Lesson 1: Overview of the Non-DoD Schools Program

Lesson Overview: The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to ensuring that quality educational options are available to children from military families. The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is responsible for operating schools stateside and abroad on military installations to provide a high quality education. DoDEA also provides support and resources to local education agencies (LEAs) throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families. Local education agencies (LEAs) can refer to school districts, school divisions and counties. Subsequently, in this module the term “school district,” or simply “district” will be used.

When military families are expected to live abroad and a DoDEA school is not available, DoD has a provision to assist families called the Non-DoD Schools Program. The program is overseen and managed by DoDEA and is designed to defray the costs to families of obtaining education services abroad.

This lesson provides School Liaisons with an understanding of the services provided by the Non-DoD Schools Program.

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Learning Objectives: Upon completing this lesson, School Liaisons will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of the Non-DoD Schools Program.
  • Describe the policies and provisions for support of military-connected student education abroad.