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Educational Opportunities for Military Families in South Korea (Camp Humphreys)

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Navigating educational options for your family in South Korea can be challenging but rewarding. Here's a friendly guide to help you explore the various opportunities available.

Education for Children at Camp Humphreys

Department of Defense Dependent Schools

USAG Humphreys offers excellent educational facilities, including two elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and a Sure Start program. These schools cater to children of active-duty members and command-sponsored DoD civilians.

Key Age Requirements for DoDEA Programs

Understanding the age requirements for DoDEA programs is essential for ensuring your child is enrolled in the appropriate educational level. Here’s a quick reference table to help you:


Age Requirement

Sure Start & Pre-K

4 years old by September 1


5 years old by September 1

First Grade

6 years old by September 1

Humphreys Schools and Grades

USAG Humphreys offers a range of schools to accommodate children of different ages and grades. Below is a table summarizing the available schools and their respective grade levels:

International Christian School and Home Schooling

If you prefer alternative educational paths, you have additional choices like the International Christian School (ICS) and homeschooling. For more details, reach out to the Humphreys School Liaison Officer (Military DSN: 315-757-2241 / Local: +82-0503-357-2241).

Local Schools

Deciding on a local school for your child involves planning and research. School liaison officers (SLOs) can help you with information on local districts, transferring records, and finding extracurricular activities. Check out this blog post for more information about enrolling a child in local schools in Korea.

College and Technical Training for Adults

Military Spouses in Korea

If you're a military spouse, you can take advantage of the DoD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program (SECO). This program offers education and career coaching to help you explore various tools, resources, and information to reach your educational and career goals. To contact a career coach, call 800-342-9647 or visit SECO.

Continuing Education 

If you're considering advancing your education while stationed in South Korea, the first place to start should be the USAG Humphreys Education Center (DSN: 315-755-3600 / Local: +82-050-3355-3600). Check out their Facebook for more up-to-date information.

They offer programs and services for service members and their family members. You can pursue degrees through ArmyIgnitED and other financial assistance programs. The center also provides testing services, professional counseling, and more.

On-Site Colleges

Distance learning and on-site classes are available through the University of Maryland Global Campus, Troy University, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Education counselors are there to guide you and offer support.

Getting Certified 

If you're looking to get certified, the PearsonVue Testing Center at USAG Humphreys offers a range of certification exams, from IT certifications to professional licenses. The multi-use learning facility has 18 CAC-enabled computers for educational, academic, and work-related tasks.

Educational opportunities for military families in South Korea are diverse and well-supported. Whether you're looking for schooling options for your kids or considering furthering your own education, South Korea offers a wealth of resources to make your experience fulfilling and successful.

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