Education and Schools
Dependent Elementary and Secondary SchoolsOn-base education is provided to children of military families who live in base housing. The Virginia Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary School System are operated by the DOD. The Commonwealth of Virginia and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredit the elementary school and one middle/high school at Quantico. All teachers are certified. The family housing area determines school assignment.Crossroads Elementary — Preschool, kindergarten through fifth grade, 703-630-7065.Quantico Middle/High School — Sixth through 12th grade, 703-630-7055.Crossroads Elementary can hold up to 750 students and allows them to be taught in learning studios. The learning studios, with up-to-date technological capabilities, allow four single classrooms to open up into one or two larger classrooms. Teachers will be able to team-teach and collaborate for larger group projects with ease, resulting in using a school that has flexibility built in.For additional information about the Quantico schools, visit http://www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org and search voluntary education center.There are many off-base public schools in the surrounding counties of Stafford and Prince William. Prince William County also has several special education schools. There are also some private and parochial schools in the area. Information on these schools may be obtained from the respective county chambers of commerce. For more information, contact the testing administrator at 703-432-0117.School LiaisonThe mission of the school liaison is to use community-based resources to enhance the academic learning environment of military school-age children as they navigate the transitions unique to the military lifestyle. The school liaison partners with the command staff, MCCS Marine and Family Services Division, and the local school community to address educational issues that involve Quantico’s military children. The school liaison acts as the communication link between the installation, Marine and Family Service programs, the military family and the surrounding school districts.Transitional services include information and referrals to ease the move from one educational setting to another. The school liaison may further assist the military school-aged child by facilitating problem-solving and providing education to the parents, schools and command so that they may better advocate for the needs of the military child.The local schools benefit by having a direct contact person at Quantico who can help them understand the specific challenges military students experience and give them the necessary tools and support to help military children succeed in their academic environment. For more information, call 703-784-4729.Voluntary Education CenterThe Voluntary Education Center offers a variety of free educational services to active-duty military, family members, civilian employees and reservists. Voluntary Education’s goal for our Quantico family is to provide the information and tools necessary to achieve their educational goals. The center is staffed with qualified counselors who offer guidance and assistance in all aspects of continuing education, financial aid, military transcripts and Veterans Affairs education benefits.The Voluntary Education Center is also a testing site for PEARSON VUE, SAT, ACT, CLEP, DANTES, FAA and all military classification tests. For additional information on testing, visit www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org/index.cfm/marine-family/personal-professional-development/voluntary-education-center-vec. Currently, there are seven colleges and universities with on-base representatives available during daytime working hours. For more information, visit the center in Building 3088, Roan Street, or call 703-784-3340.