Newport - School Liaison Program

The School Liaison’s primary function is to serve as a conduit between parents, educators and the command so that military-connected children experience a seamless transition during the transfer between schools. Knowing that many military children move an average of every 2.9 years, School Liaisons can provide families with educational information to assist them as they begin their PCS planning.  

The Child and Youth Education Services program supports military families with seven core services provided by the School Liaison:

  1. School Transition Services (PCS Cycle): School Liaisons assist families with school transfers and help “level the playing field” for military children and youth. To locate the School Liaison at your next duty station, go to for a list of School Liaisons worldwide.
  2. Deployment Support: School Liaisons connect educators with the military deployment support system to inform them about the cycles of deployment and the tools available to assist educators in working with military children.
  3. Command, School, & Community Communications: School Liaisons serve as subject-matter experts for installation commanders on K-12 issues, helping to connect command, school and community resources.
  4. Home School Linkage and Support: School Liaisons assist military families by gathering and sharing information on home schooling issues, policies and legislation from local school districts. They also help leverage military Child and Youth Program resources to support these families.
  5. Partnerships in Education (PIE): PIE creates a volunteer network of resources to support installation and community members who have a vested interest in the success of all youth.
  6. Post-Secondary Preparations: School Liaisons leverage installation and school resources to provide graduating military students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.
  7. Special Needs System Navigation: School Liaisons provide information about installation and community programs and services, make referrals to the Exceptional Family Member Program, and offer assistance in navigating the administrative systems within local education agencies. 

Public School Information

** Please note:  In Rhode Island your physical address determines the schools your children will attend.
The Naval Station Newport School Liaison services the following school districts:
Newport Public Schools 15 Wickham Road, Newport, RI 02840 Phone: (401) 847-2100 Fax: (401) 849-0170,
Middletown Public Schools 26 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, RI 02842 Phone: (401) 849-2122 Fax: (401) 849-0202
Portsmouth Public Schools 29 Middle Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871 Phone: (401) 683-1039 Fax: (401) 683-5204
Jamestown Public Schools 76 Melrose Avenue, Jamestown, RI 02835 Phone: (401) 423-7020 Fax: (401) 423-7022
North Kingstown Public Schools (For Jamestown students, grades 9-12)100 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852 Phone: (401) 268-6400 Fax: (401) 268-6405
Narragansett Public Schools (For Jamestown students, grades 9-12) 25 5th Ave, Narragansett, RI 02882 Phone: (401) 792-9450 Fax: (401) 792-9439

Please find specific enrollment/registration information for each school district at the following links:
Newport Public Schools | Middletown Public Schools | Portsmouth Public Schools | Jamestown Public Schools | North Kingstown Public Schools (For Jamestown students, grades 9-12) | Narragansett Public Schools (For Jamestown students, grades 9-12)

Medical information, required immunizations and forms are included.  Registration must be done in person and at the zoned school district office.

Private School Information

There are many private school options in the Naval Station Newport area.  Please conduct an internet search for private schools located in your desired town. **The U.S. Navy neither endorses nor supports the above organizations. They are provided as a purely informational resource for families**

Home School Information

RIDE does not directly supervise home instruction. In Rhode Island, approval of home instruction occurs at the local school district level. If you are thinking of home-schooling your child, please call your local school superintendent’s office for information.
Rhode Island Department of Education Home instruction information | Rhode Island Homeschool Community | Rhode Island Guild of Home Teachers | The Homeschool Legal Defense Association

K-12  Special Needs

Parents of special needs students can connect with Rhode Island’s Parent Information Network or access the district Special Education Program:
Newport Public Schools  | Middletown Public Schools | Portsmouth Public Schools | Jamestown Public Schools | North Kingstown Public Schools (For Jamestown students, grades 9-12) | Narragansett Public Schools (For Jamestown students, grades 9-12)

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Liaisons are located at Fleet and Family Support Centers and provide information and referral to help EFM families identify and access appropriate military, national and community resources. They assist in the navigation of EFMP related programs and systems and are responsible for:

  • Provision of information, referral and systems navigation to special needs families
  • Linking families with available military, national and local community resources
  • Non-medical case management
  • Development and maintenance of Individualized Service Plans (ISP)
  • Partner with Military Treatment Facility (MTF) Coordinators to provide information, education and marketing

EFMP Case Manager at Naval Health Care New England, 43 Smith Road, Newport, RI 02840 401-841-6041, FAX: 841-3368. (Adult family members in the program).

EFMP Case Manager at Naval Health Care New England Family Practice Clinic, 43 Smith Road, Newport RI 02840 401-841-4328. (Children in the program).

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Liaison,  1260 Peary St., Newport, 401-841-6923 FAX: 401-841-7698.

Special Ed Connection, a free web-based resource available to Navy families, provides resources and tools that enable families to better understand special education requirements and available services.

Direct Step eCourses, another free web-based resource, can assist with navigating the complexities of special education laws and procedures.

Military OneSource offers assistance to families with special needs family members.

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)

Youth Sponsorship

The Youth Sponsorship program is designed to assist young people in making the transition from one installation to another successfully. It is our goal to help incoming youth adjust and get connected with a youth sponsor at the installation. Youth Sponsors will provide information about area schools, attractions and the surrounding community. This program is created by and for youth with youth involvement in every aspect of the program. To apply for a youth sponsor please complete the request form and email it to your School Liaison Officer.

Please go to  for regional information. 

Our website so that parents can get on the waiting list for military childcare. 

For parents who cannot find care within our CYP. They must be registered on and on a waitlist to qualify.

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA): 
DODEA NDSP is the website you need to visit if you are PCSing to an area overseas that does not have a DODEA school.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the kindergarten age cutoff date? 
    • RI state law requires all students be 5 years of age on or before the first of September to be eligible to attend Kindergarten.  Kindergarten is not compulsory, but full time school attendance is required for all students who are 6 years of age by the first of September.
  • Do I have to live in the Zone where the school is located to attend? 
    • Yes. Rhode Island ties school enrollment to your address. You must be a resident to attend a public school district.
  • Do the local schools have talented and gifted programs? 
    • Rhode Island laws do provide a framework for the creation of Gifted & Talented programs in the public schools, but this is an unfunded measure.  Local schools use differentiated instruction to address all learners’ needs.
  • Is there school choice or other school options in the area? 
    • Rhode Island does not have school choice laws. There are some charter school choices and there are private school choices in the community.
  • What schedule does the local high school follow…traditional, block, A/B Block…? 
    • The local high schools use a traditional bell schedule, 5 or more periods that rotate over 3 or more days.

DoDEA Information

Department of Defense Education Activity 

The website you need to visit if you are PCSing to an area overseas that does not have a DODEA school.


Local Stem/PIE
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