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Darby School Liaison Officer (SLO)


Email local School Liaison Officer (SLO) 

The School Liaison Officer sometimes works at different locations on the installation. Calling or emailing to set up an appointment is the most efficient way to meet with a SLO in person.

What Can a School Liaison Officer Do for Me?


 What Can a School Liaison Officer Do for Me?

School Liaison Officers [SLOs] “level the playing field” for transitioning students, help prepare families, schools, and installations to respond confidently to the complexities of transition and deployment while providing families the assurance that their children’s academic well being is an Army priority by providing:

 Five basic core services:

1. Transition Assistance (PCS Cycle) – School Liaison Officers assist families with school transfers and help “level the playing field” for military children and youth through direct family interaction and through” paving the way” with local schools.

2. Communication Link between Command, Schools, and Families – School Liaison Officers serve as subject matter experts for installation commanders on K-12 issues helping to connect command, school, and community resources.

3. Home School Linkage and Support- School Liaison Officers assist Army families by gathering and sharing information on home schooling issues, policies, and legislation from local school districts, and helping leverage Child Youth & School [CYS] resources to support these families.

4. Partnerships in Education [PIE] – Creates a volunteer network of resources to support installation and community members who have a vested interest in the success of all youth.

5. Post Secondary Preparations – School Liaison Officers leverage installation and school resources to provide graduating military students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.

Examples of SLO activities:

  • Provide information on student registration in the local school system
  • Provide information on the Student Meal Program
  • Educate parents on the local school system, policies, procedures, programs, and schedules
  • Support home school families
  • Supply resource materials on primary, secondary, and post-secondary education
  • Coordinate with CYS Homework Centers and Youth Technology Labs
  • Participate in Education Council Meetings to elevate parental issues for resolution

These initiatives prepare schools and installations to respond confidently to the complexities of transitions, and provide families the assurance that their children's academic well being is a priority.

When Do I Need a SLO?


  • A SLO can assist you prior to and at arrival to make your child’s school registration and transition smooth.
  • A SLO can provide information and address your specific questions and concerns regarding your educational options through your in processing brief, a personal office visit, emails, and phone calls.

Out-Processing: Contact your SLO well in advance of your departure if possible!

  •  A school liaison can assist you with connections to provide information about your upcoming duty station.
  • A SLO can also assist you in ensuring you have properly completed the steps to prepare for your child’s departure from his/her current school.

Anytime you have questions or concerns: regarding schools, homeschooling, special education, scholarships, transitions, and more.

Contact your School Liaison Officer to begin!

Army Europe School Liaison Officer Brochure

Link to All Army Europe SLO webpages

Schools: Elementary & Middle School


Elementary & Middle School in Camp Darby, Livorno

One DoDEA elementary/middle school is available for families stationed at Camp Darby .

Livorno Elementary/Middle school is located on base. Students living in the Darby Military Community attend this school. The school serves K through 8th grade students. Livorno ES/MS enrollment is approximately 45.

Livorno Unit School: DSN 314-646-6812. From the US, dial 011-39-044-471-6812

Local commercial: +39 044-471-6812

DoDDS Pre-Registration

Livorno Elementary Middle School Registration

Schools: High School


There is no DoDEA High School at Camp Darby. However, school options are supported by the NonDoD Schools Program (NDSP). School options for qualified sponsored 9th-12th graders stationed in Camp Darby include the following:

1. Apply for enrollment in the International School of Florence (ISF), which is approximately 1.5 hours by bus from Camp Darby. Transportation to and from the school is provided for qualified students. Although students may apply to ISF, acceptance is contingent upon meeting academic requirements and available space.  High School students are required to complete the application process prior to admission. The SLO and US government have no control over the admission policies and procedures.

2. Apply for enrollment to the Canadian School of Florence (CSF) located in downtown Florence which is approximately 1.5 hours by bus from Camp Darby. CSF offers both a day school and a boarding school option.

3. Parents may elect to homeschool.  Financial support for programs & materials from the Non DOD Schools Program (NDSP) is available to DoDEA eligible high school students. In addition, homeschool families may choose to enroll in the DoDEA Virtual High School 

4. Apply for students to attend a boarding school that is at least 50 miles away from Camp Darby.  In the case of boarding schools, parents will be reimbursed the "away" rate up to the maximum DSSR allowance for Camp Darby. The NDSP program can assist you in finding options that will fit the DSSR allowance and meet your child's needs.

Non DoD Schools Program (NDSP) provides approval, guidance, and financial support for all three options. For more information on NDSP go to  the NDSP website.  Sponsors are required to have official DoD orders for Darby before registering for NDSP.

Families are encouraged to explore these options according to their family needs. For assistance and guidance, please contact the Darby School Liaison Officer.






School Contacts:

Upper School Admissions Office

Ms. Patrisha Lauria

International School of Florence

viuzzo di Gattaia, 9

50125 Florence

Contact ISF School Administration

Phone: 055-200-1515

ISF Website

NDSP Registration info

NDSP Handbook for Parents

Lunch – Lunch is provided by a private catering company and payment must be made directly to them. Students are allowed to bring their own lunch to school each day,

Virtual School – DoDEA’s virtual school online classes may be utilized if a schedule conflict doesn’t allow for enrollment in a required class or if a desired class isn’t available at your specific school, etc. Contact the guidance office or DoDEA virtual school for more information.

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

ISF offers a variety of sports and after school clubs. Information on these activities can be obtained from the school. Enrollment procedures may vary according to activity. Contact the school directly for more information.

Accreditation & Performance


School Accreditation

AdvancED® is the accreditation organization for all DoDEA schools. AdvancED® is the world’s largest education community, serving more than 30,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in more than 70 countries that educate over 16 million students.

As the global leader in advancing education excellence through accreditation and school improvement, AdvancED® brings together more than 100 years of experience and the expertise of three United States-based accreditation agencies — the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA/CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI).

 Previously, DoDEA Schools each went through an external review every 5 years. Starting with the 15-16 school year DoDEA is transitioning to a district wide assessment process. Find more information about DoDEA Accreditation.

 Access your school’s last Accreditation Report 

 Other Performance Markers  

Annual School Report Cards 

Community Strategic Plan

Customer Satisfaction Surveys 

DoDEA Test Scores

DODEA Comprehensive Assessment System (CAS)

DoDEA Comprehensive Assessment System FAQS

DoDEA HS Graduation Requirements

Curriculum Standards

Matrix of Assessments

Calendar of Assessments

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

DoDEA NAEP Results

PSAT – high school & select middle school students

ACT – high school

***SAT – high school  -

***The College Board has recently reduced the SAT testing schedule overseas. Please check the “international registration” section of the College Board website for overseas testing date schedule to plan ahead!

ASVAB – high school students seeking to join the military. Visit a recruiter for more information

 Student  Assessment Calendar 


 SAT/ACT Tests are administered at the Vicenza High School. 

Please visit College Board for more information.

  Terra Nova testing is conducted every school year during the month of March.

 Contact Livorno ES/MS for schedule

Before & After School Care


Child Youth and School offers a supervised before and after school program, “schools out” and various camp programs as well as Boys and Girls Club of America, Character Counts and 4-H Club programs.

Homework Support Army Child Youth & School provides Homework Labs in before/after school programs for elementary age at the School Age Center and for middle and high school age at the Youth Center. 

For information and registration visit Parent Central Services

Parent Central Services: DSN (314) 645-8241

Commercial: 050-965-8241

School Age Center DSN (314) 645-8238

Commercial: 050-965-8238

Bus Transportation


Contact the transportation office for school bus stop locations and to get a bus pass. A bus pass is required to ride. 

Transportation Offices for Installations in Europe

General information regarding DoDEA transportation

Transportation for Non-DoD School Program students: Please see your School Liaison Officer for details about transportation to international schools, or contact the DoDEA Non-DOD School Program.

Current Road Conditions and School Closures

Army Europe Supervision of Children Guidance Command policy in Europe regarding walking to school, unattended play and being home alone. (Garrisons may have additional requirements)

Transportation to and from the DODDS Elementary/Middle school will be coordinated through the DODDS School Bus Safety Office at DSN 314-646-6829 or COMM +39 0444-71-6829. As of SY 24-25 there is no garrison provided transportation to Florence based schools.  Contact the SLO for transportation reimbursement information.

