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
• 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
Illinois requires that a child
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. http://www.isbe.state.il.us/research/htmls/immunization.htm#update
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.
The following information delineates coursework necessary to meet the IL state graduation requirements. http://www.isbe.state.il.us/news/pdf/grad_require.pdf
Wisconsin School Information
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
Immunization requirements for WI students are outlined in the following website: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization/reqs.htm. 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: http://dpi.wi.gov/early-childhood/kind/admission
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. http://dpi.wi.gov/graduation/requirements
Great Lakes Military Homeschoolers
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
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: http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/home-based
Planning My Move
Local Relocation Information
Transfer Checklist PDF
Youth Sponsorship is a program for
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
Tutor.com is a free online tutoring company that offers one-to-one help from certified teachers 24/7. http://www.tutor.com/navy
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)
DoDEA Non-DOD Schools Program
A Department of Defense Education Activity
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.
Provided free for navy families and staff. Contact the SLO for access.