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School Liaison Office (SLO)

Department of the Air Force School Liaison Program LogoThe School Liaison Office 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.  

School Liaisons are located at each installation to provide information as well as build partnerships with the civilian and military community to help address common education challenges of military families.  School Liaisons are also an initial contact for participation in the Youth Sponsorship Program which builds resilience in youth and eases transition.  School Liaison support is free of charge and open to all Department of Defense identification card holders, educators who serve military students and community partners involved with pre-K-12 education

Our program has built a strong, supportive relationship with the local education agencies. To get you started we have complied frequently asked questions.(FAQ updated 29 June 2022)

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Maxwell AFB / MEMS DoDEA Pilot Program

Frequently Asked Questions

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Elementary/Middle School:

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.

High 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.

  • Out-of-district enrollment
  • Charter Schools
  • Boarding Schools
  • Magnet Schools
  • Virtual Schools
  • Private Schools

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.

MPS will open the Magnet Application Portal to receive the 2nd round of applications beginning May 9, 2022 through May 20, 2022, for the listed grades/schools.
Six (6) schools, as follows, have available student capacity in the list grades:

1) Forest Avenue -- Kindergarten only
2) Baldwin Arts and Academic Middle School:  6th, 7th, and 8th grade
3) Floyd Middle Magnet -- 7th only
4) Carr Middle School -- 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
5) LAMP -- 9th and 10th grade
6) BTW -- 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades

Visit the below links for additional information:
Magnet Application Portal
MPS Magnet Website
F.A.M.E. Board Press Release

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:

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):

  1. Child’s birth certificate
  2. Child’s Alabama Certificate of Immunization (can be obtained from Maxwell Immunization Clinic or the County Health Department)
  3. Proof of address (such as a current utility bill, mortgage, or lease agreement with your name and current address on it)
  4. Parent/Guardian photo ID
  5. Copy of your orders (required for MEMS or Out of District Enrollment)
  6. Unofficial Copy of School Records, Transcripts, IEP, 504, etc. (recommended)

**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:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Field trips
  • Recreation
  • Study time

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 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.

School Liaison Office
Phone: (334) 953-6430 DSN 493-6430


Resources Library

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.

AFSA vPAC -K-12 Public Education as a Readiness Issue from AFSA HQ on Vimeo.

AU/CC Welcome Letter

AU CC Welcome Letter

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