison officer website.

Child and Youth Services at NAS Pax River

The NAS Pax River Morale, Welfare, and Recreation website has a wealth of information and resources for your family. The website links to NAS Pax River's many youth services, which include child development centers, a youth center, youth sports and fitness programs, and more. Child and youth programs at NAS Pax River offer parents and children a full spectrum of support, with flexible hourly, part-day, and full-day child care options, as well as before- and after-school care for older children. For information on enrollment in child care programs, program fees, and registration, visit the NAS Pax River MWR child and youth website. Another helpful resource for military families is MilitaryChildCare.com. This DOD website provides comprehensive information on military-operated or military-approved child care programs worldwide. Once you create an account and a profile on this website, you can search the full range of military child care options, request care, and remain on waitlists for a preferred program even after being offered care by another program. NAS Pax River Child Care Options

NAS Pax River Child Care Options

Child Development Homes

Child Development Homes offer home-based child care for children in government housing. Providers in this program may provide full-day, part-day, weekend, and hourly care. Child Development Centers Building 2030 22017 Bundy Road Patuxent River, MD 20670


: 1 (301) 342-7636 Building 2813 22027 Cuddihy Road Patuxent River, MD 20670


: 1 (301) 342-3636 NAS Pax River has two child development centers that provide care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Rassieur Youth Center 46983 Hinkle Circle Patuxent River, MD 20670


: 1 (301) 342-1694 This center offers before- and after-school care, Boys & Girls Club of America programs, 4-H programs, a teen program, and more.

Additional Education Resources


Researching child care options and schools for your family can be stressful, but it's an important part of any PCS. Be sure to talk with your children about their hopes and concerns for their new school. Including children in discussions about their new school will help them feel more at home at their new duty station. And don't be afraid to reach out to the air station's school liaison officer for help and additional resources.



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