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United States Air Force
School Liaison Officer
117 McMillan Street
Hurlburt Field, FL 32544
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.
There are no schools on base. Hurlburt Field is in Okaloosa County and the children living on base attending one of the following schools: Mary Esther or Florosa Elementary, Max Bruner Middle, and Fort Walton Beach High School.
Many families live in the south end of Santa Rosa County in Navarre, west of Hurlburt Field. The schools in that area are: Holley-Navarre Primary, Holley-Navarre Intermediate, Holley-Navarre Middle, West Navarre Primary, West Navarre Intermediate, Woodlawn Beach Middle, and Navarre High School.
You will find that our military families that are stationed at Hurlburt Field reside all throughout the Gulf Coast (Base Housing, Mary Esther, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre, Gulf Breeze, Niceville, Crestview to name a few), this will all depend on your needs. These schools fall under the guidance of Florida Department of Education. There is a variety of educational opportunities throughout the Gulf Coast with Public, Private, Parochial, Magnet and Charter Schools and each has its own procedures and timelines for registration.
FL Statute 1003.05 Assistance to transitioning students from military families.— (4) A student whose parent is transferred or is pending transfer to a military installation within a school district while on active military duty pursuant to an official military order shall be considered a resident of the school district for purposes of enrollment when the order is submitted to the school district and shall be provided preferential treatment in the controlled open enrollment process of the school district pursuant to s. 1002.31.
The following information is required to enroll a student in a Florida school:
Proof of age. A certified birth certificate for US citizens may be requested online athttp://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/florida.htm. If a birth certificate is not available refer to 1003.21, FS, for other acceptable documentation.
Immunizations must be transferred to Form DH 680, Florida Certificate of Immunization, required for entry and attendance in Florida schools, childcare facilities, and family daycare homes. The Hurlburt Field Immunizations Clinic can transfer the records to the form.
Evidence of a medical exam completed no less than 12 months prior to the child's school entry date. As long as the medical exam meets this 12-month requirement, parents may submit this information on the School-Entry Health Exam Form (DH 3040) or provide a copy of the exam obtained from their current physician before moving to Florida.
Official documentation that the parent(s) or guardian(s) is a legal resident(s) of the school district attendance area.
If you are interested in home schooling your child, contact the school district in the county in which you will be residing:
Okaloosa County - https://www.okaloosaschools.com/schools/directory/home-school
Santa Rosa County - https://sites.santarosa.k12.fl.us/aap/
A number of private schools are available in the Hurlburt Field area http://www.privateschools.com. For information on tuition and other fees, contact the schools, or your School Liaison can provide more details.
Since there are no elementary, middle or high schools on base, the children of families living on base housing will attend one of the following schools: Mary Esther or Florosa Elementary, Max Bruner Middle School or Fort Walton Beach High School.
Families living in the south end of Santa Rosa County (Navarre) will attend Holley-Navarre Primary, Holley-Navarre Intermediate, West Navarre Primary, West Navarre Intermediate, Holley-Navarre Middle, Woodlawn Beach Middle, and Navarre High School.
A number of private schools are available in the Hurlburt Field 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 also be taken into consideration.
Families First: for more information on how to become a foster parent, contact a recruiter. Local number: (850) 833-3852 in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton and Okaloosa counties.
Florida statutes provide three options for families who wish to educate their children at home. Each will meet the state's compulsory attendance laws. Families may enroll in a non-campus-based private school, establish a home education program, or establish a private tutoring program. While any of the above choices will provide compliance with Florida's compulsory attendance laws, each has different implications for you. Some of these differences go to issues of record keeping and methods, but the heart of the distinction is whether you want to be accountable to the state or to a private entity. Families who choose to establish a home education program as per the statutes have several procedures to comply with. They must:
Home School Resources
If you are interested in home schooling your child, contact the school district in the county in which you will be residing or your School Liaison for more information:
Child & Youth Education Services (School Liaison)Child & Youth Education Services (School Liaison) is committed to outreach, advocacy, and partnership initiatives that generate real- time solutions for military-connected students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 as they face global educational challenges and transitions.
The goals of the program are to:
For more information on this program contact the School Liaison at Commercial: (850)884-6938, Cell: (850)280-5766
Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission
The Compact deals with the challenges of military children and their frequent relocations. It allows for uniform treatment as military children transfer between school districts in member states. Note: The Compact only applies to public schools.For more information about the Interstate Compact please visit www.mic3.net
Since there are no schools on the installation, children of families assigned to Hurlburt Field will be attending the schools of Okaloosa or Santa Rosa School district. Both districts provide public education for K-12 and have a variety of programs to meet the needs of our young population.
The public school system suggests that children are enrolled in school as soon as possible even if you are temporarily living in base lodging. The schools are open during the summer for administrative purposes. So, regardless of your date of arrival you can stop at the schools and enroll your children at your earliest convenience. If you have any additional questions, call the Hurlburt Field School Liaison Officer at 850-884-6355 or contact the School District: Okaloosa 850-833-3100 (www.okaloosaschools.com) and Santa Rosa (www.santarosa.k12.fl.us) 850-983-5000.
For more detailed information about the school district, individual schools and guidelines please refer to the Okaloosa School homepage and the Santa Rosa school homepage.
