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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPENDENT SCHOOLS
(DODDS)

The national achievement test scores of DoDD schools are above the nation al average, and each school is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.  A copy of the cirricular standars for each grade level is available on the DoDEA website at www.odedodea.edu.  In addition to a core academic curriculum, elementary students participate in art, music, physical education and host nation (German language and culture).

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION
Your DoDDS school registration packet is to be completed at eh specific school your child will be attending.  Registration forms are available for viewing on the DoDEA website.  The following items are also required at the time of registration.  Registration will not be completed without them. 

1. Social Security Number of the student.

2. Sponsor's or spouse's valid ID card.

3. Sponsor's duty phone number and home phone number.

4. Sponsor's unit address and quarters address.

5. Spouse's work phone number.

6. Emergency phone numbers (other than duty or home phone numbers).

7. Passport or birth certificate to show proof of age for kindergarten & 1st grade (child must be 5-years-old no later than 31 October for kindergarten and 6-years-old no later than 31 October for 1st grade).

8. Child's record of immunization (shot record).

9. Military: A copy of sponsor's PCS orders to the overseas location and orders for each move within the overseas location.  Orders must be current or have a current extension.  If your child(ren) is/are not listed on the orders, drop by the school prior to registration to pick up DSG Form 803-A, Confirmation of Status, Dependent Children (to be completed by the sponsor's personnel officer).  If your orders expire prior to the first day of school, bring a copy of your current extension orders with your new DEROS (Date Eligible Return from Overseas Station) to the school.  If you do not have extension orders stop by your child's school to pick up DSG Form 803-C, Confirmation of Status, Length of Tour (to be completed by the sponsor's personnel officer).

Civilian: GS employess must provide current orders or SF50.  A letter from the Civilian Personnel Operations Center (CPOC) confirming government employment within the area as of the first day of school will be required during the first week of school if an SF50 is provided.

TRANSFERRING HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS
DoDDS high schools operate on a standard semester system.  This is comparable to most stateside high schools which makes transferring credits for most children an easy process. However, some schools in the US have switched from a semester system to a block system or a quarter system. 

Students transferring from these types of schools have had more difficulty transferring all of their coursework to a DoDDS high school, causing them to take extra classes to make up the difference.  This is especially true when transferring in the middle of the school year.  Parents of students who are currently attending a block system or quarter system school should contact your DoDDS school to determine if there are steps that can be taken prior to your arrival to minimize any disruption in the student's course plan for graduation.

ALTERNATIVES TO DODDS
Military and civilian sponsors of school-age children who do not plan to enroll their children in a DoDDS Europe school must complete a registration form to indicate that their children will be enrolled in a host-nation school or in a home-schooling program.  Registration forms should be submitted to the local Base Support Battalion (BSB) School Liaison Officer (SLO).  A form must be filled out and submitted for each school-age child.

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Castles

Heidelberg CastleHeidelberg
Heidelberg is the very image of romantic Germany.  The city's 17th Century red sandstone castle ruin and the old bridge are two of the most majestic sights in all of Germany.

Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein
Venture into the Bavarian Alps and visit the fairy tale landmark upon which the Walt Disney based his Disney Land Castle: Mad King Ludwig's Schloss Neuschwanstein.

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