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DoDEA VS: Eligibility

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Eligibility requirements for the DoDEA Virtual School (DVS) follow the same eligibility requirements to attend any DoDEA brick and mortar school. Any student who is not eligible (and geographically able) to attend a brick and mortar DoDEA school, is also not eligible to attend the DVS.  DVS does not have the authority to directly enroll students into our school. Regrettably, we are unable to continue an enrollment in the DoDEA Virtual School when the sponsor is no longer assigned to a location that operates a DoDEA school.  Given this is a matter of law, and not policy, there is not an option to grant an exception. 

Students eligible for DVS enrollment due to being enrolled at the local school who subsequently moved should be withdrawn from the local school which would end their eligibility for DVS as well.

All transfers/withdrawals from DoDEA would be handled by the child's local brick and mortar school. If you are PCSing to an area where your child is eligible to attend a DoDEA school, your child's current school would need to do a school-to-school transfer. Then, work with the new school to ensure the child's instruction status remains Virtual Instruction, maintaining their DVS courses.

Please see your local school registrar for further information.

We encourage you to contact hq.partnership@dodea.edu for support in transitioning to the local education authority.


DoDEA Schools

Eligibility information for enrollment in a DoDEA brick and mortar school:

Expanded Eligibility Pilot Program (E2P2)

The Expanded Eligibility Pilot Program is an enrollment expansion authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act. Its purpose is to evaluate the feasibility and scalability of a permanent DVHS program expansion as well as assess the impact of the expanded enrollment on military and family readiness. The four-year pilot is open to military-connected school districts that support remote installations and will supplement (not compete with) school districts and private programs. Students in this program may take up to two non-core courses per year (not a full-time program). 

Eligibility Requirements for Participation

  • School-aged dependent of an active-duty member of the armed forces
  • Must be in grades 9 through 12
  • Ineligible to enroll in the DVHS program
  • Require supplementary courses to graduate in current state OR
  • Demonstrate a clear need to participate in the DVHS program

Selection Preferences

  • Remote/rural
  • Homeschooled

Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP)

  • The Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP) serves the students who live overseas where DoDEA schools are not available.  Students in NDSP locations may choose to enroll in DVHS on a comprehensive (full-time) basis if needed to complete graduation requirements and receive a DoDEA diploma.
  • Select Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP) page for more information to determine eligibility.

Domestic Transition Program

  • Dependents of active duty service members who PCS from an overseas location (DoDEA Europe and DoDEA Pacific or NDSP) to a local stateside school or another accredited educational program in the United States (other than a DoDEA Americas school) are eligible to enroll in limited DVHS courses on a tuition basis.
  • Download the Domestic Transition Program Fact Sheet/FAQs document for more information.