Meeting the Needs of the Transitioning Military Student

Military students are often faced with numerous transitions during their formative years. Moves between military installations due to sponsor Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders or temporary deployments often find students with unique challenges not normally seen by non-military students. At Camp Lejeune Dependents Schools, our goal is to meet these unique needs of our students and to help make the transition to CLDS, as well as the potential transition out, as easy as possible.

CLDS has created a partnership with the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), a non-profit organization with a focus on comprehensive research that addresses the transition and other educational challenges faced by the military child.

MCEC has recently completed a second annual Transition Counselors' Institute aboard our installation targeted toward CLDS school counselors and administrative personnel. Many Onslow County Public Schools counselors and administrators attended training as well. This institute is developed to promote awareness and increase the availability of guidance professionals who understand the mobile military student and the challenges associated with transitioning from school to school. Counselors share 'best practices,' network, and develop more effective tools and processes to assist the military student.

In addition to TCI, our Superintendent and the Superintendent of Onslow County Public Schools signed a Memorandum of Agreement committing to continue developing and implementing best and promising practicies that will assist the transitioning military-connected student.

Read the "Guiding Principles for Addressing the Issues of Transitioning Military Students" MOA signed on March 5, 2003.
(This document is a .pdf file and can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader. A free download version is available on the Acrobat website. CLDS and DoDEA do not support or endorse Adobe Systems, Inc. or its products.)

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PCS'ing IN to CLDS

Welcome to Camp Lejeune!

The military base is located in Onslow County in southeastern North Carolina. The county and installation border the Atlantic Ocean approximately 150 miles south of Virginia and 100 miles north of South Carolina. Onslow County is eleventh in size in the state. Camp Lejeune occupies 246 square miles with 14 miles of beach on the Atlantic Ocean. The moderately temperate climate in the area brings mild winters and warm summers. From the dense foliage of woodlands to sandy beaches and ocean front living, Camp Lejeune is a place of opportunity!

The Camp Lejeune Dependents Schools (CLDS) are operated by the Department of Defense Education Activity's Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DoDEA DDESS). All funding and support is provided by DoDEA DDESS. A locally elected School Board participates in the development of policies. CLDS policy is administered by the North Carolina District Office Administration. There are six elementary schools, a middle school, and a senior high school. Approximately 577 full-time staff including 300 certified professional personnel are employed by the school system. Student enrollment is approximately 3200.

If you have school-age children, please visit our Eligibility/Registration page.


PCS'ing OUT of CLDSParents should check out at your child(ren)'s school(s) if moving during the school year. Please provide at least two weeks notice so that the office can process the withdrawal paperwork to all sections of the school.

May 18, 2011 is the early promotion date for students whose sponsor has PCS orders or is retiring. PCS orders must be effective prior to the last day of school. A copy of the orders must be presented upon withdrawal.


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