The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a civilian agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. It is headed by a director who oversees all agency functions from DoDEA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. DoDEA's schools are grouped in three areas, each of which is managed by an area director. Within these three areas, schools are organized into a total of 14 districts, each headed by a superintendent.
DoDEA's schools serve the children of military service members and Department of Defense civilian employees throughout the world. Today, DoDEA operates 194 schools located in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. All DoDEA schools are fully accredited by U.S. regional accreditation agencies. Approximately 12,600 employees serve DoDEA's 86,000 students.
DoDEA is committed to providing a progressive, quality education for all students by maintaining pupil-to-teacher staffing ratios and school funding comparable to that found in better school systems in the United States. An intensive professional development program is emphasized, and all academic and curricular programs receive the necessary resources to operate a world-class, quality educational system.
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