Military Families

Welcome to Northwood Elementary School. We are committed to providing critical transitional support for military-connected students as they relocate to our school due to a parent's change in duty station. Our focus is to eliminate barriers to the academic success of military-connected students. We are here to assist and support the military family lifestyle in such areas as school transitions, frequent moves, deployment, and education inconsistencies that exist from state to state, along with many others. 5% of controlled open enrollment seats are reserved for military children according to School Board Policy 04-48.

2023 ASUS Scholarship Brochure


Military Point of Contact - Erin Adams


  • Connecting schools, families and communities to meet the unique needs of PreK-12 military-connected students

  • Cultivate communication pathways between families, schools, community stakeholders and the military

  • Customize real-time solutions for military-connected students facing transitional barriers and educational gaps

  • Collaborate with community stakeholders to build a platform for enhanced educational opportunities and partnerships

  • Comprehensive professional development for educators to understand the military lifestyle

  • Construct a network of extensive resources for building resilient communities

  • Create a system of support for military-connected students experiencing parental deployment or separation

Annual professional development is offered to faculty and staff concerning how to identify and respond to the needs of military students and their families.

Student 2 Student Leadership Transition Program

Northwood is proud to be a Student 2 Student school, assisting families who are traditional to a new school, in a new duty assignment. Our School Counselor, Erin Adams, would be delighted to offer a personal tour of the school, highlighting key locations and services. Mrs. Adams will advise our student transition team coordinator that we have a new student from a military family joining us. They will give the student(s) a tour of the school with a guided checklist within their first two weeks of arrival.

Professional Development

Northwood Elementary School staff receive professional development concerning how to identify and respond to the needs of military students and their families.

Military Student Open Enrollment

Northwood Elementary School reserves at least 5% of controlled open enrollment seats, as defined in Section 1002.31, F.S., for military students.

Northwood Military School Events

We honor and celebrate our military families throughout the year in many ways:

  • September - Constitution Week

  • November - Veteran's Day

  • April - Month of the Military Child


OCSD Resources for Military Families

The OkaloosaSchools.com website has a detailed list of Military Family Resources and Educational Opportunities to best assist your family. It contains a PCS document, services, programs, educational resources, and so much more to aid in the success of your educational goals.

OCSD Military Families Tool-Kit

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