Schools

Information About the Area School Systems:

Florida Class Size Amendment:
In accordance with the recently enacted Class Size Amendment to the Florida Constitution, all school districts in Florida must meet stringent teacher/pupil ratio criteria as to the class level. As the amendment is written, a teacher may not be assigned more than:
18 students in grades PreK-3, 22 students in grades 4-8, and 25 in grades 9-12.

Okaloosa County:
There are forty one public schools in Okaloosa County, serving the educational needs of approximately 29,000 students from kindergarten through twelfth grades. The school district prides itself on blending “traditional subject area disciplines with technology and analytical problem solving curriculums.”

Discipline is stressed in the Okaloosa School System, where it is viewed as one of the cornerstones of a sound education, along with the three R’s. Whatever the reasons, Okaloosa County students consistently score well above state and national averages on the college admissions tests. Okaloosa County also ranks #1 with the lowest drop-out rate in Florida, as well as one of the highest high school graduation rates in the state! About half the county’s graduating seniors go on to higher education.

Walton County:
The sixteen facilities and 4,000 students in the Walton School District represent one of the smallest districts in the state. As a result, there’s a low 15:1 student to teacher ratio; Walton County students receive plenty of attention from their teachers!

The Walton County School Board Citizen’s Advisory Committee meets monthly to discuss issues and make recommendations to the School Board.

If you’re planning to enroll your child in school in an Okaloosa or Walton County public school, the following documentation is required:
1. A certificate of immunization (HRS Form 680) available with proof of immunization from either a private physician or the County Health Department.
2. Tuberculin skin test results dated within the last six months.
3. Proof of a medical exam within the last 12 months.
4. A copy of the student’s last report card.
5. Kindergarten and first grade students must present proof of age. A certified copy of a birth certificate, baptismal certificate or passport is acceptable. For students in grades 2-12 prior school records are accepted.
6. Two documents for address verification (electric bill, rental agreement, telephone bill or voter ID).
Kindergarten is required and students must be five years old by September 1 to enter kindergarten. For more information, contact your local school board at (850)833-3100 in Okaloosa County and (850)892-8300 in Walton County. Only parents or legal guardians are permitted to register children in school.

For those who choose to educate their children at home, the Gulf Coast Christian Home Educator’s Association (850)864-1382 provides home schooling support and information.

Higher Education:
Vocational and technical programs are offered at three centers in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Programs offered at the following centers may include biomedical technology, data processing, dental hygiene, electrical wiring, machine shop and drafting/design technology and more:

Bay Area Vocational Technical School
Fort Walton Beach ¬- (850)833-3500

Crestview Vocational Technical Center
Crestview – (850)689-7276

Walton County Vocational Technical School
DeFuniak Springs – (850)892-8240

Post-secondary education is available in the community at several institutions of higher learning.
Northwest Florida State College offers associate and bachelor degrees, as well as occupational certificates in a wide variety of academic and technical disciplines. Nearly 17,000 students are served at six full-time campuses and centers. Professional development, retirement learning, GED preparation and testing, and other programs are also offered.

Northwest Florida State College – Main Campus
(850)678-5111
100 E. College Blvd.
Niceville, Florida 32578

Northwest Florida State College-UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus
(850)863-6500
1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547

Northwest Florida State College – Chautauqua Center
(850)892-8100
U.S. Highway 90 West
DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433

Northwest Florida State College – Eglin Center
(850)678-1717
Building 251, Room 127
Eglin AFB, FL 32542

Northwest Florida State College – Hurlburt Field Center
(850)689-7911
Building 90220
Hurlburt Field, FL 32544

Northwest Florida State College – Robert Sikes Education Center
(850)689-7911
805 E. Highway 90
Crestview, FL 32536

The University of West Florida has its main campus in Pensacola and provides branch campuses at Eglin AFB and Fort Walton Beach (850)863-6566. Junior, senior and graduate level courses are offered.

Troy State University ¬- Florida Region offers associate, bachelors and masters degrees. The local programs at Eglin (850)678-1865, Hurlburt (850)581-3755 and Fort Walton Beach (850)244-7414 constitute the second largest extension campus of the Troy State University, which operates more than 60 sites around the world.

St. Leo College
Military Education Program also provides advanced education to military personnel.

Other universities with branch campuses in the area include The University of Florida Graduate Engineering Research Center at Eglin (850)833-9350 and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, also at Eglin (850)678-3137. More than 200 physicians and five hospitals serve the medical needs of the communities of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Nearby Pensacola offers area residents additional medical facilities.