What is a School Liaison?

When it is time for your family to relocate, we are here to help the transition go as smoothly as possible for your children. With Navy families moving every three years on average, a student can attend up to nine different schools by graduation. Military School Liaisons help families with children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Through partnering with the local and military community, the School Liaison uses a variety of resources to provide assistance with issues concerning student transition.  They assist with everything from a school transfer and homeschool support, to meeting graduation requirements. Getting in contact with your local School Liaison as soon as possible will take out lots of guesswork for you as the parent.  Your Installation School Liaison is available to represent you at any level if you need assistance.

Partnerships in Education (PIE)

PIE is a three-pronged outreach program that serves schools as well as the CYP. The goal of the PIE program is to improve scholastic achievement, enhance the development of social and life skills, and offer vocational guidance. Volunteers in the PIE program tutor, mentor, provide technical expertise, and serve as role models for school-aged children.  

If you or your command is interested in volunteering through Partnerships in Education at NSA Bahrain, please contact the School Liaison.  The ways to volunteer are endless! 

K-12 System Navigation in Bahrain

Bahrain School is a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) School, follows a US curriculum, with all classes taught in English, and has a highly diverse, international student body. Bahrain Community School Complex is located on a 28-acre campus in Juffair, Bahrain and is sponsored in part by the Bahrain International School Association. Bahrain Elementary and Middle High School is part of the DoDEA Europe South District, which is accredited by AdvancED and is authorized to offer both certificate and full diploma courses by the International Baccalaureate Organization.  

Information on the Bahrain School, Registration and Enrollment, The School Meal Program & Free & Reduced Lunch, as well as SPED services available here at NSA Bahrain, can be found at the links below. 

Child and Youth Programs

When military members and Department of Defense (DoD) personnel are confident that their children are safe and in good care, they can better concentrate on fulfilling their military and defense support responsibilities. That’s why our nationally recognized Child and Youth Programs, serving infants through 18-year-olds, are here to make sure high-quality and affordable child care and recreational programs are readily available for military and DoD families worldwide. We set the standard and are leading the charge in child care reform. 

Information on Navy CYP, CYP offerings at NSA Bahrain, and information on how to register for care can be found at the links below. For current CYP offerings at NSA Bahrain, follow us on Facebook @NSABahrainCYP. 

Youth Sponsorship and Student2Student

For our elementary, preteen, and teen community, the Youth Sponsorship Program adds in an element of social support. We strive to make contact with youth before they move, so when they arrive, we can immediately connect them with peers who are already participating in the installation, school, or community programs.  

Connect with the NSA Bahrain School Liaison to learn more about our current program offerings and to get your child connect to a Youth Sponsor prior to your move!  YSP and S2S request forms are available in the download section of this page.  Please send completed request forms to the email designated on each specific form.

When it comes time for your family to depart NSA Bahrain, the School Liaison is also able to connect you with the School Liaison, Youth Sponsorship Program, School and additional resources at your gaining command.

Home School Support 

Homeschooling is one of the many educational choices available for military families. The big difference between homeschooling and the other school options is that the family chooses the type of educational experience it desires. That choice can range from a purchased curriculum, to a custom-tailored learning situation to fulfill specified credit areas, to an apprenticeship, or to correspondence courses in specialized areas. The choice depends upon the family’s interests and abilities, unique needs, areas of expertise, or special situations such as living overseas. How a family approaches home education is decided at the most basic level, by the individuals in a family. Not only can schooling be tailored to specific interests, but family tradition or religion can be fully integrated into the education.

Because so many homeschooling options are now available, it is important for parents to research this option carefully to determine curriculum, cost, textbook availability, and state testing requirements. 

Various resources are linked below.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to the School Liaison with any questions, concerns, issues or additional support or recommendations.  Please see the digital newsletter for current program offerings and supports for homeschool students and their families. 

Post-Secondary Preparations

Postsecondary preparation in the 21st century is no longer a choice between work-readiness and college-readiness, but rather a preparation of all students to be ready for life beyond high school.

In the workplace of the 21st century, workers will need to be better educated to fill new jobs and more flexible to respond to the changing knowledge and skill requirements of existing jobs.

It is important for parents to learn about the many opportunities in today’s schools to help students prepare for careers and postsecondary options. Without parental approval or support, teens are less likely to pursue diverse career possibilities. The resources below are available to assist parents in gaining the knowledge and skill sets necessary to successfully guide their children through this process.

Please visit the digital newsletter to learn more about current program offerings related to post-secondary preparations.

Special Needs System Navigation

While parents remain the first and primary advocates for the rights and needs of their children with special needs, the School Liaison offers support by providing access to information about programs and services, referring families to special education professionals, and helping families navigate the administrative systems within local education agencies. By providing these services the School Liaison equips parents to make informed decisions about the intervention services and care their children with special needs will and/or should receive.

Information on the EFMP, Legal Support, and STOMP can be found at the links below.  Your Installation School Liaison is available to represent you at any level if you need assistance.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

STEM development begins with Naval STEM outreach programs at the Pre-K through 12th grade levels, continues through undergraduate and graduate school, supports student advancement into post-doctoral work, and continues through all stages of their STEM professions. The list of opportunities for high school, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students can be found below and by downloading the Naval STEM Opportunities for Students handout.

Deployment Support

For service members and their families, deployments encompass more than the time spent at sea or in a foreign country. There is a cycle that begins long before the ship or unit departs, and it continues beyond homecoming. For the different warfare communities — aviation, submarine, surface, expeditionary and special forces — the cycle may be different, but the overall process is the same. The deployment cycle consists of four phases: pre-deployment, deployment, post-deployment and reintegration. 

To learn more about the phases of deployment, the impact that deployment has on your spouse and children, and the many resources that are available to you and your family, please see the links below and download the Deployment Support Handbook from the downloads section. 

Additional Educational Resources

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