Naval Station Great Lakes School Liaison Program

The School Liaison Officer’s primary function is to serve as a conduit between parents, educators and the command so that military-connected children experience a seamless transition during the transfer between schools. Most military children move every 2.9 years and can attend up to nine different schools by graduation. Consistency and retention of educational goals is a primary goal for families when planning to PCS.

NSGL SLO Welcome Letter 

The School Liaison Officer (SLO) can provide military families, educators, and installation commanders with resources as they work together in providing a supportive and positive educational environment for children of military families.  In addition, we offer a wide spectrum of services, enabling families to become more involved in their child's educational experience. The SLO’s main areas of focus include assisting families by:
 • Providing information on local schools and boundaries
 • Answer questions about school enrollment options
 • Understanding home schooling regulations and support
 • Supporting families with Inbound/outbound school transfers          
 • Helping families understand and navigate the special education process
 • Providing military, Department of Education, and community agency referrals
 • Assisting with post-secondary preparation and college readiness

Core Services
 • School Transition Services (PCS Cycle) 
 • Deployment Support: 
 • Command, School, Community Communications
 • Home School Linkage and Support
 • Partnerships in Education (PIE)
 • Post-Secondary Preparations
 • Special Needs System Navigation

Great Lakes SLO Contact Information
Office: 847-688-2020 x465
Hours: M-F: 8am-4:30pm 

Great Lakes SLO Facebook Page

Military Installations Official DOD Source

Illinois School Information 

School Registration
Illinois requires that a child live within the district boundaries of the school he or she attends. Residents are required to show proof of residency each year. Please be advised that Illinois implements registration fees for public schools at all grade levels. Basic guidelines for registering your child in IL can be found at Contact the appropriate school district for additional information on registration requirements, fees, and specific academic or extracurricular activities.

Newcomers and those registering their children for the first time are required by IL law to provide proof of immunizations. Here you will find information on immunizations as well as downloadable health, dental and eye examination forms applicable for Illinois. The Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination Code requirements and a description of each is available here.

IL Health Form
IL Vision Form
IL Dental Form 

Free and Reduced Meals
Income eligibility guidelines are listed.

Kindergarten and First Grade Eligibility Requirements
For enrollment in Kindergarten, children must be five years of age on or before September 1st of the current school year. Children must be six years of age on or before September 1st to be eligible to attend First Grade. 

Graduation Requirements
The following information delineates coursework necessary to meet the IL state graduation requirements.

Wisconsin School Information 

School Registration
Any student in grades K-12 may apply to attend school in any public school district in the state. To learn more about application forms, selection of students process, transportation, school board policies and other frequently asked questions, visit the Open Enrollment home page at:

Immunization requirements for WI students are outlined in the following website: Here you will find a parent booklet and fact sheet as well as downloadable health, dental and eye examination forms applicable for Wisconsin.

Free and Reduced Meals
Income eligibility guidelines are listed.

Five-year-old Kindergarten Attendance and First Grade Admission
Wisconsin law requires a child who is enrolled in 5-year-old kindergarten in a public or private school to regularly attend kindergarten during the school year. Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, with certain exceptions, this new law also requires a child to complete 5-year-old kindergarten as a prerequisite to being admitted to first grade in a public school. School districts have the option of offering four-year-old kindergarten (4K). The following link provides information to parents and school districts about kindergarten admission policies and practices for both 4K and 5K:

Graduation Requirements
The following information delineates coursework necessary to meet the WI state graduation requirements. There is also a frequently asked questions section that further explains areas of interest.



Great Lakes Military Homeschoolers

In Illinois
Home-schooling in Illinois is considered to be a form of private education. Parents who choose to educate their children at home are under a legal obligation to meet the minimum requirements stated in Illinois’ Compulsory Attendance Law (Section 26-1 of the Illinois School Code). Parents who choose to educate their children at home are obligated to teach their children “…the branches of education taught to children of corresponding age and grade in the public schools” and they are further obligated to offer instruction in these core courses in the English language. The “branches of education” include language arts; mathematics; biological and physical sciences; social sciences; fine arts; and physical development and health. For more information about home-schooling, please visit the IL State Board of Education web site:

In Wisconsin
You may enroll your child in a home-based private educational program at any time during the school term in the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Statute 115.30(3) requires the child's parent or guardian to file the online PI-1206 Homeschool Report annually, on or before October 15 of the current school year. For detailed information on curricula, attendance requirements, diplomas, and special education as well as other topics, please visit the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction website:

Home-school Association for Military Families

Transitioning Families

Planning My Move
Local Relocation Information

Transfer Checklist 
Transfer Checklist PDF

Youth Sponsorship

Youth Sponsorship is a program for K-12th grade students.  At the elementary and middle school levels, many districts have programs in place for new students transitioning mid-year.  District 187, serving Great Lakes base housing residents, has a Transition Counselor who can be reached at 847-689-6310 x129.  For high school students attending North Chicago, the transition counselor can be reached at 847-687-4522.  High school students living in Fort Sheridan can contact the Highland Park High School counselor at 224-765-2054 or 224-765-2050.

Youth Sponsorship is available through the installation Youth and Teen Center.  Please contact the School Liaison Officer or the Youth Director at 847-688-5573.


Family Tool Kit
Parents Tool Kit PDF is a free online tutoring company that offers one-to-one help from certified teachers 24/7.

Choosing a School for Your Child
Choosing a School for Your Child PDF

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Helping Children Deal with Change
Helping Children Deal with Change PDF

NAVSTA Great Lakes Fleet and Family Readiness



NAVSTA Great Lakes Housing



NAVSTA Great Lakes Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

847-688-3606 x117

DoDEA Non-DOD Schools Program
A Department of Defense Education Activity

Special Education

Navy Exceptional Family Member Program

This is a mandatory program for any family member who has special medical, educational, developmental and/or emotional needs or concerns. 

EFMP Navy Headquarters: 866-827-5672

EFMP Liaison at Great Lakes: 847-688-3606 x119


DoD Special Needs Parent Toolkit

This site provides information and tools geared towards helping military families with special needs children navigate a variety of services.


Illinois State Board of Education Special Education Page )



Wrightslaw provides accurate, reliable information regarding special education law.



Free eCourses for Navy families regarding special education.


SpecialEd Connection 

Provided free for navy families and staff.  Contact the SLO for access.