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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.
  • 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.

Boarding Schools – Global Community Liaison Office (GCLO) resources and information on boarding schools options.

Distance Learning – There are many schools/colleges/universities that offer distance learning courses as well as other accredited virtual learning programs. The Global Community Liaison Office (GCLO) maintains resources on virtual learning and homeschooling.

Education FAQs– The Global Community Liaison Office (GCLO) maintains a list of frequently asked Education related questions. These FAQs include information on boarding schools, transition to Washington, allowances, special needs, and more. We encourage families to utilize the FAQs for more information on education related questions.

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.
  •  – 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • GirlsGoTech  A site that encourages girls in math, science and technology. Sponsored by GirlScouts of the USA and the AdCouncil.
  • MIT Open Courseware: Highlights for High School An extension of MIT’s OpenCourseWare initiative. Free public access to all the university’s courses and curricula via the Internet.
  • 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.
  • 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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