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Working For Kwajalein School System
Kwajalein School System (KSS) is located on a secure Army installation dedicated to supporting the missions of the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). KSS is a private institution operated by DynCorp International (DI), a logistics and engineering support contractor for LOGCAP IV. KSS is accredited by the North Central Association/Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA/CASI).
KSS consists of two campuses: George Seitz Elementary School and Kwajalein Junior-Senior High School. George Seitz Elementary School serves approximately 130 children kindergarten through the sixth grade. Kwajalein Junior-Senior High School serves approximately 120 students in grades 7 through 12. KSS teaches an American curriculum aligned to DoDEA standards (CCSS) and is designed to equip students to become life-long learners, effective problem-solvers, responsible citizens, and caring contributors to humankind. Teachers must have U.S. state certifications in the areas they are teaching and be able to obtain proper clearances to live on base.
Demographically, KSS serves mainly dependents of U.S. civilian and U.S. military personnel working on the island. Through government sponsorship called the Ri-Katak Program, specially-selected students of the RMI also attend our school system. Many private companies and government entities participate in supporting school operations including: MIT/Lincoln Laboratory, DI, Boeing, NASA, Space Fence, RGNext, Tribal Co., and the U.S Army. Most parents have professional and technical backgrounds. Due to resource limitations, Kwajalein schools cannot provide formal programs or services for students who have more than mild learning disabilities or serious deficits in speech, reading, or language development. There is an K-12 ELL program.
Although isolated, Kwajalein appears similar to many American communities. In addition to it being a Military installation there are some notable differences between our communities and stateside ones. There are no privately owned automobiles. Bicycles and walking are the standard means of personal transportation and traffic is far lighter than in most small towns. As a result, the air-quality is cleaner and nightly star-gazing is far clearer than in the States. There is a notable difference in the cost of living between Kwajalein and stateside cities. The provision of housing and utilities, the fact that the primary mode of transportation is a bicycle and the opportunity to qualify for federal tax exemption are among the biggest factors in the cost of living difference.
Both families and unaccompanied personnel reside on Kwajalein. As a resident of Kwajalein Atoll, you will have a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the Marshallese people and their culture. Three miles north of Kwajalein Island is the island of Ebeye, home for more than 17,000 Marshallese Nationals and our Ri-Katak students. There are a variety of housing arrangements for families, couples, and unaccompanied personnel. Housing assignments are based on a number of factors, including the status of your contract (accompanied or unaccompanied), number of pre-approved dependent family members, and the availability of living quarters. Accompanied or family quarters are similar to stateside homes. Singles quarters are studio style dwellings, all of which contain fully furnished rooms approximately 400 square feet in area, small kitchenettes, private bathrooms, central air conditioning and access to free laundry facilities.
Recreational opportunities at Kwajalein are plentiful. There are pastimes and hobbies to suit almost everyone. You may find yourself getting involved in recreational activities you might never have considered.