(School Liaison Office)
School Support Services is a branch of Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS). The program is responsible for the coordination and assistance of Army school-age youth with educational opportunities and information necessary to achieve academic success. This is accomplished through the work of the School Liaison Officer.
School Liaison Officer
The School Liaison Officer (SLO) serves as the installation subject matter expert for youth education and school transition issues. They inform and advise commanders and parents on student education/transition issues, promote parent involvement in youth education and collaborate with local schools and the installation. Their goal is to provide a wide variety of programs and services that help ensure a “level playing field” for Army youth transitioning among installations and school systems. Their strong partnership with the Department of Education also helps to improve the various Hawaii public schools that military children attend.
Additional Programs, Services And Partners
The School Support Services program provides many additional programs, services, forms and important partnerships in support of military children and youth:
Army Engineer Spouses' Club - Army Engineer Memorial Awards
The Army Engineer Memorial Awards were established in 1967 as a living memorial to Engineer Officers killed in Vietnam and are given annually to honor all Engineer Officers who died in the line of duty. A candidate for an award may be any graduating high school senior who is a citizen of the United States and whose sponsor, parent, or legal guardian is a U.S. Army Engineer (active duty, retired or deceased), National Guard U.S. Army Engineer, Reserve U. S. Army Engineer, or current Department of the Army employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), as well as a current member of the Army Engineer Spouses Club. The merit based awards are open to students in all fields of study and are based on academic and extracurricular achievement during high school. All monies awarded must be applied toward tuition or scholastic expenses at a college, university, technical or vocational school.
Applications accepted December 1, 2015 through March 1, 2016.
HOME SCHOOL SUPPORT. School Support Services provides educational information and answers parents home school questions. Child, Youth & School Services Homework Centers and Technology Labs are available to home school youth by appointment. Families may start homeschooling once they complete Form #4140 at the school their child should attend. There are two charter schools in Hawaii that are an available option for homeschooling families. The Hawaii Technology Academy can be reached at www.hawaiitechacademy.org or by calling (808)676-5444. The Myron B. Thompson Academy can be reached at www.ethompson.org or by calling (808)441-8000. The Hawaii Department of Education has home school information on its web site at http://doe.k12.hi.us/myschool/homeschool/
YOUTH SPONSORSHIP. If you are new to Hawaii and would like to find out more about your new home and school, the Youth Sponsorship Program is for you. We will assign a youth sponsor for you who will help you transition into your new island home. See more
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. The State of Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) administers 289 public schools (256 regular, 2 special, 31 charter) plus 11 adult education schools on 7 islands. Most of the military children that attend public school in the state are part of the Central Oahu District which is made up of six complexes: Aiea, Moanalua, Radford, Leilehua, Mililani, and Waialua. www.hawaiipublicschools.org
ALOHA, MILITARY FAMILIES AND STUDENTS. Aloha, Military Families and Students (AMFAS) is an excellent resource for military families moving to Hawaii that plan to attend public school. militaryfamily.k12.hi.us/
MILITARY CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIPS. The SSS program helps students and families by providing post-secondary and scholarship information. Visit the following web sites or call the SSS office for more information. militaryhandbooks.com/?p=24 and http://www.militaryscholar.org/
STRONG BEGINNINGS. The SSS staff supports the Strong Beginnings initiative that prepares Pre-Kindergarten children for transition into the actual school kindergarten classroom. Child Development Centers can coordinate school visits by contacting the SLO office at Schofield Barracks.
SCHOOL-AGE HOMEWORK CENTERS. The SSS office works closely with the director of each Army School-Age Center (grades K-5) to support the programs Homework Center which serves as an “anchor” for military children-creating a safe and familiar academic support environment before and after school. School-Age Center programs are located at Schofield Barracks, Helemano Military Reservation, Fort Shafter and Aliamanu Military Reservation.
LIVE HOMEWORK HELP called "study strong" is available from Child, Youth & School Services both in the School-Age and Middle School/Teen programs and at home 24 hours a day 7 days a week at Tutor.com/army. Online tutoring services are available in English and Spanish from certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors and graduate students. Educational support is available for Kindergarten - 12th grade and college prep with subject support for all grade levels in Math, Science, English, and Social Studies. Click Here to Learn More
MARCH 2 SUCCESS is a FREE online tool that provides educational content to help students improve their knowledge and test scores in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics and Science. The site is sponsored by the United States Army and is more inclusive than traditional college entrance test prep courses. Please visit the March 2 Success web site at March2success.com