Parent Resources

Whether you’re new to DoDEA or returning to on of our schools – the information on this page will help you learn which school your child will attend, how to enroll your children in school as well as the basics regarding school calendars, immunization requirements, transportation, student meals, curriculum and graduation requirements.

For questions about information not contained on this page, please contact the DoDEA school in your community.

About DoDEA

DoDEA is a field activity of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. It is headed by a Director who oversees all agency functions from DoDEA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. DoDEA's schools are divided into 3 areas: 

Each area is managed by an area director. Within each of these three areas, schools are organized into districts headed by superintendents.

Locations of DoDEA Schools

DoDEA's schools serve the children of military service members and Department of Defense civilian employees throughout the world.

Eligibility Guidelines

DoDEA eligibility & enrollment policies differ between the two types of schools. The following information provides information about eligibility for the 2 types of DoDEA schools.


Immunizations Required

Students who enroll in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools are required to meet specific immunization requirements. These requirements represent the minimum requirements and do not necessarily reflect the optimal immunization status for students.

School Calendars

DoDEA calendars are established by the district superintendents and planned, where possible, to mirror the calendars in the surrounding local education community. The first and last days for teachers and students and winter and spring break information for each Community.


Student Meals

To the maximum extent possible, DoDEA schools participate in available DoD Student Meal Programs. Qualified child nutrition professionals provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students and accommodate religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning and provides clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.

Curricular Programs

Information for improving student academic achievement of content standards by communicating policy and expectations and supporting districts by providing instructional guidance.

Special Education

In DoDEA's Community Strategic Plan, the vision statement, the mission statement and the guiding principles each embrace the notion that ALL students will be successful in our schools. Special Educators work collaboratively with general educators and share the responsibility for ensuring that students with identified disabilities will meet with success. ALL students can learn when instruction is geared to their strengths and they are given sufficient opportunity to learn.

DoDEA High School Graduation Requirements

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is committed to academic excellence. To ensure students in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) continue to have access to a quality educational program, the requirements for high school graduation have been increased.

DoDEA Virtual High School

Welcome to the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Virtual High School (DVHS).  As part of our mission to provide exemplary educational programs that inspire and prepare students for success in a global environment, DVHS offers a variety of online courses to meet the academic and career-oriented goals of DoDEA eligible students.  Course offerings, including Advanced Placement courses, are designed to address all DoDEA graduation requirements.


The DoDEA Athletics Program is an integral part of the total learning experience. Participating schools work to promote the educational significance of "interscholastic" athletics.