Norfolk / Las Vegas / Edwards Air Force Base

Please read the general guidance on the schooling pages before reading the specific information about your area. 

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten (age 4-6)

In Virginia, your child must turn five on or before 30th September in order to attend Kindergarten.

If your child is not five by this date, but would be starting school in UK (i.e. they are four at the time of the Kindergarten cut off date and will be turning five during the school year), they will attend Pre-Kindergarten.

If your child is six by this date, they will attend 1st Grade.

All schools in Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton and Newport News have full day Kindergarten programs.

Only some schools in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake offer full day programs. All other schools offer half day programs.

If full day Kindergarten is not available in the area in which you are living, you can enrol your child in a full day, private program and the MOD will fund 100% of the tuition fees.

​If full day, public (state-funded) Kindergarten is available in your area, but you wish to enrol your child in a private school, you will be personally responsible for paying 1/3rd of the tuition fees and any other claimable expenses. The MOD will fund the remaining 2/3rds.

Elementary school (age 6-11)

The public (state-funded) schools within the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area are considered to be of a good standard, and are widely attended by MOD children. Information on the schools in the area can be found on each public school district’s website.

If you wish to educate your child in the public school system, you must make your preference known to the housing co-ordinator to ensure that you are allocated a property in one of your preferred school’s catchment areas.

​If you would prefer to enrol your child in a private school in the Norfolk, VA area, you will be personally responsible for paying 1/3rd of the tuition fees and any other claimable expenses. The MOD will fund the remaining 2/3rds.

Middle school (age 11-14)

The public (state-funded) schools within the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area are considered to be of a good standard, and are widely attended by MOD children. Information on the schools in the area can be found on each public school district’s website.

If you wish to educate your child in the public school system, you must make your preference known to the housing co-ordinator to ensure that you are allocated a property in one of your preferred school’s catchment areas.

​If you would prefer to enrol your child in a private school in the Norfolk, VA area, you will be personally responsible for paying 1/3rd of the tuition fees and any other claimable expenses. The MOD will fund the remaining 2/3rds.

High school (age 14-18)

There are no schools in the Norfolk, VA area that offer iGCSEs.

There are, however, a number of public (state-funded) and other private schools in the area that offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. You can locate a school using the IB website (http://www.ibo.org). If you wish to enrol your high school age child in a private school so that they can study the IB program, you are entitled to MOD funding for 90% of the tuition fees and any other claimable expenses. This 90% entitlement is limited to 90% of the cost of tuition at the British School of Washington, and is only for English school years 10, 11, 12 and 13 (US grades 9, 10, 11 and 12).

You also have the option of enrolling your child in a public (state-funded) or private school that offers the regular US academic program (which leads to a US High School Graduation Diploma). It is important to note the limitations of this program of study under High School (age 14-18) (namely that your child will need to graduate 12th Grade at age 18 to obtain it and that it is only recognised by some universities in the UK).

The public (state-funded) schools within the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area are considered to be of a good standard. Information on the schools in the area can be found on each public school district’s website.

If you wish to educate your child in the public school system, you must make your preference known to the housing co-ordinator to ensure that you are allocated a property in one of your preferred school’s catchment areas.

​If you would prefer to enrol your child in a private school in the Norfolk, VA area that offers only the US High School Graduation Diploma, you will be personally responsible for paying 1/3rd of the tuition fees and any other claimable expenses. The MOD will fund the remaining 2/3rds.

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten (age 4-6)

In Nevada, your child must turn five on or before 30th September in order to attend Kindergarten.

If your child is not five by this date, but would be starting school in UK (i.e. they are four at the time of the Kindergarten cut off date and will be turning five during the school year), they will attend Pre-Kindergarten.

If your child is six by this date, they will attend 1st Grade.​

All schools in the Clark County School District offer full day Kindergarten programmes. Due to the availability of state-funded, full day Kindergarten programmes, if you wish to enrol your child in a private school, you will be personally resposable for 1/3rd of the tuition fees and any other claimable expenses if your assignment order was issued prior to April 1st 2015. The MOD will fund the remaining 2/3rds.

if your assignment order was issued after this date, 100% of the fees will be a personal expense.

Elementary school (age 6-11), middle school (age 11-14) and high school (age 14-18)

All public (state-funded) schools in Las Vegas fall within the Clark County School District (http://www.ccsd.net).

Various public (state-funded) and private schools in the area have been visited and assessed a number of times by personnel from the Healthcare and Education Department at the British Embassy and the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) in the UK.

