Department of Defense Education Activity
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Military-connected kids with father in DoDEA Pacific.

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a civilian agency of the United States Department of Defense that manages schools for military-connected children in the United States and overseas at American military bases worldwide.[1] DoDEA's schools serve the children of military service members and Department of Defense civilian employees throughout the world. Children of enlisted military personnel represent 85 percent of the total enrollment in DoDEA schools. DoDEA also provides support to more than one million military-connected students who attend public schools throughout the United States. It is headed by a director who oversees all agency functions from the Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia.[2] DoDEA's schools are divided into three regions (Americas, Europe, and Pacific), each of which is managed by an area director. Within each of these three regions schools are organized into districts headed by superintendents.

DoDEA history

Shortly after the end of World War II and the arrival of military families overseas, schools for the children of American service members opened at 43 locations in Germany, Austria and Japan with 116 teachers and 1,297 students. From these beginnings with classrooms sometimes in quonset huts or factory buildings, the Dependents School Service grew into an organization supporting an estimated 160,000 students in 300 schools around the world.

Dr. Beth Stephens, former director for one of DoDEA's predecessor agencies in the mid-80s, once said, "At no time in history has any other nation educated 150,000 of its children in 20 countries around the world and made it possible for them to understand and experience the culture of their host nations while maintaining their identity with and patriotism for their own country."

As the Cold War came to a close, U.S. military forces abroad began to draw down, so did the schools and communities supporting families stationed overseas. All the schools serving military-connected students, in the U.S. and abroad, came under the umbrella of the DoDEA as a new parent agency in 1992.[]

DoDEA today

As of June 2018, the DoDEA operates 164 schools and 1 virtual high school in 8 districts located in 11 foreign countries, 7 U.S. states, Guam, and Puerto Rico, for more than 73,000 students. The largest community is the Kaiserslautern Military Community, which includes Ramstein Air Base[3] and 10 other U.S. and NATO facilities, and approximately 57,000 people. All schools within DoDEA are fully accredited by U.S. accreditation agencies. Approximately 11,600 full-time employees (including over 8,700 teachers) serve DoDEA's over 73,000 students.[4]

DoDEA curricular programs

DoDEA's curricular programs provide a comprehensive pre-K through 12th grade instruction that is competitive with that of any school system in the United States. [5] DoDEA maintains a high school graduation rate of approximately 97 percent. The 2,809 graduating seniors in DoDEA's Class of 2017 earned more than $35 million in scholarships and grants.[]

DoDEA College and Career Readiness Standards

DoDEA designed and implemented college and career ready programs to ensure high school graduates have the content knowledge, skills, habits and dispositions in multiple subjects to be successful in their future endeavors, after high school. [6] Nationwide, it has become expected that high school graduates need to continue their education in a postsecondary course of study, program or training series if they are to have options and opportunities in the current job market.[]

  • College and Career Ready Standards establish clear, consistent and high learning goals and are more focused on preparing students for success in college and careers. The standards in the areas of mathematics and literacy set a foundation for even greater student success and growth. The standards set grade-by-grade learning expectations for students in grades K-12.[]

DoDEA Comprehensive Assessment System

In conjunction with the implementation of the College and Career Ready Standards, DoDEA is transitioning to the Comprehensive Assessment System (DoDEA-CAS) starting school year 2017-18. The DoDEA-CAS includes all of the assessments that are administered systematically within DoDEA. All assessments included in the DoDEA-CAS support student learning, provide information for decision makers concerning instructional programs and services, and inform parents.[7]

DoDEA Americas Region

Headquartered in Peachtree City, GA, DoDEA Americas is divided into 2 school districts (Americas Mid-Atlantic and Americas Southeast) and operates 51 schools at 16 military communities on the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. As of June 2018, it educates approximately 21,600 students of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families.[8]

DoDEA Americas' Mid-Atlantic District

Camp Lejeune, NC

  • Bitz IS
  • Brewster MS
  • Heroes ES
  • Johnson PS
  • Lejeune HS
  • Tarawa Terrace ES

Fort Bragg, NC

  • Albritton MS
  • Bowley ES
  • Devers ES
  • Gordon ES
  • Hampton PS
  • Irwin IS
  • Poole ES
  • Shughart ES
  • Shughart MS

Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC

  • DeLalio ES

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, VA

  • Dahlgren ES/MS

Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA

  • Crossroads ES
  • Quantico MS/HS

USMA West Point, NY

  • West Point ES
  • West Point MS

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba

  • W.T. Sampson ES/HS

Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, PR

  • Ramey Unit School

Fort Buchanan, PR

  • Antilles ES
  • Antilles MS
  • Antilles HS

DoDEA Americas' Southeast District

Fort Benning, GA

  • Dexter ES
  • Faith MS
  • McBride ES
  • Stowers ES
  • White ES

Fort Campbell, KY

  • Barkley ES
  • Barsanti ES
  • Fort Campbell HS
  • Lucas ES
  • Mahaffey MS
  • Marshall ES

Fort Jackson, SC

  • Pierce Terrace ES
  • Pinckney ES

Fort Knox, KY

  • Fort Knox HS
  • Scott MS
  • Van Voorhis ES
  • Kingsolver ES

Fort Rucker, AL

  • Fort Rucker ES
  • Fort Rucker PS

Fort Stewart, GA

  • Diamond ES
  • Kessler ES
  • Murray ES

Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

  • Maxwell AFB ES/MS

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC

  • Bolden ES/MS
  • Elliott ES

DoDEA Europe Region

Headquartered in Kapaun AS, Kaiserslautern, Germany, DoDEA Europe is organized into 3 districts (EU East, EU South, and EU West) and operates 65 schools within 27 U.S. military communities across Europe. As of June 2018, the DoDEA European region educates approximately 27,000 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families.[9]

