Welcome to the Europe South District, a versatile region extending from Spain to Bahrain. We are proud to serve more than 6,000 students in American military communities with command structures from the Army, Navy, Air Force and NATO. Our students have access to broad academic and extra-curricular options, while the educators serving the district schools belong to our nation's best.
Our district's unique location enables the students to be gradually immersed in foreign languages and cultures, while adapting the communication skills that serve them well throughout their lifetime. Families have easy access to various cultural events such as Venice Carnival, colorful Spanish festivals and can visit Greek-Roman ruins in Sicily, picturesque villages in Tuscany and archeological sites in Bahrain. Ample cultural and educational experiences available for students in the Europe South District contribute to overall receptiveness and broad-mindedness required for every successful citizen of today.
Educate, Engage, and Empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world.
Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere
Student Centered - Students are at the heart of all we do.
Excellence - We strive to exceed expectations in all we do.
Continuous Improvement - Our organization, its systems, and processes will be continually reexamined and improved.
Diversity - We honor the uniqueness of each individual and embrace diverse beliefs and backgrounds. We respect differences and create inclusive environments which contribute to a better society for all.
Individual Potential - Individuals develop within an environment that nurtures intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and creative growth.
Lifelong Learning - Learning is an active process of discovery where we cultivate curiosity, perseverance, and the desire to learn.
Shared Responsibility - Partnerships among families, students, staff, and community members are characterized by mutual commitment and collaborative effort and enrich the lives of our students.
Trust - We value relationships based on integrity, mutual respect, and open two-way communication. We cultivate a safe and risk-free culture that encourages and inspires innovation.
I am delighted to welcome you to our District and join our community of learners in a quest for excellence. Together, we will continue our journey implementing the DoDEA Blueprint for Continuous Improvement that is aiming to meet high educational expectations and improve organizational accountability.
As a school system, DoDEA is committed to meeting all students' academic, social and emotional needs. Students are at the heart of all we do and we are seeking ways how to alleviate the challenges they may face as a result of transitions and parental deployments.Only through shared commitment and close collaboration can we achieve the results that best serve the students' needs.
The recent years have been filled with many exciting projects and also some considerable changes. DoDEA has undergone a reorganization to better meet the needs of our military families around the world. In collaboration with you, our goal is to challenge each student to maximize his or her potential and to excel academically, socially, emotionally and physically for life, college and career.
In conjunction with the reorganization, DoDEA is implementing updated education standards and curriculum. The College and Career Ready Standards (CCR) in mathematics and literacy at the elementary, middle and high school levels present shifts in instruction, more rigor and in-depth thinking opportunities for students so that each student can realize his or her fullest potential.
High-performing educators and leaders make a difference in student success. Our goal is to recruit, develop and empower a diverse, high-performing team to maximize achievement for each student. In relation to CCR, you will notice additional training days in your school's calendar as we prepare the professional staff to implement new standards. We also remain committed to the effective use of technology in classrooms along with an appropriate training.
Parental and community engagement is vital to student success and enriches their lives in this highly dynamic environment.We are working on fostering family, school and community partnerships to expand educational opportunities for all our students, in a safe environment. Strong security measures remain in place throughout the district, while being continuously attentive and monitoring potential areas of concern.
As the Superintendent, my goal is to sustain each of our sixteen schools in four countries to be high-performing within an environment of innovation, collaboration, continuous renewal and caring relationships. I am proud of our diversity that inspires excellence and innovation. The District staff is committed to building a great, enduring and responsive organization that provides appropriate resources, direction and services in pursuit of highest student achievement.
Looking forward to meeting you during my school visits,
Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney
Europe South District