Checklist for Inbound Student

SLO_Checkmark.jpgDownload this Printable Checklist to make your transition planning smoother!


This checklist should serve as a guide to assist you in planning your child’s upcoming school transition. Not all items required in all situations. Contact your School Liaison Officer [SLO] for more information and assistance. DoDEA School Calendars


Download the INBOUND PCS handbook  (PDF Version) below to assist you in making a smooth transition to Europe for your K-12 student.

SLO_COVER inbound hb.jpg

College & Career Planning


It's never too early to start planing for post high school life be it college, trade school, military, or entering the job force. This page should assist you in that quest. Military students have some challenges, but also some advantages in their life experiences. Find your way forward!

 Military Dependent Scholarships can be tied to the sponsor’s:

  • Branch of service.
  • Rank
  • Status (Active, Reserve, Fallen, Injured, Disabled)
  • Specific units such as the 82nd Airborne scholarship

 Scroll to the bottom section of this page for links to various military dependent scholarships.

 State supported scholarships for military dependents: 

  • Many state governments offer valuable scholarships and grants for military personnel and their families. These programs are usually administered through the state’s Department of Higher Education and the Office of Veterans Affairs. 
  • The availability of these programs will vary widely from state to state. 
  • Veterans and/or their dependents should contact their states Department of Higher Education, or Office of Veterans Affairs, for details on financial aid programs for which they may be eligible.
  • Statewide American Legions and other state based military organizations also are great sources for scholarships.

Lean about  DoDEA Seniors' post secondary plans and scholarships awarded


Local Installation groups such as spouses clubs also may offer scholarships. Check with your School Liaison Officer for possible local scholarship options.                                                    

 Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarship

Education Consultants:

Military One Source Offers free Education Consultants to assist navigation of the post secondary options and benefits available to military dependents. Connect with an education consultant by calling +1 (800)342-9647.

DoDEA Transcript Requests

GI Bill for Dependents 

Dependents Education Assistance

Transferability of Educational Benefits

GI Bill FAQs

Post 911 GI Bill Overview

Five MUST KNOW GI Bill Facts

Video on Post 911 GI Bill

GI Bill Website

Yellow Ribbon Program pamphlet

Grant/Loan/Scholarship Search Engines

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Search for Military Dependent Scholarships 

School Soup

Fast Web

CSS / Financial Aid Profile


College Connections

Military Officers’ Association of America – Scholarship Search Engine

Federal Government Educational Grants and Scholarships

Gateway to Scholarship Searches

Guaranteed Scholarships

City of College Dreams

College Net’s Scholarship Database

Sallie Mae: Comprehensive source of information about paying for college, including its free online scholarship service (CASHE)

200 Free Scholarships for Minorities

25 Scholarship Gateways from Black Excel

Scholarships on the Net (1,500 links)

$2,000 no essay scholarship.

Saving for College

A 529 plan is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families seta side funds for future college costs. There are some tax benefits.

Pre-Paid 529  A prepaid plan is a program that allows you to pay money now to be used for future college expenses. Prepaid plans come in several forms, and in comparing plans you will find many differences. For example, some prepaid plans cover tuition and fees only, while others cover all qualified higher education expenses. The essential benefit is that you lock in those costs: Once you've paid the plan's price, it becomes the obligation of the plan to deliver the promised benefits down the road.

U Promise

Tax Benefits for Education

School Search Engines

Petersons College Search

Vocational School Searches

Big Future

Accredited Schools Online -guide to online education with school search feature

Community College Review -review and search feature

US Dept. Of Education Database of Accredited Post Secondary Institutions & Programs

On Post Colleges

(All options not available in all locations-visit your installation Education Center or a local on-post college office for more information and local options)

University of Maryland University College

Central Texas

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

University of Oklahoma (OU) 


ROTC Information


Naval ROTC

Air Force ROTC

Schools With ROTC

Schools with Army ROTC Programs

Schools with Army ROTC Programs by state

Schools with Navy/Marine ROTC programs

Schools with NROTC Programs

Schools with AFROTC Programs

Military Academies and Federal Service

US Military Academy at West Point

United States Naval Academy

US Air Force Academy

Coast Guard Academy

US Merchant Marine Academy

Peace Corps

US Government Jobs

Military Recruiters




Air Force

Recruiter Access to students- DoDEA Memorandum

Other Helpful Links

2016 Military Children’s Scholarship Handbook

Common Application - Apply to multiple colleges at the same time with one form

Scholarship Help Great tips to help you win those scholarships!

Plan for College

Applying for College

Paying for College

College Information for Home Schoolers

Entry Level Employment for College Grads

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Save money and time! Test out of college level classes.

School Quest College & Career Planner

Is College for Everyone?

In-State Tuition Requirements

As of 1 July 2009, members of the Armed Forces on active duty for a period of more than 30 days and their families are eligible to receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in the state where they reside or are permanently stationed. When a service member or their family members are enrolled, they'll continue to receive the in-state tuition rate as long as they remain continuously enrolled at the institution, even if the service member is reassigned outside the state. This change is included in section 135 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (H. R. 4137) (HEOA). In cases where the military member requires additional assistance, contact the on-campus DVA Representative, or the Department of Education's office (toll-free at 877 557-2575).

Higher Education Opportunity Act 2008

State by State IN-State Tuition Requirements

Tuition-Free Universities in Germany

As of October 2014, all Universities in Germany will not charge any tuition fees for undergraduate studies for all students including international students. In some Federal States, Universities will charge a semester contribution (about 50 euros) and/or administration fees (about 50 euros). This tuition fee structure can change in the future, you should check this page for updated information on tuition fees in different federal states in Germany.

More information Deutsches Studentwerk

See the list of German Universities and Colleges.

Also see the list of Scholarships in Germany for International Students

Attending an International College in Italy

Top International (English Speaking) Universities in Italy

Find a Career That's Right For You

Career Key

Career Test 1

Career Test 2

Career Test 3

Career Builder

Career Personality Test 

Personality based Career Selection Quiz

Bureau of Labor & Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Resume Templates and Tips

Resume Builder

Testing for College

PSAT – high school and select middle school students - Colleges invite students to apply based upon these scores

ACT – high school

****SAT – high school

***The College Board has recently reduced the SAT testing schedule overseas. Please check the “international registration” section of the College Board website for overseas testing date schedule to plan ahead!!

ASVAB – high school students seeking to join the military. Visit a recruiter for more information



CLEP- College Level Examination Program - Get college credit for what you already know and save tuition costs!

 SAT/ACT Prep - Go to Learning Links on this site for online SAT/ACT support and practice.


Transportation to OCONUS Location from College

Military Travel Benefit  -The student is authorized two one-way tickets per year, as the government is accepting responsibility for providing transportation from the OCONUS location to the school at the beginning of the year and then from the school back to the OCONUS location at the end of the year. However, the regs do not specify that the travel has to be used in that way, allowing military families to use the travel allowance in the way that is the most beneficial to their situation. Students can also ship up to 350 lbs and request summer storage of items left at school location. Recommendation is that you make request a minimum of 30 days prior to intended departure.

Click for Active duty process to access this benefit

Power Point step by step - military access to benefit

Dependent Student Travel Brochure

Civillians with a transportation agreement must contact their CPAC office to make request. Dependents of these civilians have access to government funded transportation, but some regulations and procedures are different for civilians. Check with your CPAC office for more details.

Joint Federal Travel Regulations (See chapter 7 part C section 1 which applies to student travel)

Dependents also have some limited options to fly Space A

National Merit Scholarship Competition

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Scholarships for Military Dependents

National Association of Uniformed Services Scholarship

Commissary Scholarship

ThanksUSA Scholarship Program

Survivors & Dependents Assistance Program

Fry Scholarship

American Legion Legacy Scholarship

Forty Acres Scholarship

Major General James Ursano Scholarship Fund for Dependent Children (Army)

Anchor Scholarship

Chief Petty Officers Scholarship

Dolphin Scholarship- sub force

EOD Foundation Scholarship

Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship

Keller Scholarship –Coast Guard CWO/WO

Colona Scholarship – Coast Guard

NMCRS Gold Star Scholarship Programs

Joseph A. McAlinden Divers Scholarship

Vice Admiral E. P. Travers Loan Program

General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program

Scholarship for Air Force Member’s Dependent Children

82nd Airborne Division Education Fund

Army Corps of Engineers Beardslee Scholarship

101st Airborne Division Association Scholarship

Military Pilot Scholarship

Army Aviation Association of America Scholarship

4th Infantry DIV Association

37th Div Vets Assoc.



