As many FS families are adjusting to having their children learning from home virtually due to COVID-19, they are finding new ways to help their children be successful in school, while some are also juggling their own careers from home. There is no “one size fits all” formula for navigating this new learning environment. However, there are many free resources to guide families in practical ways toward success. GCLO’s Education and Youth team has compiled the following information below:
Recorded Webinars and Other Resources
- and – (Fairfax County Public Schools Parent Resource Center)
- Strengthening Parent Resilience for the Virtual School Year Webinar – (Foreign Service Institute/Training Center)
- Recent articles and Resiliency building resources from FSI’s Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience (CEFAR)
At–Home Educational Resources
- The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids (Master’s in Data Science)
Accredited Distance Learning Programs
Prior to committing to a particular home study/private instruction/virtual schooling program, employees/parents should review allowable expenses for Home Study/Private Instruction at . Please note: Only allowable (non-third party) expenses are reimbursable. Program consultant fees and consultant-related fees charged by third party providers (also known as umbrella or cover schools) are the employee’s/parent’s responsibility and are not reimbursed under the Education Allowance with one exception – for a child under the Special Needs Education Allowance (SNEA) program (3 FAM 3280) and this requires prior approval from MED and is limited to locating an adequate school away from post. Please see the Office of Allowances FAQ’s 17a-d regarding this situation.
Note: The following programs are reviewed annually and updated as needed. Please be aware that some of the programs listed may contain third party providers that may charge fees that are not reimbursable.
- ASU Prep Digital
- Avenues Online
- Bridgeway Academy
- Class Homeschools
- Dwight Global Online School
- Kolbe Academy
- Keystone School Online
- Maryland Public Schools Virtual Academy
- Pearson Online Academy
- University of Texas High School
- Virginia Virtual Academy
- Whitmore School
Online College Programs
Listings of private entities on this page are provided as a convenience and should not be construed as an endorsement by the U.S. Department State or the U.S. government of the entity, its views or the products or services it provides. The order in which names appear has no significance, and the links may be removed at any time at the discretion of the Department.