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/parents/how-to-enroll.  

    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 Elementary
    118 Gilmore Street
    Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
    (850) 622-5050
    Grades: K-4
    Van R Butler Elementary
    6694 W. Co Hwy 30A
    Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
    850-622-5041
    Grades: Pre k- 4
    Emerald Coast Middle School
    4019 US-98
    Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
    (850) 622-5026
    Grades: 5-8
    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: 3–12

    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

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