Based on information gained from a visit in 2006, combined with testing data, CEAS concluded that the majority of the public (state-funded) schools were unable to provide an education comparable to that available in a UK state school. This conclusion, coupled with the difficulties of locating rental properties within the catchment areas of the few acceptable schools, and the short notice at which personnel had been posted to the area (allowing little time to look into the education options available), led to CEAS granting 100% funding for private school fees (tuition and any other claimable expenses).

A visit was made in May 2013, to review the situation and to determine whether funding should remain at 100%. CEAS concluded that the provision of public (state-funded) education across Clark County had improved to a standard where on educational grounds, there was no justification for retaining 100% funding for personnel. The 100% funding entitlement has therefore been withdrawn.

In an effort to protect the education continuity of children who were enrolled in private schools prior to the decision to withdraw 100% funding being made, a phased implementation of the new arrangements will take place. The new arrangements also reflect the removal of the entitlement for Service personnel to claim 2/3rds funding for private school overseas, as detailed in the December 2014 revision of JSP 342 and effective 1st April 2015.

Personnel assigned to Las Vegas before 31st December 2014

Personnel with children enrolled in private education prior to the 31st December 2014 will receive ‘grandfather rights’, allowing them to retain the entitlement to 100% funding until a change of school is required at the end of a phase of education.

A phase of education is considered to be elementary, middle and high school. Children enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten prior to the 31st December 2014 are deemed to be enrolled in the elementary phase for the purposes of this policy.

Tour extensions will not alter entitlement, however a re-tour will.

When a change of school is required at the end of a phase of education, personnel can choose to enrol their child in public (state-funded) school or continue to use private education; however the entitlement to funding will drop to 2/3rds.

If the public school option is chosen, personnel will be restricted to the school for the catchment area in which they live. If the standard of the school is deemed to be unacceptably poor, individual policy exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by CEAS.

Personnel assigned to Las Vegas after 31st December 2014, with an Assignment Order issued prior to the 1st April 2015

All personnel with tours commencing after the 31st December 2014 (including personnel who have previously served in Southern Nevada) who have an Assignment Order issued prior to the 1st April 2015 will be entitled to 2/3rds funding if they choose to enrol their child in a private school. 1/3rd of the fees will be a personal expense.

Personnel assigned to Las Vegas with an Assignment Order issued after the 1st April 2015

All personnel with Assignment Orders issued after the 1st April 2015 will not be entitled to any funding for tuition fees; therefore 100% of the charges will be a personal expense.

Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases have a School Liaison Officer (SLO) who can provide guidance on the local schools. The SLO also has a website, which contains various resources relating to schooling in the local area: http://www.nellis.af.mil/schoolliaisonofficer

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten (age 4-6)

In California, for the 2013/14 school year your child must turn five on or before 1st October in order to attend Kindergarten.

For the 2014/15 school year this changes to the 1st September.

If your child is not five by this date, but would be starting school in UK (i.e. they are four at the time of the Kindergarten cut off date and will be turning five during the school year), they will attend Pre-Kindergarten.

If your child is six by this date, they will attend 1st Grade.​

There are several school districts serving the off base communities surrounding the AFB. There is also a school district that oversees the schools on base (Muroc Joint Unified School District). If there is no full day, state-funded Kindergarten available in the district in which you live, you can enrol your child in a full day, private program and the MOD will fund 100% of the tuition fees. 

Elementary school (age 6-11), middle school (age 11-14) and high school (age 14-18)

There are several school districts serving the off base communities surrounding the AFB. There is also a school district that oversees the schools on base (Muroc Joint Unified School District).

Various public (state-funded) and private schools in the area have been visited and assessed a number of times by personnel from the Healthcare and Education Department at the British Embassy and the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) in the UK.

A visit by CEAS In 2015 to assess the educational standard in the public schools found that the education curriculum/standard was deemed to be unsatisfactory.

Parents wishing to educate their children in private schools can enrol them in a private school and the MOD will fund 100%

Please note that if you choose to live outside the Antelope Valley area you will not be eligible to claim for private education fees at 100%. The entitlement will reduce to the 2/3rds that can be claimed from the MOD.

Personnel who are in country and who have paid 1/3 of the fees from the school year beginning Aug/Sept 15/16 can obtain a refund of any payments that they have made. Please refer to Private School Claims​ for a list of admissible and non-admissible fees and for guidance on how to make a claim.

Edwards AFB has a School Liaison Officer (SLO) who can provide guidance on the local schools. The SLO also has a website, which contains various resources relating to schooling in the local area: http://edwardsfss.com/wordpress/​family/school-liaison-office

Last Updated: Jul 1, 2019 @ 4:50 pm

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