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Teaching the children of America's military families worldwide


The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a civilian agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, dedicated to teaching the children of America's military families worldwide.

The DoDEA Director oversees all agency functions from headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. DoDEA schools are organized into three Areas, each of which is managed by an Area Director. Within each Area, schools are organized into Districts headed by Superintendents. Principals of individual schools report to their Superintendent, who in return reports to the Area Director.


DoDDS-E is headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, and is on the web at It presently operates 82 schools organized in five Districts located in nine countries: Bahrain, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. All DoDDS-E schools are fully accredited by U.S. accreditation agencies. Over 5,000 educators and support staff serve its approximately 33,500 students.

DoDDS-E serves the children of military service members and Department of Defense civilian employees throughout the European Command. Children of enlisted military personnel constitute roughly 80 percent of enrollment. Since military assignments often result in frequent moves, the transient rate for DoDEA schools is 35 percent. Children of contractors, NAF employees and others may be eligible for space available enrollment.

Some categories are required to pay tuition, which ranged from $10,740 to $24,696 in the 2010-2011 school year. Details are on the Web at



DoDEA monitors student progress through the use of standardized tests. All students in grades three through 11 take the Terra Nova Achievement Test, a norm-referenced test, each spring. DoDDS-E fourth and eighth grade students also take the National Assessment of Educational Progress, "the Nation's Report Card".



Administration of plans and programs is managed by the Director, DoDDS-E, and by the five District Superintendents. The DoDDS-E instructional program provides a comprehensive prekindergarten through 12th-grade curriculum that is competitive with that of any school system in the United States. The curriculum includes Early Childhood and Special Education components. A wide range of rigorous courses is offered to enable students to excel academically. Older students benefit from curricular enhancements such as Advanced Placement and Professional Technical Studies classes. In-depth descriptions of DoDDS-E curricular and adjunct programs are on the web at

Advanced technology is integrated into every content area beginning in the lower grades. Supplementary programs include foreign language, Talented and Gifted, host nation and compensatory education classes.

DoDDS-E also runs an extensive distance-learning program that enables students in remote sites or small schools to take the most advanced courses. Recently a Virtual High School has been initiated by DoDEA. According to a July 10, 2010 Press Release from DoDEA, DoDEA will open the DoDEA Virtual High School (DVHS) for the 2010-2011 school year. The school will open as a fully-accredited, supplemental high school with plans to be accredited as a comprehensive high school by the 2011-2012 school year.

In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, DoDDS-E provides appropriate public education to eligible students with disabilities. A full continuum of special education services is available. Families should consult with Exceptional Family Member Program representatives to learn about specific services available at each site.



The safety and security of students are of continuous concern to DoDDS-E. Schools work very closely with local commands to ensure that contingency plans are always in place. Policies with regard to drugs, alcohol, safe schools, weapons, gangs, and anti-terrorism help administrators maintain safe learning environments and pursue the academic mission with a minimum of distractions.

DoDDS-E schools are an important element of stability in European Command communities. They help students and military families maintain a sense of normality during times of deployment and conflict. A strong family support network helps student cope and focus during difficult times.

An active School Advisory Committee process enables parents to influence school policies and operations. Clearly delineated procedures allow parents to resolve problems or issues using an established chain of command.



Families can begin the DoDDS-E registration process online. On arrival at school, required, hard-copy documents include: sponsor's travel orders or similar documents of eligibility; child's immunization record; birth certificate or passport of new kindergarteners or first-graders to verify the date of birth; and student records from schools previously attended.

For DoDDS-E graduates and students moving on to other school systems, record and transcript request procedures are detailed on the web at

Committed to the Education of America's Military Children

DoDDS-Europe embraces and promotes the DoDEA vision of "Communities Committed to SUCCESS for All Students." DoDDS-Europe teachers and administrators are committed to providing exemplary educational programs that inspire and prepare students for success in a global environment through enforcing standards and accountability to promote Success for all students, Trust and respect for others, Uncompromising advocacy for students, Development of lifelong learners, Equal access to quality rigorous education, New and motivating challenges to inspire excellence, Teaching with high expectations, and providing Safe and stable learning environments (STUDENTS).



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