School Liaison Office
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The School Liaison Officer (SLO) serves as the primary liaison between Hawaii’s community schools, commanders, and military parents pertaining to K-12 education. The SLO also implements the K-12 education aspect of the Commander Navy Region Hawaii Strategic Engagement Plan.
The School Liaison Officer provides information to families, organizations, and commands regarding youth educational and transitional issues. Most military children move up to nine times in their PreK-12th grade years. Retention of educational goals is a major focus for families when planning to PCS. The School Liaison Officers can offer information on area schools and help facilitate communication between the military family on matters relating to public and private schools as well as home schooling.
Why School Liaison Officers?
o Families move an average of every 2.9 years
o Children attend up to 9 different schools by graduation
o Families experience increased stress related to deployment during wartime
The JBPHH School Liaison Officer provides SEVEN CORE SERVICES to assist families:
- School Transition Services (PCS Cycle): School Liaison Officers assist families with school transfers and help “level the playing field” for military children and youth.
- Deployment Support: School Liaison Officers connect educators with the deployment support system to inform them about the cycles of deployment and the tools available to assist educators in working with Navy & Air Force children.
- Command, School, Community Communications: School Liaison Officers serve as subject-matter experts for installation commanders on K-12 issues, helping to connect command, school and community resources.
- Home School Linkage and Support: School Liaison Officers assist Navy & Air Force families by gathering and sharing information on home schooling issues, policies and legislation from local school districts, and help leverage Navy Child and Youth Programs resources to support these families.
- Partnerships in Education (PIE): PIE creates a volunteer network of resources to support installation and community members who have a vested interest in the success of all youth.
- Post-Secondary Preparations: School Liaison Officers leverage installation and school resources to provide graduating military students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.
- Special Needs System Navigation: School Liaison Officers provide information about installation and community programs and services, make referrals to the Exceptional Family Member Program, and offer assistance in navigating the administrative systems within local education agencies.
Call to schedule an appointment
Schools in Hawaii start first week of August and end last week of May
To enroll your child, you may do so by going to the front office of the school. Offices are open Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and are closed on holidays. After all paperwork is submitted, your child should be able to start school in approximately two days. You do not need to wait for permanent housing for your child to start school; they can attend a temporary school in the meantime.
Students must attend the school that serves the geographic area where they reside. You can search using our SchoolSite Locator tool — when you enter an address, that will generate service boundaries for that area's elementary, middle and high school. Please contact the school directly to verify it is the correct school, as service boundaries can change. For a list of Navy/Air Force Housing and Schools associated with that housing, please see the School Zones Tab.
Hawaii Enrollment Requirements
Please check with the school office first as they may have their own forms for families to fill out. Commonly, the following documents and forms are required to enroll a child in our schools. Read further down for details.
o Tuberculosis (TB) Clearance (Acceptable Clearance)
o A completed student health record (Form 14) that included
§ Physical examinations (PE)
§ All required immunizations or
§ A signed statement or a medical appointment card from your child’s doctor to prove that your child is in the process of completing missing immunizations or PE
o Immunization requirements: starting with School Year 2020-21 additional immunizations will be required. Learn more from the Hawaii State Department of Health.
· Birth Certificate
· Proof of current address
o Documentation by the parent or legal guardian that the child resides at an address within the school’s attendance boundary. Preferred documentation to establish proof of residence includes the following. A school may request one or more of the following be provided:
§ Rental/lease agreement, mortgage document, or current real property assessment document in the parent/guardian's name. A signed and accepted offer to a lease agreement from the leasing office is acceptable, if the following are included: Parent/legal guardian's name and signature with date of acceptance; residential address; effective date of offer; available unit date; and, deadline to respond date.
