Our school was founded in 1996 as the Seaside Neighborhood School. It was one of the first and it is now the oldest public charter school in the state of Florida. The original goal was simple – create a school to address the need for a middle school education in the south end of Walton County – and we haven’t stopped since.
We enroll over 400 students in grades 5 through 12. The middle school campus, Seaside Neighborhood School, serving students in grades 5 through 8, is located in the iconic beach town of Seaside, FL. The high school campus, Seacoast Collegiate High School, serving students in grades 9 through 12 is located nearby at Northwest Florida State College's South Walton Campus.
From the school conception until now, we have worked to foster success for the whole child. We are laying the foundation for success as a person and success as a student beginning in fifth grade. By the time our students graduate, they have completed a collegiate program and are ready to continue their education or pursue employment that will make a positive contribution to society.
In the beginning, a group of concerned parents and other community members began meeting informally to discuss improving the quality of education in Walton County. The meetings began three years before the school's founding in 1996 and continued every six to eight weeks with participation from individuals in Seagrove, Seaside, Grayton Beach, Destin, Freeport, and Niceville, among other places. The message was clear: quality education is a top priority of many citizens (and would-be citizens) of our Northwest Florida neighborhoods. Over time, the discussion began to focus on the desirability of developing a small population neighborhood school to serve young people in grades six, seven, and eight. This culminated with the Seaside Neighborhood School Charter School Proposal presented to the Walton County School District in 1996.