Department of Defense Education Activity


SHAPE International School (SIS)


 The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) was established on April 2, 1951 in Rocquencourt, France. It was intended to be a military arm of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The headquarters continued in that location until 1967 when, upon France's withdrawal from NATO's integrated military structure, SHAPE was relocated to its current location in Casteau, Belgium.

SHAPE is currently composed of NATO member countries and additional Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations, making it one of the most culturally unique military settings in the world. Within this vital and diverse community, SHAPE American Elementary School (SAES) exists not only to educate the children of American servicemen and women assigned here, but also to educate the children of all other NATO and PfP nations. In addition, the Department of Defense Educational Activity (DODEA) SHAPE school coordinates with 11 other nation schools on the international installation.

In August 2014, SAES moved to its brand new building with an area of over 114, 057 square feet housing over 58 classrooms.  Over six-hundred students are currently enrolled in the SAES, ranging from Preschool through Fifth Grade. American students make up just over half of the student population, while NATO and PfP nation students comprise the remaining half. This multicultural component results in SAES having the most diverse student population among the 11 nation schools on SHAPE, as well as among all schools in the DoDEA system.




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Grades: PSCD; K-5

Enrollment: 576

Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:17 (K); 1:18 (1-3); 1:23 (4-5)

Computer/Student Ratio: 1:1.5

DoDEA Mission Statement:

To provide an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all DoDEA students for success in a dynamic, global environment.

SHAPE ES Vision Statement:

Educate and inspire, every day, in every way!

Mascot: Knights

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Primary Color: #29602F

Secondary Color: #E2DB62

CSI Goal 1: All students will meet grade level benchmarks in reading comprehension skills.

CSI Goal 2: All students will meet grade level benchmarks in math problem solving skills.

SHAPE ES Values / Guiding Principles:

We will provide thoughtful, rigorous learning opportunities that empower students to become respectful, independent global citizens who demonstrate agility and adaptability in an ever-changing society.

Inclusive Curriculum
We will utilize a differentiated, inclusive and inquiry-based curriculum that provides rich opportunities relating to students’ lives and academic goals.

Community / Stakeholders
We will embrace a collaborative, international learning community building upon our diverse cultures to augment educational experiences and maximize student achievement.

We will integrate technology on a daily basis within the classroom to enhance instruction enabling our students to thrive in an ever-changing 21st century community.

We will utilize data-driven, standards-based instruction that encourages the development of creative learning projects.


School Address
Shape Elementary School
Rue de Vilnius Unit 21420
APO, AE 09705-1420
Phone: 32-65-32-6934/6935
DSN Phone: 314-366-6934/6935
From US: 011-32-65-32-6934/6935