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Educational Programs

Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • AFSA Scholarship Program - The American Foreign Service Association offers academic and art merit awards and financial ait scholarships to dependent of Foreign Service personnel.
  • FastWEB - Scholarship information, check your fastWEB mailbox, focus on scholarship and loan information, and link to the FinAid Page.
  • Federal Student Aid - Information on Federal student aid programs with help for every step in the financial aid process.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA.
  • Sallie Mae - With categories like Planning for College, Apply for a Loan, Manage Your Loans, Student Loan Finder, Sallie Mae tackles the nuts and bolts of obtaining grants in a well-organized and easy-to-understand fashion.
  • Cynthia Good's College and Career Planning - A good resource for career planning and study skills with links compiled by the Bridgewater-Raynham School District, MA.
  • Student Scholarship Search - Scholarship Resource Network Express with access to a free data base on scholarships.

Boarding Schools - Familiy Liasion Office resources and information on boarding schools options.

Distance Learning - There are many schools/colleges/universities that offer distance learning courses. Below are a few of the many resources available.

Overseas Educational Systems

Relocation and Third Culture Kids

Guide to State Residency - assists families and students residing overseas in clarifying their status regarding state residency requirements for U.S. college admission:

Public Schools in the Washington, DC, Area

Miscellaneous Links

  • Roots & Shoots - A global program, developed by the Jane Goodall Institute, to engage and inspire youth of all ages through service-learning projects in the areas of the Environment, Animals, and the Human Community.
  • - A new curriculum for high school students, developed by the Jane Goodall Institute, to help them recognize their personal values and encourage them to translate those values into activities that benefit their communities.
  • Courage to Change provides resources for parents, teachers, and counselors to help children, aged three to twelve, deal with common problems.
  • - Education information for grades K-12, including links to home schooling sites, standards by state, safety and health, etc.
  • - Part of the Annenberg Foundation offering educational activities for students that they can enjoy at home.
  • - offers publications, activities, information advice as well as games, contests and books for children.
  • - Math Olympiad and annual world championship competition for high school students.
  • - First Lego League student teams design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology.
  • - Wordmasters classroom competition in language arts for students in grades 3-12.
  • and - Wordly Wise 3000 a program designed to improve and increase vocabulary through fun exercises.
  • - Odyssey of the Mind an international educational program providing creative problem solving opportunities for student teams from kinder through college.
  • - PeaceCorps resources based on Peace Corps volunteer experiences.
  • - Prufrock Press Inc. a website for resources for the gifted (i.e. Workbooks, books, enrichment units, and journals and magazines).
  • - Virginia Center for Digital History this site promotes the teaching and learning of history using digital technologies. Some of the research projects and programs on the site are: Valley of the Shadow (Civil War), Virtual Jamestown, Race and Place: An African American Community in the Jim Crow South, Dolley Madison Project, etc.
  • - Cliffs Notes Free help with homework and tests on school subjects like literature, Shakespeare, science, math, and foreign languages.
  • - by Karen A site specially designed for what kids like and how they learn. Lots of lessons and games to make math fun.
  • - Courage to Change Provides resources for parents, teachers, and counselors to help children, aged three to twelve, deal with common problems.
  • - Crossword Puzzle from the New York Times on the Web (Free.) Twice a month you can play a new crossword puzzle. The puzzles are edited by the Times puzzle master, Will Shortz. If your browser supports Java, you can play on line, or you can print and fill in with pen or pencil. Crosswords are arranged by topic.
  • - Funbrain A site that has online educational games for kids of all ages (math, grammar, science, spelling, history).
  • - GirlsGoTech A site that encourages girls in math, science and technology. Sponsored by GirlScouts of the USA and the AdCouncil.
  • - Highlights for High School An extension of MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative. Empowers the students to think beyond the classroom. Goal is to provide free public access to all the university's courses and curricula via the Internet.
  • - A study skills resource guide. Free study skills, study strategies, and study tips.
  • - for Students Part of the Annenberg Foundation offering educational activities for students that they can enjoy at home.
  • - Learning Network: NYTimes on the Web An online current and special events news site for grades 3-12; updated weekday during the school year.
  • - Pink Monkey Over 450 Free study guides/book notes/book reviews/online chapter summary/notes/analysis for literature titles.
  • - Purple Math Free help with Algebra. Emphasizes practicalities, demonstrates dependable techniques, warns of likely "trick" questions, and points out common mistakes. Covers Preliminary Topics, Beginning through Advanced Algebra, and helps in solving Word Problems.
  • - Sparknotes Free online study guides.
  • - Who's Who and What's What See what you know about images and articles. Each question relates to an article published in The New York Times on the Web on that day. Play every Monday through Friday.
  • - Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State  General overview of the history of U.S. engagement with the world through short essays on important moments, or milestones, in the diplomatic history of the United States.
  • - Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids brought to the internet as a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office.
  • - Education Resources from the Library of Congress

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