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What Schools Are Available to Children on Military Installations?

When it’s time to relocate, it’s important 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.

More than 69,000 school-aged military children are enrolled in the 160 Department of Defense Education Activity, or DODEA, schools around the world. The rest are enrolled in public or private schools or in home-school programs. Schools on installations are either DODEA schools or public schools.

Our DODEA schools

Our DODEA schools are 100% accredited and grouped into three geographic areas:

  • DODEA Americas: More than 21,000 students are enrolled in 50 schools in Alabama, Cuba, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Virginia.
  • DODEA Europe: On the continent, 64 schools serve more than 25,000 students in Bahrain, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • DODEA Pacific: In this region, 45 schools in Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea 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, 161 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 DODEA site to learn more about education opportunities for military children.

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