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School Liaison Officer (SLO)

Welcome to Fleet Activities Yokosuka! There are many educational opportunities for families here. Japan is a beautiful country with a rich culture and lots to do. There are also challenges  in making the transition.  Use the info and resources on this site to help make it smoother and for assistance with your family’s educational needs contact the CYES office.

Site Menu
  • Schools:
    • On-base DoDEA Schools, Home Schooling, Private International Schools, Public Japanese Schools

  • Support:
    • Transition In/Out, Deployment, Special Needs

  • Community:
    • Installation Information, Resources

Child and Youth Education Services (CYES)
Military families are transient, they relocate an average of every 2.9 years. Military kids fly before they learn to walk, get their passport before their driver’s license. Their hometown isn’t on the map it is the map. As students, military kids attend 6 to 9 school by graduation.

Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) established Child & Youth Education Services (CYES) Navy-wide to address the education needs of military families that come with frequent transition and extended deployments. CYES is a function of Child & Youth Programs (CYP) under Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). The Navy School Liaison Officer (SLO) is responsible for implementing all aspects of CYES and School Based Programming.
CYES Mission
CYES helps connect military families to their command, school, community and future. The mission of Navy CYES School-Based Programming is to cultivate an environment supportive of transitioning families, school preparedness, and military mission readiness. School Based Programming is a collaborative effort to facilitate transition and orientation experiences that addresses the needs of mobile students, and provides support during deployments while promoting academic achievement and successful social and emotional adjustment at school.
Commander CYES Program
The SLO is the face of the command to the educational community and the face of the educational community to the command. The SLO serves as the primary liaison for community schools, commanders, and military parents and wears many hats: advisor, communicator, advocate, and coordinator. The SLO has four primary customers - commanders, educators, parents, and community partners – and serves as the subject matter expert and point of contact to each.
SLO Core Services

School Transition Services
Assist families with school transfers and help ‘level the playing field’ for military children and youth.

Deployment Support
Connect educators with Navy deployment support system to inform them about cycles of deployment and tools available to assist in working with Navy children.

Command, School, Community Communications
Serve as subject matter experts for installation commanders on K-12 issues, helping to connect command, school and community resources.

Partnerships in Education (PIE)
Creates volunteer network of resources to support installation and community members who have vested interest in the success of all youth.

Home School Linkage and Support
Assist families by gathering and sharing information on home schooling issues, policies and legislation and help leverage CYP resources to support these families.

Special Needs System Navigation
Provide information on installation and community programs and services, make referrals to EFMP, and assist in navigating administrative systems within LEAs.

Post Secondary Preparations
Leverage installation and school resources to provide graduating military students with access to post secondary information and opportunities.

CFA Yokosuka has four installation DoDEA schools - three on Main Base (ES, MS, HS) and one on Ikego Detachment (ES). Yokosuka schools are in the Pacific East District of the DoDEA Pacific Region. Pacific East District consists of 20 installation schools with a sum student body of about 8,000 (Okinawa is a separate district). DoDEA worldwide enrolls and educates approximately 90,000 PK-12th grade students in 11 countries, 7 states, and 2 territories.
Pacific East District
Yokosuka Complex of Schools
School Meal Program (SMP)
Navy Exchange School Meal Program Info
DSN 241-2766 | FROM US 011-81-46-896-2766
School Meal Program FAQ
Email contact
School Transportation
School Transportation Info
Yokosuka Complex Student Transportation Office
Email contact
DSN 243-9566 | FROM US 011-81-46-816-9566
Sullivans Elementary School
Phone: DSN 243-7336 | FROM US 011-81-46-816-7336
Fax: DSN 243-7865 | FROM US 011-81-46-816-7865
Address: PSC 473 Box 96 FPO, AP 96349-0096
• Sullivans ES PCS Info
Registrar email contact
Counselor email contact
Receive Student Sponsor
Email contact
Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC)
Email contact
Ikego Elementary School
Phone: DSN 243-8320 | FROM US 011-81-46-816-8320
Fax: DSN 243-8224 | FROM US 011-81-46-816-8224
Address: PSC 474 Box 300 FPO, AP 96351-0300
Receive Student Sponsor
Email contact
Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC)
Email contact
Yokosuka Middle School
Phone: DSN 243-5165 | FROM US 011-81-46-816-5165
Fax: DSN 243-5563 | FROM US 011-81-46-816-5563
Address: PSC 473 Box 128 FPO, AP 96349-0128
Receive Student Sponsor
Email contact
Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC)
Email contact
Kinnick High School
Phone: DSN 243-7392 | FROM US 011-81-46-816-7392
Fax: DSN 243-7278 | FROM US 011-81-46-816-7278
Address: PSC 473 Box 95 FPO, AP 96349-0095
Receive Student Sponsor
Email contact
Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC)
Email contact

