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Moving Overseas with School Age Children—Education Options
Changing schools can be challenging enough for a child, but changing schools and going overseas is likely to come with a unique set of stressors. The Defense Department offers a variety of resources to help ensure your child’s education needs are met, no matter where in the world you are. Use the following tips to find the support you need to make the best education decision for your child.
There are several resources available to help military families with the transition to schools overseas.
The Department of Defense Education Activity operates schools in 11 foreign countries, Guam and Puerto Rico. DODEA school districts are accredited by U.S. accreditation agencies and maintain high academic standards.
DODEA's student eligibility and preregistration system helps streamline the registration process and allows school officials to better predict school enrollment, make informed decisions regarding teacher and staff requirements, and prepare for special services and supplies. Parents can preregister their children by visiting DODEA Online Registration for Students.
Non-DODEA Schools Program, or NDSP
In international locations where there is no DODEA school, the DODEA provides educational support and financial assistance to defray education costs and help ensure educational continuity through the Non-DOD Schools Program, or NDSP. Command-sponsored school-age dependents of DOD sponsors assigned overseas where a school operated by the DOD is not reasonably available are eligible to apply to the NDSP.
There are many important decisions that coincide with a transition to an overseas assignment without a DODEA school. DODEA NDSP does not approve or certify schools. Families choose the education option that is appropriate for their child. Visit the following websites for more information:
Parents have the right to choose the educational setting for their child, with authorization up to the NDSP education allowance rate for that location and educational option. For first-time family registration or if adding a new dependent, register with the NDSP by using the NDSP Student Online Registration system.
Start planning for a successful school transition as soon as you learn about your move – the more your child knows about the new location and school, the more confident your child will feel. Learn more about helping your children change schools.
Your installation school liaison office provides an array of transition support for children grades pre-K through 12. School liaisons can provide information about local schools, help with transferring credits and registering for classes, provide tutoring and youth sponsorship referrals, and much more.