Department of Defense Education Activity


Background Information: Dexter is a member of the Georgia/Alabama School District and is located on Main Post at Fort Benning, Georgia. Dexter serves children in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

DexterHJ01cOur school was named in honor of Major Herbert J. Dexter, a Vietnam War Hero. He was a member of the Screaming Eagles 101st Airborne. Major Dexter lost his life in the battle of An Ninh during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously. Our mascot, Herbie the eagle, and our school colors of red, white, and blue, appropriately represent the courage and bravery of our namesake, Major Dexter.

"Don't Pull Back, Don't Pull Back" - Major Herbert J. Dexter and the Vietnam War.

A Note from The Virtual Wall - On 18 September 1965 the recently arrived 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division launched Operation GIBRALTAR, an air assault aimed at VC and North Vietnamese units headquartered at An Ninh, a tiny village located about 28 kilometers east-northeast of the Brigade's base at An Khe. Major Dexter, the Battalion Operations Officer, was one of the men killed in the assault; a summary of the action and a list of the US servicemen who died as a result of it can be found on The Virtual Wall's " Battle of An Ninh" page.

General Information

School Office Hours: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Office Hours for Registration: 8:00 am - 11:30 am and 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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Dexter ES

Grades: PK-5

Enrollment: 354

Our Mission

Dexter Elementary will educate, engage, and empower military-connected students to ensure high levels of learning for all students.

Our Vision

We believe in excellence in education for every student, every day, everywhere. We envision a school in which staff: 

  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to the academic success and well-being of each student by working together in collaborative teams
  • Equip our students with the skills and tools to be leaders in the world of advancing technology
  • Create a safe effective learning environment to help students reach their greatest potential

Mascot: Herbie the Eagle

Motto: Where we learn from the past to create our own future

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Dexter ES Colors

Primary Color: #2D2A70

Secondary Color: #FF0014

Literacy Goals

All students in grades K - 3 will increase their achievement in Literacy as measured by the Reading Proficiency Test from 58% in SY 20-21 to 68% in SY 22-23. 


All students in grades 3-5 will achieve 58% scoring Meets and Exceeds in Literacy on the CCRS Summative Assessment in SY 22-23. 

Math Goals

All students in grades K-2 will increase their achievement in Mathematics as measured by the DoDEA Americas Summative Assessment in Performance Level 3 from 40% in SY 20-21 to 50% by SY 22-23.


All students in grades 3-5 will increase their achievement in Mathematics as measured by the CCRS Summative Assessment in Performance Levels 4 and 5 from 50% in SY 17-18 to 60% in SY 22-23. 

Dexter ES

School Address
99 Yeager Ave Bldg 1400
Fort Benning, GA 31905-6522
Phone: 706-545-3424
Fax: 706-545-9106
DSN Phone: 835-3424