The School Liaison Office Program is here to assist Department of Defense employees and their families in making a smooth transition in and out of our local public, private, and homeschool environments. The School Liaison Office is the primary point of contact for all school related matters, advocates for the needs of the military students, make referrals, provide educational options and networking opportunities, disseminate newsletters, facilitate workshops to address current trends, and is the liaison between the base, the schools and the local community. Our program has built a strong, supportive relationship with the local education agencies. To get you started we have complied frequently asked questions.
If you're transitioning to Maxwell-Gunter AFB with school age kids or you have kids enrolled in a local school, then you'll want to talk to the School Liaison Office (SLO).
The SLO is here to provide parents and children with information and referrals on their different educational options. With schools having different curriculums, the SLO will assist you in finding the best fit for your child's educational needs before you make your final decision. Whether you're military or a civilian working on base, these services are available to your family. The SLO is here to ensure you're aware of all the educational opportunities and how to properly transition your child to a public, private, charter, virtual or home-schooled education setting.
Maxwell Air Force Base School Liaison Office
Maxwell Elementary & Middle School (DoDEA)
Note: FamCamp on Maxwell AFB is also designated as permanent living quarters. This designation allows permanent residents within the camping area to attend Maxwell Elementary & Middle School.
Students residing in housing on Maxwell AFB and Gunter-Annex in grades 9-12 are zoned in the Montgomery County Public School System. Maxwell AFB is zoned for Carver Senior High School and Gunter-Annex is zoned for Lee High School. Bus service is provided for schools
Please read the K-12 School website for current information or contact the School Liaison to find out about all your options.
No, 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 application window is typically January/February. Please check the Montgomery County Schools website for current information
There are four school districts surrounding Maxwell-Gunter AFB. All public school districts are accredited by Cognia.
In Alabama, the school year typically starts around the second week of August and ends late May.
The compulsory school age in Alabama is 6 to 17, but a child who turns five years old by September 1 can start Kindergarten in a public school. Private schools can and do enroll younger students.
The Alabama State Department Education (ALSDE) gives each school a grade each year. The grade is based on the school’s test scores, attendance, and other factors. The school’s report also includes financial (free and reduced lunch numbers) and other demographic information. You can find current and past year’s district and school grades at the ALSDE website: https://reportcard.alsde.edu/alsde/selectschool.
For student’s living in base housing, the majority of elementary and middle school students attend Maxwell Elementary & Middle School. High school students generally attend a variety of schools in the local area, some public and some private.
Maxwell Elementary & Middle School is located near base housing on Maxwell AFB. All students living on Maxwell AFB walk to school. Students living on Gunter Annex are bussed to Maxwell Elementary & Middle School. Bus service is also provided to students who live on base and attend Montgomery Public Schools.
School zones are determined by your address. Montgomery Public schools uses the link below to determine your zoned school:
For all others, please use the following link:
You will need the following documents to register your child (some districts now offer online registration where you upload your documents):
**This is what is typically required by public school districts in the area. However, if your child will be attending a charter or private school, you will need to contact the school directly for registration requirements.
Many organizations in Montgomery and surrounding area offer before/after school programs. These programs provide a variety of activities, including:
Maxwell-Gunter AFB’s offer Before and After School program at the School Age Centers. For more information about this program, call Maxwell (334) 953-6292 or Gunter (334) 416-1427 or visit https://www.lifeatthemax.us/. Eligibility requirements and priority of authorized use follow Department of Defense and Air Force policies; contact the Youth Center for details.
Parents have a number of choices if they are interested in homeschooling. For information on Home Schooling in Alabama, click here 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.
Additional information can be found on the Maxwell AFB SLO website. Please contact the School Liaison for assistance or any other questions.
Wanda Cooper, School Liaison Officer
Phone: (334) 953-6430 DSN 493-6430
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Air University treats public K-12 education as a readiness issue. As 42d ABW Command Chief CMSgt Michael Morgan notes, "When your people are worried about their children, they can't concentrate on the mission. This makes the School Liaison Office a Readiness Office." CMSgt Morgan is joined on this panel by Ms. Rebecca Hacket, an enlisted spouse and parent, as well as Mr. Terry Roller, Alabama's Assistant State Superintendent of Education. It is moderated by Dr. Brian Selmeski, Chair of Air University's Public K-12 Education Working Group. Together they will explore how public K-12 education is critical to Airmen's Quality of Life and how initiatives like the one at Maxwell-Gunter AFB can help improve readiness.
AU K12 Panel from AFSA HQ.