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Fort Drum Family and MWR 's School Liaison Officer is available to assist military Families with transitions to the local schools. Child, Youth and School Services encourages parents to utilize these services as we are dedicated to maintaining a positive and productive relationship between our Families and the schools that serve them.

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School Liaison Officer Duties

  • Establish, implement, and coordinate all school liaison administrative and operational policies and procedures.

  • Act as primary advisor to the Garrison Commander and principal staff on all matters of concern among students, parents and local school districts.

  • Act as an advisor on all matters of concern among students, parents and local school districts.

  • Coordinate and participate in The Fort Drum Educational Liaison Committee (FDELC) monthly meetings with school principals/ superintendents, guidance counselors and other staff.

  • Function as an intermediary and advocate between parents and school administrators.

  • Provide assistance in school related procedures i.e. enrollment, home schooling, and out-processing.

  • Prepare reports, information papers, fact sheets, briefings and studies as required.

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Soldier In/Out Processing

Pre - All Soldiers are given School Liaison information at the in-processing brief.

During - School Liaison information may be obtained by contacting the School Liaison Office and/or through Community Forums.

Post - All Soldiers are required to clear their child's school through CYSS Parent Central Services and the individual school building.


Special Education


Special Needs Students:

New York State Educational Services are some of the best in the country. The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) can assist parents with the Individual Educational Planning process. EFMP Navigators can assist Families in navigating many of the educational and social agencies that Family members may have to encounter.  They can be reached at 772-0664 or 772-5488.


Military One Source offers a special needs toolkit: a valuable resource for military Families. Contact them at 1-800-342-9647 or on the web, www.militaryonesource.com

Additional special needs resources:

Vocational and Education Services for Individuals with Disabilities - www.vesid.nysed.gov





Special Needs Advocate - www.nrcil.net

Local Public Schools
Alexandria Central - www.alexandriacentral.org 

Beaver River Central - www.brcsd.org

Belleville Henderson Central - www.bhpanthers.org

Carthage Central - www.carthagecsd.org
Copenhagen Central - www.ccsknights.org
General Brown Central - www.gblions.org

Gouverneur Central - http://gcs.neric.org
Harrisville Central Schools - www.hcsk12.org

Indian River Central - www.ircsd.org
LaFargeville Central - www.lafargevillecsd.org

Liverpool Central - www.liverpool.k12.ny.us

Lowville Academy & Central School - www.lacs-ny.org
Lyme Central - www.lymecsd.org

Sackets Harbor Central - www.sacketsharborschool.org

South Lewis Central - www.southlewis.org

South Jefferson Central - www.spartanpride.org

Thousand Islands Central - www.1000islandsschools.org
Watertown City Schools - www.watertowncsd.org

Local Private Schools

Carthage Augustinian Academy - www.caugustinian.org

Faith Fellowship - www.ffwatertown.com

Immaculate Heart Central - www.IHCschools.org

St James Catholic School - http://stjamesgov.org

The New York State Education Department posts a web site with the statistical report card for every school district in the state. For more information about the schools in our area (Jefferson & Lewis Counties). NY State School District Report Card Site


Home School Options

All home school Families are required to register with the school district in which they reside. Fort Drum has a local home school group that is very active. Monthly meetings are held for parents and children to discuss concerns, issues, and accomplishments. This group is very knowledgeable regarding home school regulations. They offer support and many great ideas. For local home school resources contact the School Liaison Officer at 315-772-1311 or email usarmy.drum.imcom-fmwrc.list.mwr-school-liaison@mail.mil

Home Schooling Legal Defense Association: www.hslda.org

New York State Home School Regulations: www.nyhen.org

New York State Graduation Requirements

New York State schools offer two educational programs of study:

Regents Diploma and Advanced Regents Diploma


Regents Diploma:

English - 4 units, Social Studies - 4 units, Math - 3 units, Science - 3 units, Language other than English (LOTE) - 1 unit, Art/Music - 1 unit, Health - 1/2 unit, Physical Education - 2 units, Electives - 3 1/2 units.


Advanced Regents Diploma:

English - 4 units, Social Studies - 4 units, Math - 3 units, Science - 3 units, Language other than English (LOTE) - 3 unit, Art/Music - 1 unit, Health - 1/2 unit, Physical Education - 2 units, Electives - 1 1/2 units.


Required Regents Exams:

(passing score is 65)


Regents Diploma:

Global Studies - Grade 10, English and US History - Grade 11, Math A, and 1 Science (Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry, Physics).


Advanced Regents Diploma:

Global Studies - Grade 10, English and US History - Grade 11, Math A & B, and 2 Sciences (Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry, Physics), 1 Language (given in the third year).


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What school will my children attend? Where you reside is where your children will attend school.

  • Are there schools on post? No. The Indian River and Carthage School Districts serve the Families living on post.

  • Will my children be bussed to school? Yes. All children residing on post are bussed to school.

  • Will the school transport my children to and from the School Age Center and the Youth Center? Yes. If you live on post or are living in the Indian River or Carthage School District.

  • If I live in Watertown, how do I find before and after school care? The YMCA has partnered with the Watertown City School District to offer before and after school age care. Contact 315-755-2005.

Additional Educational Resources


Local Resource Links:

Jefferson County Family Services - www.jeffcoresources4youth.com

Jefferson County Mental Health Services - www.jeffcountymentalhealth.com

Educational Reporting Links
NCLB for New York State - www.emsc.nysed.gov

New York State Dept. of Education - www.mhajc.org (315) 788-0970

National Links:
Army One Source - www.myarmyonesource.com
DoDEA Education Partnership - http://www.militaryk12partners.dodea.edu

Educational Resources for Parents - www.nyspirc.org

Military Child Education Coalition - www.militarychild.org

Military Impacted Schools Association - www.militaryimpactedschoolsassociation.org

Military One Source - www.militaryonesource.com

Moving - www.homefair.com

National Military Families Association - www.nmfa.org

Operation Military Kids - www.operationmilitarykids.org

Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) http://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm

Boys and Girls Clubs of America http://bgca.org

FMWR Command http://www.armymwr.com/
Study Strong www.myarmyonesource.com/cyss_tutor
Soar www.soarathome.org
4H www.4-h.org

Youth Sponsorship - For more information or to request sponsorship

email: usarmy.drum.imcom-fmwrc.list.mwr-youth-center@mail.mil


Contact Information
School Liaison Officer
Bldg. P-10720, Clark Hall

DSN 772-3214

FAX 315-772-3073


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Additional CYSS Programs and Facilities:

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Child Development Centers
Family Child Care Homes
Parent Advisory Council
School Age Centers
School Liaison Officer
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