Department of Defense Education Activity

About Stearley Heights Elementary School


S-Students are actively involved and engaged in building their educational foundation.
H-Home, school, and community stakeholders communicating, cooperating, and collaborating for student success.
E-Educators are lifelong learners and risk-takers who utilize data to make decisions, reflecting on progress, and willing to do whatever it takes to ensure student success.
S-Students strive for success, meet high standards and high expectations, experience accomplishment and are well prepared for their next level of learning.


To be among the world’s leaders in education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities in which they live.


Educate, Engage, and Empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world.

Core Values

We Believe….
  • Students are at the heart of all we do.
  • Each student can realize his or her fullest potential
  • Educating the whole child fosters academic, social and emotional well-being.
  • Learning environments are student-centered, stimulating and relevant.
  • High-performing educators and leaders make a difference in student success.
  • Parental engagement and support are vital to student success.
  • Engaged partnerships enrich the lives of our students.
  • Our diversity inspires excellence and innovation.

School Schedule

Office Hours: 0730-1500
School Hours: 0820-1430
Early Release Half Day:  0820-1105


School Motto

Doing Whatever It Takes For Student Success.


Stearley Heights Elementary School was named for Major General Ralph R. Stearley, Commander, Twentieth Air Force (31 July 1950 to 14 January 1953). At the time, Twentieth AF was the major USAF headquarters on Kadena. The housing area where SHES is located and the Wing Commander's Quarters are also named after General Stearley.

We belong to the DoDEA Pacific DoDDS Okinawa School District which is part of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).  DoDEA is a Department of Defense field activity operating under the direction, authority, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy.