Seaside School, Inc. is one charter school serving students on two campuses.Seaside Neighborhood School Grades: 5-8 Seacoast Collegiate High School Grades: 9-11
Seaside School, Inc. currently serves students in grades five through eleven; grade twelve will be added in the 2015-2016 school year and Kindergarten through grade four in the near future.
Seaside School, Inc., one of Florida’s first charter schools, was founded in 1996. Seaside School, Inc. opened its doors as Seaside Neighborhood School in the beautiful coastal town of Seaside, Florida, to thirty-six students, two faculty members, and one administrator.
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 of self-doubt and low self-esteem.
As the result of a dedicated staff, involved parents, and 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 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 selected for this prestigious award because it models excellence in leadership, instruction, curriculum, student achievement, and parental involvement. 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 United States to receive this national award.
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 established the ranking of third among 583 middle schools in the state of Florida. Since 2011, Seaside School continues to be recognized as one of the highest performing middle school in the state of Florida.
As a result of the Seaside Neighborhood School’s continued recognition of success and community support, ninth grade was added to the middle school location in Seaside. Under the leadership of Mrs. Kim Mixson, the ninth grade class was recognized for their academic achievements. Because of this recognized success, the demand for adding additional high school grade levels was expressed by current Seaside Neighborhood School parents, local parents, and out of state families looking to move to the South Walton area.
Because of this increasing demand, Mrs. Cathy Brubaker, former principal of Seaside Neighborhood School, took on the role as Director of Program Development. In her new role as director of program development, Mrs. Brubaker began seeking an avenue and educational model that would meet the academic needs of current and future students, preparing them for an ever-increasing competitive market place for college entrance and professional careers. Through research and community outreach, an educational and business partnership was formed between Northwest Florida State College, the Collegiate High School in Niceville, Florida, and Seaside School, Inc.
Once partnerships were formalized and a curriculum developed, the buzz at Seaside began and the naming competition for the high school campus was underway. It was decided that the students at Seaside Neighborhood School would have the privilege to name the high school and create the first logo. The winning name: Seacoast Collegiate High School. Wanting to tie the two campuses together, the first three letters remained the same SEA. The next step was to hire a leader for the high school.
Mr. Jonathan D’Avignon was selected as the principal of Seacoast Collegiate High School (SCHS) the summer of 2013. The Seacoast Collegiate High School campus opened the fall of 2013, at capacity, with 80 students in grades nine and ten. In 2014 grade eleven was added; grade twelve will be added in the fall of 2015.
Seaside School’s innovative partnership with Northwest Florida State College prepares students to graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts or Associate or Science degree. Classes for grades nine and ten take place on the South Walton Campus of NWFSC. Classes for grades eleven and twelve are held at the NWFSC Niceville Campus.
The future vision of the school is to be K-AA/AS; providing all students the opportunity to attend classes in a small school setting that offers a challenging curriculum while still meeting the needs of each learner’s personal growth and intellectual, aesthetic, and psychological development.