The Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) is 1 of 2 distinct educational systems operated by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA):
- Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS)
- Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS)
The DDESS Director oversees operations of DDESS and DoDDS Cuba. The term DoDEA Americas is used to communicate the area's relationship to DoDEA.
The DDESS Area Service Center (ASC) provides guidance and assistance to our districts in support of DoDEA's unified mission to provide an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all students for success in a dynamic, global environment and the goals outlined in the Community Strategic Plan (CSP)
DDESS operates 59 schools on 16 installations, organized into 6 districts with a total of just over 2,300 education professionals serving more than 23,000 students.