Documentation required for registration includes the student's birth certificate or passport, original social security number, and Certificate (DH680) verifying current immunizations for Poliomyelitis, Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus, Hepatitis B, and Measles/Mumps/Rubella (two doses of Measles vaccine).
Additional requirements can be found online.
Every student enrolled in and attending Okaloosa County Schools is required to have a current Florida Certification of Immunization (Form 680) on file at the school.
Florida statutes require that each child who is entitled to admittance to prekindergarten, kindergarten or any other initial entrance into a Florida public school must present certification of a school entry medical examination performed within the twelve months prior to enrollment in school. Without such certification, a medical appointment slip from a licensed physician signifying that the child will in fact have the physical examination within thirty (30) school days must be presented to the school. A child may then be allowed to register and enter school. If the parent or legal guardian of the child fails to present evidence of a medical examination within thirty (30) school days, the principal will exclude the student until medical examination documentation is presented to the principal. F.S. 1003.22(1), F.S. 1003.22(10)(a)(b)
FCAT and State Standards
The FCAT - Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test - is a series of standardized tests given to students from 3rd to 11th grade every spring. Every student in grades 3-10 takes the reading and math portion, whereas only those in grades 4, 8 and 10 take a writing section. Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 are required to take a science section.
The FCAT tests that students are learning the state standards in their curriculum. The standards are known as Sunshine State Standards or SSS and measure what each child should know and be capable of doing at each grade level in every subject area.
In the subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, the Sunshine State Standards have been expanded to include Grade Level Expectations. These Grade Level Expectations will eventually become the basis for state assessments at each grade 3-10 in language arts and mathematics--and may eventually be used in state assessments in science and social studies.
Teachers are expected to cover this material in class so it is very important to familiarize yourself with these standards and ask your principal to clarify any areas which you are not sure of.
For more information on FCAT, you can access their website.
FCAT Home Page (DOE)
Sunshine State Standards (DOE)
High School graduation requirements: For more details on graduation requirements refer to their website.
Any child shall be eligible for admission to kindergarten if he or she has attained the age of five (5) years on or before September 1 of the school year. However, a child who transfers from another state shall be admitted under the same age requirements as established in the state where he or she previously resided.
For admission to first grade, a student shall be six (6) years old on or before September 1 of the school year and shall satisfy one (1) of the following requirements:
(a) Previous enrollment and attendance in a Florida public school;(b) Satisfactory completion of kindergarten as specified in Florida Statute; or(c) Previous attendance in an out-of-state school into which he or she was admitted on the basis of age requirement established by the state of residency.
A copy of the child's proof of age (birth certificate) must be supplied at the time of enrollment.
Social Security Numbers -- The school district shall include the social security number in the student's permanent records. For more information please refer to Florida Statute: 1008.386.
Proof of Residency -- You need a document or photocopy showing your name and your home address in Florida. Examples include utility bills, bank statements, insurance policies, pay stubs, or government documents. (Post office boxes are not sufficient.) A driver’s license is NOT acceptable.
High School graduation requirements: For more details on graduation requirements refer to the table on page 79 of the Pupil Progression Plan.
Florida requires that all students pass the High School Competency Test (HSCT) and have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
All elementary students who live more than one mile from the schools will be transported to school. Other students living two or more miles from school are provided with school bus transportation. Special wheelchair transportation is available for handicapped children.
Exceptional Education Programs
Students who are identified as academically gifted or handicapped under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) have the opportunity to participate in Exceptional Education programs. Psychological services are also available.
The Student Intervention department oversees the implementation of policies and procedures related to Florida statutes or State Board of Education rules affecting programs for exceptional students, including gifted students. Specifically, the department works with schools and parents to ensure that students with disabilities and gifted students receive the appropriate educational opportunities and related services through the IEP and/or EP process. For more information visit their website.
Many extracurricular activities are offered within the school system particularly in the high schools. Among those offered are band, chorus, flag corp, ROTC, 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.
Access to Early Education Programs
Parents may access information on legally operating early education programs by calling Kidline at 850-833-9330. This single point of contact will be able to provide parents with options appropriate to the needs of the family.
Head Start and Early Head Start -- these are comprehensive child development programs which serve low-income children from birth to age 5, pregnant women and their families. They provide a range of services in the areas of education and early childhood development, ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage and experience. The Head Start Program Performance Standards define the services that all Head Start Programs are to provide to the children and families they serve. Two meals and a snack are provided each day for all students. They can be reached at 850-244-2606.
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK): VPK is a legislatively mandated program designed to prepare every four-year-old in Florida for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. The VPK program gives each child an opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life with quality programs that include high literacy standards, accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes and qualified instructors. All eligible four-year olds are entitled to participate in one of the VPK program options. More information on this program can be obtained by calling 1-866-357-3239 or 850-921-3180, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The average military family moves 9 times over a 20 year career. With each move, military children and families face many school-related challenges, which include:
Rest assured, School Liaisons are working together to provide support to students and families throughout the world. No matter where your military service takes you, we will be there to assist you in making a positive school transition.
A worldwide listing of School Liaisons can be found at: www.dodea.edu/Partnership