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Seaside School Ranked First Among State Charter Schools

August 9, 2022 by SoWal Staff

With the opening of the new 2022-2023 school year, The Seaside School, Inc. continues to earn top academic rankings by claiming the #1 ranked combination charter school in the State of Florida for the 2021-2022 school year based on the Florida Department of Education School Grade Program, and ranks as one of the top public schools in the State of Florida.

Notably, data from the most recently administered tests in 2022 show The Seaside School, Inc. scored #1 in the State of Florida on 7th grade FSA MathematiT cs and #2 in the State of Florida on the Geometry End of Course (EOC) exam.

“We are very proud of our students' continued success,” said Kim Mixson, Chief Academic Officer of The Seaside School, Inc., and principal of Seaside Neighborhood School. “As a founding teacher at our school, it has been a thrill to watch our school and students grow and thrive over the years!”

The Seaside School, Inc. is a combination school which encompasses elementary, middle school and high school grades with two campuses: Seaside Neighborhood School (5th through 8th grades) and Seacoast Collegiate High School (9th through 12th grades).

Seaside Neighborhood School is among the top performing public schools in the State of Florida in the following categories on the annually administered state wide FSA and EOC exams for the 2021-2022 school year:

MATH STATEWIDE ACHIEVEMENTS
    5th grade Math: Rank 5th in the State and 98% of students passed FSA
    7th grade Math: Rank 1st in the state and 100% of students passed FSA
    Algebra I: 8th and 9th grade Algebra students rank 10th in the State on EOC and 98% of students passed
    Geometry: 9th and 10th grade Geometry students rank 2nd in the State on Winter EOC and 90% of students passed

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS STATEWIDE ACHIEVEMENTS
    Scored in the top 2% overall on the ELA FSA, Grades 5, 7 and 9
    Scored in the top 6.2% overall on the ELA FSA, Grades 6, 8 and 10

SOCIAL STUDIES STATEWIDE ACHIEVEMENTS
    Civics: 98% of students passed EOC with 85% scoring a level 5
    US History: 95% of students passed with 72% scoring a level 4 or 5

SCIENCE STATEWIDE ACHIEVEMENTS
    5th grade Science: 90% students passed FSA with 62% scoring a level 4 or 5
    8th grade Science: 89% of students passed FSA with 68% scoring a level 4 or 5
    Biology: 98% of students passed EOC with 78% scoring a level 4 or 5

 “Our entire organization is ecstatic with our test results this year!” said Dr. Scott O’Prey, Chief Executive Officer of The Seaside School, Inc. and principal of Seacoast Collegiate High School. “This was a team effort by students, parents, teachers and staff. We are diving into the data to see where we can continue to grow and improve in the 2022-2023 school year.”

“We are excited about the success of the students at our school and want to thank the dedication of the tremendous teaching staff,” said Rhea Goff, chairman of the Board of Directors for The Seaside School, Inc. “One reason cited by many families why they send their students to our school is our high-quality educators. These results are a testament to our students and staff, their hard work and their heart for each and every child who attends Seaside School. With expansion plans for our high school programming in the future, we’re excited to continue to serve more students in this special community we call home.”

The Seaside School, Inc. is the oldest, operating public charter school in the state, founded in 1996 by a group of Walton County Residents. The first school building was constructed after the Seaside homeowners and Seaside Development Community Corporation (SCDC) donated the location funds from The Truman Show movie filming in Seaside, Florida.

“Rosemary Williams, the founder of the Seaside Neighborhood School, worked with us to create a small, nurturing school where students and teachers would all know one another. We also envisioned a school that – as the neighborhood name implies – would be fully integrated into the community,” said Seaside Founders Robert and Daryl Davis, along with their son, Micah. “We are amazed at how far the school has come and gratified that it has stayed so close to its original vision.”

The Seaside School, Inc. operates as a public charter school and admissions are conducted on an annual basis. Admissions for the 2023-2024 school year open in February 2023 and applications are due by the end of March 2023.  The lottery drawing takes place in May 2023 for available openings. Currently, Seaside Neighborhood School has a waitlist while Seacoast Collegiate High School has select openings for the 2022-2023 school year. If interested in learning more about admissions or attending upcoming events, please contact Dr. O’Prey at opreys@seasideschools.net.

Please note that all state data, including Seacoast Collegiate High School, is reported under the school name Seaside Neighborhood School with the Florida Department of Education.

 
ABOUT THE SEASIDE SCHOOL, INC.
Founded in 1996, The Seaside School, Inc. was one of the first and is now the oldest operating public charter school in the State of Florida. The original goal was simple – create a school to address the need for better middle school education in Walton County – and it hasn’t stopped since. The Seaside School, Inc. currently serves nearly 400 students across three campuses encompassing 5th through 12th grades.

Seaside Neighborhood School serves 5th through 8th grades and is located in the iconic beach town of Seaside, Florida. Located on the campus of nearby Northwest Florida State College, Seacoast Collegiate High School serves 9th through 12th grades offering students the ability to graduate high school with an associate college degree.

The vision of The Seaside School, Inc. is to maintain a small school with faculty knowledgeable to each student’s abilities and challenges. The staff offers increased support to each student to meet challenges, cultivate talents and increase skills to perform successfully in all academic areas.

The Seaside School, Inc. Board of Directors seeks to sustain an educational community where an emphasis on academic excellence is complemented by the concern for each learner’s personal growth and intellectual, aesthetic, and psychological development.

The curriculum at The Seaside School, Inc. is developmentally responsive – actively engaging students in learning skills in context, integrative – directing students to connect learning to daily lives, and exploratory. This enables students to discover their abilities, interests, learning styles, and ways that they can make contributions to society.

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