SEOUL — Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Korea is beginning registration much earlier than usual, before an anticipated surge of new students arrives for the next school year, officials said.

In-person registration begins as early as March 24 for Daegu and Camp Humphreys schools.

Parents with children currently in school can sign and return forms sent home with their children to complete the registration.

Parents also can request a mailed registration packet or register in person. Parents must register children new to the DODDS system in person, said Larry Alvarado, DODDS-Korea budget officer.

DODDS Korea is expecting more than 700 additional students next year — above the 3,865 registered now — due to an expected rise in the number of command-sponsored families, said Alvarado and Kristopher Kwiatek, district educational technologist.

“Re-registration is an essential step for DODDS Korea in order to plan for adequate resources and to ensure space is reserved for all returning qualified students,” Kwiatek said.

Children of active-duty, command-sponsored families have priority within the DODDS system, followed by children of other Defense Department personnel.

Registered children of full-time contractors will be assigned a “space-guaranteed, tuition-paying status,” Alvarado said.

Students who need bus passes must update their photos for the new school year with the DODDS Transportation Office, which at Yongsan Garrison is in the Army Community Services building, Room 121.

Bus passes will be handed out on the first day of school, officials said.

Department of Defense Dependents Schools Registration sites

SeoulMarch 25-27, Seoul American High School gymnasium

DaeguMarch 24-28, Daegu American School library

Camp HumphreysMarch 24-25, Humphreys American School South Campus Office, Bldg. 535

Osan Air BaseMarch 26-28, Osan American Elementary and High School auditorium foyer

ChinhaeMarch 31 to April 4, Chinhae Naval Base’s C.T. Joy Elementary School main office

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