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Spanghdahlem Elementary School
From the U.S.: 011-49-656-561-6881
Spangdahlem Middle School
From the U.S.: 011-49-6565-61-7205/7255
Bitburg Elementary School
From the U.S. 011-49-6561-5270
Bitburg Middle School
DSN: 452-9310 or 9332
Commercial: 06565-61-9310 or 9332
From U.S.: 011-49-6565-61-9310 or 9332
Bitburg High School
From U.S. dial: 011-49-6565-61-9337
What about Bitburg Elementary School?Bitburg Elementary School
Address: 52 MSG (Bldg 81) (Located in Bitburg Housing)
City: APO 09126
Bitburg Elementary School offers classes for Sure Start to fourth grade. The school population hovers at approximately 300 students. Sure Start is DoDDs equivalent to the Head Start Pre-School Program offered in many state-side side communities. An Additional program is the Pre-School for Children with Disabilities (PSCD); this program is offered for handicapped students. The other classes are standard elementary school composition. Of interesting note is the availability of a multi-age "primary center" where students in grades one through three work together as an integrated class. Parents may choose the standard grade level or mixed-age depending on their preference.
As well as the standard school curriculum, the following extracurricular events have taken place. (Availability is based upon the presence of interested and qualified faculty and volunteers.) We have offered: Puppet club, Spanish club, drama club, square dancing, geography club, and intramural sports (volleyball and basketball). The school has an annual Volksmarch (group hike) and numerous study trips occur throughout the school year.
What about Bitburg High School?Bitburg High School
Address: 52 MSG (Bldg 98)
City: APO 09126
Wilkommen to Bitburg High School, Home of the Barons. Try to be active at Bitburg High School. Go out for teams, join clubs, get to know your teachers, talk to the administration, and work closely with the facility and administration. We encourage you to join us.
Classes operate on a Block - 8 Schedule with ninety minute blocks of instruction and two ninety minute blocks for seminar twice a week which provides students with time needed to complete assigned work and projects; to complete required make-up test and assignments; to receive additional assistance and tutoring needed to reinforce learning; and time needed to engage in school wide programs and activities without having to sacrifice valuable class time
FALL WINTER SPRING
Volleyball Basketball Track
Football Wrestling Soccer
Cross-country Cheerleading Tennis
Flag football, tennis, cross-country, outdoor soccer, indoor soccer, basketball, badminton, whiffle ball, international handball, volleyball, track and field events, softball, floor hockey, and ping-pong.
Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Yearbook Staff, Cheerleaders, Model United States Senate, JROTC Drill Team, Outdoor Education Club, Homecoming Week, Junior-Senior Prom, and Student Council
Graduation requirements: 26 units
What about Bitburg Middle School?Bitburg Middle School
Address: 52 MSG (Bldg 60)
City: APO 09126
Proximity to site: At Bitburg Annex (10 miles from main base)
Bitburg Middle School (BMS) is located in the middle of the Bitburg Housing Area and draws most of its students from the housing area. The remaining students come from the surrounding communities.
BMS, grades 5 through 8, follows the middle level concept by offering a wide range of exploratory and elective classes. During their four years at BMS, students will have the opportunity to take Art, Music, Beginning and Advanced Band, Chorus, Computers, Technology Education, Business Enterprise, French, German, Host Nation, Physical Education, Home Economics, Video Production in addition to Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Students with special needs are provided services by BMS staff and/or AFSEC staff. In addition, we have the services of a half-time nurse and a half-time counselor.
This past year students have taken study trips to surrounding German communities as well as cities in France, England, Italy, and Russia. There are extensive after-school intramural programs in flag football, soccer, volleyball, tennis, floor hockey, and basketball. Each year a musical is performed in the spring. An evening dance is also held monthly. Participation in the above activities is open to all students.
What about Spangdahlem Elementary School?Spangdahlem Elementary School
Address: 52 MSG (Bldg 439)
City: APO 09126
Spangdahlem Elementary School (SES) for K-4, Sure Start and PSCD, is located on the East end of Spangdahlem Air Base in the base housing area. The school provides special services in pre-school developmental, counseling, health, learning disabilities, reading improvement, gifted and talented, English as a Second Language, speech therapy, music, art, host nation and physical education.
In addition to your child's regular classroom teacher, the school is served by several other teachers who provide more specialized help including a school nurse, a reading improvement specialist, and counseling services. The school also has a media center, music program, art program, physical education, school-wide enrichment program, school resource team, child study committee, and child find.
