Aloha and Welcome to Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s School Liaison Webpage. We are here to support and facilitate school transitions for Marine Corps families with school age children. We provide current information on educational services to help our families make the best educational decisions for their children. The School Liaison can help answer questions related to the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE), Private Schools, and or Home Schooling.
While school starts early every year here, Hawaii schools are not year-round (with the exception of multi-track schools). Public school students are in school from early August to late May annually. During the year, three school breaks occur at the end of each quarter:
- Fall Break: 1 week, early/mid October
- Winter Break: 2 weeks, on or about December 15
- Spring Break: 1 week, mid March
We want to ensure you have easy access to the wide variety of resources and educational services available to you as a family aboard MCB Hawaii. If you have any questions about schools for your K – 12th grade child, please feel free to contact us or stop by for a visit. We are here M-F 0800-1600 and located at MCB Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Building 216 Room 14. We look forward to meeting you!
Please visit the Hawaii Public Schools website for information about public schools in Hawaii: www.hawaiipublicschools.org
The mission of the USMC School Liaison Program is to:
- Identify and coordinate community resources to reduce the impact of the mobile military lifestyle on military school-age children and families
- Implement predictable support services that assist children/youth with relocations, life transitions and achieving academic success
- Provide a wide range of resources that facilitate school transitions to parents, students, schools, commanders, and communities
USMC School Liaison Goals
The USMC School Liaison Program is designed to create connectivity between military parents, schools, and the Marine Corps. Our top priority is to provide parents, students, and educators timely and relevant information to enhance learning and promote academic success.
- SLP Quick Reference Guide for Enrollment/Registration Requirements
- The enrollment process cannot be initiated until arrival; however, a few requirements can be done ahead of time. Please be sure to hand carry all of this documentation with you!
- For State of Hawaii Department of Education Registration Requirements web page, please visit: State of Hawaii DOE
- A Hawaii Department of Education Student Health Record is required for enrollment. By the first day of school, all students entering school in Hawaii for the first time must have:
- Tuberculosis (TB) clearance, AND
- A completed student health record that includes: Student’s Health Record (Form 14)
- A physical examination
- All required immunizations
*OR, a signed statement or a medical appointment card from your child’s doctor that verifies that your child is in the process of completing missing immunizations or the physical examination.
Completing all health requirements prior to moving from your current location is highly encouraged. The Hawaii State Health Record can be printed a given to the clinic or doctor’s office where you currently reside. Ask the clinic/physician to record information about physicals and TB tests on to the PDF form. Prior immunization records may be attached to the PDF. The dates of the physical and TB test must be within one year at the time of registration.
- SLP Checklist for Transferring Schools
- Families currently in Hawaii may contact the Kaneohe Bay Branch Health Clinic to complete the health requirements.
- Information regarding the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children: Education Opportunities for Military Children
- HI DOE link to information for Military Families: Hawaii Public Schools Website
- HI DOE link for High School Graduation Requirements: Graduation Requirements Information
- HI DOE link for Kindergarten Information: Kindergarten Information
- HI DOE link for Special Education Information: Special Education Information
- MCCS HI link to the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
- What school will your child attend? Hawaii’s DOE has a tool for families that identifies the school associated with your address. The School Site Locator is found at: School Site Finder
- Click on the Davis Demographics Mapping Tool: District Mapping Tool
Be sure to enter in the full address: House # Street Name, City, State and Zip
- Federal Impact Aid Card – Unit Address Information: MCB Hawaii Unit Addresses
- Hawaii “STEP UP” for College and Career Success Link: http://www.stepuphawaii.org
- eKnowledge Offers Free $350 SAT and ACT Test Preparation Programs. View this PDF for information.
- Free SAT/ACT Test Prep Course: Test Prep Info PDF
- To register for the SAT or for information about SAT, including testing dates and locations, please visit: http://www.collegeboard.org
- To register for the ACT or information about the ACT, including testing dates and locations, please visit: http://www.actstudent.org
- Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, is a terrific resource to families. Every year more than $150 billion in new aid is provided to nearly 14 million post-secondary students and their families. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM) is the form used to apply for all federal, as well as for many state, regional and private student aid programs. The aid from their programs allows students and their families to cover school expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. For more information, please visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
List of Scholarships for Military Children
Below are links to scholarships available to Military Children.
Please click on each link for more information.
- Military Children Program Scholarships available at commissaries or online: http://www.militaryscholar.org
- Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship: http://www.militaryscholar.org/legacy/index.html
- Pat Tillman Military Scholarship: http://www.pattillmanfoundation.org/tillman-military-scholars/apply
- Military Sons and Daughters Scholarship: http://www.aie.org/scholarships/detail.cfm?id=15503
- Military Family Support Trust Scholarship: http://www.mobc-online.org/scholarships.html
- Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund: http://www.fascholarship.com
- Armed Forces Crossroads Scholarships for Military Children: http://www.afcrossroads.com/education/coll_scholar.cfm
- Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Inc.: http://www.mcsf.org
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS): http://www.nmcrs.org
The Adopt-A-School Program is a voluntary partnership between a school and a military unit. Working in partnership with school officials, a unit formally “adopts” a local elementary, middle or high school. This Partnership develops a mutually beneficial relationship between the Marine Corps and area schools.
Objectives include expanding students’ learning activities, providing students with positive role models and assisting teachers by providing additional resources, alternatives and supplements to classroom learning experiences.
Last year volunteers from MCBH volunteered over 2,800 hours in schools across
the island. Marines & Sailors tutored and mentored students, led students in weekly PT sessions, assisted with Make A Difference Day and campus beautification projects, helped build playgrounds, chaperoned field trips, encouraged students during Jump Rope for Heart and Jog-A-Thons just to name a few. Marines, Sailors, Family members or Civilians interested in volunteering in Public Schools, should call MCB Hawaii’s School Liaison Office at (808)257-2019.
- State of Hawaii Department of Education: HI DOE
- Annual Public School Calendars: Calendars
- List of Individual School Websites: School Websites
- Information about Obtaining a Geographic Exception: Geographic Exceptions
- Hawaii Charter School Directory: Hawaii Charter Schools
- MCCS School Age Care: Visit our Youth Activities
- Information regarding the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for
Military Children: Education Opportunities for Military Children
National Websites for Military Families:
Military Child Education Coalition: http://www.militarychild.org
Tutor.com – Live, Free Homework Help: http://www.tutor.com/military
Military One Source: http://www.militaryonesource.mil
K-12 Educational Services: http://www.K12.com