Aaron Talley, DVS Public Affairs
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA –The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is accepting applications for the second year of its Expanded Eligibility Pilot Program (E2P2). This program allows dependents of active-duty military members serving in locations that do not have a DoDEA brick-and-mortar high school the chance to enroll in the DoDEA Virtual High School (DVHS).
E2P2 was authorized as part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act and is limited to 400 enrollments. Students can take up to two, year-long courses per academic year and must obtain approval from their local school system. Homeschooled students are also eligible for the program. The courses are intended to supplement the local education activity and must be used as part of graduation requirements.
Courses offered include World Languages, Career and Technical Education, and Advanced Placement. The full list of courses and the application for E2P2 can be found at www.dodea.edu/dvs/e2p2.cfm.
During its first year, students from all over the country enrolled in E2P2. Parents of the students are stationed at military installations like Fort Drum, New York; Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia; and even Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. The program has students from all four services: Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
Tenth-grader Brianna W. is the dependent of a soldier stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Brianna enrolled in German 2 through E2P2, and says the program allowed her to continue her language studies even though German wasn’t offered at her local high school.
"This program is helpful and engaging,” Brianna said. “As long as you set goals for yourself and apply yourself accordingly online you will see that it is actual fun."
Ninth-grader Carolina J. is also using E2P2 to continue her German language studies. Her family moved to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, after being stationed in Germany. She is now taking German 3 through E2P2.
“I had really enjoyed learning the German language and wanted to continue with it,” Carolina said. “I would like to become fluent in German and E2P2 is making that a possibility for me.”
The DoDEA Virtual High School operates a schedule they call “Asynchronous Learning, with Synchronous Support.” There is no specific time a student must be online to do coursework, but teachers schedule office hours at different times throughout the week to allow students one-on-one time with the instructor as needed, no matter their time zone.
Kenny Jankowski teaches German for the DVHS and says his “classroom” extends around the world.
“Some of my students are 14 hours ahead of me, some 5 to 6 hours ahead, some on the same time zone and others a couple hours or so behind me,” he said. “However, the DVHS leadership allows for teachers to flex their schedules as to better meet the needs of our amazing students.”
Kenny says his goal as a DVHS instructor is to help military dependents further themselves academically by offering classes within their future areas of interest as they prepare for life after high school.
“Many of my students want to pursue a career in diplomacy, business or they just want to be able to speak another language to make themselves more marketable in our global society,” Kenny said.
Carolina said she would encourage anyone looking to expand their education opportunities to consider E2P2.
“It is a good choice,” she said. “I really like the teachers and the structure of the course. E2P2 is a great way to take a course not offered at your school.”
DoDEA’s Virtual High School is a fully accredited high school that provides courses for eligible high school students in grades nine through 12. The school averages 2,500 course registrations per semester with most students taking either one or two courses per semester. Students enrolled in E2P2 will take the same courses as all the other DoDEA students.
Students looking to apply to E2P2 should go to the webpage to download the application. The form must be signed by the principal of the student’s local school. Homeschooled students can have their parent sign the form in that box. Applications will be accepted until the school year starts, or until all 400 enrollments have been taken.