Department of Defense Education Activity

Shughart ES: Curriculum & Instruction

In keeping with DoDEA's mission to educate, engage, and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world  the DoDEA Curriculum Content Standards and the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) provide the framework for academic excellence.  

See the NC-Fort Bragg District Curriculum page for information about Gifted and Special Education.

Study (Field) Trips

Field trips are part of the regular school curriculum.  

  • All children participate unless the office has written objection from the parents on file.
  • Permission is obtained, in advance, for all field trips at the time of registration.
  • Teachers will send notices home announcing planned field trips and requesting chaperones. 
  • More information about field trips.


Early Childhood Education

The DoDEA Early Childhood philosophy encompasses preschool through grade three. We believe that early childhood programs involve a community of learners with a commitment to the education of young children.


English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program delivers comprehensive instruction so that English Language Learners (ELLs) can attain the goals and outcomes as set forth in the DoDEA Community Strategic Plan.


English Language Arts (ELA)

The English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum provides students rich, rigorous programs that address literacy skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as well as 21st-century skills in research, technology, and media.


Gifted Education

The goal of the DoDEA Gifted Education program is to identify students with high potential and exceptional performance and to offer challenges that match their strengths.



PreK-12 mathematics offers a comprehensive program for students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. It is centered on students' learning and their ability to reason and think mathematically.


Physical Education

The DoDEA Physical Education curriculum is based on a planned sequence of experiences in a wide variety of developmentally appropriate learning activities beginning with basic movement concepts and skills and progressing toward more complex game, sport, dance, and other forms of movement and physical fitness activities.



The DoDEA science program offers courses for students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve, including 19 specific secondary science courses offered in traditional and virtual classrooms.


Social Studies

Social Studies is a vital part of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) curriculum which emphasizes the growth and preservation of a democratic society and the interdependency of the world.


Special Education

Special education is specially designed instruction, support, and services provided to students with an identified disability requiring an individually designed instructional program to meet their unique learning needs.


World Language

The DoDEA World Language Program prepares students to meet the challenges of an interdependent world community by enabling them to recognize the importance of learning foreign languages, to value learning about other cultures, and to develop proficiency in one or more foreign languages.