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Installation Overview -- Edwards Air Force Base, California


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Installation Overview -- Edwards Air Force Base, California

Col. Gale Skousen, 95th Medical Group chief of medical staff, reads to students during Branch Elementary School's story night.

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force
There are no DODDS Schools located at Edwards AFB or vicinty. Schools located on Edwards AFB are public schools serving the Muroc Joint Unified District. There are several different school districts serving the off-base communities surrounding Edwards AFB. Many follow a year-round school calendar where students attend school year-round with 3 week breaks periodically. Others follow a traditional school calendar (August through June).

There are several private schools in the Edwards AFB locality. Programs are available for grades preschool through high school. The state of California publishes a private school directory which lists all of the private schools available in the state. The Airman and Family Readiness Center at Edwards has copies of this directory available for use at the Center.

Christian Home Educators Experiencing Rewards (C.H.E.E.R.) is a local home education support group holding meetings and offering various activities on Edwards Air Force Base where home education encouragement is offered through the high school level. CHEER is affiliated with the support network offered by Christian Home Educators Association of California (CHEA of CA). For more information contact CHEA of California at 1-800-564-CHEA. For base and local information about home education contact Shannon Sargent, 661-258-4732.

The Education Office has a comprehensive brochure available with information regarding various tests, descriptions of all on base college programs, and term dates. For information regarding off-base college programs, contact the respective college. The Education Office can provide a list of off-base colleges that includes phone numbers and addresses and for colleges in the local vicinity, specific degrees offered. All on-base and off-base colleges offer Bachelors Degrees starting at the junior year. Education counselors are available for individual appointments. GED examinations are available and free for military members. The Antelope Valley Adult School in Lancaster will assist dependents and civilians with GED. Call them at 661-942-3042.

For information regarding scholarships and grants, contact the Education Office or The Airman and Family Readiness Center. The Airman and Family Readiness Center has a database of over 150,000 awards, grants, loans and scholarships, called SRN, Scholarship Resource Network. This is a free service provided for active duty personnel, DoD civilians, retirees and their family members.

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