§ Utility bill for water, electric, gas or telephone that indicates that the billing is in the parent/guardian’s name and is being sent to the house; and
§ If the parent or legal guardian cannot provide documentation of legal residence because the parent/legal guardian is living with a relative/friend, a notarized statement by the relative/friend can be accepted by the school with the following stipulation: (a) Notarized statement must state that the parent/legal guardian and child are living with the relative/friend; (b) Notarized statement must state the name of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend’s proof of legal residence; (c) Notarized statement must state the same address of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend’s proof of legal residence; (d) A copy of the relative/friend’s proof of legal residence must be attached to the notarized statement; and (e) Notarized statement must be signed by same name of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend’s proof of legal residence.
· Documents from a previous school
o These can include a release packet with an unofficial transcript or latest report card, and for special education students, the Individual Education Plan.
· Legal documents
o Documents may include:
§ Power of Attorney if the child is not living with the parents.
§ Temporary Restraining Order.
§ Guardianship documents.
§ Legal name change.
§ Court orders.
Hawaii Enrolling in Kindergarten
Children who are 5 years old by July 31 enroll in kindergarten for that school year. For example, children who are 5 years old by July 31, 2020 enroll in kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. Children who turn 5 on August 1 or later enroll the following school year (2021-22).
The Department has a legitimate interest in and responsibility for the appropriate education of all school age children in the State of Hawaii and recognizes homeschooling as an alternative to compulsory school attendance. Homeschooling is a parent-initiated educational alternative.
You will need to submit a Exceptions to Compulsory Education (Form 4140) or a letter of intent to homeschool to the school your home address is zoned for.
Click here for more information.
Hawaii Geographical Exceptions
Under Hawaii laws, all persons attending public school are required to attend the school in the geographic area in which they reside. However, permission to attend another school may be granted by the Department.
Click here for more information.
Hawaii Extra-Curricular Activities
Extracurricular activities are essential for students to stay active and keep learning after the bell rings. It allows children to explore different interests, engage in leadership roles such as student government, join clubs and athletic programs, and participate in many other educational opportunities. Students are also encouraged to explore the Contests & Enrichment section under Parents & Students for more opportunities. For detailed information about Hawaii Public Schools Extra-Curricular Activities; including Student Leadership and Athletics. Click here for more information.
Hawaii Graduation Requirements
Requirements to achieve a diploma from Hawaii's public high schools for the Class of 2016 and beyond are detailed in this brochure, click here for more information.
Hawaii Common Core Standards
Hawaii Common Core Standards define the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers when they graduate. They align with college and workforce expectations, are clear and consistent, include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills, are evidence-based, and are informed by standards in top-performing countries.
Hawaii GPA Fact Sheet
Click here for more information on calculating GPA
Hawaii School Meal Program
The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program in public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program is administered locally by the Department's School Food Services Branch.
The Department's School Food Services Branch has a web-based site that will provide families with the option to submit applications free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits online. The online program will walk parents and guardians through an easy step-by-step application process. Schools will continue to forward eligibility notifications to households.
Click here for more information on meal prices, income eligibility and the online application.
Hawaii Special Education
Special Education is specially designed instruction and services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities, and can include academic services, speech-language services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, and counseling services. The Department provides these services at no cost to families to anyone aged 3 to 22 who demonstrates a need for specially designed instruction, after an eligibility determination.
Click here for more information on Special Education.
Hawaii School Transportation
The Department provides bus service in neighborhoods around the islands to ensure broad access to educational opportunity for Hawaii’s students. Learn more about price, eligibility information, and download ridership application forms.
Click here for more information on school transportation.
Hawaii Private School Information
Click here for more information on Hawaii Private Schools.
Hawaii Charter School Information
Hawai'i's public charter schools are operated and managed by independent governing boards. They operate under a performance contract with the State Public Charter School Commission. If you're interested in learning more about Hawaii's charter schools, please connect with the Charter School Commission.
Click here for more information on Hawaii Charter Schools.
