Welcome to the Hanscom School Liaison Program. Did you know the average military family moves nine times over a 20-year career?
With each move, military children face many school-related challenges. The School Liaison Program coordinates and assists military and
DoD civilian parents with school-age children
with educational opportunities and information necessary to succeed in an academic environment.

(781) 225-2765

Airman & Family Readiness Center
Building 1240

Business hours:
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m.


Hanscom AFB School Liaison Office logo

The School Liaison Officer (SLO) is the central point of contact for school-related matters between commanders, military families and local school systems. We’re here to smooth the transition, whether it’s helping to handle registrations, getting the most current information about schools, advising parents about which documents are required or other issues surrounding students’ placement or adjustment in a new school.
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Quick Checklist for School Moves


Student’s birth certificate
Student’s Social Security number
Student’s health record (immunization, physical, etc.)
Legal documents as needed (guardianship/custody papers)
Legal proof of residence/military orders
Child’s military ID card

School Information
Address, phone numbers, other contact information
Course description book/grading scale (if available)
Copy of the cover of each textbook or the title page
School profile/handbook
School website (URL)
Counselor recommendations for placement

School Records
Copy of cumulative folder/transcripts
(official copy must be mailed between schools)

Current schedule
Report cards
Withdrawal grades or progress reports
Test scores (standardized or special program testing, etc.)
JROTC records

Special Program Records as Appropriate
Individual Education Plan (IEP)/Individual Accommodation Plan (504)/Gifted Program Description
English as a Second Language (ESL) or Bilingual Education
At-risk or other action plans for classroom modifications

Other Documents and Examples
Writing samples and other work examples
Activities records (co/extracurricular)
Community service or service learning hours
Other work or performance examples
Academic recognitions and competition participation
Counselor recommendations for placement

Disclaimer: The following sections contain links to third-party sites for reference only. The Air Force does not sponsor or endorse these sites. Links are not controlled by Hanscom Air Force Base. Hanscom AFB is not responsible for their content or accessibility; some use Flash or other technologies that may not render properly on DoD computers.

Schools Serving Hanscom AFB Housing

Save The Dates!

  • Meet and Greet for Grades 1-8, Thursday, 25 August 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Meet and Greet for Kindergarten, Monday, 29 August 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Hanscom Primary & Middle School begins Monday, 29 August for Gr. 1-8 students
  • Kindergarten & Preschool begin Tuesday, 30 August, 2016.
  • Bedford High School begins Tuesday, 6 September, 2016.

Lincoln Preschool (Lincoln & Hanscom Campuses)
Ballfield Road, Lincoln, MA 01773

For more information visit Lincoln public schools online or call (781) 259-9889.

Hanscom Primary School
6 Ent Road Hanscom AFB, MA 01731
Grades: PK-3
Uniforms: Not required
Phone: (781) 274-7721
Fax: (781) 274-6414
School hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., 8 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.; Wed., 8 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
Mon.- Thurs. 8:30-11:30, Closed Fri.
School Offices will be closed Mon., 15 Aug. & Tues., 16 Aug.
Normal office hours resume Wed., 17 Aug: Mon.-Fri. 7:30-4:00.

Hanscom Middle School
6 Ent Road Hanscom AFB, MA 01731
Grades: 4-8
Mascot: Falcons
Uniforms: Not required
Phone: (781) 274-7720
School hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., 8 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.; Wed., 8 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
Mon.- Thurs. 8:30-11:30, Closed Fri.
School Offices will be closed Mon., 15 Aug. & Tues., 16 Aug.
Normal office hours resume Wed., 17 Aug: Mon.-Fri. 7:30-4:00.

Bedford High School
9 Mudge Way Bedford, MA 01730
Grades: 9-12
Mascot: Buccaneers
Uniforms: Not required
Phone: (781) 275-1700
Fax: (781) 275-6664
School hours: 7:50 a.m. to 2:29 p.m.
Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Contact: Brian DeChellis, guidance counselor, ext. 1132; or Nancy Powell, registrar, ext. 1116

To enroll in Bedford High School, children must be residents in base housing or Temporary Living Facility (TLF). The sponsor must be an active duty member of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard), a full-time permanent civilian employee of the Federal Government, or an official of, and accredited by, a foreign government, and is a foreign military officer. Members of the Reserve and National Guard must be assigned full-time active duty for 365 consecutive days to qualify or National Guard on Active Duty by state statute (regardless of length of activation) The sponsor must be assigned and residing in permanent living quarters on the base or possess a "90-day" letter from housing indicating that they will be receiving housing within 90 school days.

