New London - School Liaison

The School Liaison’s primary function is to serve as a conduit between parents, educators and the command so that military-connected children experience a seamless transition during the transfer between schools.  Knowing that many military children move an average of every 2.9 years, School Liaison Officers can provide families with educational information to assist them as they begin their PCS planning.

The Child and Youth Education Services program supports military families with seven cores services provided by the School Liaison:

  1. School Transition Services (PCS Cycle):  School Liaisons assist families with school transfers and help “level the playing field” for military children and youth.
  2. Deployment Support:  School Liaisons connect educators with the military deployment support system to inform them about the cycles of deployment and the tools available to assist educators in working with military children.
  3. Command, School, & Community Communications:  School Liaisons serve as subject-matter experts for installation commanders on K-12 issues, helping to connect command, school and community resources.
  4. Home School Linkage and Support:  School Liaisons assist military families by gathering and sharing information on home schooling issues, policies and legislation from local school districts. They also help leverage military Child and Youth Program resources to support these families.
  5. Partnerships in Education (PIE):  PIE creates a volunteer network of resources to support installation and community members who have a vested interest in the success of all youth.
  6. Post-Secondary Preparations:  School Liaisons leverage installation and school resources to provide graduating military students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.
  7. Special Needs System Navigation:  School Liaisons provide information about installation and community programs and services, make referrals to the Exceptional Family Member Program, and offer assistance in navigating the administrative systems within local education agencies.

School Information

There are many public and private schools in the local area that service the military families at Naval Submarine Base New London. If you choose to live on base, the majority of government housing is within the Groton School District. If you choose to live off base, the public school your child/children will attend is primarily determined by where you choose to reside within the community. In the local area, there are multiple cities and towns that are within commuting distance of Naval Submarine Base New London

Public Schools

Groton   Ledyard  New London  Norwich 
Waterford   East Lyme Montville  North Stonington
Lyme-Old Lyme Preston  Salem  Lisbon
Lebanon  Griswold  Colchester  Franklin 
Bozrah  Sprague   Voluntown  

Rhode Island:  
Westerly       Chariho

Magnet Schools
There are several districts that offer inter-district and intra-district magnet schools.  For intra-district magnet schools, please visit your local school district website via the above link.

LEARN, the local Regional Education Service Center, manages several schools across multiple disciplines.
LEARN Magnet Schools: 
The Friendship School (PK)
Regional Multicultural Magnet School (K-5)
Marine Science Magnet High School  (9-12)

Other Magnet Schools: 
Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet School  (K-5) 
Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School  (K-5) 
C.B. Jennings International Elementary Magnet 

Bennie Dover Jackson Multi-magnet Middle School Campus 
New London High School Multi-magnet Campus 

Charter Schools
Integrated Day Charter School (PK-8) 
The Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication (ISAAC) (4, 6-8)
They will be adding 4th grade for the 2024-2025 school year, adding 5th grade for the 2025-2026 school year. In 2025-2026, the school will be 4th - 8th grade.

Career & Technology Centers
Ella T Grasso Southeastern Technical High School
Norwich Technical High School  

Rhode Island: 
Chariho Career and Technical Center 

Each school district has its own process and forms for registration.  Registration may occur at the individual school or at a centralized location for the district.  Please contact the school district or the School Liaison for the location of registration.
In order to register, all school districts will require:

   1.  Birth Certificate
   2.  Proof of Residency (some districts require multiple proofs)
   3.  Current physical on state form
K-12th Grade Physical 
PK Physical Form 
   4.  Current immunization record
Please find specific enrollment/registration information for your specific district at the links above.  If you have difficulty identifying where the registration information is listed, please contact the district or the School Liaison for assistance.

