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Posted: August 10, 2018 2:42 p.m.
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Military Children go back to school

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Alyssa Cowart holds hands as she walks into Taylor Creek Elementary for the first day of first grade, Aug. 6.

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ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA - More than 21,500 students are beginning the 2018-2019 School Year in Department of the Department of Defense Education Activity schools in the Americas.

DoDEA Americas operates 51 schools in seven states, Puerto Rico, and Cuba.  There are two school districts and approximately 4,850 employees. The locations include Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fort Jackson, South, Carolina; Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina; Marine Corps Air Station Quantico, Virginia; U.S. Army Garrison West Point, New York; Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, Virginia; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; and Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico.

In April, DoDEA rolled-out its 5-year strategic plan, the Blueprint for Continuous Improvement.  The Blueprint serves as the foundation for all DoDEA's plans and efforts.  DoDEA will use the Blueprint as a basis to make improvements across the school system.  For more information about the Blueprint, visit:

DoDEA is implementing College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS), which support the mobile, military-connected students as they move in and out of DoDEA schools.  CCRS provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them succeed.  The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.  CCRS is implemented in different phases.  This school year, DoDEA will roll out new literacy and science standards for pre-kindergarten to fifth grade as well as a revised business management career pathway as part of career and technical education.  This career pathway offers courses in management, business law, business/personal finance, marketing/entrepreneurship, and spreadsheets/ databases.  For more information about CCRS implementation, visit -

Additionally, DoDEA is launching Choices360, a systemic career and academic online planning tool that will enable students in grades 7-12 to have access to high-quality learning experiences around exploring, planning, and preparing for life after high school.  School counselors will implement Choices360 to help students engage in rigorous course planning, understand the college application process, explore college and career options that best fit their interests and goals, apply for college, and find and apply for scholarships.

This school year, there will be four new 21st-century school building openings.  The schools are E.A. White Elementary School in Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Campbell High School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Bolden Elementary/Middles School in Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina; and DeLalio Elementary School in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Last spring, DoDEA transitioned to online standards-based assessments with the administration of the College and Career Ready Standards Summative (CCRS) Assessments in mathematics and literacy for certain grades.  These CCRS-aligned summative assessments measure student mastery of content standards taught for the grade level and/or course.  It was the first year for the new DoDEA CCRS Comprehensive Assessment.  Results will be shared in the fall.

School Leadership

Director for Student Excellence, DoDEA Americas

Dr. Judith Minor is the Director for Student Excellence in the DoDEA Americas Region and the DoDEA Associate Director for Performance and Accountability.  Dr. Minor's bio can be found at

DoDEA Americas Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent 

Dr. Donato Cuadrado is the DoDEA Americas Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent. Dr. Cuadrado's bio can be found at

DoDEA Americas Southeast District Superintendent 

Dr. Christy Huddleston is the DoDEA Americas Southeast District Superintendent. Dr. Huddleston's bio can be found at


School Year 2018-2019 Calendars

To view school calendars, visit:

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education.  DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.

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