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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 as outlined on the DoDEA Eligibility Requirements web page. Below are some specific clarifications for DVS enrollment.

  • Students must be physically located in the geographical area of the DoDEA assigned school to be eligible to attend the DVS. 
  • Students must enroll in their local DoDEA school before enrolling in the DVS.  The DVS does not have the authority to directly enroll students.
  • Additionally, 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. 
  • Once a student leaves the geographical area of the brick-and-mortar school, they are no longer eligible to attend the DVS.

Given this is a matter of law, and not policy, there is not an option to grant an exception. 


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  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 after four years (starting SY 21-22), as well as assess the impact of the expanded enrollment on military and family readiness. The pilot is open to military-connected, high school students in the U.S. and will supplement (not compete with) school districts and private programs. Students in this program may take up to two non-core credits per year.

Eligibility Requirements for Participation

  • School-aged dependent of an active-duty member of the armed forces
  • Sponsor stationed in the U.S.
  • Must be in grades 9 through 12
  • Ineligible to enroll in a DoDEA school (outside of the E2P2 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.