Department of Defense Education Activity
School Improvement

Continuous school improvement is an embedded behavior rooted in the school's culture that constantly focuses on the conditions, processes, and practices that improve teaching and learning. Schools use student performance results and analyze data from various interwoven components to develop plans and implement improvement actions to drive education quality and improved student outcomes.

Core Beliefs

Student-centered learning is our passion

  • Data-Driven Instruction
  • Student created goals*
  • Use of engaging instructional strategies

Diversity is our strength

  • Disaggregated data based decisions
  • Equitable instructions

Shared Responsibility is our culture

  • All staff members are 100% invested in all students.*
  • Open 2-way dialogue among all stakeholders

Trust is our foundation

  • Growth-Mindset
  • Relationships grounded in integrity and respect

Smith ES Mission

Educate, Engage and Empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world.

Smith ES Vision

Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere.

DoDEA Accreditation

Accreditation is the act of granting credit or recognition (especially with respect to an educational institution that maintains suitable standards). Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated by an external agency to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the agency.

Cognia is the accreditation agency for all DoDEA schools and the world's largest education community. As the global leader in advancing education excellence through accreditation and school improvement, Cognia brings together more than 100 years of experience and the expertise of three United States-based accreditation agencies - the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA/CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI). Accreditation is pivotal to leveraging education quality and continuous improvement.

Detailed accreditation information is provided on the DoDEA HQ Accreditation Webpage.