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Fort Buchanan, PR 00934
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Puerto Rico follows the same Federal Education Guidelines as most States. The primary language used in Public Schools is Spanish, and English is taught as a second language. There are bi-lingual education programs. Some Private Schools have English curricula for non-Spanish speaking students.
Fort Buchanan's Department of Defense Education Activity (D0DEA) Schools and Ramey use English in all their programs. The Department of Defense Education Activity (D0DEA) Puerto Rico Community Schools are a part of the DoDEA Mid-Atlantic District.
The DoDEA Mid-Atlantic Puerto Rico Community consists of four schools located on two military installations on the island of Puerto Rico. DoDEA PR has an enrollment of approximately 1,750 students. Fort Buchanan houses three (3) schools; an elementary school for students in grades PreK-5; a middle school for students in grades 6-8; and a high school for students 9-12. Ramey Coast Guard Base (West Coast of Island) houses a unit school for students in grades PreK-12.
DoDEA PR provides a full breakfast and lunch program in addition to transportation services for students. DoDEA PR provides several after-school sports teams and clubs to round its student's education and interests. DoDEA PR also provides services for our identified accelerated students, students with disabilities and those students that are identified as English language learners.
Online Student Pre-Registration System:Antilles Elementary School: Registration Information
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) now offers on-line registration through DORS (DoDEA On-line Registration System).
DoDEA also provides a parent guide on how to use DORS which you can find here: DoDEA On-line Registration System
Entrance Requirements by Age:
Walking Distance for Students: Kindergarten through grade 6, not to exceed 1 mile and Grades 7 through 12, not to exceed 1.5 miles.
For more information or assistance on direct enrollment, contact the DODEA PR Registrar at 787-707-4621.
In grades Pre-K-3, DODEA PR utilizes Work Sampling performance assessments to evaluate student’s progress in all designated areas. A progress report is sent to parents who provide a summary of grade appropriate standards based on teacher observation and a portfolio of student work.
Academic progress and achievement in grades 4-12 are graded according to the following scale and reporting is accomplished through the electronic grading system.
Academic Grades: In grades 3-6, DODEA PR utilizes the O-U scale for conduct grades, work/social skills and designated special areas.
The following scale will be applied to academic subjects in grades 4-12:
The following point system will be used for the purpose of establishing a student s grade point average (GPA) and averaging grades:
Puerto Rico Community is a part of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas and falls under the Mid-Atlantic District. Puerto Rico Community consists of four schools located on two military installations on the island of Puerto Rico. Fort Buchanan has 4 schools. Fort Buchanan has an early childhood school for students in grades PreK-5; a middle school for students in grades 6-8; and a high school for students 9-12, while the Ramey Unit School has one facility with Prek-12. Visit the DoDEA Mid-Atlantic District: Puerto Rico Community for more information on both the Antilles School facilities and the Ramey Unit School..
There are over 100 private schools in the Metropolitan Area. Programs such as Pre-K, Kinder, Elementary through HS are offered in both English and Spanish. Most textbooks are in English and follow same curricula as in the USA. Tuition fees range from $160.00 to $250.00 monthly depending on grade level. Most private schools begin their program year in early August, and end in the middle of May. There are also professional and technical schools among them. Most of them offer special education as well.
A copy of the DoDEA Policy Memorandum on Home Schooling is located on the DoDEA website. The DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1375.01 for Home-School Students was updated October 15, 2018.