To attend a Department of Defense Education Activity school in the continental United States, a student’s parent or guardian must 1) be a full-time active duty service member or full-time Department of Defense civilian and 2) reside in on-base housing. However, Congress recently authorized a pilot program through the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that would expand that eligibility at four pilot sites. It allows for the children of full-time, active duty military who do not live on an installation to attend a DoDEA school, provided space is available.
Maxwell Air Force Base, home to Maxwell Elementary and Middle School, is the first locale to introduce this four-year pilot program. The school currently serves 350 students. To launch this pilot, DoDEA Americas collaborated with installation commanders to determine how to prioritize enrollment of new students in such a way that supports military readiness. This pilot program is blazing a trail for the other Americas sites, which will model efforts after this one.
To be eligible for the pilot program, students selected to participate in the program must be a dependent of a full-time, active duty service member with orders to Maxwell Air Force Base or Gunter Annex. The priorities for new student applicants under the pilot program are:
There are other factors that affect which students are selected for enrollment. For example, school administrators will determine capacity at a specific grade level. This availability also may change from year to year. Where two or more students qualify in the same category and grade, the student who submitted the first application will be accepted.
School administrators will review applications for availability this summer and will notify parents or guardians about whether there is space for the student to attend. If space is not available, the student will be placed on a wait list. Here is the timeline for review and notification:
|June 9 at 6:30 a.m.||Application portal opens and remains open throughout the school year.|
|June 18||Applications reviewed by school administrators.|
|June 28||Parents notified for approval or placed on the wait list.|
|July 19||Applications received between June 19 and July 18 reviewed.|
|July 30||Parents notified for approval or placed on the wait list.|
|August 9||First day of school|
|Sept. 16||Applications received between July 19 and Sept. 15 reviewed.|
|Sept. 23||Parents notified for approval or placed on wait list.|
|Nov. 19||Applications received between Sept. 16 and Nov. 18 reviewed.|
|Dec. 6||Parents will be notified for approval or wait list.|
This FAQ list will be expanded as new questions are posed. It is intended as a resource for school staff and installation school liaisons who answer phones and also will be posted on the website.
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