Department of Defense Education Activity

Maxwell AFB E/MS: New Four-year Pilot Program


New Four-year Pilot Program

Maxwell Elementary and Middle School hosts first DoDEA pilot program, opens application for off-base children

Maxwell Web Feature ButtonTo attend a Department of Defense Education Activity school in the continental United States, a student’s parent or guardian must 1) be a full-time active duty service member or full-time Department of Defense civilian and 2) reside in on-base housing. However, Congress recently authorized a pilot program through the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that would expand that eligibility at four pilot sites. It allows for the children of full-time, active duty military who do not live on an installation to attend a DoDEA school, provided space is available.

Maxwell Air Force Base, home to Maxwell Elementary and Middle School, is the first locale to introduce this four-year pilot program. The school currently serves 350 students. To launch this pilot, DoDEA Americas collaborated with installation commanders to determine how to prioritize enrollment of new students in such a way that supports military readiness. This pilot program is blazing a trail for the other Americas sites, which will model efforts after this one.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the pilot program, students selected to participate in the program must be a dependent of a full-time, active duty service member with orders to Maxwell Air Force Base or Gunter Annex. The priorities for new student applicants under the pilot program are:

  • Students who were enrolled at Maxwell Elementary and Middle School the previous school year
  • Siblings of students enrolled under the pilot program.
  • Students who live in close proximity, within a five-mile radius, of Maxwell Air Force Base or Gunter Annex, and then expanding out the radius as capacity at the school increases.

There are other factors that affect which students are selected for enrollment. For example, school administrators will determine capacity at a specific grade level. This availability also may change from year to year. Where two or more students qualify in the same category and grade, the student who submitted the first application will be accepted.

How to Enroll

  • Enrollment opens June 9 at 6:30 a.m. CST and will remain open throughout the pilot program.
  • Open the application (right) on a personal computer or personal wireless device due to security limitations with Department of Defense computers.
  • Fill out an application for each student you want to enroll.

Applications now being accepted!

What You Need to Know

  • Transportation to and from school for children living off the installation is not provided.
  • Applying for this program does not guarantee enrollment. Parents should still enroll their children in the local school available to them.

Next Steps

School administrators will review applications for availability this summer and will notify parents or guardians about whether there is space for the student to attend. If space is not available, the student will be placed on a wait list. Here is the timeline for review and notification:

Date Action
June 9 at 6:30 a.m. Application portal opens and remains open throughout the school year.
June 18 Applications reviewed by school administrators.
June 28 Parents notified for approval or placed on the wait list.
July 19 Applications received between June 19 and July 18 reviewed.
July 30 Parents notified for approval or placed on the wait list.
August 9 First day of school
Sept. 16 Applications received between July 19 and Sept. 15 reviewed.
Sept. 23 Parents notified for approval or placed on wait list.
Nov. 19 Applications received between Sept. 16 and Nov. 18 reviewed.
Dec. 6 Parents will be notified for approval or wait list.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This FAQ list will be expanded as new questions are posed. It is intended as a resource for school staff and installation school liaisons who answer phones and also will be posted on the website.

  1. Who is eligible for the four-year pilot program?
    • Children must be a dependent of a full-time, active duty service member with orders to Maxwell Air Force Base or Gunter Annex
  2. What are the priorities for accepting new student applicants?
    • Students who were enrolled at Maxwell Elementary and Middle School the previous school year.
    • Siblings of students enrolled under the pilot program.
    • Students who live in close proximity, within a five-mile radius, of Maxwell Air Force Base or Gunter Annex, and then expanding out the radius as capacity at the school increases.
  3. Why was the five-mile radius chosen?
    • Working with DoDEA, we modeled the radius after public school zoning processes using both Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex as the centers for the radii. The area will expand by increments if capacity remains in the pilot program. Even if you don’t think you live inside the radius, please still apply if you are interested in the program.
  4. Will the radius be expanded if there is additional space and not enough applicants?
    • Yes.
  5. What factors are considered for enrollment?
    • School administrators will determine capacity at a specific grade level.
    • Availability also may change from year to year.
    • Where two or more students qualify in the same category and grade, the student who submitted the first application will be accepted.
  6. How do I enroll?
    • Enrollment opens June 9 at 6:30 a.m. CST and will remain open throughout the pilot program.
    • Fill out an application for each student you want to enroll.
    • The application is on the school’s site.
    • Open the application on a personal computer or personal wireless device due to security limitations with Department of Defense computers.
  7. When will I know if my student is accepted?
    • School administrators will review applications this summer and will notify parents or guardians about whether there is space for the student to attend.
    • If space is not available, the student will be placed on a wait list.
    • Since changes in enrollment occur throughout the school year, the school will review pending applications once a quarter.
    • Applying for this program does not guarantee enrollment. Parents should still enroll their children in the local school available to them.
  8. Will transportation be provided?
    • Transportation to and from school for children living off the installation is not provided.
  9. Are children of DoD civilians that reside off base eligible for this program?
    • No. According to the language in the National Defense Authorization Act that authorized this program, it is only open to dependents of a full-time, active duty member of the Armed Forces.
  10. Are children of Reserve and Guard members that reside off base eligible for this program? What if they’re in an activated status?
    • According to the language in the National Defense Authorization Act that authorized this program, it is only open to dependents of a full-time, active duty member of the Armed Forces.
  11. Are international officers eligible for the pilot program?
    • No. Congress authorized the pilot program for full-time, active-duty members of the Armed Forces.
  12. Is there before and after school care available for students who participate in the pilot program?
    • Yes, care may be available through the 42d FSS Child and Youth Programs on Maxwell and Gunter by registering at www.militarychildcare.com.
  13. How long will families be given to make their decision if selected for the Pilot Program
    • Within 5 working days (excludes federal holidays, Saturday and Sunday)
  14. Do I need to notify my current school if my child is accepted for the Pilot Program?
    • Yes, if a student accepts the offer to attend the DoDEA school; the student must officially withdraw from current school.
 

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