Ladies Auxilliary of Fleet Reserve Assoc. Scholarship

Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship

Wings Over America – Naval Air

Seabee Memorial Scholarship Foundation

Special Operations Warrior Foundation

SOCCOAST (Service Members Opportunity Colleges Degree Program for the Coast Guard)

Marine Corps Scholarships

State by State Veteran’s Education Benefits

Department of Veterans Affairs Dependents’ Educational Assistance

Pat Tillman Scholarship

AFCE Scholarships

Folds of Honor Scholarships -dependents of disabled or deceased

Navy Supply Corps Scholarship

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

Tailhook Scholarship

Adrian and Corena Swainer Scholarship

American Freedom Foundation Scholarship-Kaplain Online Univ.

NMRCS Education Assistance (interest free loans)

MOAA Education Assistance interest free loans, scholarships, and grants

This is not a complete list of scholarships by any means, please seek out more Military Dependent scholarship options!

Deployment Support


Our Army Kids are amazing. They are resilient in the face of separations and multiple moves. Deployment can present numerous challenges for children. Luckily there are people, programs, and tips to support your kids and their education during a deployment.

Deployment Support and Information

Sesame Street for Military Families

Stay involved in Children’s Education During Deployment

Sesame Street – Talk Listen Connect

Operation Purple Camp

Military Youth Deployment Support – American Academy of Pediatrics

United Through Reading

Guide for Helping Children and Youth Cope with Separation

Emotional Cycles of Deployment

When a Familly Member is Deployed

Educator's Guide to the Military Child During Deployment

DoDEA Crisis Management Toolkit

Military One Source free non-medical anonymous counseling online, on the phone, or in person. Twelve free sessions may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings. 

Real Warriors 24/7 multimedia behavioral health support center for all military connected, Defense Centers of Excellence and Department of Defense. 

Resources in the Schools to Support Your Child

School Counselors

School Psychologists

ASACS counselors – contact MS or HS to reach an ASACS counselor.

 Resources in the Community to Support Your Child

 Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) are licensed professionals who provide situational, problem-solving consultations anonymously and confidentially. No written records are kept, and it is free to military and family members. They also work hand-in-hand with existing services to provide consulting, education and training support on topics such as: Combat stress and coping strategies; emotional cycle of deployment and reintegration; communication; relationship issues and re-establishing intimacy; anger management/conflict resolution; parenting skills; children's reaction to deployment and reunion. Contact your School Liaison Officer or local school for contact information of the MFLC at your post.

MFLC Brochure

ACS Mobilization & Deployment Readiness Program


Family Readiness Groups


 Resources in the Schools to Support Your Child

School Counselors

School Psychologists

ASACS counselors:

Resources in the Community to Support Your Child

Contact Army Community Services to learn about our local programs for deployment services. The Military Family Life Conselor is also available for deployment support. Further services are provided by the Chaplain and Livorno Health Clinic.

Military Family Life Counselors: (MFLC)

Phone: 329-876-2168

Email the MFLC


DSN Phone: (314) 633-7267

Commercial: 050-54-7267

Livorno Health Clinic:

DSN Phone: (314) 636-9300

Commercial: 050-54-9300




English as a Second Language


DODEA ESL Program information includes guidebook and program regulations.


Go to Learning Links section of this site to access ESL online games !




Following are questions that are commonly asked by incoming families. If you need further information or clarification please contact the School Liaison Officer

IF NDSP registration is required for high school tuition payment, how do I know if I qualify for NDSP registration?

  • Military and civilian sponsors coming to Camp Darby must have DOD sponsored orders with a transportation agreement and dependents listed as authorized. The SLO can assist you with this application process.
  • NDSP determines eligibility not the SLO or the DODDS school staff.

Will transportation be provided for students attending the International School of Florence (ISF)?

  • Currently transportation is being provided by the garrison TMP and only eligible students attending ISF are allowed to ride the bus.
  • Bus transportation is coordinated through the SLO office.

What further expenses are incurred by a high school student attending the International School of Florence that are not reimbursed by the NDSP Program?

  • Sponsors of ISF students will need to pay for the students meals (ie.lunch).
  • Students will need to pay for mandatory field trips and extra curricular activities
  • Uniforms are mandatory for ISF attendance and this cost is at the expense of the parents.

Where do I go to apply for free or reduced meals?

  • The school meal program is coordinated through the SLO. Payments are made at either the Livorno exchange or directly to the school cafeteria.
  • Applications for the school meal program can be obtained either from the SLO or from the school front desk.

Is there an age requirement for enrolling in kindergarten?

Yes. Students must be 5 years of age by 1 Sept. Cut off for grade one is 6 years of age by 1 Sept and cut off for Sure Start preschool program is 4 years of age by 1 Sept.

Starting in grade two the requirement is “successful completion of the previous grade”.

My child doesn't make the cut off age for kindergarten, but already started kindergarten in another state. Will he have to wait until next school year to start kindergarten again?

Students who have started kindergarten or first grade in another state with a different age requirement may be grandfathered in.

My child is quite advanced and just missed the age cut off for kindergarten. may I request an evaluation to get a waiver for enrollment?

DoDEA will not provide an evaluation to allow a student to waive the cut off requirement.

My child missed tryouts for a school sport. Is it still possible for him/her to tryout?

Sport and club sponsors are very motivated to help incoming students have a fair shake at their programs. Students may also try out via video tape prior to arrival in some cases. Occasionally try outs must be cut off due to lack of uniforms to support any more students. Contact your School Liaison Officer for assistance.

My child cannot be immunized due to medical or religious beliefs. What do I do about the immunization requirement?

Visit your school nurse to make a religious or medical waiver request.

Gifted Instruction


Gifted Education Information includes guidebook and program regulations.

 What is differentiated instruction?




Homeschooling in Europe

Some parents elect to homeschool their children while OCONUS. This is a legal option open to all SOFA sponsored active duty military, DoD civilians, and contractors. No state or federal government permission is required.

 Be aware that for German citizens home schooling is illegal and homeschooling is not common or recognized in other countries. You should be mindful of potential “looks” if you are out and about off post with your children during "normal school hours". In addition, to prevent unwarranted interest by local authorities you should use discretion when conducting "non-academic" activities or allowing children to be unsupervised outside the home during "normal" school hours.

The Netherlands does not have a SOFA agreement. Instead, they have a "Friendship Agreement" which does not address homeschooling. Homeschooling is not "recognized" by the Dutch government. The Compulsory Education Act, Article 2, paragraph 1, states that school attendance is mandatory, so there may be challenges for homeschoolers going to Schinnen. Homeschool families moving to Europe should check with the School Liaison Officer for more information about homeschooling in their country or region.

School Liaison Officers may also connect homeschool families to local homeschool groups that sometimes share in field trips, PE, parties, curriculum fairs, science fairs, workshops and other educational and social activities.

Child, Youth, & School (CYS) also offers special events/programs for homeschoolers in some locations.

Support within the DoDEA Schools for Homeschoolers

Homeschool families may request special education evaluation and services in the DoDEA schools. Homeschool families also have the option of benefitting from some of the activities or classes within the DoDEA schools. For example, a homeschool student may wish to participate in an extra-curricular activity, take just an art or math course at the school, complete standardized tests, have access to online learning program memberships the school has, take select virtual school classes, or use school textbooks. All these options are open to eligible Dependent homeschoolers through the on post schools on a space-available basis. Students must have completed registration paperwork with the school and commit to regular participation in any chosen activity to allow for proper planning on the part of the teachers or activity sponsors. For more information contact the school or your School Liaison Officer.

