APRIL is Month of the Military Child
Wear purple on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, to honor our Military Youth! April marks the nation’s “Month of the Military Child,” a time to recognize military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience. In celebration, the Joint Venture Education Forum (JVEF) is encouraging everyone to “Purple Up” on Wednesday, April 24, as a visible way to salute and honor our military children. Click here for more information.
WELCOME MESSAGE: COL. SANTA ANA
Read the experiences of Col. Peter Santa Ana, right, a parent of eight children enrolled in the Hawaii public education system. Col. Santa Ana is the former Co-Chair of the Joint Venture Education Forum, and former military liaison to the Hawaii State Board of Education. Published July 2016.
Hawaii is the temporary or long-term home for 300,000-plus military personnel and their families. About 14,000 military dependents, representing about 8 percent of the total student enrollment, attend public schools. Families belong to Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy base installations located on Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island, as well as the Pacific Command headquartered on Oahu. Our
Frequently Asked Questions list is designed to assist military families with their transition to Hawaii and its public school system.
View these pages for an overview of key drivers of public school education in Hawaii:
[VIEW] Milestones in Transformation
[VIEW] An Expectation of College
- [VIEW] Mālama Honua
- [VIEW] Nā Hopena A'o
School Liaison Officers
The school your child can attend will depend on where you will live. Contact your service’s School Liaison Officer or these resources for assistance:
Navy & Air Force|
Oahu: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Kauai: Pacific Missile Range Facility
Melissa Johnson, email
Oahu: Tripler Army Medical Center, Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield
Big Island (Hawaii) – Pohakuloa Training Area
Tamsin Keone, email
Wendy Nakasone, email
|Kim Munoz, email|
Oahu: Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Camp Smith
Amy Solomon, email
Oahu: Fourteenth Coast Guard District, Base Honolulu, Sand Island | 808-842-2089
Hawaii Army National Guard
CPT Christine Rosalin,
|Hawaii Air National Guard |
The Department receives funds from the federal government known as Impact Aid to offset the costs associated with federal installations. The importance of this funding cannot be overstated. Hawaii has the highest number of military dependent children per capita in the nation. The state also has dozens of federal housing installations that also qualify for these funds. Impact Aid is used each year to offset costs for standards-aligned curricular resources, substitute teachers, student transportation, school utilities and other services. We rely on families who are in federal housing and military environments to fill out an annual survey in order to collect these funds.
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The numbers of military families moving to new housing developments in Central and Leeward Oahu, especially the Mililani and Kapolei communities, have grown. Listed below are schools that have significant populations of military dependent students.
Going through a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) can be stressful, but many military families who have PCS-ed to Hawaii say the Aloha State has become a second home. Take a look:
When you enroll your child in Hawaii's public school system, you don't have to be worried about whether they'll be challenged. We've adopted Common Core
standards along with most states, the District of Columbia, four territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Learn about all our standards and related resources
Radford High School's Transition Center has helped military students for over a decade to acclimate to their new school and surroundings with the guidance of experienced, volunteer student facilitators. These student peers help all new students, both military and civilian, and offer resources and support towards ensuring academic achievement. See the highlights:
Roughly 65 percent of Radford students come from military families in the Joint Base Hickam-Pearl Harbor area. The program has been recognized for its service by former First Lady Laura Bush in 2007 and by the Department of Defense.
Joint Venture Education Forum
With the support of the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the JVEF was established in 1999 as a partnership between the Department, military and community stakeholders as a venue to address mutual concerns through meaningful discussion and relationships to promote educational opportunities for Hawaii’s children. Partnerships resulting from the JVEF improve our public schools, supports for military families and children, and community relations for both cultures. To learn more, contact the Department's Military Liaison, Cherry Torres Okahara: firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-271-5724.
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)
While the armed services have made great strides in easing the transition of their personnel, their spouses and, most importantly, their children, much remains to be done at the state and local levels to ensure that the children of military families are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children. The
Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children addresses these concerns,