All County public schools are accredited by the State of Alabama and Cognia
Additional information on Maxwell Elementary / Middle School can be found at:
Students reside in housing on Maxwell AFB and Gunter-Annex in grades 9-12 are zoned in the Montgomery County Public School System. Maxwell is zoned for Carver Senior High School and Gunter-Annex is zoned for Lee High School. Bus service is provided for both bases/schools. FamCamp also stands as a designated area for permanent living quarters. This designation allows permanent residents within the camping area to attend Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary and Middle School. The official memo can be found here.
Montgomery Public Schools has an outstanding magnet school program. MPS will have a second chance to apply for the magnet program starting July 1, 2021. This application period will end July 15, 2021, at 5 p.m. MPS has exhausted all of its waiting lists, and slots are open at the following schools and grades.
Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet: Grade K
MacMillan International Academy for Humanities, Communication and Technology: Grades K, 4, 5
Brewbaker Technology Magnet: Grade 10
Booker T. Washington Magnet: Grades 9, 10, 11
Loveless Academic Magnet Program: Grades 9, 10
Any questions, comments, or concerns can be submitted via email to email@example.com. Responses may take up to 48 hours.
Note: You do not have to live in Montgomery County to apply, although if your child is selected and chooses to attend, you will have to live in Montgomery County – including Maxwell/Gunter – by the first day of school. This means that anyone can apply, regardless of where they currently live.
The applications will be available online at www.EngageEducateInspire.org, where you can also find additional magnet information. Due to COVID-19, MPS magnet schools will offer virtual open houses this year.
Local Charter Schools are now accepting application for SY 21-22
There are also a number of private schools, many with religious orientations, located in the River Region. The area's independent and parochial schools are accredited by Cognia or by the Alabama Independent School Association.
Alabama First Class Pre K is accepting online pre-registration applications for 2021-2022 school year. Enrollment is open to all children four years of age on or before 9/1/21
For information on Home Schooling in Alabama, please visit https://hslda.org/legal/alabama or contact the State Department of Education, School Safety, Discipline, and Attendance Division, P.O. Box 302101, Montgomery, AL 36130-2101, Phone 334-242-8165, Fax 334-353-5962.
Several public school districts in the River Region support military-connected families and students by allowing “Out of District Enrollment.” This means that your student may attend school in a district other than the one that she or he is zoned for based on your residency. Approval of out of district enrollment is at the discretion of the district superintendent. Also, because the student is attending outside of their district, a parent or guardian is responsible for transportation to and from school.
Each district's policy has different eligibility criteria:
(Bold – default district school zone; Italic – Out of District Enrollment options)
Why you should disclose military affiliation to your local school?
When you enroll your child, you will notice a question asking about military affiliation. Many parents questions whether they should disclose their military affiliation. Yes, you should! There are two reasons, Federal Impact Aid and the Military Student Identifier. The collected data helps your school district to apply for Federal Impact Aid Funds. These funds help offset the lost tax revenue to local school districts due to Federal lands. This includes lost property taxes due to base housing and lost sales tax dues to purchases on base. The Military Student Identifier helps the schools, districts and in turn states to determine where the military affiliated students attend schools. This can assistance in bringing resources and support for military affiliated students into the schools. While our children are resilient, sometimes their needs are different then their civilian peers. Dealing with frequent moves, deployments and other military stressors can make school life challenging. The Military Student Identifier allows agencies to pinpoint where to concentrate their support effort most efficiently. If you have more questions or concerns, please contact our School Liaison @ 334-953-6430.
Two years in the making, Maxwell honored for its commitment to improving local schools
Author: Krista Johnson Outlet: Montgomery Advertiser
Maxwell AFB, Air University tackle public education head on, earn 2020 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award
Author: Lt Col Christina Karvwnaris Outlet: AF
New Initiative Addresses Education Concerns at Maxwell AFB
Author: Stacy Huisman Outlet: Military Family Magazine
Quality of Schools is a Readiness Issue
Author: Lt Col Christina Karvwnaris, CMSgt Michael Morgan Outlet: Air Force Sergeant’s Association Magazine
If the quality of area's schools doesn't improve, could Maxwell AFB take off?
The Alabama State Department of Education analyzes verifiable data to annually inform the public of the state's, districts' and individual schools' performance on more than 30 criteria.
For the past several years, Air University's K-12 Working Group has worked to improve public education options for military-affiliated children across the River Region. Back in June 2021, in partnership with DoDEA, they launched an expanded enrollment as a pilot program. The application is available at http://www.dodea.edu/MaxwellAFBEMS/pilot.cfm.
This pilot program is the first of its kind in the continental United States, and it allows parents to send their students to school on base.
To be eligible, children must be dependents of an active duty member, with orders to Maxwell Air Force Base or Gunter Annex, who reside off the installation.
By law, DoDEA must prioritize children residing on Maxwell or Gunter before any applications from this pilot program are reviewed. Then, based on space available at the grade level, DoDEA will select applicants for this program. If space is available at the required grade level, priority will be given to students enrolled at MEMS the previous school year; then siblings of enrolled students; and finally, students who live close, within a five-mile radius, of Maxwell Air Force Base or Gunter Annex, and then expanding out the radius as capacity at the school increases. Where two or more students qualify in the same category and grade, the student who submitted the first application will be accepted.
Transportation to and from the school is not provided to children who live off the installation as part of this pilot program, and an application does not automatically guarantee enrollment, so please ensure that your child is enrolled in the local school of your choice as well.
The application for off-base, active duty military dependents is available here and can only be opened on a personal computer or non-NIPR device. A separate application will need to be filled out for each student the family wishes to enroll.
Parents can learn more about Maxwell Elementary Middle School and the pilot program at https://www.dodea.edu/MaxwellAFBEMS/index.cfm.
For information on local school programs and how to contact the School Liaison Office, visit https://www.maxwell.af.mil/K-12-Schools/School-Liaison-Office/
EFMP is a Department of Defense program offered by all branches of the military. It is a mandatory enrollment program for all active duty Airmen who have a special needs family member. The program is comprised of three components: EFMP-Medical (EFMP-M), EFMP-Assignments (EFMP-A) and EFMP-Family Support (EFMP-FS) that work toward a common goal of providing comprehensive and coordinated support to families. EFMP-M supports the EFMP through screening, enrollment and assignment coordination through the Family Member Travel Screening. EFMP-A considers the medical and educational needs of the family when it has been determined that the required services are not available at the Airman’s current or projected assignment location. EFMP-FS is based on Section 563(c) NDAA FY2010 (Public Law 111-84). Support is provided by the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) EFMP-FS coordinators to all DoD ID cardholders assigned to the installation or located in the community.
For more information on EFMP call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at (334) 953-2353 or DSN 312-493-2353.