 DoDEA Homeschool Information Webpage

NEW** DoDEA Home School Policy

Quick Facts Sheet on DoDEA Home School Policy

DoDEA- Home Schooling Quick Facts (003).pd

DoDEA standards and curriculum

 If you are PCS’ing out of Europe please also contact your School Liaison Officer for assistance regarding homeschool information in your new location.

Helpful Homeschool Resources


Home School Legal Defense Association provides information on homeschool law, and general support and information about homeschooling.

National Home Education Research Institute

Homeschool Central

Secular Homeschool

Military Home Schoolers

Homeschool Mentor

HSLDA Home Shooling Overseas article

HSLDA  You Can Homeschool

HSLDA Get Started Homeschooling

FAQs homeschooling a high school student

FAQs on Accredited High School Diploma

Guide to High School Homeschooling

John Holt (What is Unschooling?)

CLASS Homeschools (curriculum)

KONOS (themed curriculum )

Accredited Schools Online - guide to schooling online elementary-college level

K-12  Online school offered as part of public education in some states. Certain states allow for overseas DOD dependents whose home state of record is that state to enroll for free.

A-2-Z Homeschooling


aBeka  (curriculum)

Catholic Heritage Curricula

Seton Home Study Program 

Jewish Homeschooling

Calvert (curriculum)

Time 4 Learning (curriculum)

Successful Homeschooling ( collection of secular curriculums)

Bright Hub Education  

Global Village School

Gifted  Homeschoolers Forum

Homeschool Special Education 

Homeschooling special needs students

Italy - Learn about your new home!



Learning Links


Learn new skills or reinforce what you already know!

 Mixed Bag

Khan Academy  Free online instruction for all students  Study Strong! Online tutoring free to military connected students

shmoop - MS/HS test prep SAT/ACT and online courses in Language Arts and History

Hippo Campus 

Jishka Homework Help 

Homework Spot 

Hamilton Homework Help  

Prentice Hall texts Free parent support resources

Smithsonian Museum 

Fact Monster 

Ask Jeeves for Kids 

Discovery Kids 

Class Zone Textbook specific online practice in all subject areas

The Thinking Business

Learning Games for Kids

Odyssey of the Mind

ARMY MWR Libraries

Fun brain - games



March 2 Success

Kahn Academy SAT Prep

SAT practice tests from College Board

shmoop - MS/HS test prep SAT/ACT

SAT Prep Course from BLIne

E Knowledge Free SAT Program For Military Youth

Number2 Test prep

Princeton Review SAT demo test

Professor Word SAT test prep

ACT practice tests

Princeton Review ACT demo test

Petersons ACT practice tests

4Tests ACT Practice

School Quest Transition support site also offers free ACT/SAT prep through "Shmoop"

ASVAB Test Bank ASVAB Practice Tests



Math Moves You

Math Counts 

Math Playground

A+ Math 

Ask Dr. Math 

Purple Math

Illustrative Mathematics

Cool Math

Math Forum

Web Math 

Figure This! Math Challenge


Science Fair Projects

Three Rivers Projects

Franklin Institute 

Genetic Science Learning Center 

Discovery Education

Ed- Heads

Science Made Fun

Museum of Nature 

Cells Alive! 


Social Studies

Mr. Dowling History for Kids

US Constitution

National Constitution Center

50 States

House of Representatives


White House

This Week in History

Ben’s Guide to US Government

History Games

History Games and Animations

Geography Games

National Geographic for Kids

Ancient Civilizations for Kids

Cyber Sleuth – Ancient Civilizations

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Videos of the popular PBS game show

Language Arts

Guide to Grammar & Writing

Great Books Online

Note Taking Help

Library spot

Visual Thesaurus

Project Gutenberg- free ebooks

Grammar Girl

Vocabulary Games

Read Write Think

Literary Zone

Vocab Sushi

Basic Lang. Arts Skills Practice

Professor Garfield Grammar games

Grammar Bytes

Game on 

Slime Kids Grammar Games

Foreign Languages


Spanish Digital Dialects Games

Games to Learn Spanish

700 Spanish Games

123 Teach Me Spanish Games

BBC Spanish

Don QuiJote Spanish Games

Babbel Spanish


German Digital Dialects Games

600 German Games for Children

IE German

Babbel German


IE Italian

Babbel Italian

700 Italian Games

Italian Digital Dialects Games


IE Dutch

Babbel Dutch

70 Dutch Games

Dutch Digital Dialects Games


Flemish My Language

Flemish Free Language


IE French

Babbel French

700 French Games

French Digital Dialects Game

BBC French


Chinese Tools

Chinese Online

Chinese Digital Dialects Games


Japanese Digital Dialects Games

Tanoshii Japanese

Hiragana Katakana

Easy Japanese


Korean Digital Dialects Games

Genki Korean


Latin Memory Match game

Complete Latin Textbook (Advanced)

Latin Puzzle

Latin Trivia

ESL - Learning English

       ESL Games

       English Club

       Fun English Games

       MES Games

        ESL Kids' Games

        TEFL Games





Check your school’s website too! Some schools offer subscriptions for additional learning sites to enrolled students.

Lunch Program


The AAFES Exchange Student Meal Program provides wholesome, nutritious meals to students in participating DOD OCONUS schools.

Payments can be conveniently made online in most locations. 

Sponsors/Families must ensure that their Student Lunch Program account (debts or credits from the school lunch program) has been cleared before departing the garrison.

Free and Reduced Meal Program  

Applications are made through an online application on the AAFES site.

Applications are to be made each school year starting on 1 July.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For questions and assistance contact the SLO. 

 Free and Reduced Meal Application

 Step-by-step instructions for filling out online free and reduced meal application

ANSWERS to common questions about the changes in the Student Meal Program

Do not include housing allowance or COLA in your total income! You MUST include base pay and BAS!



Military Leaders


Military Leaders share the unique role of guaranteeing both our national security and a high quality of life for Service Members and their dependents. As a Military Leader, this site can provide you with important information on topics relevant to ensuring Service Members high quality of life with regard to the unique school issues that face their children.

Europe School Districts

DoDEA Europe West District

Countries: Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and United Kingdom Communities: Schinnen, Kleine Brogel, Alconbury, Brussels, Croughton, Lakenheath, SHAPE, Spangdahlem

DoDEA Europe East District

Country: Germany Communities: Ansbach, Baumholder, Garmisch, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Kaiserslautern, Ramstein, Sembach, Stuttgart, Vilseck, and Wiesbaden

DoDEA Europe South District

Countries: Bahrain, Italy, Spain, Turkey Communities:  Ankara, Aviano, Bahrain, Incirlik, Livorno, Naples, Rota, Sigonella, Sevilla and Vicenza

DoDEA District Configuration


Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children

Interstate Compact Guidebook

Military Student Identifier

In-state Tuition for Military Dependents - Higher Education Opportunity Act

Impact Aid Fact Sheet

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) " No Child Left Behind"

US Dept of Education: Federal Education Laws

Military Dependent & Education Organizations

Military Child Education Coalition  (MCEC)

Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA)

National Military Family Association

Military One Source

National PTA

Adopt-A-School: School Volunteerism by Service Members

Commands are urged to allow soldiers to complete community service in the schools as often as possible. Community service in the schools is part of the Partnerships in Education Adopt-A-School Program. Opportunities for one time or regular support are available. Long term "adoption" of a school by a command develops a standing relationship between your command and the school. Schools always have a need for soldiers! Service Members should report to a school’s main office when volunteering. If you would like soldiers to complete community service in the schools. Contact your School Liaison Officer to connect with schools for more information!

Transition Support and Resources

Education Resource Center

School Quest

Military Youth on the Move

Military Kids Connect

Youth Sponsors - Online request on installation SLO sites

  Military Family Life Counselors [MFLCS] provide short term confidential counseling support to military children and families.

ASACS Counselors - Army contracted counselors  in most middle and high schools

 DoDEA Europe School Counselors & School Psychologists                                                                                                       

 Military OneSource has access to free nonmedical counseling that’s anonymous and available online, on the phone or in person.

Twelve free sessions may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings.


