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.
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.
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.
Town of Bedford
Town of Lexington
Town of Lincoln
Town of Concord
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
Private School Associations
Bedford High School
contact Stacy Grillo at (781) 275-1700, ext. 1140; or email Stacy_Grillo@bedford.k12.ma.us
Hanscom Primary and Middle School
contact Karen Kanter, special education at firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 274-6178, ext. 6403 or Loretta D'Alessandro, transitioning specialist, at email@example.com or (781) 274-7720, ext. 7403
Visit http://www.bedford.k12.ma.us/bhs/resources/dcap.html to view the complete Bedford High School Accommodation Plan
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.
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 Websiteto 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:
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.