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Installation Overview --Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts

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Installation Overview --Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts

Bedford High School

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The Hanscom Air Force Base campus consists of two schools, provided and supported entirely by the federal government: Hanscom Primary School (Grades K-3) and the Hanscom Middle School (Grades 4-8). The Lincoln Campus, located on Ballfield Road, consists of the Lincoln School, (Grades K-8). For base housing residents, Hanscom's on-base primary and middle schools are part of the Lincoln Public School system, Lincoln, MA, a town which abuts Hanscom.

Students in grades 9-12 are transported to neighboring Bedford High School, Bedford, MA or Shawsheen Vocational Technical High School in Billerica, MA.

Families looking for information on home schooling, tutoring, special needs services or local private schools may contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center, 781-377-4222, or the Base Library, 781-377-2177.

All students must pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) statewide achievement tests to graduate. Please visit the MA Dept of Education's web site for information regarding this exam for all other graduation requirements look under contacts for high school web sites.

Children must be age 5 by 1 October of the school year to register for Kindergarten. Shots must be up to date. Children do not need a physical prior to starting school, but must be scheduled within a week or two. If the child is already in the MA school system and has had a physical within the last 3-4 years, then a copy of that physical may be used. The school nurse office number is: 781-274-7723. If your child is attending school in a different town, call the Hanscom Education Center 781-377-2021 for their registration specifics.

Parents may also choose to educate their children at home. For a child of compulsory school age, the home schooling program must be approved in advance by the superintendent or school committee of the home district. For further information on this option, contact the school superintendent's office. Please contact the AFRC (781-377-4222) for more information on area homeschooling groups.

There are numerous private schools in the Boston area, depending on your educational need, where you want to live, and how much you would like to pay. You should begin an admissions packet to most of these schools a year in advance as they are highly competitive and, as a result, only about half of the applicants are accepted. In some schools the number accepted is as low as one in eight applicants. Check the Massachusetts Department of Education web site for more information.

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