School Support Services
- How SLO's Can Help
- Build relationships and facilitate communication among Army Families and the local school community
- Inform and assist parents with school transitions and deployment challenges
- Establish school and community partnerships
- Facilitate access to home school resources for parents
- Provide information about college and other post-secondary opportunities and preparation materials
- Inform and assist parents on youth education and school issues
All public school buildings located on post, in the city of St. Robert and within the Waynesville district lines are part of the Waynesville R-VI School District.
Additional school districts surrounding Fort Leonard Wood:
Local Private Schools:
Maranatha Baptist Academy (Kindergarten-12th grade)
Westside Christian Academy (Pre-K-5th grade)
Child and Youth Services, School Support Services strives to work with parents, schools, installation leadership and organizational partners to help ease transitions for military-connected students. Your input, as stakeholders in the Army's School Support Service program, is critical to our success. Please take a few minutes to tell us about your interactions with your School Liaison Officer so that we may continue to improve our program.
- Youth Sponsorship
Sponsors for your middle school or high school teens are available either through the youth program or school.
Army Youth Sponsorship Program
The Youth Sponsorship Club can help your teen learn about their new community and make new friends. Getting involved quickly helps children and teens fit in and feel less stress associated with their PCS move. All it takes to join the club is a visit to the school age or youth center or contact the School Liaison Officer.
Youth Sponsorship Registration
Contact your School Liaison Officer (SLO) to request a sponsor. You can download and use the Youth Sponsorship Request form below to help your SLO pair your child with a compatible sponsor.
- Special Education Information
If you have a child with special needs, we can help you find information about the resources available in your school district. We can also help you connect with your local installation’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) office.
Capable Kids and Families® program located in Rolla supports families who have a child with a developmental delay or disability. It provides professional and family resource materials, a playroom with adaptive equipment, networking meetings, and loans developmental therapy equipment that is delivered to family homes.
- References and Resources for Special Education
Highly mobile children are entitled to an expedited process, including: a). evaluations in 30 days instead of 60 days, b) removed delays due to school district schedules for families moving during incomplete screenings, c) continued Extended School Year for students moving in the summer.
The Center for Parent Information and Resources offers education, acronyms, tools, webinars and a directory of local Parent and Information Training Centers to help parents advocate for their children. The center focuses on proactive support and personal accountability.
Military OneSource has a range of resources to help with caring for a family member with special needs including education, health care, legal, financial points of contact, EFMP, School Liaisons, etc.
Military Community & Family Policy Office of Special Needs provides a directory of age-specific resources and States-at-a-Glance for localized special education resources and information.
Free Army sponsored online training for educators and parents on a host of special education topics at
- Home School
Home Schooling has become mainstream and widely-used. We offer resources and information to help you provide quality home-based education.
Home School Legal Defense Association provides information on home school law, and general support and information about homeschooling.
The SLS is able to provide home schooling information, referrals, and resources.
Additional home schooling websites:
Missouri laws and home schooling resources are also available at the School Support Services office.
- Transition Support
We understand that military transitions for children include much more than school plans and enrollment. We have a number of resources to help make your move as easy as possible for the kids, including:
Military Kids Connect provides online age-appropriate resources to help parents, teachers and children cope with the unique challenges of military life.
The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3) addresses key transition issues military Families experience, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation. All fifty states have signed the compact and are in varying stages of implementation and/or compliance. The compact applies to children of Active Duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members on active duty orders and members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired within past year. Read more.
School Transition Information: School Liaison Officers are located on each installation to assist military Families with school transition and other education-related issues. Go to Army OneSource for more information.
- Academic and Behavioral Support
We can help you find information and resources for academic and behavioral support, including:
Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families makes live tutors available online 24/7 to help with more than forty core subjects and standardized test preparation.
Homework Support: Army Child & Youth Services provides homework labs in before/after school programs for elementary students at the School Age Center, and for middle and high school students at the Youth Center.
Support/Resilience Programs: School Support Services include information about other programs you can use for support and resilience-related issues.
Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) are available to meet in-person on or off the military installation. The free non-medical sessions are anonymous and may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings. Child Behavioral Specialists are located on the installation in Child & Youth Services programs, and in highly-impacted schools located on and off the installation.
Military OneSource has access to free non-medical counseling that’s anonymous and available online, by phone or in person. Twelve free sessions may occur in individual, couple, family or group settings.
Real Warriors is a multimedia behavioral health support center with tips for helping children cope with deployments and reunions.
National Military Family Association produces MyMilitaryLife, a free iPhone and Android app that provides Families with credible information tailored to your needs.
- Fort Leonard Wood - Post Secondary Support
High school graduation requirements (website):
Scholarships and Post-Secondary opportunities (website):
- Post Secondary Support
Our support doesn’t end with elementary education. If you have children preparing for academic life after high school, we can help you find information about testing opportunities, scholarships and military-specific resources that can help you plan.
Military-Specific and Government Academic Support information: G.I. Bill
Transferability of Educational Benefits: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil
In-State Tuition Programs for Military: Service members on active duty for a period of more than thirty days and their dependents are eligible to receive in-state tuition at many public colleges and universities in the state where they reside or are permanently stationed. An enrolled dependent may pay in-state tuition as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled at the institution, even if the service member is reassigned outside of the state. Regulations outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act, 2008 (P.L 110 - 135) and the Higher Education Act of 1965 apply. For more information:
College and Career Readiness: College and career readiness includes the content knowledge, skills and habits that students must have to be successful in post-secondary education. It also includes training that leads to a sustaining career. A student who is ready for college and career can qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without needing remedial or developmental coursework.