There are also many after-school activities for your child to be involved in throughout the school year including: Young Astronauts, Math Club, Chorus, Intramural sports, Drama Club, Creative Writing, and Art Club.
What about Spangdahlem Middle School?Spangdahlem Middle School
Address: 52 MSG (Bldg 441)
City: APO 09126
The core classes for all students at Spangdahlem Middle School (SMS) are: Reading, English, Science, Math and Social Studies. Then, each student takes two elective classes from a group of classes that usually includes the following: Physical Education, Spanish, German, Home Economics, Art, Business Enterprise, Technical Education, Computer Studies, Host Nations, Band, Health and Chorus. In addition, we offer the following co-curricular programs: Drama, Intramural sports, Computer Club, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Odyssey of the Mind, Art Club, Student Council, After School Sports, Outdoor Education, and Future Homemaking. The school does go on assorted field trips. Our 8th graders have gone to Paris, Amsterdam, and our 6th graders have made several trips to London. These are in addition to other local study trips.
What DoDDs schools are available here?DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPENDENT SCHOOLS (DoDDs)
DoDDs operates schools at Spangdahlem and the Bitburg Annex with classes ranging from Sure Start through 12th grade. The elementary schools are for grades K-4, Sure Start and Pre-School for Children with Disabilities, the middle schools are for grades 5-8, and the high school is for grades 9-12 (located only at the Bitburg Annex.)
The area you live in determines whether your child will attend Bitburg or Spangdahlem Elementary and Middle School since these grades are available at both the main base and the Bitburg Annex. Bus service is available for families with school-age children living on the local economy.
When first arriving at Spangdahlem families are usually billeted in Temporary Lodging Facilities. We recommend that each family register their child(ren) in the school where they expect to live. School bus transportation is provided between most TLFs and Spangdahlem or Bitburg Schools.
The DoDDs student transportation commuting area is established for students who live outside the walking area. Anyone who elects to live in a location where there is no bus service will be required to provide his or her own student transportation either to school or to an existing bus stop. Contact the Eifel Student Transportation Office located on Spangdahlem AB, building 459, for additional information; firstname.lastname@example.org or call DSN 452-5340/COMM 06565-61-5340.
Registration for school begins in early August. You may also register at any time during the school year.
The DODEA School Year is as follows
Last week of August is when school begins, and a two week winter break in December - January. One week spring break, and the last day of school is generally sometime during the 2nd week of June.
What education programs are available?Overview
The Base Education Center is the focal point for education information for the Spangdahlem community. Educational programs at Spangdahlem range from preschool to master's degree. They are located in Bldg 192 and can be reached at 452-6335/6063.
Some of the programs available at the Education Office include: Professional Military Education (PME), Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), Professional Examinations: CLEP, DANTES, GRE, GMAT, GED Financial Aid Information, Commissioning Programs, Tuition Assistance for Active Duty, Tuition Assistance for Spouses.
Refer to the children and teens overview section for more information.
Americans can use the local German schools; however German language skills are needed beyond kindergarten. German kindergartens are the most frequently used of all the German programs by Americans. The older the child, the more German language skills are necessary.
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Handicaps P.O. Box 1492, Washington, D.C.
Services for the severely-impaired are not available. Access problems exist at the high school for the physically-impaired.
Developmental Preschool/School is available
For children currently in a program or who are 21/2-18 years old, report to the nearest Elementary, Middle, or High School. For children 0-21/2 who are not currently in a program, report to Air Force Services for Exceptional Children (AFSEC).
AFSEC (Air Force Services for Exceptional Children)
Bldg 161, Spangdahlem
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Bldg 67, Bitburg Annex
Point of Contact
Call 452-6335 or 6063
What is the schools liaison officer?
The Eifel School Liaison Officer is a community facilitator; connecting schools, families, and communities to address education issues impacting military children. SLO services include: advising Installation Commander on matters relating to schools and military child education and promoting communication and collaboration between schools, military organizations, community services, students and parents. SLOs also assist to resolve issues when they cannot be resolved through proper chain of command. SLOs provide information on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, school enrollment, and school advisory councils as well as provide transition assistance and information for families moving to the Eifel.
52 FW Schools Liaison Officer
Address: 52 MSG/CCL (Bldg 151)
City: Spangdahlem, APO AE 09126