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Transitioning to the NonDoD Schools Program

Yongsan School Closures - Transition to the NonDoD Schools Program


Yongsan Garrison schools will close at the end of the 2018-19 school year as the military population shifts to its new headquarters south of Seoul.

“The decision and request by the command to no longer operate schools in Seoul is based on the pace and requirements of the Yongsan transformation efforts,” the military said in a Press Release


  1. Become familiar with NDSP by accessing the NDSP orientation.
  2. Register for the Non DoD Schools Program via the Step-by-Step Registration Checklist.
  3. Become familiar with the admissions requirements for schools in the Seoul area.

Begin coordinating with NDSP Education Specialists if student has educational needs.


Seoul International Day - Thursday, December 13th


  1. Visit schools/meet with school staff.
  2. Attend School Fairs and/or Open House more...
  3. NDSP Site Visit and Parent Meeting at Seoul American Middle/High School.
  4. Attend school fairs and/or open house.
  5. Register with the NDSP if not already completed.

The sponsor/employee should work with their leadership to determine if their family will remain in Seoul or transition to Humphries at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

The Non DoD Schools Program (NDSP) provides academic support and funding for the education of authorized command sponsored dependents of the U.S. Department of Defense military members and civilian employees assigned to overseas areas where no U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity School (DoDEA) is available. The program currently serves approximately 3800 students in 131 countries.

If your school-age dependents are authorized to remain in Seoul beyond the DoDEA school closures, then your first step is to determine your eligibility for the Non DoD Schools Program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Dependent must be command-sponsored; orders or supporting documentation must state that the dependent is authorized to be with the sponsor in Seoul.
  • Sponsor must be a military Service member serving on active duty and stationed overseas on permanent change of station (PCS) orders or a civilian employee of the DoD who is employed in a PCS full-time position, stationed overseas, and is either a citizen or a national of the U.S.
  • Sponsor must be authorized to transport dependent(s) to or from Seoul at the expense of the government.
  • Sponsor must receive an allowance for living quarters in that area, with the "at family" or "with dependent" rate.

Register with the Non DoD Schools Program to validate your eligibility.

Contact Information

Contact Information

+ 81.98.953.5788

DSN 315-644-5788



+1 571-372-0591

DSN 312-372-0591


+1 571-372-0591

DSN 312-372-0591


Financial Support

The Non DoD Schools Program is a reimbursable program, but for tuition and school-provided transportation, the Program works with you and the school to establish direct payment. This means that you will not be required to pay allowable expenses out of pocket.

The maximum amount allowed is established by the Department of State and known as the education allowance. The education allowance for Seoul as of November 2018 is K-5 $28250 | 6 -8 $30400 | 9-12 $34700. If the school that you choose charges above this amount for tuition and transportation, then the excess is the sponsor’s responsibility. If the school includes meals, overnight field trips, sport fees, extracurricular fees, or other non-allowable expenses. More info...

While a dependent’s eligibility can be determined in advance, they are not eligible for the program until the DoDEA school closes. Thus, payment for tuition and/or other reimbursements cannot occur until after the DoDEA school has closed. It is advised that the sponsor request that the school delay payments or include in the first tuition invoice. However, we cannot force a school to alter their processes.

School Choice

The Non DoD Schools Program does not endorse schools. Parents have choice about the school selection. We advise that you review this complete list of guidance for selecting a schools in Seoul.

Contact your Education Specialist at + 81.98.953.5788/ DSN 315-644-5788 or Lynn Carey. The NDSP will require a copy of the Individualized Education Program and will work with you to determine how comparable special education services. It is also critical to be forthcoming about your child’s needs with the schools.

International schools have their own admission’s criteria. It is strongly advised that you research the schools criteria and timeline. Some schools in Seoul begin admissions in December.