Let us help you plan for your child’s college and career readiness:
- Frequently Asked Questions
Are there DOD schools located on Fort Leonard Wood?
There are no DOD schools located on Fort Leonard Wood.
All public school buildings located on post, in the city of St. Robert, and within the city Waynesville district lines are part of the Waynesville R-VI School District. www.waynesville.k12.mo.us
Which school will my child attend?
There are four schools located on post:
Williams Early Childhood Center serves children from birth to age 5, and provides extra support for those with special needs in facilities designed for pre-kindergarten children.
Partridge Elementary, Thayer Elementary, and Wood Elementary are all K-5 elementary schools located within the various on post housing areas. Students must reside on-post in order to attend one of these elementary buildings. During the academic year, transportation is provided to the School Age Center (for students in grades 1-5), and K-5 guest lodging students.
Schools Located Off-Post:
East Elementary (grades K-2)-All students grades K-2, living off-post and within the Waynesville School District will attend East Elementary School. Bus transportation is available for all students.
Freedom Elementary (Grades 3-5)-All students, grades 3-5 living off-post and within the Waynesville School District will attend Freedom Elementary School. Bus transportation is available for all students.
6th Grade Center (Grade 6)-All students in 6th grade living on-and off-post within the Waynesville School District will attend the 6th Grade Center. Bus transportation is available for all students.
Waynesville Middle (Grades 7-8)-All students, grades 7-8, living on-and off-post within the Waynesville School District will attend Waynesville Middle School. Bus transportation is available for all students.
Waynesville High School (Grades 9-12)-All students, grades 9-12, living on- and off-post and within the Waynesville School District will attend Waynesville High School. Bus transportation is available for all students.
Additional Local Public School Districts:
Crocker R-II School District- http://www.crockerschools.org/
Dixon R-1 School District- http://www.dixonr1.com/
Laquey R-V School District- http://www.laquey.k12.mo.us/
Lebanon R-III School District- http://www.lebanon.k12.mo.us
Newburg R-II School District- http://www.newburg.k12.mo.us
Phelps County R-III School District- http://www.pcr3.k12.mo.us
Plato R-V School District- http://www.plato.k12.mo.us
Richland R-IV School District- http://www.richlandbears.us
Rolla Public Schools- http://www.rolla.k12.mo.us
St. James R-1 School District- http://www.stjschools.org
Local Private Schools
Maranatha Baptist Academy (KDG-12th grade)
Westside Christian Academy (PreK-5th Grade)
How old must my child be in order to enroll in kindergarten?
According to Missouri law, a child is eligible for admission to kindergarten if he or she reaches the age of five before the first day of August or if the child is a military dependent who has successfully completed a (state) accredited pre-kindergarten program or has attended a (state) accredited kindergarten program in another state.
How old must my child be in order to enroll in first grade?
To be eligible to enter first grade, children must reach the age of six prior to August 1, or if the child is a military dependent who has successfully completed a (state) accredited kindergarten program in another state. Any child who has successfully completed kindergarten in an out-of-state school accredited by the state, or a Missouri accredited urban or metropolitan school, will meet age requirements for entrance into grade one.
What documents will I need in order to enroll my child in school?
Documents needed to enroll
- registered birth certificate (see Kindergarten and First Grade Entry Requirements),
- shot record (see Immunizations),
- last grade card (if applicable),
- transfer sheet (if provided), and
- any other information from previous school
Where do I go to enroll my child in school?
For the Waynesville R-VI School District, go to the building in which your child will attend (click on school website for locations). http://www.waynesville.k12.mo.us/domain/789
Are students required to wear uniforms to school?
None of the public school systems surrounding Fort Leonard Wood require students to wear uniforms.
What options are available for before and after school care?
Child, Youth & School (CYS) Services offers structured and recreational activities to enhance the development of children in kindergarten-5th grade. Breakfast and nutritional snacks are served daily. Transportation is provided to and from designated schools (on and off post) M-F 0530-0830 and 1530-1730 during the academic year only. Registration with CYS Services is required in order to participate in before and after school care. http://leonardwood.armymwr.com/us/leonardwood/programs/parent-and-outreach-services
For fees and more information, visit the district website http://www.waynesville.k12.mo.us/Domain/114 or call (573) 842-2530.
What are after school/enrichment activities are available?
Youth Sports & Fitness (YSF)
School Age Center (SAC)
Middle School and Teen (MST)
Where can I find information about Missouri teen driving requirements?
Hours of Operation
|Monday||8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday||8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday||8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.|
|Friday||8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.|
School Support Services (SSS) provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. A branch of Child, Youth & School (CYS), SSS is home to the School Liaison Office, where School Liaison Specialists (SLSs) help deliver the best educational resources and information for your children.
We specialize in education transitions, and make sure incoming and exiting families have information about local schools, graduation requirements, after-school services/programs, youth sponsorship programs and home schooling. We also help parents better understand the education process, school organization and interaction strategies.
2018 Fort Leonard Wood CYS Parent Handbook - pdf
2017 Fort Leonard Wood CYS USDA Letter - pdf