CFA Yokosuka has an active home school community. Many families choose to home school. and do so on their own but are base home school groups There is an active home schooling community on base with weekly meetings, social media, and activities. Three home school co-op groups here are:

- Kanto Plain Home Schoolers
- Classical Conversations
- Yokosuka Christian Homeschoolers
Kanto Plain Home School
Kanto Plain Home School group is a large, active base group of home school families. It is open to all philosophies. The group provides weekly meetings, opportunities for networking, sharing curriculum and best practices, info on home school resources and tools, as well as group classes and activities for students, parents, and families.
Email contact
Classical Conversations
Classical Conversations is an active, faith-based group that follows a specific established philosophy of education built on mentoring and parental engagement in their child’s daily education. The group offers weekly classes for students and their parents to attend together held at the base Chapel of Hope as well as special
Email contact

Available to home school families at each DoDEA school is access to auxiliary services as well as individual classes or blocks (See DoDEA instruction at Auxiliary services include:

- Library and Internet services
- Special Education, English as Second Language, Gifted &Talented services
- Standardized testing
- School bus transportation
- Extracurricular activities
- Interscholastic activities
- After-hours use of facilities
- Lending textbooks, workbooks, software, etc
Home School Advocacy and Support
The Home School Legal Defense Association is a valuable site of info, resources, and tools for home school families. In addition to providing legal info and support the site has a menu of helpful categories on areas such as Getting Started, Curriculum, Military, and more. Visit their website

Some helpful pages from the site:
Military home school information
Home school international
New to Home Schooling/Getting Started
Curriculum information
Home school support groups
Home school by state

There are many International Schools in Japan and some are proximate to the Yokosuka area, most of them in nearby Yokohama. Driving times are from 22 to 42 minutes and about an hour by transit. Some do have school buses that come onto base for student transport. International schools have bilingual staff and instruction is in English. There are tuition and registration fees but sometimes they offer discounted fees for military.
Yokosuka-Area International schools:
Hayama International School
Email contact
• Phone: +81-046-855-5112
• Grades: PK-6
• Proximity: 22 minutes drive, 61 by train
Yokohama International School
Email contact
• Phone: +81-045-622-0084
• Grades: PK-12
• Proximity: 36 minutes drive, 63 by train
St Maur International School
Email contact
• Phone: +81-045-641-5751
• Grades: PK-12
• Proximity: 39 minutes drive, 67 by train
Horizon Japan International School
Email contact
• Phone: +81-045-584-1945
• Grades: PK-12
• Proximity: 42 minutes drive, 72 by train
Yokosuka Bilingual School *Provides bus to base
• Address: 2 Chome-4 Odakicho, Yokosuka
• Phone: (046) 884-9367
• Grades: PK-4
• Proximity: Adjacent to base gate (Womble Gate)
Email contact
For more information on international schools visit here.

Seika Yochien *Provides bus to base
• Address: 1-29 Sakamoto-cho, Yokosuka
• Phone: (046) 822-0018

Hayama International School *Provides bus to base
• Address: 4427-1 Akiya, Hayama
• Phone: (046) 855-5112
Email contact

Mikasa Yochien *Provides bus to base
• Address: 82-9 Inaoka-cho, Yokosuka
• Phone: (046) 823-1273
Email contact

