On average, military families move every 2.9 years. For a military-connected student, that means nine different schools between kindergarten and high school graduation.
With so many moves and so many schools, military families spend a great deal of time researching the schools their children will be attending.
To make school transitions easier, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) has created and recently upgraded a very useful website.
SchoolQuest is well-suited for anyone who is “questing” for information about schools, colleges, transitions and workplace readiness. It is meant to facilitate the search for new schools and centralize resources. Its primary audience is military children, teens and their parents.
But it’s more than just a search site. It’s also a secure storage site for students’ educational, extra-curricular, award, volunteer and work information. Please note, though, that it is not a replacement for a school transcript. Think of it as a safe, centralized virtual “file drawer” where a student or parent can keep track of all the details that are so difficult to organize but so necessary when students move or apply for college, jobs or military service: school names and addresses, courses completed, sports, clubs, standardized test scores, volunteer work and work experience.
A recent addition to SchoolQuest is the College Planner, which offers two services to ensure high school students are fully prepared for college:
Method Test Prep. This offers proven ACT and SAT preparation techniques. Realistic practice tests prepare students for the real thing. Just a few minutes a day spent practicing should raise scores and chances of being admitted to a college of choice. Checklists, study guides and explanations to questions and answers will boost both confidence and scores on test day.
College Options Services. This program strives to offer everything students need as they plan their journey. There is a student planner for high school students that outlines all the important steps from freshman to senior year. It will help you gain an understanding of the admissions and financial aid processes, and it provides access to hundreds of scholarship links. Also offered are college finders, personality assessment and college profile matches.
Both services are offered to eligible students: those who are 13 or older, in eighth through 12th grades and are military-affiliated. Access is unlimited, so get started today by simply creating an account.
It is also important to know that security measures are in place to keep users safe. Information for each family and student is secured with a personal password. No one can access your information without that password. You are free to enter as much or as little information as you wish. Remember, this area is for your convenience.
SchoolQuest is just one resource provided by MCEC. To access SchoolQuest or any of MCEC’s many other resources, visit www.militarychild.org.
— For information on additional educational resources or any K-12 educational questions, please contact the NBVC school liaison officer at 989-5211 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.