Deployment Support

Deployment Support Handbook for Children and Youth

Sesame Street – Talk Listen Connect

Operation Purple

United Through Reading

Emotional Cycles of Deployment

Training Opportunities

Leaders’ Toolkit

Parents' Toolkit

Military Child Education Coalition Course Catalog

Building Resilient Kids

DirectSTEP Information & registration

DirectSTEP course listing & key codes

Research and Data

Enrollment Data

DoDEA Test Scores

Secondary Education Transition Study

Effects of PTSD on Children of Combat Veterans

Educational Committees and Advisory Councils

DOD Guidance on Educational Committees and Councils

DoDEA Europe Advisory Councils

Dependents Education Council

DODI 1342.15


DoDEA Homeschooling site

(See also homeschooling tab on this SLO site)

Special Education & EFMP

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

EFMP Quick Guide

EFMP Civilian Process Flow Chart

DoDEA Special Education

(See also special needs tab on this SLO site)

Education Support for Locations without DoDEA Schools

Non DOD Schools Program (NDSP)

DODI 5031.01

Misc. Resources:

Federal Education Association - (Teachers' Union)


USAG Vicenza Darby Military Community School Liaison Officer

Building 730

DSN: (314) 645-8203 or (314) 645-8237

Commercial: 050-965-8203 or 050-965-8237

Parent Involvement


Studies show that parental involvement has a positive impact on student performance in school. Following are ways parents can stay involved in their child’s education in the DoDEA schools.

 Gradespeed Program Information    – keep on top of your childs’ performace, attendance, etc.with this helpful online program! Gradespeed Login

 School Intranet – each school has a “public” website (links are available on this website under elementary, middle and high school) The schools also host private password protected “Intranet” sites with more specific and updated information. Check with the  main office at your child’s school to access this site.

DoDEA Community Strategic Plan

Volunteering – volunteers who will be in direct supervision of students are asked to complete a background check. Please inquire at your school’s main office for more details.

Parent Teacher Organizations & Booster Clubs are organizations recognized by the installation and may fundraise for support of school programs.

Parent Resources

PTA Parents' Guide to Student Success

Council of Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps

Learning Skills Toolbox (parent videos)

Homeroom (connect to other parents of military connected children)

Military Child Education Coalition

Contact with Schools

DoDEA Schools in the News

Schools and Districts in Europe

DoDEA Chain of Command    – Parents are encouraged to speak with teachers and then administrators if they have concerns that need to be addressed. Beyond the school is the Local School District, then Europe Area Office, then HQ in DC. Click on link to see leadership within the DoDEA chain of command.

 Interactive Customer Evaluation [ICE] 

– ICE is a tool you can use to share comments & suggestions with DoDEA leadership.Individual schools also have their own ICE accounts.  It is recommended that you include your contact information for a reply to your concern.

Regulations & Policies

DoDEA Instruction, Policies and Regulations 

School Handbooks are found on individual school websites. Click on “schools and districts” above to find your school’s website/handbook.

Student Rights and  Responsibilities 

When to keep a sick child home

Attendance Policy

Army in Europe Child Supervision Guidance

Educational Committees and Advisory Councils

Advisory Committees & Councils explained

DoD Instruction 1342.15 information on rules for advisory committees and councils

Europe Education Council

Dependents’ Education Council  is a council of military leadership and DoDEA leadership that addresses issues and concerns. Meetings are closed, but final minutes are not. 

School Advisory Committee Information

The Livorno School Advisory Committee meets quarterly to address concerns and provide information regarding school enrollment and procedures. Meetings are held at the school after school hours. and all parents and community members are invited to attend. This meeting also serves as the School Transition Response Team since issues concerning transitions and changes within the garrison are addressed in this forum. For more information, please contact the school administrator at 314-633-7367.

Installation Advisory Committee Information

IAC meetings are held in Vicenza. The Livorno School Advisory Committee provides input to that process. Anyone interested in attending the Vicenza Installation Advisory Committee may contact either the Livorno School Liaison Officer or the Livorno ES/MS school administrator.

Livorno ES/MS enjoys an active PTSO club. All parents are encouraged to participate in this organization designed to support students and school activities.Information can be obtained from the Livorno school administration.

Parent Teacher Conferences - scheduled regularly, contact Livorno ES/MS for info

PCSing Outbound?


PCSing Out of Europe?                                                       

Moving is hard; especially mid-year school moves. Help is available! Use the directories below to locate a School Liaison Officer in your new location. Your new SLO can provide you with local school information and youth sponsorship assistance. Your current SLO can assist you with locating your new SLO and identifying steps you should take to help your child exit your current location smoothly!

Army Installation SLO Directory

Navy Installation SLO Directory

Marine Installation SLO Directory

Air Force  Installation SLO Directory

Transfer and Withdrawal from DoDEA

Parents or legal guardians must fill out a Withdrawal/Records Request format least two weeks prior to the student’s last day of attendance. If the student is leaving within twenty days of the semester, PCS orders must be submitted to the school. If the student is withdrawing due to Early Return of Dependents, a letter from the sponsor’s command must be submitted.

 “Acceleration” Program

Students who will be PCS’ing before the end of the school year may be eligible to receive full credit for the current semester through the “Acceleration” program.


  •   Contact the school at least 30 days prior to move.
  •   Orders (This is NOT for families leaving for vacation)
  •   Student must be in attendance all day on the last day prior to the accelerated withdrawal date.
  •   Student may be required to complete work in advance for full credit
  •   Acceleration dates start 20 days prior to the end of the semester.

Letter from DoDEA Europe regarding Acceleration 

For more information regarding Acceleration contact the school or your School Liaison Officer

Handy Resources:

SLO_Checkmark.jpg Download this handy Checklist for your child’s school transition.


Download the US Army Europe K-12 Dependent OUTBOUND PCS Handbook below.



Consecutive OCONUS Moves

Most overseas assignments are to locations with Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)  schools. The School Liaison Officer from your new duty assignment can provide you local school information to assist you with the transition. For assignments in locations that are outside the commuting distance of DoDEA schools, you may be eligible for the Non-DoDD Schools Program (NDSP) which provides educational support to include tuition to international schools. 

 Stateside Moves

 Learn about schools in your new state.

Searching for a new school stateside can be hard. It is advised that you research and select a school BEFORE you select a home as enrollment is likely tied to your address. Also, be aware that if you will be staying in a hotel or lodging while looking for a home, your child’s school zone will likely be the zone for that temporary hotel until you move. Plan ahead if you know the school you want your child to attend. Your new SLO can help you with details about the policies in your new area. Use the links below to learn about and evaluate stateside schools.

Great Schools (Be aware that unfiltered parent comments are posted on this site and may be inaccurate. However, this site does provided some good data)

Neighborhood Scout

School Digger

National Assessement of Educational Progress

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children All 50 states and Washington, D.C. are signatories to this compact to make transitions easier for military children. Find out how it works and is implemented in your new state.

School Quest  is well-suited to anyone who is “questing” information about schools, college and workplace readiness, transition, etc. It is meant to facilitate the search for new schools and centralize resources. Especially helpful is the  State Education Resources page on the site. It provides a cornucopia of information about education in your new state.

Research-based Characteristics of Quality Schools

There are mutual fundamental characteristics common among the majority of the schools considered successful in preparing students for the future. Research shows that the most effective schools are more alike than they are different.

Effective Schools

Five Likely Features of an Effective School

Effective Schools Research Base

What is Effective Schools Research? 

Effective Schools Assessment Report

Emotional Support

Leaving a school can be very emotional for students of all grades. It is important for your child’s transition that the school be aware of your impending move so his/her teacher(s) can support your child by keeping an eye out for signs of distress. Some teachers mark the move with a special event or meaningful activity. Please keep them informed so they can be there for your child. If your child is having a hard time with the upcoming move, there are a host of resources and people in addition to teachers that can help; school psychologists, Military Life Counselors,  S2S sponsors, to name a few. Online resources include:

Military Youth on the Move  helps kids (grades K-12) prepare for a move.

Military Teens Connect  Interact with other military teens about how to deal with the challenges of being a military child.

More PCS Resources

Moving with a special needs child? Check out this helpful booklet by the Military Child Education Coalition. (MCEC) Special Needs Move

Need a babysitter in your new location but don’t know anyone? Check out Sitter City  membership is free for military families!