Mikuni Yochien
• Address: 1768 Kikoba, Hayama
• Phone: (046) 852-0392

Aoitori Yochien
• Address: 2-6 Miharucho, Yokosuka
• Phone: (046) 823-1345

Kamoi Yochien
• Address: 2-10-6 Kamoi, Yokosuka
• Phone: (046) 841-1491

Mabori Yochien
• Address: 3-11 Maborikaigan, Yokosuka
• Phone: (046) 841-6762

The local Japanese public schools can be an enriching and rewarding opportunity. It requires adjusting to a new school system and experience. The school calendar, schedules, etc in addition to the language and culture may feel challenging. School communication is in Japanese so it is preferred that at least one parent speak Japanese. Schools may refuse non-Japanese citizens or non-Japanese speaking students. Some may allow if a family arranges for a permanent/on-call interpreter for the family and some districts are reviewing their policies to enact changes.
Surrounding Japanese school districts:
- Yokosuka City Board of Education
- Hayama City Hall
- Kamakura City Board of Education
- Zushi City Hall, Board of Education
- Yokohama City Board of Education
Enrollment of US citizens (Dependents of US Military or Civilians)
Pursuant to the International Covenants of Human Rights (Term A), Yokosuka City Board of Education will continue to admit enrollment of students with foreign citizenship to Yokosuka public elementary and junior high schools. *Not senior high schools
Current Enrollment Criteria (2012)
1) Produce certification/authorization indicating enrollment period of more than one year.
2) Speak basic conversational Japanese:
a) Child/student able to understand teacher instruction.
b) Parent/guardian able to communicate with school. *May allow family interpreter.
3) Comply with laws and regulations of Japan.

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
This interstate compact is a game changer for military families in resolving education transition issues for military children. In tangible ways it assists military students in their multiple school to school transfers. Articles IV-VII address Enrollment, Placement, Eligibility, and Graduation policies. Every school district in the US has military children and all 50 states have adopted the compact as state law. Each state has an appointed commissioner and council. The District of Columbia and DoDEA are ex officio members.
Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3)
MIC3 Website
MIC3 Facebook
5 Minute Info Video
Youth Sponsorship Program (YSP)
The Youth Sponsorship and Student 2 Student programs match youth sponsors to inbound youth 3rd-12th grade, including home school students. Youth have instant validity with other youth and as sponsors help new youth connect to their new installation, school, and community. The three components of YSP are Outreach, Orientation, and Peer-to-Peer. To request a youth sponsor and/or become a youth sponsor, please send us an email with your name and grade.
• Navy Youth Sponsorship
• Youth Sponsorship Application (pdf)
Youth Area Orientation Brief (AOB)
In addition to the weekly AOB for adults, Yokosuka Fleet & Family Support Center provides an adapted AOB for new youth once every month. There is one for elementary age youth and one for middle and high school age youth. Each one is two hours in length and is held in the Community Readiness Center.

Elementary AOB: Third Tuesday of every month, 1400-1600
Middle/High AOB: Third Wednesday of every month, 1400-1600
• To register for Youth AOB contact: 243-3372 or Email
• Yokosuka FFSC Facebook
PCS Checklist - From the Parent/Guardian:
• Student’s birth certificate
• Student’s social security number/card
• Student’s shot record
• Legal documents, as needed (power of attorney, custody papers, etc.)
• Proof of residency (2 utility bills with remittance attached)
• Military orders (including housing orders)
School Information
• Address, phone numbers, email, other contact information
• Course description book/grading scale (for 6th grade and above)
• Copy of the cover of each textbook
• School profile/handbook
• School web page
School Records
• Copy of cumulative folder (only the copied mailed between schools is considered official)
• Current schedule
• Report cards
• Withdrawal grades or progress reports
• Test scores (standardized or special program testing, etc.)
Special Programs Records as Appropriate
• Individual Education Plan (IEP)/Individual Accommodation Plan (504)
• Gifted and Talented Program description
• English as a Second Language (ESL) or Bilingual Education description
• At-Risk or other action plans for classroom modifications
Non DoD School Program (NDSP)
Yokosuka does not offer the Non DoD School Program (NDSP) but if you PCS to an area that does here is the information and process.

Military OneSource Deployment Resources
Preparing for Deployment
During Deployment
After Deployment
Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLCs)
What is a Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC)?
MFLCs help military families through cycles of deployment and reintegration by providing non-medical, short-term counseling. Through a partnership between the school district, the installation and the office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, counselors will be assigned to various schools during the school year.
What is the counselor’s role in the school?
CYB-MFLC(s) provide consultation, training, and educational presentations/ workshops to program faculty, staff, parents, and children. CYB-MFLC support augments services already in place at each school. Counselors take part in everyday school activities and events and help with deployment and reintegration; family dynamics; positive coping mechanisms; staff support and education; parent education and stress reduction. Counselors are also available to facilitate groups and trainings to build leadership skills; manage anger; build self-esteem and confidence and strengthen communication.

