About DoDEA - DoDEA Schools Worldwide!

DoDEA operates 191 schools in 14 districts located in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

All schools within DoDEA are fully accredited by U.S. accreditation agencies. Approximately 8,700 educators serve more than 86,000 DoDEA students.

  DoDEA DoDEA-Europe DoDEA-Pacific DDESS
Districts 14 4 4 6
Schools 191 75 50 65
Employees (FTEs)
12,583 4,741 3,131 3,987
Students 81.079 30,952 23,403 26,718

*Enrollments of as of Dec. 2013
*School count includes the DoDEA Virtual High School

Locations of DoDEA Schools

DDESS DoDEA-Europe DoDEA-Pacific
Alabama Bahrain Guam
Georgia Belgium Japan
Kentucky England South Korea
New York Germany Okinawa
North Carolina Italy  
South Carolina The Netherlands  
Virginia Portugal  
Puerto Rico Spain  
Cuba Turkey  

DoDEA Today Scope of Responsibility

Children-the focus of our mission
  • Today there are approximately 1.2 million military student-age children being educated in public, private and home-based schools in the USA and around the world.
  • Military students have a mobility rate of about 31%.

DoDEA Components
  • Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS)
  • Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS)
  • Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP)
  • Partnership and Outreach Branch

DoDEA Schools, Enrollment, and FTEs Totals
  • 191 schools worldwide (Including Virtual HS)
  • 81,000+ students
  • 12,583 FTEs
  • 89% of employees are school based

  • DoDDS operates 125 schools for eligible dependents of active duty and DoD civilians overseas in 8 districts located in 12 foreign countries.
  • Schools are located in: Bahrain, Belgium, Cuba, England (UK), Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey.

  • DDESS operates 65 schools at 16 locations in 6 districts located in 7 states and 2 territories for eligible dependents of active duty and DoD civilians who reside on military installations.
  • DDESS Schools are located in: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP)
  • The Non-DoD Program supports approx. 3300 students in 115 countries.

Partnership Branch
  • DoDEA shares expertise with local education agencies (LEA) and public schools that educate military students through our Partnership Branch.


DoDEA monitors student progress through the use of standardized tests. Students take the Terra Nova Achievement Test, a norm-referenced test for students in grades 3 through 11. Every year, at every grade level tested, and in every subject area, DoDEA students score above the national average. DoDEA 4th and 8th grade students also take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), "the Nation's Report Card." DoDDS and DDESS student scores consistently rank at or near the top of the scale when compared with the scores of other participating states and jurisdictions.