Consider requesting a youth sponsor at your new duty station. Your School Liaison Officer can assist you with that connection!




PCS Information

Moving to Our Community

School Level PCS Checklist

School level PCS checklist of items to have before leaving your current school. Edit following list for parents as required by school:

  • Immunization record
  • Copy/official transcript
  • Copy of IEP if applicable
  • Copy of withdrawal grade with grading system from previous school
  • Copy of standardized test score if applicable
  • Copy of current school schedule (HS students)
  • Copy of student handbook (helpful for our schools to interpret transcripts)
  • Course descriptions (if not in handbook)
  • Student resume or list of extra curricular activities (HS)

Departing Students PCS Information

All parents must give the office at least one week notice prior to a PCS move.This gives the teachers time to prepare the student's report card and the office will prepare a copy of the PCS orders.
Educational files (records from Vicenza ES/MS/HS and previous schools) may be released directly to a parent who has given the school prior notice and provided proper orders to registrar office reflecting the upcoming PCS assignment.

All departing members must clear with the PX and bring a copy of the clearing sheet to the school registrar office showing that the school lunch account has been closed prior to be picking up the student's records.
All library books must be returned to the school. If the library books are not returned, a bill will be presented to the parent when he/she comes in to pick up the student's educational records.

(SMP) is operated by Horizon. 

  Frequently Asked Questions:  The information below is designed to help you understand the program and to assist you in applying for the free or reduced priced lunch program.

 1. Do I need to fill out and application for each child? No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meal Application for all students in your household. Please ensure that you have completely filled the application form as we cannot approve an incomplete application. Return the completed application to: Parent Central Services 

 2. Can foster children get free meals? Yes, foster child(ren) that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court, are eligible for free meals. Any foster child(ren) in the household is/are eligible for free meals regardless of income.

 3.  Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my child(ren) is/are approved for free meals? Please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If you should have questions, contact one of the USAG Italy School Liaison Officers.

 4.  My child's application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one? Yes. Your child(ren)’s application is only good for that school year and for the first 30 days of the following school year. You must submit a newly completed application for all subsequent school years.

 5.  I get WIC, can my children get free meals?  Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please complete an application to determine your eligibility to the program.

 6.  Will the information I give be checked? Yes, and we may also ask you to send written proof.

 7.  If I don't qualify now, may I apply later? Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year.

For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.

 8.  What if I disagree with the School Liaison Officer's decision about my application? You should talk to the School Liaison Officer regarding your eligibility, or you may also request in writing a formal hearing. The School Liaison Officer can provide you with additional guidance regarding the hearing process.

 9.  May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be U.S. citizens to qualify for free or reduced price meals.

 10. Who should I include as members of my household? You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends) who share income and expenses. You must include yourself and all children living with you. If you live with other people who are economically independent (for example, people who you do not support, who do not share income with you or your children, and who pay a pro-rated share of expenses), do not include them.

 11. What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally receive prior to deductions taken out. For example, if you normally gross $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only grossed $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.

 12. My spouse is deployed to a combat zone. Is her combat pay counted as income? No, if the combat pay is received in addition to her basic pay because of her deployment and it wasn’t received before she was deployed, combat pay is not counted as income. Contact the School Liaison Office for additional guidance.

 13. Are there any military benefits not considered income? If you reside overseas, currently two military benefits are NOT considered as income: overseas housing allowance (OHA) and cost of living allowance (COLA).


Pre-School Options


On-Post Programs for Pre-Schoolers




Strong Beginnings

Child, Youth & School (CYS) Services offers Strong Beginnings pre-kindergarten program, designed for 4- to 5-year-old children, to prepare young students for school with lessons in everything from science and technology to how to hold a carton of milk or carry a food tray. Besides the basics of “kindergarten protocol", Strong Beginnings also teaches math, social studies, beginning reading and writing skills and good manners. Supportive staff will help children learn the basic knowledge and understanding through interactive stations and a creative curriculum.

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool aligned to Early Learning Standards is the only authorized curriculum for Strong Beginnings and is the most widely-used curriculum for pre-kindergarten programs in America. This program covers various learning curriculum to include: Language and Reading, Mathematics, Science, Computers, Social Studies, and The Arts. We help build a strong foundation for learning! Fees are based on Total Family Income (TFI). For more information visit Parent Central Services.

Article Army Child, Youth and School Services Strong Beginnings Program.


Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities (PSCD)                                                                           

The PSCD program for the young child has specifically designed instruction, support, and services for students with an identified disability which requires them to have an individually designed instructional program to meet their unique learning needs. Current adopted DoDEA content standards and curriculum materials are implemented in the PSCD classroom.

The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing a free and, appropriate public education in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as implemented by DoD Instruction 1342.12, “Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents”.

PSCD Enrollment Eligibility  Preschool special education services are provided for children 3-5 years of age who demonstrate a significant difference in actual functioning when compared with the functioning of a non-disabled child of the same chronological age. This significant difference occurs in one or more of the developmental areas as measured using standardized evaluation instruments and confirmed by clinical observation and judgment. Visit your zoned school for information and application to the PSCD program.


The Sure Start Program

In some locations DoDEA offers Sure Start which is a full-day preschool program that serves military children and families living overseas. Your School Liaison Officer can tell you if your installation offers this program. In addition to offering a high-quality educational program that reflects best practices in the field, Sure Start also provides health and nutrition, social, and parent involvement services. Close collaboration between families, schools, and the installation community is viewed as essential and is a required part of the program.

This approach to the delivery of services distinguishes Sure Start from all other DoDEA programs. Current adopted DoDEA content standards and curriculum materials are implemented in the Sure Start classroom.

Sure Start Enrollment Eligibility
Sure Start is a program for command-sponsored 4-year-old Dependents (must turn 4-years-old by September 1st of the current school year). Children qualify for Sure Start based on the rank of the sponsor: E1-E4 or civilian rank equivalent is the first priority, E5-E6 or civilian rank equivalent is the second priority and E7-E9 or civilian rank equivalent is the third priority. Additional criteria may be applied (see Sure Start Guide).

Sure Start is not available in all locations. Please contact your school liaison officer for more information. This program has limited space. Classes typically consist of 18 students each. Registration is done through the DoDEA schools.

Application for Sure Start  

Sure Start Program Guide 

Private, International Schools


Some families elect to enroll their children in private, international, or host nation schools while in Europe. In some locations DoDEA schools for your child’s grade might not be available in a commuting distance so your child may attend an international school (public or private) paid for by the Non-DoD Schools program (NDSP)  Be aware that restrictions apply.
NDSP Facebook page
NEW NDSP Administrative instruction

International school attendance is not funded for family members stationed in areas with appropriate DoDEA school availability within commuting distance. Enrollment is an option to families willing to cover the costs involved.


Host Nation Schools

Some families consider sending their children to local host nation public schools. This can be a wonderfully enriching and rewarding experience. For some families the benefits are worth the adjustments to an unfamiliar system. Be aware that school calendars, schedules, and dress may vary greatly from American schools. Learning new language skills and culture are reasons some families choose this option. This is a personal decision and should be made considering the needs and personality of each child. This is certainly not an option in all areas. Families who are accepted must understand that all information and communication with the schools may not be in English, so be prepared to use an interpreter if need be. Acceptance of non local national students varies from location to location.

Public Schools Germany

Public Schools Netherlands

Public Schools Belgium

Public Schools Italy

Private International (English Speaking) Schools in Germany

Private International (English Speaking) Schools in Belgium

Private International (English Speaking) Schools in the Netherlands

Private International (English Speaking) Schools in Italy

Private host nation preschool/kindergartens are also sometimes attended by Americans. Tuition is the responsibility of the family.

For more information regarding the possibility of enrollment in local host nation public or private  schools in your area, please visit or contact your School Liaison Officer.

