"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." -- Malcolm X

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Parents want what is best for their children and a good education ranks as a top priority.

Two online programs -- SOAR and tutor.com -- are available to assist military connected students with math and reading skills and getting homework assistance through tutoring.

-- SOAR
Student Online Achievement Resources, or SOAR, provides online math and reading practice.

Through the interactive tutorials provided by SOAR, students experience an online interactive lesson, followed by the opportunity to practice a specific, targeted skill.

By presenting questions and providing feedback based on answers given, students know how they are doing and what they can do to improve. They identify what problems they got wrong and where they made an error to ensure they don't make the same mistake again.

Thanks to a grant funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), the program is free of cost to families and available to all students in the 10 Leilehua Complex schools, which include Hale Kula Elementary, Solomon Elementary, Wheeler Elementary, Helemano Elementary, Wahiawa Elementary, Iliahi Elementary, Ka'ala Elementary, Wheeler Middle, Wahiawa Middle, and Leilehua High School.

-- Study Strong
Study Strong, through tutor.com, allows students, grades K-12, to work 24/7 with an online tutor to get help with homework, studying, test preparation and resume writing.

Everything is live, one-on-one, anonymous and free of charge to families in more than 40 subjects in math, science, social studies and English through funding by the Department of Defense MWR Library Program, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, and Navy General Library Program.

Tutors are teachers, college professors and graduate students who are background checked and certified by a third party security firm.

In addition to the everyday stresses of finishing homework on time and getting good grades, military children face unique challenges of moving frequently and having a parent deployed or away for training.

Both SOAR and tutor.com help military children to overcome these educational challenges so they can get ahead.

-- Online
Schools participating in SOAR sent home a letter in December of 2014 with each students' username and password for access to the website at http://assess.edifylearning.com.

To request a student's info again for SOAR, contact the Leilehua Complex Area Instructional Coach, Dawn Raczkowski, at (808) 622-6393, extension 273.

Visit Study Strong, click on the "For Army" tab and follow the prompts to create a student account.

-- School Liaison Office
Families can contact the School Liaison Office at (808) 655-8326 for more information and are reminded that continued sponsorship of these programs is dependent on student utilization and availability of funding.