Award Year: 2020

Sasebo Elementary School

PSC 476 Box 128
FPO, AP Sasebo, Japan, DD, 96322-0128

(011) 819-5650

Mrs. Hattie Phipps, Principal at time of Nomination

DoDEA Pacific East

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Educate, engage, and empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 13%
  • White: 21%
  • Hispanic: 26%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Asian: 18%
  • Two or more races: 20%
All students grades PK-6 grade, staff, and parents.

All students grades PK-6 grade, staff, and parents.

Sasebo Elementary School is a small Department of Defense (DODEA) military-connected school located on a US Naval Base in beautiful Kyushu, Japan. Our school recently transitioned from being a legacy school to a 21st Century facility. We serve just over two hundred students in grades Pre-K through 6. Our staff embraces the school purpose and vision by focusing their efforts on teaching the "whole child." Sasebo Elementary School staff not only creatively made this transition into the new building but also engaged in a professional development project of deploying 21st Century teaching and learning skills school wide. This effort took many collaborative sessions, which included obtaining mutual trust and respect among all stakeholders to organize and offer engaging and creative learning opportunities for our students.

All Sasebo Elementary School students receive rigorous instruction and problem-based structures/projects using College and Career Readiness Standards in multiple curriculum areas throughout the year. In addition, our school offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to engage our students beyond the classroom walls with a focus on the social-emotional needs. Sasebo Elementary School has had and continues to maintain a positive presence within our military-connected community.
Students excel with the support of all educators being actively engaged during the literacy and math content blocks daily. We also have the support of our military volunteers to enhance our students' learning. Our approach to teaching and learning has made a major impact on the achievement of our students over the past years in literacy and math.