Stars and Stripes, European Edition, 6 September 2006, London Central school to be shut down at end of academic year
Just eight days after the London Central Elementary School/High School opened its doors for classes, Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe officials announced Tuesday it will close for good at the end of the school year.
According to the memo sent to parents, children in kindergarten through fifth grade have the option to enroll in a local public British school, a private day school or a home-schooling program. In all three cases, parents can receive supplemental funding to help cover the costs of schools.
The situation is slightly more complicated for high school students, especially would-be seniors, who will have to find schools offering the equivalent of a U.S.-based program, Curtis said. If no local programs are available, students can receive up to about $40,000 per year to attend private British schools or a boarding school somewhere else in the theater.
The “home schooling program” available at DoD expense to K – 5 children would be a program such as Calvert, paid for by DoDDS, and most likely administered by either a DoDDS staff member, or a member of the program’s staff.Â I know Calvert was the program in use in 1990, but that may have changed.
I thought I had a clue (but only a small one) about the differences between public and private schools in England.Â I don’t.
I also don’t know if the $40k mentioned above is a block-type-grant for a group of students from one area, or a per-student fee.Â I do know, though, that the family is not awarded the money.Â If DoDDS is making payments, they will be to another institution.
‘Real’ homeschooling, as in a family independently providing the balance of a child’s education, is available without the other strings or hoops.
Given the continuing trend of the closing of overseas schools, homeschooling might be something that can be relied on longer by military families.