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Destin & South Walton School Districts

Three K-12 school systems serve the residents of Destin and the South Walton County/Panama City Beach region: Okaloosa County School District, Walton County Schools District and Bay County School District.

Okaloosa County Schools

Okaloosa County, which includes the coastal neighborhoods and communities along the gulf extending north across Choctawhatchee Bay through Niceville, is home to one of the top overall performing school districts in the state according to the Florida Department of Education (www.fldoe.org). For information about enrollment and school zones, visit www.okaloosaschools.com/schools/coe.  

Destin Elementary
630 Kelly Street, Destin, FL 32541
(850) 833-4360
Grades: PreK-D, K – 4
Max Bruner Jr. Middle School
322 Holmes Blvd., NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 833-3266
Grades: 6 – 8
Destin Middle School
4608 Legendary Marina Drive, Destin, FL 32541
(850) 833-7655
Grades: 5 – 8
Fort Walton Beach High School
400 Hollywood Blvd., SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 833-3300
Grades: 9 – 12
Niceville High School
800 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 833-4114
Grades: 9 – 12
Choctawhatchee High School
110 Racetrack Road, NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 833-3614
Grades: 9 – 12
Northwest Florida Ballet Academie
310 Perry Avenue, SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 664-7787
Grades: 3 – 8
Okaloosa County STEMM Academy
379 Edge Avenue, Valparaiso, FL 32580
(850) 833-4120
Grades: 6 – 8
Northwest Florida State College
100 College Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 678-5111

Walton County Schools

The Walton County School District covers Santa Rosa Beach, the communities along Highway 30A and the communities to the north surrounding Highway 98. Two elementary schools, one middle school and South Walton High School are conveniently located near coastal area students in addition to The Seaside Neighborhood School, a charter school ranked among the top 10 middle schools in Florida. Details can be found at www.walton.k12.fl.us.  

Bay School
118 Gilmore Street
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
(850) 622-5050
Grades: Pre-K
Dune Lakes Elementary School
6565 US Highway 98 E
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
(850) 622-5012
Grades: K-5
Van R Butler Elementary
6694 W. Co Hwy 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
850-622-5041
Grades: K-5
Emerald Coast Middle School
4019 US-98
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
(850) 622-5026
Grades: 6-8
Seaside School
10 Smolian Circle
Seaside, FL 32459
(850) 231-0396
Grades: 5-8
South Walton High School
645 Greenway Trail
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
(850)622-5020
Grades: 9-12
Seacoast Collegiate High School
109 Greenway Trail
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
(850) 200-4176
Grades: 9-12
The Ohana Institute
82 South Barret Square
Rosemary Beach, FL 32461
(850) 231-1140
Grades: 2–12

Bay County Schools

The communities east of Rosemary Beach around Powell Lake and into west Panama City Beach are zoned for Bay County and, in particular, West Bay Elementary School, Surfside Middle School and J.R. Arnold High School. Information about Bay School District is at www.bay.k12.fl.us.

West Bay Elementary
14813 School Drive
Panama City Beach, Florida 32413
850-767-1850
Grades: Pre k- 5
Surfside Middle School
300 Nautilus Road
Panama City Beach, FL 32413
(850) 767-5180
Grades: 6-8
Arnold High School
550 Alf Coleman Rd
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
(850) 767-3700
Grades: 9-12
Gulf Coast State College
5230 West Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 769.1551
Florida State University Panama City
4750 Collegiate Drive
Panama City, FL 32405
(850) 872-4750