Local Education Activity (LEA)
LEA Links serving JBPHH and Air Force/Navy Housing
- Aiea Elementary
- Aiea Intermediate
- Aiea High School
- Aliamanu Elementary
- Aliamanu Middle
- Alvah Scott Elementary
- Ft. Shafter Elementary
- Helemano Elementary
- Hickam Elementary
- Lehua Elementary
- Leilehua High School
- Makalapa Elementary
- Moanalua High School
- Moanalua Middle
- Mokulele Elementary
- Nimitz Elementary
- Pearl City Elementary
- Pearl City High School
- Pearl City Highlands Intermediate
- Pearl Harbor Elementary
- Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary
- Radford High School
- Wahiawa Middle School
JBPHH Child and Youth Programs Youth Sponsorship
Youth Sponsorship is a teen-to-teen program, conducted with support from the JBPHH Teen Center. Youth ages 13-18 request a sponsor before they move to Hawaii and we will match them up with a local teen who has similar interests of the same sex. Our local teen will communicate with the incoming teen before they get to Hawaii and when they do arrive, our local teen with show them around and help them meet new friends. To start the process just email a sponsor request form to email@example.com. Once you get on island, you can the Teen Centers Hail and Farewell event, last Friday of the month. Please RSVP by emailing Teen Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before & After School Care
Navy Child and Youth Programs before and after school program for grades K-6 services the following schools;
· Aliamanu Elementary
· Hickam Elementary
· Pearl Harbor Elementary
· Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary
· Mokulele Elementary
· Nimitz Elementary
All spaces are based on a priority status and you must create an account on www.militarychildcare.com and request care.
A+ Program at Schools
Enrichment activities at After School Care sites offer children educational opportunities outside the traditional in-school curriculum.
Click here for more information.
Special Education is specially designed instruction and services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities and can include academic services, speech-language services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, and counseling services. The Department provides these services at no cost to families to anyone aged 3 to 22 who demonstrates a need for specially designed instruction, after an eligibility determination.
If you are PCSing with an IEP/504 Plan, please make sure it is current. You may want to request from your sending school a transitional IEP/504 plan. Once you know which school you will attend, it may be helpful to reach out to the school to discuss supports for your child(ren).
JBPHH EFMP (Exceptional Family Member Program)
EFMP liaisons are located at Fleet and Family Support Centers and provide information and referral to help EFM families identify and access appropriate military, national and community resources. They assist in the navigation of EFMP related programs and systems and are responsible for;
· Provision of information, referral and systems navigation to special needs families
· Linking families with military, national and local community resources
· Non-medical case management
· Development and maintenance of Individualized Service Plans (ISP)
· Partner with Military Treatment Facility (MTF) Coordinators to provide information, education and marketing
Click here for more information.
Military families with special medical or educational needs face a unique set of challenges. A family with special needs must often find specialized medical care providers and schools that can provide appropriate special education services. EFMP is designed to allow Sailors to continue to serve by assisting them in providing access to care and support for family members with special needs, and the Navy is committed to ensuring these families are
provided the maximum support possible in obtaining specialized education and medical support. The EFMP survey will assess the needs of Sailors and their families, and will provide Navy leadership a better understanding of the overall quality of service received from EFMP. Areas of specific interest include feedback on experiences and concerns encompassing family support services, referrals to military and community resources, medical services access and quality, special education services, and assignment coordination.
Click here for survey
School Volunteer Opportunities (PIE)
HIDOE schools from the elementary to High School Level are always looking for military members to partner with for various different opportunities. Opportunities can include, career day presentations, month of the military celebrations, event set up and take down, run event activities, etc.