Graduation Requirements

Bedford High School is aware that graduation requirements and block scheduling differ in each state.

Contact Brian DeChellis to discuss how students entering Bedford High School will be successful in their transition.


If you are interested in Bedford HS sports, visit the Athletic Department link for a listing of coaches
and contact information.

Special Education

For Bedford High School
contact Stacy Grillo at (781) 275-1700, ext. 1140; or email Stacy_Grillo@bedford.k12.ma.us

For Hanscom Primary and Middle School
contact Karen Kanter, special education at kanterk@lincnet.org or (781) 274-6178, ext. 6403
or Loretta D'Alessandro, transitioning specialist, at dalessandrol@lincnet.org or (781) 274-7720, ext. 7403

Child Find Notice PDF

Visit http://www.bedford.k12.ma.us/bhs/resources/dcap.html
to view the complete Bedford High School Accommodation Plan


Surrounding School Districts

Town of Bedford

Bedford High School Integrated Preschool

John Glenn Middle School
(781) 275-3201

Lt. Job Lane Elementary
(781) 275-7606

Lt. Eleazer Davis Elementary
(781) 275-6804

Town of Lexington

Bowman Elementary
(781) 861-2500

Fiske Elementary
(781) 541-5001

Bridge Elementary
(781) 861-2510

Joseph Estabrook Elementary
(781) 861-2520

Maria Hastings Elementary
(781) 860-5800

Jonas Clarke Middle School
(781) 861-2450

Harrington Elementary
(781) 860-0012

William Diamond Middle School
(781) 861-2460

Lexington High Schools
(781) 861-2320, ext. 1000

Town of Lincoln

Lincoln Preschool
(781) 259-9889

Lincoln Elementary (grades K-4)
(781) 275-3201

Lincoln Middle School (grades 5-8)
(781) 259-9408

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
(978) 443-9961/(781) 259-9527

Minuteman Career & Technical Institute
(781) 861-6500

Town of Concord

Concord Preschool
(978) 341-2490

Alcott Elementary
(978) 318-9544

Thoreau Elementary
(978) 341-2490

Willard Elementary
(978) 318-1400

Concord Middle School
(978) 341-2490

Concord-Carlisle Regional High School
(978) 318-1400

Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education
(978) 318-1432

Private Schools

Selection of a private school is a personal matter. Included in this section is basic information concerning schools within the Bedford, Lexington, Concord and Lincoln areas to help you with your decision. A listing in this section does not assume a certain level of quality. It is strongly recommended you validate the credentials of any private institution you choose. A valuable source of information on private schools can be found on the GreatSchools website at: www.greatschools.com and at the Private School Review website at: www.privateschoolreview.com.

Bedford, Lexington, Concord & Lincoln area private schools

Concord Academy
166 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742
(978) 402-2236

The Carroll School
25 Baker Bridge Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
(781) 259-8342

Bedford Montessori School
153 Concord Road
Bedford, MA 01730
(781) 275-3344

Lexington Christian Academy
48 Bartlet Ave.
Lexington, MA 02420
(781) 862-7850

Lexington Montessori School
130 Pleasant Street
Lexington, MA 02421
(781) 862-8571

The Waldorf School of Lexington
739 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
(781) 863-1062

Arlington Catholic High School
16 Medford Street
Arlington, MA 02474-3199
(781) 646-7770

Our Lady Comforter of Afflicted School
920R Trapelo Rd
Waltham, MA 02452
(781) 894-3481

Middlesex School
1400 Lowell Road
Concord, MA 01742
(978) 369-2550

The Fenn School
516 Monument Street
Concord, MA 01742
(978) 369-5800

American Association of Christian Schools
Accelerated Christian Education
Association of Christian Schools International
Association of Christian Teachers and Schools
American Montessori Schools
Evangelical Lutheran Education Association
Institute for Independent Education
Independent Schools Association of the Southwest
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools
North Central Accreditation
National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools
National Independent Private Schools Association
National Catholic Education Association
National Christian School Association









Graduation Requirements

Homeschool Resources

If you live on base and wish to homeschool your child, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 76, Section 1 requires that a child being educated outside of school must also be instructed in a manner approved in advance by the superintendent or designee or the school committee.

Families of students in grades K-8 should contact the Lincoln Schools Office of the Assistant Superintendent at (781) 259-9402 for information on Lincoln’s Home Education Program Guidelines.

