Welcome Military Families

  • Hillsborough County Public Schools is honored to serve you and your family during your time at MacDill Air Force.

School & HCPS Resources

  • Military Point of Contact 
    Brian Druga, Lead Magnet Teacher
    Email: Brain.Druga@hcps.net 

    School Registration
    Visit hillsboroughschools.org/shore for more information about registration or contact the Main Office at 813-276-5712 with registration questions. 

    Information on documents required for school enrollment can be found by visiting:  Enrollment, Withdrawals and Re-entry

    Admittance to Shore is through the Choice Application. Active-duty families transitioning during the school year or after an application window can apply for admittance. Please contact the Choice Information Line at 813-272-4692 and identify yourself as a transitioning active-duty family for information on how to apply to Shore.  

    Student Led Transition Program
    Arts Ambassadors – Our Arts Ambassadors, which are select 4th and 5th Grade leaders, will help welcome students. They will also act as peer buddies/mentors to be someone they can go to on campus with questions, help, etc. The ambassadors will also help explain how programs work at school and will explain the various arts experiences available. Ambassadors will also do a weekly check-in with their assigned mentees to keep a continual relationship between the students. 

    Exceptional Student Education
    Families can contact Kristin Cronin at Kristin.Cronin@hcps.net with questions regarding Exceptional Student Education.   

    If you are transitioning to the area and have questions about services in Hillsborough County Public Schools contact the Choice Information Line at (813) 272-4692 and identify yourself as a transitioning military family to connect with the Exceptional Student Education Department.

    Mental Health Resources
    There are many challenges military students face due to their unique situation, such as having a parent deployed for extended periods of time, changing schools, and leaving friends.  Your child’s School Student Services staff, i.e. School Counselor, School Psychologist and/or School Social Worker can provide support and share resources to assist during these challenging times. Families can also visit the HCPS Mental Health Matters site for additional resources.

    Contact Venetia Waters, MAFB’s School Liaison Officer to connect your child or a family member to a Military Family Life Counselor.
    (813) 828-0146 or venetia.waters@us.af.mil

    Student Progression Plan
    Provides families with academic information at the elementary, middle and high school level.  

Military Recognition Events

  • September - 9/11 - Heroes' Day Recognition
    November  - Veterans Week Activities
    April - Month of the Military Child