The Child & Youth Education Services (School Liaison) is committed to outreach, advocacy, and partnership initiatives that generate real-time solutions for military-connected students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 as they face global, educational challenges and transitions.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I contact the Edwards AFB School Liaison Specialist?

Our current School Liaison Specialist is Candace Lang.

Phone Number: 661-277-2456 or DSN: 527-2456

Email: candace.lang@us.af.mil or 412.fss.school.liaison@us.af.mil

Location: Youth Center, 24 Lathrop Dr, Bldg 5210

2. What school choices do you I have for my child?

You may send your child to a traditional public school where you live, a public magnet school, a public charter school, a private school or home-school.

3. Is there a law that supports military connected students?

Yes, the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children uses a comprehensive approach that provides a consistent policy in every school district and in every State that chooses to join.  The goal of the Compact is to replace the widely varying policies affecting transitioning military students.

The Compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, special education services, eligibility and graduation.

Children of active duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and reserve on active duty orders, and, for one year after leaving service, members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired are eligible for assistance under the Compact.  For additional information, please visit the Interstate Compact Commission at www.mic3.net.

4. What private schools are available?

Your School Liaison Specialist has listings of private schools in the surrounding areas around Edwards AFB.  Information on private schools is also available on the California Department of Education website http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/si/ps/.

The Private School Directory lists over 1,000 private schools that filed the annual Private School Affidavit and reported enrollments of six or more students. The majority of our students attend schools in Kern County, Los Angeles County, and San Bernardino County.

5. Which schools are the best?

All public schools in California are responsible for California State learning standards. Please review each school’s Academic Performance Index (API) and school climate survey at the link below to determine the best match for your child: http://www.cde.ca.gov/getschoolreport.  In addition, please visit CA School Data at http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/ or http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/.

6. How do I know which school my child will go to?

The California Education Code 48200 states that where you live determines where your child attends a traditional public school.

You may request a permit to transfer however permits are not always granted from your home school district.  If you live on base housing your home school district is the MUROC Joint Unified school district. Please visit their web site to obtain a permit to transfer application at www.muroc.k12.ca.us.

7. I want to home-school my child(ren), what do I need to do?

To learn what options your local schools offer, start by asking the public school district in which you live what programs allow schooling at home. A more detailed discussion of the various educational options available is located in the CDE Fact Book 2009 (pages 94-99) on the CDE Fact Book Web page http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ps/rq/psfaq.asp#D.

8. What is needed to register my child?

Birth certificate, immunization record, proof of residency, and contact info for last school attended. For Kindergarten, a physical examination and dental screening is required. For special needs, a copy of latest IEP and last evaluation. Copy of Cumulative Folder: Current Schedule/Report Cards/Test Scores and Course Descriptions/Grading Scale if available for 6th grade and above.

8. What is a Magnet School? Are all Magnet Schools gifted in nature?

A Magnet school is a public school operated under a court-ordered or federally approved voluntary desegregation plan offering a specialized curriculum, to a student body representing a cross section of the community. They attract students of different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds with similar educational interests, provide unique sets of learning opportunities, encourage innovation, and promote academic gains for students. Not all magnet schools are gifted.

9. What if my child has special needs?

Edwards AFB has the Exceptional Family Member Program – Family Support (EFMP-FS) and the EFMP-Medical.  The EFMP-FS Specialist can help navigate and/or connect with community and family support services through:

  • Information and Referral (before, during, and after PCS) to on-base, local, state, and federal services
  • Support Services in the form of outreach
  • Community awareness and education on EFMP

For more information, please call Ms. Pam Natale at 277-2950 or for the EFMP-Medical, please contact Mr. Scott Couper at scott.a.couper.ctr@mail.mil.

Public School Districts

  • Westside Union: www.westside.k12.ca.us