Department of Defense Education Activity


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The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and managing prekindergarten through 12th grade educational programs on behalf of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). DoDEA is globally positioned, operating 163 accredited schools in 8 districts located in 11 foreign countries, 7 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.[1]

DoDEA employs 15,000 employees who serve 71,000 children of active duty military and DoD civilian families. DoDEA is committed to ensuring that all school-aged children of military families are provided a world-class education that prepares them for postsecondary education and/or careers.[1]

DoDEA operates as a field activity of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness). It is headed by a director who oversees all agency functions from DoDEA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. DoDEA's schools are divided into 3 geographic areas: Europe, the Pacific, and the Americas.[1]

It is one of two U.S. federal government school systems, along with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).[2]


Shortly after the end of World War II, the United States military established schools for the children of its service men and women stationed in Europe and the Pacific. Schools for children of military members stationed at various bases in the United States were already well-established. First administered by the military branches they served, the growing number of schools was soon transferred to civilian managers, then organized into two separate but parallel systems: the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (Pacific and Europe) overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (Americas) in the United States. In 1994 the two systems were brought together under an umbrella agency, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).[1]


The DoDEA instructional program provides a prekindergarten through 12th grade curriculum. Currently 100% of DoDEA schools are accredited and in good standing with their regional accrediting agency. Students consistently achieve high scores in the National Assessment of Educational Progress and above the national average on standardized assessments. Minority students have been especially successful, scoring at or near the highest in the United States in mathematics.[1]

DoDEA measures student progress with multiple performance-based assessments. The TerraNova standardized test provides DoDEA with results that it can compare to a nationwide sample. DoDEA students also take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which provides comparisons of student achievement in reading, writing, math, and science. All DoDEA schools are accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) or the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), which provide each school with an independent evaluation.[1]

Schools submit annual reports of data, and every five years they host an on-site validation visit led by education experts from the United States. Following the on-site visits, the experts send a report that includes recommendations for improvements to each of the schools visited. DoDEA conducts internal monitoring of educational programs to ensure high-quality implementation of new programs and overall effectiveness of existing programs. Monitoring activities may include, but are not limited to the following activities: surveys, interviews, focus groups, classroom observations and the analysis of achievement and training data. Currently 100% of DoDEA schools are accredited and in good standing.[1]


In 2008 the U.S. Congress published a study stating that decreased military budgets resulted in 70% of the DoDEA schools having campuses in less than ideal physical condition, with their conditions specifically noted as either "poor" or "failing".[3]

A 2015 editorial of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune noted that schools in the DoDEA, were well funded, partly due to post-September 11 attacks security concerns and partly because of the size fo the DOD itself, as well as the leadership of Robert Gates, who served as the Secretary of Defense. The Star-Tribune contrasted this with the lesser-funded Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) network, also federal and serving Native American students.[4]

Academic achievement

In 2001 the Government Accountability Office (GAO) wrote "The academic achievement of DOD students, as measured by their performance on standardized tests and their plans for enrolling in college, generally exceeds that of elementary and secondary students nationwide. On college admission tests, DOD students score at or near national averages."[5]

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 May 2019, it educates approximately 22,000 students of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families.[6]

DoDEA Americas' Mid-Atlantic District

Camp Lejeune, NC

  • Bitz IS
  • Brewster MS
  • DeLalio ES
  • 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
    • The 129,577-square-foot (12,038.1 m2) facility was scheduled to open in Spring 2016. It had a cost of $47 million. It has a two story media center and a rooftop environmental science center, patio, and garden. The facility uses natural light and heating from geothermal sources. In 2015 the Star-Tribune described it as "state-of-the-art school design".[4] It replaced Ashurst, Burrows, and Russell elementary schools in Quantico.[3]
  • Quantico MS/HS

USMA West Point, NY

  • West Point ES
  • West Point MS

Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba

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 Rucker, AL

  • Ellis D. Parker Elementary

Fort Stewart, GA

  • Diamond ES
  • Kessler ES
  • Murray ES

Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

  • Maxwell AFB ES/MS Magnet

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 May 2019, the DoDEA European region educates approximately 27,000 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families.[7]

DoDEA Europe East District

USAG Ansbach, Germany

Baumholder Military Community, Germany (USAG Rheinland-Pfalz)

  • Baumholder MS/HS
  • 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 AB, Germany (Part of KMC)

USAG Stuttgart, Germany

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

USAG Wiesbaden, Germany

DoDEA Europe South District

Ankara American Community, Turkey

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

Brussels Military Community, USAG Benelux, Belgium

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
  • 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 47 schools on 21 U.S. military installations in Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea. As of May 2019, the DoDEA Pacific Region educates over 22,000 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families.[8]

Pacific East District

Camp Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

  • Arnn American ES
  • Zama American MS/HS

Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo

Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka

  • Ikego ES
  • Kinnick HS
  • Sullivans ES
  • Yokosuka MS

Marine Corp Air Station Iwakuni

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

Misawa Air Base

  • Edgren HS
  • Sollars ES

NAF Atsugi

  • 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)

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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "About DoDEA". Department of Defense Education Activity. Retrieved 15 June 2019. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "Education, Public Safety, And Restoration Of The Environment". Bureau of Indian Affairs. Retrieved 2021-07-29.
  3. ^ a b Hester, Wesley P. (2011-10-02). "Military schools 'make do'". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2021-08-13.
  4. ^ a b "While tribal schools suffer, military schools prosper". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2021-08-13.
  5. ^ "BIA and DOD Schools: Student Achievement and Other Characteristics Often Differ from Public Schools'". Government Accountability Office. 2001-09-28. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  6. ^ "DoDEA Americas Region Web Pages.
  7. ^ "DoDEA Europe Homepage". US Department of Defense. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  8. ^ "DoDEA Pacific Region Web Pages.

External links

  • Official DoDEA Website
  • Department of Defense Education Activity ( at the Wayback Machine (archive index)