PCS Moves

Arizona Attendance Requirements

Arizona Revised Statute 15-803 requires school attendance for all children between the ages of 6 and 16 years old. If a Kindergarten program is maintained at the school, a child is eligible for admission to kindergarten if the child is 5 years of age by August 31st.

If you and your family are relocating to Department of Defense Dependent School (DODDS) in Europe, Asia/Pacific, or the Southern Hemisphere, please click on the DODEA link below:


If your children will be attending International Schools, please click on the link below for more information:


PCS Guidelines DoDDS in Okinawa

  1. The Department of Defense Dependent School (DoDDS) age requirement for Kindergarten is 5 years old by August 31st.
  2. It is recommended to start the registration process once your family has arrived on Okinawa so you are aware of what school you are zoned for and know exactly where you will be living.
  3. Once on island, you may pick up registration packet at any school, complete the packet and return it to the appropriate school. 
  4. You must provide the following documents when registering your children in school:
    • Student’s Birth Certificate
    • Student’s passport
    • Student’s social security card
    • Sponsor’s PCS orders showing student as dependent
    • Area Clearance
    • Immunization card
    • Housing Assignment letter (obtained from the housing office in Okinawa
  5. Your assigned sponsor should have an appointment set up for you with the housing office.  Once you have this appointment, you will have a better idea of the housing area you will be assigned to and the school zone for that housing area.
  6. Families living in billeting while waiting for housing to be assigned: 
  7. You may enroll your children into the schools that serve whichever billeting you are assigned to.  If/when you accept a house and while you are waiting for your house to be ready, you may choose to go ahead and enroll your child into the school that is zoned for that particular housing area to eliminate having to change schools later on.  However, you will have to provide transportation to that school until you have moved in officially to the assigned housing.
  8.  DoDDS Okinawa consists of 13 school:  6 Elementary (K-5), 1 Primary (K-2), 1 Intermediate (3-5), 3 Middle Schools and 2 High Schools
  9. You may visit the DoDDS Okinawa website at www.okinawa.pac.dodea.edu to view all the schools. 
  10. You may also contact or visit the USMC School Liaison on Camp Butler in Okinawa at:  DSN 645-3205 www.mccsokinawa.com/slo


Other School Options on Okinawa

Christian School International (Private School)  http://www.ocsi.org


Transitioning a Special Needs Student

  1. Contact your local special education counselor/director and request assistance as to what should be done before the transition to the new school. Write or contact the special education director for the state that you are going to and request local policies.
  2. Schedule an Annual, Review, and Dismissal meeting to discuss the progress your child has made since your last Individualized Education Program (IEP) review. Ask for written suggestions that may help your child and the staff at the new school.
  3. Request a copy of your child’s complete educational record to include a copy of the latest IEP. Hand carry all records, samples of your child’s work, and other information related to your child’s education.
  4. Contact your local Marine Corps Exceptional Family Member Program Coordinator. They can assist you with identifying resources at your new duty station.

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School Liaison Program- Make your next PCS a Positive Change of Schools.

Educational Resources, Information, and Support during School Closures due to COVID-19

The MCCS Yuma School Liaison is dedicated to supporting families with K-12 students impacted by Arizona school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Educational resources, information, and support will be added to the MCCS Yuma School Liaison website as they become available and are deemed useful for families. Additionally, the MCCS School Liaison is available to provide individual support to families via telephone and email. In support of social distancing recommendations and in accordance with installation guidance, walk-ins are not recommended. Patrons may contact the School Liaison Officer to schedule face to face appointments if they are necessary to provide the support needed.

Educational Resources:
Guide for Learning at Home

Online Learning Resources K-5

Online Learning Resources 6-12 Free Education Activities
Navy MWR Digital Library Yuma County Library District
Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Service FREE for military families Tutordotcom For Military - FB


COVID-19 Updates from Yuma Schools & Districts
YESD Covid-19 Updates Crane Schools COVID-19 Updates
Yuma Union High School District Covid-19 Updates Desert View Academy COVID-19 Updates


COVID-19 Updates from Arizona State Level Education Agencies
Arizona Department of Education COVID-19 Guidance to Schools

Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 from AZED


COVID-19 Updates from National Level Education Agencies
U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Guidance to Schools
Education Commission of the States Report on COVID-19


Family Support
Military One Source COVID-19 Info & Resources
Association of Defense Communities - Resources from the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative
Arizona Together - Resources for Arizona Families