Students in Grades 9-12 can visit the Bedford Public Schools website for their Home Education Policy and Home Education Plan Proposal.

Homeschooling in Massachusetts
Get to know more about homeschooling laws in Massachusetts as you explore our website devoted to the needs of home educators in this state. Connect with other homeschoolers for support and socialization, learn how to incorporate different ideas and homeschooling methods into your approach to homeschooling, and read out dealing with special challenges you may face.

Massachusetts Home Learning Association
The Massachusetts Home Learning Association is an advocacy and education organization, which endorses home learning as an alternative to public or private schooling. MHLA informs and educates families, school officials, the media, elected officers, policymakers and other constituencies about the benefits, societal impacts and unique educational methods of homeschoolers.

A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling
A Massachusetts guide to associations, events, field trips, legal information, support groups and resources.


Parent Resources

Military OneSource
: This site is a one-stop shop for any support for any problem that military families may encounter. If you don’t know where to go to find out about something, start here!

Military Child Education Coalition: The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is a private organization working to solve the challenge of helping schools and military installations deliver accurate, timely information to meet transitioning parent and student needs, and in the development and education of children from military families. MCEC is an advocate for military connected children, and their website provides parents valuable information about school transition, scholarships, contests, support services, free publications, training, news, technology tools and more.

Soar at Home: The Student Online Achievement Resources website offers standardized testing for free. Families need to register on the site, and then children can take standardized math and reading/language arts tests with results that are linked to the standards in their state or district. The program also offers tutoring on concepts where a child is weak.

NMFA: National Military Family Association provides resources and support to spouses and children of Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, NOAA and PHS. NMFA initiatives include free camps, spouse scholarships, volunteer and family awards, education opportunities and more.

Live Homework Help: Live Homework Help® by Tutor.com™ is a free, live, online tutoring service available in English and Spanish 24 hours a day.

Special Needs Toolkit: Brings Resources to Military Families: According to the Department of Defense (DoD), more than 100,000 military families have members with special needs. These include spouses, children or dependent parents who require special medical or educational services. These family members have a diagnosed physical, intellectual or emotional condition. DoD invites families to explore the Special Needs module on its Military Homefront Website to learn about and find the resources that will support them. Families can also subscribe to the Military Homefront special needs e-mail newsletter so they can be alerted as new items about special needs are added to the website.

The newest addition to the Special Needs site is the DoD Special Needs Parent Toolkit which is broken down into six modules that families can easily download and print. Important facts, records, tools and sample letters help families navigate through special education services, community support and benefits and entitlements.

Modules included in the Parent Toolkit are:

  • Module 1: Birth to Age Three
  • Module 2: Special Education
  • Module 3: Health Benefits
  • Families in Transition
  • Advocating for Your Child
  • Resources and Support
  • Records and Tools

Whether you need to learn about early intervention services or want to learn how to be a more effective advocate for your child, you will find the information you are searching for in the Parent Toolkit.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights: Special education resources.

Family Education Network: Learning and information resources network.

LD Online: Learning Disabilities and ADHD information.

No Child Left Behind: No Child Left Behind puts the focus on instruction and methods that have been proven to work. It makes a billion-dollar annual investment to ensure every child learns to read by third grade. It provides the resources for reform and unprecedented flexibility so states and local communities can get the job done.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): The NAEP test is designed to allow for comparison of academic performance between states that often have their own forms of testing. The NAEP provides a snapshot of achievement in math, reading, writing, and science. The testing is done with a randomly selected representation group at each school in a state or district. The results can allow parents to compare "apples to apples" when looking at student achievement in different locations. DoDEA is given state status and represents all Department of Defense schools.

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA): The DoDEA Data Center contains contact information for schools, enrollment data, test scores and customer satisfaction surveys. The information is provided for all Department of Defense schools in the U.S. and abroad.

Massachusetts's School Report Cards: The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) collect a variety of data from schools and districts in the state, some of which is published as a School or District Profile. Directories, reports and people from individual organizations can also be found here.


Student Resources

Military Youth on the Move

Picture Dictionary

The Library of Congress



Internet Public Library

Fact Monster

Town of Bedford Teen Website

Local Resources

Hanscom's Youth Programs (here on HanscomServices.com)

Town of Bedford

Town of Bedford Recreation Department

Bedford Chamber of Commerce

Bedford Family Connection

Bedford Library

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