Special Education One-Stop Resource
Yokosuka Fleet & Family Support Center
Yokosuka Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
EFMP Case Liaison, Fleet & Family Support Center
• DSN: 243-9605
• Local: 046-816-9605
Special Education Department
Special Education Chair
The Sullivans School Yokosuka, Japan
Sullivans Elementary School email contact
Yokosuka Middle School email contact
Ikego Elementary School email contact
Kinnick High School email contact
• Overseas to Japan: 011-81-46-816-7336
Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS)
U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan
Yokosuka USNH Facebook
• DSN: 315-243-8507
• Overseas to Japan: 011-84-46-816-8507
Military OneSource Special Needs Resources
Education Directory for Children with Special Needs

An Overview of Special Education:

Kids Included Together (KIT)
Who We Are:
Kids Included Together (KIT) is a national, registered 501(c)(3) non–profit organization teaching the understanding and practice of inclusion. Our passion is inclusion.

What We Believe:
Disability is a natural part of the human experience. Almost everyone knows someone who has or will have a disability – or will directly experience disability themselves. Viewing disability as a form of diversity rather than a deficiency enables positive outcomes for all children. Each person’s contributions add to the richness of the whole community. Inclusion is ensuring that each person belongs and can meaningfully participate.

What We Do:
KIT provides best practices training to help communities, businesses, and child care & recreation programs include children with all kinds of disabilities and special needs. We offer a blended–learning approach that combines live, on–site training and online learning and resources.

Special Ed Connection
Special Ed Connection is a comprehensive web resource available 24/7 to instantly locate proven strategies, helpful tools, special education case law, federal statutes/regulations and more. It is provided by Navy Child & Youth Programs and is free for Navy staff and parents. To register contact the School Liaison Officer. A welcome letter with individual access password will be sent to you. DoDEA educators also can access Special Ed Connection, contact the SLO, DoDEA Special Education Chief.

Some highlights...
Smart Starts
Become more familiar with specific special education topics such as IEPs and parental involvement.

Special Ed Online Dictionary
Definitions of 1,400 widely used terms in special education issues.

News, Articles and Updates
Stay informed and current on newsworthy events in the special education community.

Special Ed Round-Ups
Best-practices and access to valuable resources on special education issues.
Free SAT/ACT Prep for Military Families
Scholarships for Military Children
Federal Student Aid
The College Board expanding access to higher education
Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefit program
The ACT Student Site
Website for Military Families

CNIC Find Your Region/Installation Interactive Map
Commander, Navy Region Japan (CNRJ)
Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY)
CFAY facebook
Phone Directory
Installation Contacts

Dial Code from the US:
Narita Airport/Yokosuka Shuttle Bus
Bus Schedule and Sign Up
JR Train Schedule - Narita Airport/Yokosuka
Train Station Schedule
Local Off-base Taxi service - Yokosuka JR Station to Yokosuka base
• Radio Taxi: 045-226-3161
• Radio Asahi Taxi: 045-641-9875
CFAY Housing & Lodging
Yokosuka Fleet & Family Support Center
Yokosuka USO
Yokosuka Red Cross
Email contact
Yokosuka Chapel of Hope
Contact a Chaplain

You know you’re a military kid when...
• Your hometown isn’t on the map it is the map
• Where are you from?” has more than one reasonable answer.
• You flew before you could walk.
• You speak two languages, but can’t spell in either.
• You have a passport but no driver’s license.
• You go into culture shock upon returning to your “home” country.
• Your life story uses the phrase “Then we moved to…” three (or four, or five) times.
• You think VISA is a document that’s stamped in your passport, not a plastic card you carry in your wallet.
• You consider a city 500 miles away “very close.”
• You miss the subtitles when you see the latest movie.
• You speak with authority on the subject of airline travel.
• You have frequent flyer accounts on multiple airlines.
• You constantly want to use said frequent flyer accounts to travel to new places.
• You could teach a webinar on how to pack.
• High school reunions are multi stop events.
• You have friends in 19 area codes.
• You sort your friends by time zone.
• You have a time zone map next to your telephone.
• You realize what a small world it is, after all.