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Military-Connected Student Support

Welcome to Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS)! PWCS educates about 5,000 military-connected students. We are bordered by U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir to our north and Marine Corps Base Quantico to our south. Many of our families live in Prince William County but commute to these and other installations in the National Capital Region. We hope to make school transition as smooth as possible for military families as they enter and/or exit PWCS. Use the school locator tool below to find the school assignment. Proceed to that school to begin the registration and enrollment process.

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Students are invited to enter the Month of the Military Child Art Contest

PWCS is hosting an art contest to promote encouragement and support for our military-connected students. The top award entries will be highlighted in April when schools celebrate Month of the Military Child. The theme for this year is “The Art of Being a Military Child,” and the contest is open to all students (K-12), both military-connected and not.

The deadline to submit artwork is March 1, 2023. Visit here for more information regarding general entry guidelines and submission details. For questions, contact Dr. Deborah Ransom, DODEA Project Director–College, Career and Student Support, at ransomdv@pwcs.edu .

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Fact Sheet on the Military Child

Did you know that:

Approximately two million military children have experienced a parental deployment since 2001.

There are currently 1.2 million military children of active duty members worldwide.

Nearly 80% of military children attend public schools throughout the United States.

The average military family moves three times more often than their civilian counterpart.

The repeated and extended separations and increased hazards of deployment compound stressors in military children's lives.

One third of school-age military children show psychosocial behaviors such as being anxious, worrying often, crying more frequently.

The U.S. military consists of approximately 1.4 million active duty service members and 810,000 National Guard and Selected Reserve.

Active duty military families live on or near military installations worldwide. National Guard and Reserve families might never live near a military installation, and look within their community for educational services, friendship and support.

A positive school environment, built upon caring relationships among all participants-students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents and community members-has been shown to impact not only academic performance but also positively influence emotions and behaviors of students.

Supporting the military child takes a school-wide effort, and professional development opportunities to inform school staff of the academic and social-emotional challenges military children face.

~ Retrieved from AASA-The School Superintendents Association ~

Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen

Bloom is where you can find comfort and advice about everything military kid related-from moving tips to the top things to do at your duty station. Bloom was co-founded by teens who grew up in military families. This website provides posts from featured authors, often other military kids who want to share their stories and connect with their community; and it also includes:
Videos, quizzes, art, surveys, blogs on military life, moving, people, experiences, and much more.

PWCS Military-Connected Students:
In Their Own Words