There are several resources available for researching education options in countries around the world. To understand what's available to Foreign Service families, read Chapter 16 "Education for Foreign Service Children" from the Foreign Service Assignment Notebook: What Do I Do Now?. The Post Report (intranet link) will offer an overview of schooling options at post, as well as post-specific education information at the Overseas Briefing Center. For specific information, use the following resources.
Office of Overseas Schools
The Office of Overseas Schools provides information on K-12 overseas educational opportunities and overseas schools offering support to children with special needs online. Regional Education Officers are available for consultation.
Family Liaison Office (FLO)
Visit the FLO webpage for Education and Youth. The Education and Youth Officer at the Family Liaison Office can assist with questions relating to boarding schools, home schooling, gifted and talented, college placement, educational testing, and special needs. FLO also offers the online resource Education Options for Foreign Service Children .
Special Needs Education
- Review the Transition Center's online Special Education Needs Overseas Seminar, designed for parents of children with special educational needs who are or who plan to be assigned to a U.S. mission abroad. These videos and resources are helpful in understanding how to proactively navigate the system and plan for a child's educational needs while overseas.
- Enroll in the Transition Center course Special Education Needs Overseas Seminar (MQ118) to hear from all DOS offices that provide support and services to families. Participants will have the opportunity to speak privately with these specialists about schooling, allowances, medical clearances, and more.
- The Office of Overseas Schools offers the brochure Transitioning to an Overseas Assignment with a Special Needs Child.
- The Family Liaison Office (FLO) offers comprehensive resources for Special Needs and the Foreign Service Child.
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