Department of Defense Education Activity

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 logo

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]


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 nation-wide 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]

DoDEA Americas RegionEdit

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.[2]

DoDEA Americas' Mid-Atlantic DistrictEdit

Camp Lejeune, NCEdit

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

Fort Bragg, NCEdit

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

Marine Corps Air Station New River, NCEdit

  • DeLalio ES

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, VAEdit

  • Dahlgren ES/MS

Marine Corps Base Quantico, VAEdit

  • Crossroads ES
  • Quantico MS/HS

USMA West Point, NYEdit

  • West Point ES
  • West Point MS

Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, CubaEdit

  • W.T. Sampson ES/HS

Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, PREdit

  • Ramey Unit School

Fort Buchanan, PREdit

  • Antilles ES
  • Antilles MS
  • Antilles HS

DoDEA Americas' Southeast DistrictEdit

Fort Benning, GAEdit

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

Fort Campbell, KYEdit

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

Fort Jackson, SCEdit

  • Pierce Terrace ES
  • Pinckney ES

Fort Knox, KYEdit

  • Fort Knox Middle High School
  • Scott Intermediate School
  • Van Voorhis ES
  • Kingsolver ES

Fort Rucker, ALEdit

  • Fort Rucker ES
  • Fort Rucker PS

Fort Stewart, GAEdit

  • Diamond ES
  • Kessler ES
  • Murray ES

Maxwell Air Force Base, ALEdit

  • Maxwell AFB ES/MS Magnet

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SCEdit

  • Bolden ES/MS
  • Elliott ES

DoDEA Europe RegionEdit

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.[3]

DoDEA Europe East DistrictEdit

USAG Ansbach, GermanyEdit

Baumholder Military Community, Germany (USAG Rheinland-Pfalz)Edit

  • Baumholder MS/HS
  • Smith ES

Garmisch Military Community, Germany USAG BavariaEdit

  • Garmisch ES/MS

Grafenwohr/Vilseck Military Community, USAG Bavaria, GermanyEdit

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

Hohenfels Military Community, Germany USAG Bavaria, GermanyEdit

  • Hohenfels ES
  • Hohenfels HS

Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC), GermanyEdit

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

Ramstein AB, Germany (Part of KMC)Edit

USAG Stuttgart, GermanyEdit

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

USAG Wiesbaden, GermanyEdit

DoDEA Europe South DistrictEdit

Ankara American Community, TurkeyEdit

  • Ankara ES/MS/HS

Aviano AB, ItalyEdit

  • Aviano ES
  • Aviano MS/HS

Naval Support Activity BahrainEdit

  • Bahrain ES/HS

Camp Darby Military Community, USAG ItalyEdit

  • Livorno ES/MS

Naval Support Activity Naples, ItalyEdit

  • Naples ES
  • Naples MS/HS

Naval Air Station Rota, SpainEdit

  • Rota ES
  • Rota MS/HS

Moron AB, Seville, SpainEdit

  • Sevilla ES/MS

Sigonella Air Station, Sicily (IT)Edit

  • Sigonella ES
  • Sigonella MS/HS

Vicenza Military Community, USAG ItalyEdit

  • Vicenza ES
  • Vicenza MS
  • Vicenza HS

DoDEA Europe West DistrictEdit

Schinnen Military Community, USAG Benelux, Brunssum, The NetherlandsEdit


RAF Alconbury, United KingdomEdit

Brussels Military Community, USAG Benelux, BelgiumEdit

  • Brussels ES/HS

RAF Croughton, United KingdomEdit

  • Croughton ES

Kleine Brogel Air Base, USAG Benelux BelgiumEdit

  • Kleine Brogel ES

RAF Lakenheath, United KingdomEdit

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

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

Spangdahlem Air Base, GermanyEdit

  • Spangdahlem ES
  • Spangdahlem MS
  • Spangdahlem HS

DoDEA Pacific RegionEdit

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.[4]

Pacific East DistrictEdit

Camp ZamaEdit

  • Arnn American ES
  • Zama American MS/HS

Commander Fleet Activities SaseboEdit

Commander Fleet Activities YokosukaEdit

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

Marine Corp Air Station IwakuniEdit

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

Misawa Air BaseEdit

  • Edgren HS
  • Sollars ES

NAF AtsugiEdit

  • Lanham ES

Yokota Air BaseEdit

Pacific South DistrictEdit

Andersen AFB (Guam)Edit

  • Andersen ES
  • Andersen MS

Camp Foster, OkinawaEdit

Camp Kinser, OkinawaEdit

  • Kinser ES

Camp Lester, OkinawaEdit

  • Lester MS

Camp McTureous, OkinawaEdit

  • Bechtel ES

Kadena Airforce Base, OkinawaEdit

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

Naval Base GuamEdit

  • McCool ES/MS

U.S. Naval Hospital (Guam)Edit

  • Guam HS

Pacific West DistrictEdit

Osan Air BaseEdit

  • Osan American ES
  • Osan American MS/HS

US Army Garrison Daegu – Camp GeorgeEdit

  • Daegu American ES

US Army Garrison Daegu – Camp WalkerEdit

  • Daegu MS/HS

US Army Garrison HumphreysEdit

  • 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.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "DoDEA Americas Region Web Pages.
  3. ^ "DoDEA Europe Homepage". US Department of Defense. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  4. ^ "DoDEA Pacific Region Web Pages.

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