The Italian school system is offered free to all children who are resident in Italy, regardless of nationality. Schooling is compulsory from the age of six to sixteen. All schools, both public and private, are subject to comply with the curricula and teaching methods of the Ministry of Public Education (Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione). The education system is divided into three cycles: Kindergarten (scuola dell'infanzia) First Cycle (scuola primaria and scuola secundario di primo grado) Second Cycle (liceo - Italian equivalent to high school, istituto tecnico/professionale, or istruzione e formazione professionale) Students take an exam to qualify for the liceo or a vocational institution after the first cycle. Liceo includes subjects like Italian, English, an additional foreign language, religion, history, geography, science, math, technology, information technology, art, music and physical education.

Each higher secondary school is divided into specialties such as liceo scientifico (scientific), liceo classico (classic), liceo linguistico (language), istituto magistrale (school for teachers), istituto tecnico (technical school), and istituto professionale (professional school). After graduating from liceo, students earn a university entrance diploma. International Schools International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Italy. There may be a significant native Italian population as many find it important for their children to excel at a second language. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, or France. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English or French.

Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate. All schools are required to satisfy the requirements of the Italian national system. Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.

There are both pros and cons for parents who may be considering bilingual education.  A brochure has been designed by Army Community Services volunteers to help assist parents in this process.

Information regarding English speaking schools in Italy. 

Private schools in the local area include:

Westminster International School of Pisa

International School of Florence

The Bilingual School of Lucca

Registration & Eligibility


 DoDEA Eligibility Information

Enrollment Categories

Required documents and forms 

The online pre-registration link is no longer being used. DoDEA will be adopting a new online pre-registration program in the future. At this time please register directly with your child's school.

 Registration is completed at the school. Please allow for a full day following registration before your child will begin class. Some schools will allow registration prior to arrival via email. School websites contain registration packets with local registration forms you can download.

IMPORTANT: If your installation has multiple schools for your child’s grade you may need to secure housing information to be certain of your zoned school prior to registration. Contact your School Liaison Officer for more information. Be aware that in some locations when you first arrive your child may temporarily attend the school that is zoned for your Temporary Billeting/Quarters. When you know where you will be living (on or off base), there is a possibility that your child could be moved to another school, unless you live in the same zoned area. Again: CONTACT your School Liaison Officer for assistance and clarification.

 Immunizations and Health 

 Immunization requirement- Influenza

 Exceptional Family Member Clearance  for DoDEA Schools

 NDSP – locations that do not have a DoDEA school within commuting distance may provide schooling through the “Non DoD Schools Program”

 RE-Registration- Each spring families will be required to re-register for the upcoming year. Your school will send out details about re-registration which is typically a quick process. For more information contact your School Liaison Officer.

Local registration info:

 Livorno Elementary Middle School Registration

 For High School Students registration through NDSP  

Contact the School Liaison Officer for more information.

School District Information


Department of Defense Education Activity (HQ in DC area) 

 DoDEA Leadership             

 DoDEA Europe

 DoDEA Europe Leadership

DoDEA Europe School Calendars

DoDEA Transcripts

Community Strategic Plan


DoDEA Europe West District

Countries: Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and United Kingdom Communities: Schinnen, Kleine Brogel, Alconbury, Brussels, Croughton, Lakenheath, SHAPE, Spangdahlem


DoDEA Europe East District

Country: Germany Communities: Ansbach, Baumholder, Garmisch, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Kaiserslautern, Ramstein, Sembach, Stuttgart, Vilseck, and Wiesbaden


DoDEA Europe South District

Countries: Bahrain, Italy, Spain, Turkey Communities:  Ankara, Aviano, Bahrain, Incirlik, Livorno, Naples, Rota, Sigonella, Sevilla and Vicenza



Big Changes in school district structure are on the horizon! 

DoDEA has begun implementing "Restructuring for Student Achievement" This restructuring and its changes for the various locations are outlined on this link.

District Configuration

Change in standards - adoption of College and Career Readiness Standards   

Common Core / College and Career Readiness Standards

Vicenza Military Community Schools

Mediterranean District

Vicenza Elementary School

Vicenza Middle School

Vicenza High School

DoDEA Community Strategic Plan         

School Enrollment Data            

Policy and Guidelines

Attendance Policy

DoDEA Prevention Programs Guide

DoDEA Videos


DoDEA Europe Facebook

DoDEA Europe Twitter

DoDEA Press Releases

DoDEA Headlines

DoDEA Publications (includes parent guides on various curriculum topics)

Non-DOD School Program [NSDP]  For families stationed in areas without a DoDEA school in commuting distance

Special Needs


Moving with a special needs child can be smoother with some planning and communication. It is recommended that families with special needs children plan sufficiently prior to a PCS to ensure that all required services are available, prepared and in place prior to arrival at new duty station.

It is very important that you hand-carry copies of any special education paperwork such as Individualized Education Program (IEP), evaluations, 504 plans, etc. IEPs should be current and not expired. Official special education records are transferred from school to school. However, parents should have copies of all significant special education records for their child. It is crucial that you hand carry special education records to the receiving school.

Some parents withhold special education records because they are afraid of a perceived stigma associated with the term “Special Needs”. This places school personnel and your special needs student at a disadvantage when planning an appropriate educational program. Everyone’s goal is to create a successful learning environment for all students. Your child’s current up-to-date IEP will be honored at the new school upon arrival. After observation of your child the school may recommend to re-evaluate your child or renew the current IEP.

If you have a child that is younger than the required age of school attendance and is at least 3 years old, he/she may still be eligible for services through the school district. Contact the school or the School Liaison Officer for details. (Scroll down to Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities.)

Special Education in DODEA 

Special Education Procedural Guide

Procedural Safeguards -new

Parent Rights for Special Education

DoDEA Special Education Directory – List of services by site. Be sure to complete EFMP screening to determine if services needed by your child are available. 

DODEA Dispute Management Form 

DoDEA Dispute Management Form

Procedure for Independent Educational Evaluation

DoDEA 504 Accomodation Plans

DoDEA Directory of Special Education Services in OCONUS Communities

Special Needs Booklet from Military Child Education Coalition

Education Directory for Children With Special Needs


SLO_EFMP.pngTo ensure that you are moving to a duty location that offers the services your child may need, be sure to enroll in and consult with the Exceptional Family Member program. EFMP enrollment is mandatory and required immediately upon identification of a special need for active duty members. DOD civilians must also complete an overseas clearance with EFMP through their gaining HR or CPAC office. Command points of contact and your military treatment facility (MTF) EFMP coordinators can assist you with the enrollment process. For more information see the links below.

Exceptional Family Member Program

EFMP Military One Source

EFMP/Special Needs

US Army Medical Department EFMP

EFMP Civilian Process Flow Chart

EFMP Active Duty Process Flow Chart

DD form 2792  Medical summary

DD form 2792-1  Educational Summary ( school age children 3+)

DD form 2807 Medical History

Need a break? Contact the Respite Care program for assistance.

Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS)

Parents of special needs children under the age of 3 may be referred to the EDIS program for special education services. This federally-mandated program provides comprehensive services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to age 3) with established developmental delays or with a condition which has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay. Referrals can be made by schools, physicians or parents. EDIS provides early intervention services for children with delays in development such as language, motor, self-help, social skills and problem solving. The EDIS team offers development support tailored to each child’s and family’s needs. EDIS also works closely with DODEA teachers to assist children over 3 years of age. Children with behavioral, motor, and physical factors that affect the learning process are serviced. EDIS professionals serve as members of each school’s Case Study Committee. (CSC) EDIS professionals may include: a physical therapist, clinical child psychologist, clinical social worker, occupational therapist, speech and language pathologist, and an early childhood special educator. The services provided—at no cost to the parent—include screenings and evaluations for diagnostic and treatment purposes, service coordination, family training and home visits, special education instruction, speech pathology and audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychological services, transportation, nutrition services, medical services for diagnostic purposes, vision services, and assistive technology devices and services.

Resources for Questions Regarding Speech (Communication/Language), Motor and Overall Developmental Concerns

 Educational Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) for children birth through 35 months of age (Child Find)

Commercial in Italy: 0444-61-9230

DSN: (314) 636-9230

Commercial in Italy 0444-61-9522 

DSN: (314) 636-9522

 Child Find for children 36 months and above:                  

 Vicenza Elementary School - for children 3 years of age up until  5th grades

0444-71-7710/6583 for the ES 

Pre-School Services for Children with Disabilities

Preschoolers ages 3 through 5 with developmental delays or disabilities may be eligible to receive Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities (PSCD). Children who qualify for preschool services are eligible for PSCD on their third birthday. Children will be referred to a Case Study Committee (CSC) which is composed of DoDEA school personnel involved in the special education. When feasible, the CSC should determine eligibility prior to the child’s third birthday, so the child can begin receiving services at age three. DoDEA schools have the option to provide services to a child prior to his or her third birthday in certain circumstances. Please contact the school or EDIS for more information.


