Our Schools

The Victory Initiative

Department of Defense Education Activity Grant

DoDEA supports research-based programs that aim to increase student achievement and ease the challenges that military children face due their parents military service. The grant program provides resources to military-connected local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop and implement projects that are designed to:

  • Promote student achievement in the core curricular areas.

  • Ease the challenges that military students face due to transitions and deployments.

  • Support the unique social and emotional needs of military students.

  • Promote distance learning opportunities.

  • Improve educator professional development.

  • Enhance and integrate technology.

  • Encourage parental involvement.

Since 2008, DoDEA has awarded nearly $200 million in grants to over 150 military-connected school districts. These three year projects impact nearly 280,000 military-connected students and more than 670,000 students overall in 900 schools.

In Richland School District Two, Anna Boyd School, Bridge Creek Elementary, Kelly Mill Middle School, Lake Carolina Elementary, Longleaf Middle School, Rice Creek Elementary, Ridge View High School, and Sandlapper Elementary are participating. This funding provides additional services for approximately 6,425 students, staff, and family members. The implementation began on Aug. 1, 2011 and will conclude on July 31, 2014.

Richland School District Two is implementing a comprehensive proposal that includes two major goals with various accompanying strategies:

1. Increase PK-12 student academic achievement in English/language arts

2. Increase support to military dependent students and their families

​Evaluation Measure

1. ​By the fall 2014, all students in grades 3-8 will have an averaged 3 percent increase over the 2012 baseline data on the English/Language Arts portion of the state standardized academic test.

  • Curriculum/Instructional Enhancement
  • Professional Development
  • Technology/Equipment Acquisitions and Utilization
​Increased student achievement in English/Language Arts

2. By the fall of 2014, the percentage of parents who are satisfied with the learning environment in the school will increase by at least 3 percent over the 2012 baseline.

​Increased support for students and their families