PEACHTREE CITY, GEORGIA — August 1, 2022 — Nearly 19,000 students are headed back to schools at the Department of the Department of Defense Education Activity in the Americas. DoDEA Americas operates 50 schools in seven states, Puerto Rico, and Cuba.
“Happy New (School) Year!” welcomed Judith A. Minor, Americas Director for Student Excellence. “Students are excited about being back in the classroom and reconnecting with friends; parents are making plans for fall activities; and our committed teachers, administrators and staff have been working diligently in anticipation of their students’ arrival.”
“We’ve weathered two tough years with grit and determination. A big shout out to our families, teachers and administrators for all they do to support student learning and success. I wish each of our students a successful new school year,” said Minor.
Our graduates are ready to succeed in a dynamic world. DoDEA Americas graduated 99% of its students, and 76% of them are heading to college. They take with them an impressive $12 million in scholarships.
Our students also score above their peers nationally on standardized tests. You may have heard about kids falling behind due to the pandemic. That isn’t true at DoDEA. Our kids either gained or held steady in math and English language arts.
Our work for excellence in education is driven by DoDEA’s Blueprint for Continuous Improvement. This Blueprint serves as the foundation for planning within DoDEA, directs our collective energies and resources, and is adjusted as progress is made and the environment shifts. Our DoDEA vision is for excellence in education for every student, every day, everywhere.
To support our pursuit of organizational excellence, we developed the Americas Regional Continuous Improvement Plan, which features three goals and seven focus areas. We are using this plan to be intentional about how we advance continuous improvement in teaching and learn systemically and systematically across our region.
We had two exciting recognitions of our excellence this year: