School Liaison Program: Scholarship Search

Welcome Message From Your School Liaison Program Manager

Welcome to Colorado! My name is Jackie, and I am your School Liaison Program Manager. I want to extend my assistance to help you and your family transition smoothly to Peterson SFB.

The Colorado Springs area has 10 main school districts near Peterson SFB, and I am here to ensure you know the options for public, private, virtual and home-schooling education opportunities for your family. This includes assistance with special educational services for school age and pre-school children. In addition, I can assist you with Military Interstate Compact (MIC3) on Educational Opportunities for Military Children. This compact provides support for children during school transitions, to include dependents of retirees. Please feel free to reach out for any questions.

Please feel free to reach out to School Liaison with any questions or concerns.

Jackie, School Liaison Program Manager
Org box: 21FSS.FSY.SLPM@SPACEFORCE.MIL
DSN: 834.8029
COMM: 719.556.8029

The School Liaison at Peterson SFB provides information on Colorado Springs school districts, acts as the liaison between the military community and school administrators, provides consultation services regarding school education, and provides transition information on other school districts for military members who are PCS-ing.

For more information, call 719.556.8029 or email: 21FSS.FSY.SLPM@SPACEFORCE.MIL

STARBASE Academy – A Department of Defense Youth Program

DoD STARBASE focuses on elementary students, primarily fifth graders. The goal is to motivate them to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as they continue their education. The academies serve students who are historically under-represented in STEM. Students who live in inner cities or rural locations, those who are socio-economically disadvantaged, low in academic performance or have a disability are in the target group. The program encourages students to set goals and achieve them.

STARBASE flier
STARBASE program information

Feeder Schools for Peterson SFB

Feeder schools are those that provide bus transportation from Peterson SFB to one of the several schools. Our feeder schools are:

Click here for kindergarten (PDF) information and here for general enrollment information.

Purple Star schools (initiative) adding transportation to and from school to:

Colorado is a Choice State, which means you can place your child in another school outside the district or zone provided that the school has availability. For more information, go to https://www.d11.org/choice

Online Tutor Available

Get online tutoring and career help for free. Certified, professional tutors and resources are available 24/7 for all subjects and all levels – K-12 students, college students and adult learners. Tutors only work with one student at a time. And it’s a safe, secure place to learn. Authorized users sign up online at www.tutor.com/airforce.

Before/After School Sitters, Homework Help, Last minute caregviers, School Holiday care — consider using Sittercity’s Military Program — The Department of Defense pays your Sittercity membership. Go to sittercity.com/dod for more information.  The DoD funds memberships for Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force families including active duty, Guard, and Reserve.

Military Child Education Resources

Here are several helpful websites for military families looking for good schools, for a checklist when their children transfer schools, and for those who have children with disabilities.

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission

https://mic3.net/
The compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation.

Great Schools Find schools to match your child’s K-12 educational needs. Here are five online resources for finding great schools:

  1. Colorado Department of Education (CDE) – http://cde.state.co.us/ As a dynamic service agency, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) provides leadership, resources, support and accountability to the state’s *178 school districts, 1,927 schools, over 55,000 teachers and over 4,100 administrators to help them build capacity to meet the needs of the state’s approximately 886,517 public school students.
  2. NICHE – https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-schools/?geoip=true Finding the right school shouldn’t be hard. From K‑12 to college to grad school, we make it easy to discover and connect with the best ones for you. Your search is unique, just like you. We give you all of the data, reviews, and insights in one place to make your search as easy as possible.
  3. Colorado School Grades – www.coloradoschoolgrades.com gives the military family the ability to compare schools that are located in Colorado against each other. Colorado school grades provide accessible, easy-to-understand information about Colorado school performance. Learn more about the nonprofit coalition behind Colorado School Grades. Using the exact same variables and weights as the Colorado Department of Education’s School Performance Framework, we translate the state’s data into letter grades (A-F) for public schools.
  4. Great Schools – www.greatschools.com looks at parenting, academics, learning with disabilities, and more.
  5. School Quest – www.schoolquest.org An online resource for finding future schools for your child.

Military Child Education Coalition 

https://www.militarychild.org/studenttransition
This link offers a great checklist for students who are transferring to and from schools.

IDEA – Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004http://idea.ed.gov/

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. This site, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, offers information for parents of infants and toddlers (birth -2) and children and youth (ages 3-21) with disabilities.

21 FSS is honored to post Trevor Romain’s “How to explain the CoronaVirus to Kids.”

Trevor is a true friend to military youth and has made it his mission to provide educational and coping tools to military youth around the globe.

Thank you, my friend, for allowing the 21FSS to post the following video for our youth.

Click here to watch the video.

Peterson SFB School Liaison
21FSS.FSY.SLPM@SPACEFORCE.MIL

Military Family Life Consultants – Points Of Contact