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United States Air Force
Okinawa City Japan 96368-5134
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER
18 MSG Administrative Office, Building 99
DSN: 634-2231; Duty Mobile: 080-6489-8617
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday • 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturdays, Sundays, & Holidays • Closed
To ensure better stability for your children, all incoming personnel that have school age children are to contact the School liaison officer prior to enrolling their children in school. Because of school zoning, personnel should wait until after they have had their housing briefing to enroll their children in school. This is in an effort to avoid having to move children from the school they are zoned for while in billeting to the school where their permanent quarters will be located.
There are no American "public" schools available in Okinawa. Children of families with orders to Okinawa attend the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) on the various bases at no cost. They can also choose to attend one of the various religious affiliated schools off-base which have varying fee structures.
Number of DoD Schools on Okinawa
Students must be five years old on or before September 1st of the current calendar year to be eligible to register for the upcoming school year.
Students must be six years old on or before September 1st of the current calendar year to be eligible to register for the upcoming school year.
ALL orders must have the student(s) name listed AND rotation date (when you leave the island). For Marines, the tour length can be found on Web Orders (usually 36 months) . For Navy, it is listed as PRD (Projected Rotation Date).
Sponsor’s Orders, Web Orders, Certification of Employment, SF50, Contract, etc. Area Clearance or Dependent Entry Approval (ONLY if the dependent’s name isn’t on Orders), Copy of Immunizations, Lease, Housing Assignment Letter, Hotel Receipt, etc., Previous School Records IF YOU HAVE THEM and Passport OR Birth Certificate
www.dodea.edu/DORS You can upload all documents straight to the DORS website or taken to your zoned school.
While living in temporary housing, your child is zoned for the school in that area. When you have been assigned permanent housing (on or off base), there is a possibility that your child could be moved to another school unless you live in the same zoning area. For more information, call the School Registrar or the District Registrar at the numbers listed. The Bus Transportation Office can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses Provided at the Secondary Level
Both high schools offer courses similar to the best stateside secondary schools for students to earn the 26 Carnegie Units necessary for graduation. Over 50% of the DoDDS graduates attend college. Among the graduates are National Merit Scholars and military academy appointees. A number of scholarships for the local American organizations as well as national scholarships are awarded each year to graduating seniors.
The following is a list of after-school activities: Yearbook; Newspaper; Student Council; Instrumental Music; Track; Choral; Music; Drama; Letterman's Club; Cheerleaders; Drill Team; Stage Crew; Radio Club; Football; Tennis: Boys-Girls Intramurals; Boys-Girls Volleyball; Photography; Wrestling; Boys-Girls Basketball; Boys-Girls Soccer; Computer Club; Honor Societies; Ecology Club; and Boys-Girls Cross Country.
Library Facilities Available to Students
All DoD schools have library/media centers that exceed the AdvancED accreditation standards. The library facilities in all schools include extensive collections of library books, audio-visual materials and equipment. Each of the libraries has a computer network which provides student access to information within the school and worldwide. All schools are equipped with a variety of multimedia resources. In addition to DoDDS' libraries, students also have access and use of the base library facilities.
Supplementary Services Available
There are a variety of specialists and programs which supplement and enrich the regular classroom program. All schools are staffed with a guidance counselor, a nurse, a reading improvement specialist, an English As a Second Language (ESL) specialist, compensatory education teacher and a media specialist (librarian). Sure Start, a program targeted for "at risk" children who would benefit from a comprehensive preschool experience is in place in six schools on Okinawa. Additionally, eight school psychologists provide itinerant service to all thirteen schools, and the two work experience coordinators, assigned to the high schools, provide appropriate services to all schools upon request. Advanced placement and Honors classes, JROTC, and AVID are offered at both high schools.
Special Education Program
All children with disabilities from ages 3 to 21 (unless graduated from high school), who are space required are eligible for an appropriate education in the DoD schools.
If you have such dependents in your family, you are required to enroll in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) at your current command. EFMP screenings are required prior to PCS move overseas.
POC: Special Education Coordinator, District Superintendents Office, DSN: 315-632-7145.
Program for Gifted Education
Gifted Education programs are available for students who meet the DoDDS identification criteria by providing evaluative evidence from previous schools that is consistent with the DoDDS criteria. Instructional programs are provided by fully qualified Gifted Ed. resource teachers and the regular classroom teachers.
Other Enrichment Activities
Okinawa has been the host for Pacific Region activities for the Far East Speech and Drama Festival, Far East Boys' Basketball (AA Division) and Cheerleading Competition, the Honors Far East Music Festival and the Far East Computer Contest. In addition, students from Okinawa may compete in the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held in Tsukuba, Japan. Locally, an island wide science fair and spelling bee are held annually.
Standardized Test Scores
Standardized test scores for all schools in the Okinawa District are available through the DoDEA Data Center.
School Advisory Committee (SAC)
There is a SAC at each school, comprised of 50% parents and 50% professional educators (teachers) of the respective schools, to advise the principal on school matters. We believe that parents, teachers, students, DoDDS administrators, and military commanders share the responsibility to work collectively in supporting the schools and to enhance programs. This support is required to improve not only the delivery of educational programs and services to DoDDS students, but also to improve the overall quality of life shared by all personnel in the American overseas communities, of which the schools are an integral part.
We welcome parent volunteers in our schools. Many programs in our schools are enhanced through the time and efforts provided by parents and other interested adults in our community. Please let the school know when you will be available to help and the kind of help you wish to offer. We have active Parent Teacher's Associations in each school that are affiliated with the National PTA in the US.
Please let the school know about work experiences you are willing to share with students or faculty. Some of our resources to reinforce good work habits, academics, and preparation for seeking jobs have come from parent volunteers. We have many teaching materials in our schools, but the next best thing to personal experience is personal interaction.
There are many opportunities for those wishing to home educate their children while living on Okinawa. There are three support groups (OCHEA, IDEA International, and FISH (Faith in Schooling Homes), as well as, support groups, CO-OP groups and play groups open to all military island-wide.
Okinawa Christian Home Educators Association (OCHEA)
OCHEA consists of a group of approximately 40 families who are currently home schooling. As the name infers, OCHEA is a Christian based support group, with membership open to anyone who is interested in or presently homeschooling. Encouragement, help and services are offered to all, regardless of religious preference.
The Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) operates schools for children K-12 grade. There are 13 DoDD schools on island with 1 primary school (K-2), 1 intermediate school, 2 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and 1 high school on Kadena Air Base. For registration information, call the DoDDS Okinawa District Registrar at 011-81-6117-34-1204 or DSN: 315-634-1204. The Air Force School Liaison Officer can be contacted at email@example.com, 011-81-6117-34-2231or DSN 315-634-2231. For more information on DoDD Schools and transition support, visit http://www.kadena.af.mil/About-Us/DoDDS-School-Liaison/.
For Japanese schools, parents must contact the Board of Education upon their arrival to Okinawa. Call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at DSN: 315-634-3366 for more information. One of the most unique programs in DoDDs is the host nation culture program. The culture teachers in our schools provide Japanese culture and language activities which help our students enjoy and appreciate living overseas. Japanese at the secondary level is in the foreign language department along with Spanish and French.
The Kadena Education Services Center in Building 59 provides educational opportunities, academic guidance counseling, tuition assistance for active-duty military members and their spouses, and educational testing services to military members, family members and Department of Defense civilians.
Opportunities to begin and complete post-secondary certificates, as well as associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees are available at the various colleges and universities offering on-base programs.