If you are interested I volunteering at a local school, please reach out to the School Liaison Officer at NRHSLO@navy.mil
Downloads & Resources
School Liaison Officer Documents
School Liaison Officer Newsletter
Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3)
http://wapave.org (Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)
http://spinhawaii.org/education-parent-guide/ (Special Parent Information Network: Hawaii, Parent Guide)
http://spinhawaii.org/Resources/advocacy.html (Special Parent Information Network: Hawaii)
https://www.ldahawaii.org/ (Leadership in Disabilities & Achievement of Hawaii)
https://www.pacer.org/ (Pacer Center, Champions for Children with Disabilities)
The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
Hawaii Department of Education
https://eknowledge.com/newlookaff/home.html?cooupon=3A8E9CEFCE (SAT/ACT Preparation)
https://www.princetonreview.com/ (Test Prep/Tutoring)
Military School Liaisons-All Branches
National Military Family Association (MNFA)
FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. Are there any Department of Defense (DOD) schools in Hawaii?
No, all public schools are part of the Hawaii Department of Education. Hawaii is unique as there is only one statewide public school system in this state. School Principals report to their designated Complex Area Superintendents, who in turn, report to the State Superintendent of the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE). There are no independent school districts in Hawaii.
2. We are PCSing to Hawaii; what school can my child attend?
Your child must attend school in the district where you live. See the School Site Locator tool:
For families hoping to live in Navy Family Housing, see the following for a list of schools per housing area: http://www.fcnavyhawaii.com/school-information
For families hoping to live in Air Force (Hickam) Housing who have elementary school (ES) aged children, there are 3 ESs (Hickam, Mokulele, & Nimitz) depending on your house location. Aliamanu Middle and Radford High Schools are the other schools for Hickam Housing.
3. What do I need to register my child for school in Hawaii?
Required registration documents are listed at:
4. Can we pre-enroll our child for school before we arrive in Hawaii?
No, as the school your child can attend will be dependent on where you will live.
5. My child is currently in a gifted and talented program; will the new school in Hawaii accept his/her continued placement in the gifted and talented program?
Your child’s new school shall initially honor placement in educational programs based on current educational assessments conducted at your previous state’s school or participation and placement in like programs in the sending state; provided these programs exist in the new school. Programs include but are not limited to gifted and talented programs and English as a second language programs. Initial placement shall not preclude the new school from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure your child’s appropriate placement. The new school may allow attendance at similar courses in the school district if it doesn’t offer such educational programs.
6. My high school child is currently taking honors/AP classes; can he/she continue in Hawaii?
Yes, see response to question 4 above.
7. I have a special needs child with an (IEP); will the new school honor this IEP?
The new school shall initially provide comparable services to a student with disabilities based on the current IEP. Additionally, the school shall make reasonable accommodations and modifications to address the needs of incoming students with disabilities, subject to an existing section 504 or Title II Plan, to provide the student with equal access to education. The school can perform subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the student.
8. I received family housing; can my child stay in his/her school for the rest of the school year?
State law requires a student to attend the school in the geographic area of your residential location. GE requests to remain in this school may be considered by the current school principal.
9. How can I apply for a geographic exception (GE) so my child a school outside of our district?
See GE request procedures at:
10. Is kindergarten (K) full-day, and what are the age requirements for kindergarten attendance?
K is full-day and mandatory for children who turn age 5 by July 31
11. When does school start and end?
Schools start the first week of August and end the last week of May.
12. What are the requirements for home schooling my child?
Parents must submit a notice of intent with the local public school principal via DOE Form 4140
(http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/Choosingasc hool/Pages/Homeschooling-FAQs.aspx) or a letter with the required information. See www.hawaiihomeschoolassociation.org and www.mhenoahu.org/ for more information.
13. How do I find out information regarding private schools in Hawaii?
Many private schools are part of Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (www.hais.org).
14. What about public charter schools?
Check out http://hawaiicharterschools.com/.
15. Are there free tutoring services for military children?
Yes at www.tutor.com/military. Real tutors helping in over 80 subjects.
Please call the School Liaison Office at (808) 306-9247 or email at NRHSLO@navy.mil for more info and see http://www.greatlifehawaii.com/family-support/school-liaison-office and join the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Child & Youth Programs Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/515235949103385/ resources and updates.