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Installation Overview --Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington

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Installation Overview --Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington

Lt. Cmdr. Brian Danielson, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, gives his daughter pointers as she attempts to climb the rock wall during Northwest Outdoor Adventure Day during the Oak Harbor School District's Spring Break period.

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy; photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tucker M. Yates

The major schools serving Naval Air Station Whidbey Island include the districts of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, and Anacortes. When first arriving to Whidbey Island, you will need to enroll your student with the school district where you reside. However, Washington State allows parents to request a transfer to a nonresident district if housing is unavailable in the district of your choice.

Each of these communities offers public and home-schooling options. Oak Harbor and Anacortes also have private school options. All the school districts offer a Running Start program where students in their junior and senior years with a 3.0 GPA can attend college classes thus allowing them to graduate with a high school diploma and possibly an AA degree at the same time. They also each have extensive athletic and academic programs to include services for special needs children. There are no public or DoD schools located onboard NAS Whidbey Island.

First-time enrollment in the public schools requires a birth certificate, immunization record, and district specific enrollment packet. Parents should bring copies of report cards, verification of grade placement, credits earned, special education plans and any other pertinent information to assist counselors and school administrators in placing students in the proper level of instruction. Students may be tested to help determine their placement in school programs. Children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old by August 31. Children entering first grade must be 6 years old by September 1. In Oak Harbor, students younger than 6 years old can enter first grade if they have completed kindergarten in another district.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) has a full-time School Liaison Officer (SLO). The SLO is the primary point of contact between the military installation, the local school administration, parents, and the community. The SLO specializes in serving military families by supporting families with school transfers, providing information on local schools, assisting with school choice, deployment support, and so much more. The NASWI SLO can be reached at 360-257-6863 or cheryl.rau@navy.mil.

If a parent chooses not to enroll a child in public or private schools, home-based instruction is a viable alternative. A parent must file an annual Declaration of Intent by September 15 or within two weeks of the beginning of any public school quarter, trimester, or semester with the school district within which the parent resides. A complete packet of information on Home-Based Instruction can be obtained at the school district office.

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