DoDEA Europe East District

USAG Ansbach, Germany

  • Ansbach ES
  • Ansbach MS/HS

Baumholder Military Community, Germany (USAG Rheinland-Pfalz)

  • Baumholder MS/HS
  • Hainerberg ES
  • Smith ES

Garmisch Military Community, Germany USAG Bavaria

  • Garmisch ES/MS

Grafenwohr/Vilseck Military Community, USAG Bavaria, Germany

  • Grafenwoehr ES
  • Netzaberg ES
  • Netzaberg MS
  • Vilseck ES
  • Vilseck HS

Hohenfels Military Community, Germany USAG Bavaria, Germany

  • Hohenfels ES
  • Hohenfels HS

Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC), Germany

  • Kaiserslautern ES
  • Kaiserslautern MS
  • Kaiserslautern HS
  • Landstuhl ES/MS
  • Sembach ES
  • Sembach MS
  • Vogelweh ES

Ramstein Airforce Base, Germany (Part of KMC)

  • Ramstein ES
  • Ramstein HS
  • Ramstein IS
  • Ramstein MS

USAG Stuttgart, Germany

  • Patch ES
  • Patch MS
  • Robinson Barracks ES
  • Stuttgart ES
  • Stuttgart HS

USAG Wiesbaden, Germany

  • Aukamm ES
  • Wiesbaden HS
  • Wiesbaden MS

DoDEA Europe South District

Ankara American Community, Turkey

  • Ankara ES/MS/HS

Aviano AB, Italy

  • Aviano ES
  • Aviano MS/HS

Naval Support Activity Bahrain

  • Bahrain ES/HS

Camp Darby Military Community, USAG Italy

  • Livorno ES/MS

Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy

  • Naples ES
  • Naples MS/HS

Naval Air Station Rota, Spain

  • Rota ES
  • Rota MS/HS

Moron AB, Seville, Spain

  • Sevilla ES/MS

Sigonella Air Station, Sicily (IT)

  • Sigonella ES
  • Sigonella MS/HS

Vicenza Military Community, USAG Italy

  • Vicenza ES
  • Vicenza MS
  • Vicenza HS

DoDEA Europe West District

Schinnen Military Community, USAG Benelux, Brunssum, The Netherlands


RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom

  • Alconbury ES
  • Alconbury MS/HS

Brussels Military Community, USAG Benelux, Belgium

  • Brussels ES/HS

RAF Croughton, United Kingdom

  • Croughton ES

Kleine Brogel Air Base, USAG Benelux Belgium

  • Kleine Brogel ES

RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom

  • Feltwell ES
  • Lakenheath ES
  • Lakenheath HS
  • Lakenheath MS
  • Liberty IS

SHAPE Military Community, US Army Garrison Benelux, Mons, Belgium


Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

  • Spangdahlem ES
  • Spangdahlem MS
  • Spangdahlem HS

DoDEA Pacific Region

Headquartered in Yokota AB, Japan, the DoDEA Pacific region is organized into 3 districts (Pacific East, Pacific South, and Pacific West) and operates 48 schools on 22 U.S. military installations in Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea. As of June 2018, the DoDEA Pacific Region educates approximately 22,440 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families. [10]

Pacific East District

Camp Zama

  • Arnn American ES
  • Zama American MS/HS

Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo

Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka

  • Ikego ES
  • Kinnick HS
  • Sullivans ES

Marine Corp Air Station Iwakuni

  • Iwakuni ES
  • Iwakuni MS
  • M.C. Perry ES
  • M.B. Perry HS

Misawa Air Base

  • Edgren HS
  • Sollars ES
  • Yokosuka MS

NAF Atzugi

  • Lanham ES

Yokota Air Base

Pacific South District

Andersen AFB (Guam)

  • Andersen ES
  • Andersen MS

Camp Foster, Okinawa

Camp Kinser, Okinawa

  • Kinser ES

Camp Lester, Okinawa

  • Lester MS

Camp McTureous, Okinawa

  • Bechtel ES

Kadena Airforce Base, Okinawa

  • Amelia Earhart IS
  • Bob Hope PS
  • Kadena ES
  • Kadena HS
  • Kadena MS
  • Ryukyu MS
  • Stearley Heights ES

Naval Base Guam

  • McCool ES/MS

U.S. Naval Hospital (Guam)

  • Guam HS

Pacific West District

Osan Air Base

  • Osan American ES
  • Osan American MS/HS

US Army Garrison Daegu - Camp George

  • Daegu American ES

US Army Garrison Daegu - Camp Walker

  • Daegu MS/HS

US Army Garrison Humphreys

  • Humphreys Central ES
  • Humphreys West ES
  • Humphreys MS
  • Humphreys HS

US Army Garrison Yongsan

  • Seoul American ES
  • Seoul American MS/HS



  1. ^ DoDEA School Districts Worldwide.
  2. ^ "DoDEA Office Locations.
  3. ^ "What is the KMC?". March 27, 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "DoDEA's Student Enrollment Data.
  5. ^ "DoDEA Curricular Programs.
  6. ^ "DoDEA College & Career Readiness Standards.
  7. ^ "DoDEA College & Career Readiness Standards.
  8. ^ "DoDEA Americas Region Web Pages.
  9. ^ "DoDEA Europe Region Web Pages.
  10. ^ "DoDEA Pacific Region Web Pages.

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