Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
Benefit Fact Sheet
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 Department of Defense (DoD).
DoDEA determines the enrollment and eligibility policy. Dependents of Army Reserve Service members are not eligible to participate in the DoDEA school systems. However, Service members in the AGR program are generally afforded eligibility if they meet the following requirements.
For DoDEA Americas, Army Reserve Service members on Federal Active Duty are eligible to send their dependents to DDESS schools if the Service member is active on title 10 or title 32 orders for one year or more and living on base housing or on the housing list. In the DoDEA schools on US territories, Service members do not have to live on base in order to qualify but do have to be active status on Title 10 or 32 for 1 year or more consecutively.
For DoDEA Schools: Army Reserve Service members are eligible to send dependents on a space available basis if assigned to permanent overseas station and have been given a housing allowance for 180 days or more consecutively.
DoDEA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, that serves as an umbrella agency to monitor DoDEA Europe, DoDEA Pacific and the DoDEA Americas. Each area is managed by an area director. Within each area, the schools are organized into districts headed by superintendents. DoDEA currently operates 160 schools in 8 districts located in 11 foreign countries, 7 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. There are nearly 900,000 military connected Children of all ages worldwide, of which more than 66,000 are enrolled in DoDEA schools and served by more than 8,000 educators.
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Within the United States, DoDEA schools provide tuition-free education for the dependent Children of Army Reserve Soldiers activated on Title 10 or Title 32 for at least 1 year and occupying (or within 90 days of being provided) permanent living quarters on any military installations with a DoDEA school program. For DoDEA schools on U.S. territories, base housing is not a requirement for enrollment. DoDEA Americas provides comprehensive educational programs on military installations located in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and Cuba that are competitive within that of any school system in the United States. DoDEA Americas provide K-12 education, but not all levels are available at every location. Where the grade level program is not offered, dependent students living on the military installations attend schools operated by the Local Education Agency in the civilian community. DoDEA Americas operates 50 schools at 17 locations, in 7 states, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, serving nearly 20,000 students.
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Overseas: DoDEA offers comprehensive educational programs for military Family members, grades K-12, in overseas locations. DoDEA-Europe operates 64 schools at 26 locations throughout Europe. Their footprint consists of the following countries: Germany, Belgium, Netherland, United Kingdom, Bahrain, Italy, Spain and Turkey. DoDEA-Pacific operates 45 schools at 17 locations across Guam, Japan (including Okinawa), and South Korea. Enrollment is provided on a space available basis for Army Reserve Soldiers activated on Title 10 or 32 for 180 days or more consecutively.
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Virtual School: DoDEA Virtual School (DVS) provides interactive and engaging instruction that prepares students to learn, work, and serve a global society. DVS is comprised of these programs: Virtual Option K-12, DoDEA Virtual High School (DVHS) Supplemental, DVHS Expanded Eligibility Pilot Program (E2P2), Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP), and the Domestic Transition Program.
The DVS Virtual Option offers full-time virtual school enrollment for students in grades K-12 as a temporary, emergency response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and has allowed Families with health vulnerabilities an option to receive a great education from their homes, while safely opening schools for those who prefer in-person instruction. The full-time virtual option will be limited to 1,000 DoDEA students with a medical need nationwide in SY 22-23. Students in grades K-8 take the four core courses (math, science, social studies, and language arts) plus one special/elective. High school students take five or six courses and may need to take summer school courses to stay on track to graduate. The request window for all other DoDEA students to enroll in the virtual option for SY 2022-23 has closed. Requests for waivers must be made through the local school administration.
DoDEA Virtual High School is a fully accredited DoDEA high school that provides online asynchronous courses with synchronous support by full-time DoDEA certified teachers. All courses are aligned to DoDEA College and Career Readiness Standards. The DVHS supports high school students in multiple ways: a supplemental program to students currently enrolled in a worldwide DoDEA school, the DVHS Expanded Eligibility Pilot Program (E2P2), the Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP), the Domestic Transition Program, and current DoDEA high school students taking a course in the summer.
For eligibility requirements for DVS, please visit the DoDEA Eligibility page.
For more information about the schools, employment, and other topics, please visit the website maintained by the Department of Defense Education Activity:
Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP):
DoDEA Virtual School: