What Schools are Available to Children on Military Installations?

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Education is a high priority among many military families. When it's time to relocate, families want to know what education opportunities are available for their children at their new installation. The Department of Defense is committed to making sure all military children have the opportunity for a quality education that prepares them to be successful in their careers, leading contributors in their communities and productive citizens.

More than 600,000 school-age military children are in pre-K through grade 12, and about 75,000 are enrolled in 172 Department of Defense Education Activity schools around the world. The rest are enrolled in public or private schools off the installations or in home-school programs. Schools on installations are either DoDEA schools or public schools.

Our DoDEA schools


DoDEA to learn about the schools available to military children on installations around the world.

Our DoDEA schools are 100 percent accredited and are grouped into three geographic areas:

  • DoDEA Americas - More than 23,000 students are enrolled in 57 schools in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Virginia.
  • DoDEA Europe - In this area, 66 schools serve more than 28,000 students in Bahrain, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Bahrain and the United Kingdom.
  • DoDEA Pacific - More than 22,000 students are served in 48 schools in Guam, Japan, South Korea and Okinawa.

The DoDEA Virtual High School is another education option, offering a variety of online academic and career-oriented courses that meet all DoDEA graduation requirements.

Public schools on military installations

Currently, 160 public schools operate on military installations across the United States. The U.S. Department of Education or local education agencies control these schools. The Department of Defense strategies make sure that both public schools on military installations and DoDEA schools comply with quality standards. These documents have more information about the DoD strategies:

Visit the Department of Defense Education Activity site to learn more about education opportunities for military children.


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