Department of Defense Education Activity

About NonDoD Schools


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Educate, engage, and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world. As a part of Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), the Non-Department of Defense Schools Program (NDSP) adopts the DoDEA mission and vision statement.


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


To provide support to facilitate continuity of education in international locations.

NDSP Overview

The NDSP is a program within the Department of Defense Education Activity. The purpose of NDSP is to provide educational support and financial assistance to defray costs of education and to facilitate educational continuity in international locations where there is no DoDEA school. NDSP does not approve, endorse, or certify schools.

You may choose the educational setting that best meets your child's needs. You must select an educational option that will allow your child to easily transition to the next grade when you return to the United States.

Eligibility and approval for the enrollment of an eligible minor dependent of a DoD sponsor must be obtained from the NDSP office prior to enrolling a child in a non-DoD school. For first-time family registration, adding a new dependent, or moving to another NDSP duty location, review the procedures for Initial Registration.