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Department of the Air Force
2579 Gaffney Road
Eglin AFB, FL 32542
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
Most families assigned to Eglin Air Force Installation live in and around the Okaloosa County School District. The Okaloosa County School District provides public education for grades K-12 and include charter schools and STEM Academy. Eglin AFB has one school on base, Eglin Elementary School, which provides education for grades K-4. Contact Eglin Elementary School at 850-833-4320. Students who live on base and are in middle and high school attend Lewis Middle School or Niceville High School. Bus transportation is provided by the school district from the installation to both the middle and high schools.
The Eglin AFB School Liaison Officer can be reached at 850-882-4319. The Panhandle area has five school districts where families can live and enroll their students. The five districts are Bay County, Walton County, Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County and Escambia County. Please view the district websites for details about the schools.
The Okaloosa County School District provides public education for voluntary pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-12th grade. The Okaloosa County School District and Eglin Air Force Base have partnered in several initiatives to improve the transition of military students into the Florida public schools system. In order to accomplish this, the school district has provided a military families an icon on their website with valuable permanent change of station information for your convenience. The sooner you contact the school liaison officer or the Okaloosa School District after receipt of your new assignment, the better prepared you will be to ensure a smooth and meaningful transition for your child and significantly reduce the stress related with moving to a new school.
The public school system suggests that when you arrive, even if you are temporarily living in base lodging, you enroll your child in school as soon as possible. Call the school liaison officer, 850-882-4319, or the Okaloosa County School District, 850-833-3100, for answers to your questions.
Documentation required for registration includes the student's birth certificate, original Social Security number and proof of immunizations, as well as a physical from the doctor and an up-to-date shot record. Florida requires your immunizations to be on the DH 680, Florida Certificate of Immunization or "Blue Card.” This form is required for any child entering Florida schools (public or private, K-12), pre-schools, child care facilities or family daycare homes. You can take your current shot records to your health care provider to have your child's immunization history transferred to the DH 680.
Florida Public Schools Requirements by State Law
Recently, Florida has changed its assessments to meet the new Florida Standards. While some grades and subjects will still use the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, others will use a combination of Florida Standards Assessment and End-of-Course Assessment, as well as others. A series of tests are conducted during the spring for every public school in Florida for grades three through 11. Results determine how well students are performing a specific set of academic expectations and teaching requirements covering writing, reading, math and science against the new Florida Standards. Please visit the FDOE Assessments website for the latest information.
Florida law requires youths ages 6-16 to attend school.
School Transportation is provided for Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County and Walton County.
Exceptional Education Programs
Students who are in the Exceptional Family Member Program can view the Okaloosaschools.com website to find the most current information on exceptional student education. There are many services available to accommodate educational needs and you may contact the OCSD if you have specific questions or needs. Each installation has EFMP-Family Support coordinators to assist with your smooth transition.
Many extracurricular activities are offered within the school system, particularly in the high schools. Among them are band, chorus, flag corps, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, honor clubs and service clubs. Check with the particular school that your child will attend to find what activities are available since activities offered vary within the schools.
Okaloosa County school calendarSanta Rosa County School calendarWalton County School calendarBay County School calendarEscambia County School calendar
School Liaison Officer
Your school liaison officer has some valuable educational information, resources, websites and a handbook located on the Elgin Life website. On the Florida Department of Education website, you can view each school and the grades in each academic area, Military Interstate Children’s Compact, homeschooling information, scholarship information and more to assist with making the best educational choices for your student. You can view the article “Planning for a Successful School Transition” to include a detailed Students Learning Outcome checklist for your convenience.
A number of private schools are available in the Eglin AFB area. Most private schools have a religious affiliation or relationship. It is suggested that the private schools be contacted to learn of the tuition required. Additional fees such as music, art, uniforms, books, registration, deposits and transportation should be considered.
Eglin's Education Center offers a variety of on-base programs from adult basic education through master's degree programs.
The Education Center staff provides counseling services on military academic planning, Community College of the Air Force, Tuition Assistance (TA), commissioning programs, Air Force Institute of Technology, High School diploma or equivalency certificate, military correspondence courses, vocational training, Veteran's educational benefits, and testing and professional military education, which includes Air War College and Air Command and Staff College seminars .Professional guidance counselors are available for both active duty and dependents on a walk-in basis.
For more information call at 850-882-8141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Wed: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.Thursday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.Friday: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.Office Closed Weekends & Federal Holidays