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Bureau of Administration

Office of Overseas Schools

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Overseas Schools is to promote quality educational opportunities at the elementary and secondary level for dependents of American citizens carrying out the programs of the U.S. Government abroad. The office assists U.S. sponsored overseas schools in the operation and expansion of programs that embody the best educational practices employed in the United States and promotes a mutual understanding among peoples through education.

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future