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What Schools Are Available to Children on Military Installations?

When it's time to relocate, you need to know what education opportunities are available for your children at the new installation. The Department of Defense is committed to making sure all military children have the opportunity for a quality education that prepares them for success.

Nearly 75,000 school-aged military children are enrolled in the 172 Department of Defense Education Activity, or DoDEA, schools around the world. The rest are enrolled in public or private schools off the installations or in home-school programs. Schools on installations are either DoDEA schools or public schools.

Our Department of Defense Education Activity schools

Our DoDEA schools are 100 percent accredited and grouped into three geographic areas:

  • DoDEA Americas: More than 23,000 students are enrolled in 57 schools in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Virginia.
  • DoDEA Europe: On the continent, 66 schools serve more than 28,000 students in Bahrain, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Bahrain and the United Kingdom.
  • DoDEA Pacific: In this region, 48 schools in Guam, Japan, South Korea and Okinawa serve more than 22,000 students.

The DoDEA Virtual High School is another education option, offering a variety of online academic and career-oriented courses that meet all DoDEA graduation requirements.

Public schools on military installations

Currently, 160 public schools operate on military installations across the United States. Department of Defense strategies make sure that both public schools on military installations and DoDEA schools comply with quality standards.

These documents have more information about Department of Defense strategies:

Visit the Department of Defense Education Activity site to learn more about education opportunities for military children.