Private School Information

There are many private school options in the Southeastern Connecticut area. The following is a list of local private school options in New London County. Please note this may not be a comprehensive list of all your options.
Sacred Heart School (PK-8)
Montessori Discovery School (PK-6)
St. Joseph New London (K-8)
Pine Point School (PK-9)
St. Michael School (K-8)
North Stonington Christian Academy (PK-12)
Wildwood Christian School (PK-8)
St. Patrick Cathedral School (PK-8) 
The Williams School (7-12)
St. Bernard High School (6-12)
Academy of the Holy Family (9-12, female)
St. Thomas More School (8-12, Co-Ed)
Norwich Free Academy (9-12)
St. Joseph Baltic (PK-8)

To explore these or additional private educational opportunities, please visit:
Private School Review  or National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Home School Information

Many parents chose to provide their child’s education outside of the public school system. Homeschooling regulation varies by state.  Information on home schooling in Connecticut and Rhode Island can be found at:

Homeschooling in Connecticut 
Connecticut Home School Network

Rhode Island:
RIDE FAQs about home schooling
Home Schooling in Rhode Island

Home School Central

Home School Legal Defense Association


K-12 Special Needs

SUBASE New London offers multiple support options for families with special needs students.  In addition to the School Liaison and the EFMP Liaison, SUBASE has its own Command-supported EFM Community Support Group.  The EFMCSG hosts events and provides support via their Facebook page. To join the Facebook group, please search “Subase New London EFM Community Support Group” and request to join. 

Parents of special needs students can connect with the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), 1-800-445-2722 and Connecticut Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC), 860-548-9959.

Special Ed Connection
A free web-based resource available to Navy families, provides resources and tools that enable families to better understand special education requirements and available services at  Please contact your local School Liaison for login access.

DirectSTEP® eCourses
Another free web-based resource, can assist with navigating the complexities of special education laws and procedures.

Military OneSource
Offers assistance to families with special needs family members at their website.

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMPCL) Case Liaisons are located at Fleet and Family Support Centers and provide information and referral to help EFM families identify and access appropriate military, national and community resources. They assist in the navigation of EFMP related programs and systems and are responsible for:

  • Provision of information, referral and systems navigation to special needs families
  • Linking families with available military, national and local community resources
  • Non-medical case management
  • Development and maintenance of Individualized Service Plans (ISP)
  • Partner with Military Treatment Facility (MTF) Coordinators to provide information, education and marketing

To contact the EFMPCL at SUBASE New London, please call 860-694-4378 or 860-694-5553.

Youth Sponsorship

The Youth Sponsorship program is designed to assist young people in making the transition from one installation to another successfully. It is our goal to help incoming youth adjust and get connected with a youth sponsor at the installation. Youth Sponsors will provide information about area schools, attractions and the surrounding community. This program is created by and for youth with youth involvement in every aspect of the program. If you would like to be connected with a Youth Sponsor, please complete the Youth Sponsor request form and return it to the Youth Center.

Please go to  for regional information. 

To request care and/or get on the waitlist for military childcare visit 

If childcare is not available within CYP or in your area, please explore the Navy’s Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) Fee Assistance Program on

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • What is the kindergarten age cutoff date? Must be 5 by September 1. 
  • Do I have to live in the Zone where the school is located to attend? Yes, but some exceptions exist for Magnet and Charter Schools.
  • Do the local schools have talented and gifted programs? No.
  • Is there school choice or other school options in the area? There are Magnet and Charter Schools throughout the area.
  • What schedule does the local high school follow…traditional, block, A/B Block…? School schedules vary depending on the district. Visit the school district website for their specific school schedule.

DoDEA Information

Department of Defense Education Activity 

The website you need to visit if you are PCSing to an area overseas that does not have a DODEA school.


Local Stem/PIE
For local Stem/PIE information, please contact the local School Liaison or visit


SUBASE New London Fleet and Family Support Center

A4L Transition Program
Anchored4Life - A Peer-to-Peer Club For Youth

Academic Support

Military One Source -

Student Aid
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Military Dependent Scholarship List
Scholarship List 

Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children   

The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)

National Military Family Association (NMFA)

Military School Liaisons (All branches)
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My Navy Portal (PCS Support)

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