Free Army sponsored online training for educators and parents on a host of special education topics

DirectSTEP Information & registration

DirectSTEP course listing & key codes


Helpful Links on Special Needs Topics



504 Plans and Schools 

IEP and 504 Comparison

Difference between 504 and IEP

Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504 ( pdf)


ADD / ADHD Support







Schools and Allergies 


Online Asperger Syndrome Information & Support 

Autism Help

First Signs

What is Autism?

Developmental Disabilities

CDC Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Disabilities and Birth Defects

DODEA Special Education Brochures

Pre-Referral Interventions: Steps Before a Special Education Referral/Assessment

Moving: Things to Remember When Relocating

Communicating Effectively: Building a Strong Partnership

Individualized Education Program (IEP): Your Role in the Process

Related Services: Understanding the Purpose of these Services

Early Intervention Services: Transitioning to Preschool Services for
Children with Disabilities

Parent Rights and Responsibilities: Insights into Your Rights and

Resolving Disputes: Your Role in Reaching Resolutions

Assistive Technology: Assessment, Devices & Available Services


Dysgraphia Information page NIH

Hearing Impaired

What is Hearing Impairment?

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders



IEP and 504 Comparison

Difference between 504 and IEP

What is an IEP?

Getting ready for an IEP meeting


What is an IFSP?

Individualized Family Service Plan Template

Transition from IFSP to IEP

Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities in Children

Learning Disabilities

LD Online

Legislation & Rights

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services


DODEA Special Education Parent Guidebook

DODEA Parent Rights for Special Education – Procedural Safeguards  


STOMP: Special Training of Military Parents

Special Needs Toolkit for Parents




Speech therapy

Speech Therapy Ideas and Activities


ECHO: Extended Care Health Option


Vision Impaired

American Foundation for the Blind

Technology to Improve Learning for the Visually Impaired Child


Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

National Association for Child Development 

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Special Care Organizational Record [SCOR] toolkit for parents


Support for Educators


Educators, your commitment to military children truly makes the difference in the school experience our children have as they transition from installation to installation and face the challenges unique to military life. Please feel free to contact your local School Liaison Officer at anytime. We are here to support you in supporting our military families.

SLO Directories

Army Europe School Liaison Websites by Installation

Worldwide Army SLO directory

Worldwide Navy SLO Directory

Worldwide Air Force SLO Directory

Worldwide USMC SLO Directory

Training Opportunites and Support Materials

Building Resilient Kids This free online course is for school administrators, support staff and teachers to help all students meet life’s challenges with resilience, focusing primarily on students from military families. Free CEUs and options for graduate credit is available.

Direct Specialized Training for Education Professionals (DirectSTEP) provides free e-courses in a host of special education topics. They are provided free of charge to educators of military-connected children courtesy of the US Army. DirectSTEP flyerDirectSTEP codes and course listings

Educator’s Guide to the Military Child During Deployment This downloadable booklet is intended to help educators build coping skills in their students during and after a military deployment.

Exploring Military Culture Informative power point presentation created by DoDEA and Dept of Education.

Leveling the Playing Field for Military Students Informative power point presentation created by DoDEA and Department of Education

Working with Military Kids; A Primer for School Personnel This downloadable booklet provides information on issues relating to military children. There is even a great section on military acronyms and ranks!

Promising Practices The Military Impacted Schools Association has compiled a list of promising practices schools have been implemented at some locations to assist mobile military children. Please feel free to “steal ideas”.

Traumatic Grief in Military Children Educators and school personnel play important roles in supporting military children who have experienced loss. Although educators cannot—and should not—take on the responsibility of providing therapy to children who are grieving, they can be valuable partners in observing children, creating supportive environments, and knowing when to suggest referral to a mental health professional. We hope this downloadable booklet will assist if you are in the position of having a student who has experienced a loss.

Ten Things Military Teens Want You to Know Find out how military teens feel about their unique circumstances.

Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS) With TIPS, any teacher can regularly keep more families informed and involved in their children’s learning and ,help more students complete their homework.


Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical, and personnel services to families with special needs.

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children Designed to enable cooperation between states, the compact allows for the uniform treatment of military children transferring between school districts and states. Counselors may find it helpful when sending students back to the USA to know the compact status of the new state.

Sesame Street – Military Families Free downloadable Sesame Street DVD aims to provide support and significant resources for military families with children between the ages of 2 and 5 who are experiencing the effects of deployment, multiple deployments, and combat-related injuries.

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) This nonprofit group is dedicated to supporting the military child in easing school transitions and providing deployment support. MCEC offers educator resources and professional development. Teachers may wish to have students participate in the many literary and art contests or apply for space camp scholarships.

Military K-12 Partners The Department of Defense’s Educational Partnership Branch website focuses on providing information that directly relates to the work of educators and administrators in military-connected school systems.

Military Kids Connect Connect with other military children (multiple age groups)

Military Impacted Schools Association

Military One Source This site provides tons of information and support to military families. Of particular interest to educators is assistance with quickly arranging free counseling for military children.

Thank you, Educators, for your dedication to our kids! Please enjoy this tribute to you all!

Youth Sponsorship and Transition Support


Youth sponsorship programs provide opportunities to meet current students prior to (online) or upon arrival. Click on the icon below to request a youth sponsor or contact your School Liaison Officer for more information and assistance.

Youth Sponsorship: The Darby Military Community greets new students with a smile. We offer a Youth Sponsorship program that is designed to orient the new student to the area and school. School transitions can be difficult times and knowing someone before you go can make a big difference and set students at ease in a new location. The School Principal and School Liaison Officer work together to find incoming and outgoing students a youth sponsor to correspond with before their arrival at their new base.

ISF Student Orientation: The School Liaison Officer provides incoming ISF students the opportunity to go to the school in Florence and experience their new high school before they start. Know before you go is essential to educational success. Contact the SLO for more information.

Sign up for a Youth Sponsor at your new installation!


Contact your School Liaison Officer if you would like to be a youth sponsor or  for more information.


More Child & Youth Services


Villaggio Senior Lunch Program

High School seniors: work up an appetite at the Youth Program during lunch time!

Apr 15

Youth Program Gardaland Trip

Hit up Gardaland with your friends!

Apr 20 10 am - 6 pm

Youth Program Ultimate Table Tennis Championship

Do you have what it takes to be named the Ultimate Table Tennis Champion?!

Apr 25 2:30 pm - 4 pm

Operation Megaphone: Teen Lock-In

Have your teens enjoy this worldwide Operation Megaphone lock-in!

Apr 26 8:30 pm - 7 am

Child & Youth Services Job Fair - Virtual

If you are eligible to work in USAG Italy, CYS is hiring!

Apr 30 7:30 am

#WeOwnThursdays - Holy Guacamole Fiesta!

Come to the Youth Center for some spicy, fun filled festivities!

May 2 2:30 pm - 5 pm

Youth Center: 6th Grade Lock-In

Experience a night full of fun, games and activities!

May 3 9 pm - 7 am

Parents' Night Out

Enjoy a night out or a night in while CYS cares for your child!

May 17 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Spring Has Sprung Kickback - #WeOwnFridays

Celebrate the beginning of spring at the Youth Center!

May 17 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Senior Spotlight

Recognize the upcoming class of 2024 seniors in the Youth Program Senior Spotlight!

May 20

Pride Month Celebration

Celebrate Pride Month at the Youth Center! 

Jun 3 2 pm - 4 pm

Pride Month Celebration

Celebrate Pride Month at the Youth Center! 

Jun 3 2 pm - 4 pm

End of School Bash

Celebrate the end of school year with us!

Jun 5 2 pm - 5 pm

Youth Program Summer Camp

Jun 10