Seaside School, Inc. serves students in sixth through tenth grade with a vision to expand to elementary and high school grade levels.
Located in the beautiful coastal town of Seaside, Florida, Seaside School, Inc. also known as Seaside Neighborhood School opened its doors in 1996 as one of the first charter schools in Florida to 36 students, two faculty members, and one administrator. Seaside Neighborhood School currently has 136 students, 15 faculty and staff members, and two administrators.
Dr. Rosemary Williams spear-headed the movement to open a small neighborhood school in the town of Seaside. The first year, Seaside Neighborhood School was located in two portables on the grounds of the Lyceum lawn. Thanks to Robert Davis, founder of Seaside, land was donated for the first building. Location fees from the Truman Show, filmed on location in Seaside, were donated by the homeowners of Seaside to build the first building.
The school was built from the vision of individuals who recognize that each student can succeed both academically and socially even when the middle school years are notoriously seen as a time for self-doubt and low self-esteem.
As the result of a dedicated staff, involved parents, the support of local businesses, and community members, Seaside is one of the top performing schools in the state of Florida recognized at the national and state levels for their academic achievements.
Seaside Neighborhood School received the national 2007 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Seaside Neighborhood School was among 237 public and 50 private schools in the nation, one of 16 schools in Florida, and one of eight charter schools in the nation to receive this national award. Seaside Neighborhood School was selected for this prestigious award because it models excellence in leadership, teaching, curriculum, student achievement, and parental involvement.
In 2011, Seaside Neighborhood School was recognized again for its excellence in education by earning a high performing charter school status from the Florida Department of Education. Along with its high performing status, Seaside Neighborhood School is ranked third among 583 middle schools in the state of Florida.