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Panama City, Florida

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Schools & Education


Airman and Family Readiness Center
500 Minnesota Avenue
325 FSS/FSFR
Building 747
Tyndall AFB, FL 32403

Phone 850-283-4204 
Phone (DSN) 312-523-4204/4205
Fax 850-283-4220 
Fax (DSN) 312-523-4220/4226

Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sat – Sun - closed
Holiday - closed

 

Public School

The Bay County School District public schools serve a population of more than 130,000 people within a geographic area of 758 square miles. The school district is ranked number 26 in the state, with an enrollment of 26634 students. The Bay County School District operates a Pre-K-12 program that meets all state curriculum requirements.
                                                                                                                                                           Bay County's public school district has always enjoyed a reputation for educational excellence. All classroom teachers have bachelor's degrees and over 33 percent of the instructional staff have advanced degrees. Students consistently rank above state and national averages on SAT and ACT scores. There are 42 schools in the district to include; 18 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 5 high schools, 1 adult center, 
1 vocational technical school and 2 special area schools providing excellent programs for exceptional children. School buses provide transportation to and from school for those students who live more than two miles from their assigned schools.

Bay District Schools has implemented "School Choice" in our area.  Students may elect to attend any school however transportation is the responsibility of the parent if the school is outside of the student's school zone area.  The base is zoned for Tyndall Elementary, Everitt Middle School and Rutherford High School.

Bay District Schools has on-line registration for military families prior to their arrival to Bay County.  Registration information is located under the Bay District School website (www.bay.k12.fl.us). Please call the Tyndall AFB School Liaison Officer at 850-283-4204 to request a password to access the registration form.Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC) 
There are 13 Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC) located in 21 of our district schools. MFLC's are professional licensed clinicians with Masters or Doctorate Level Education and have experience working with children.

MFLC Roles and Responsibilities

Offer Confidential short-term non-medical counseling services to children, parents, faculty, and staff.

Support teachers and administration at their assigned school.

Work directly with military children and families or adult impacted by a military child.

Adhere to Duty to Warn protocol.

MFLCs Are Available To:

Observe, participate, and engage in activities with children and youth.

Provide direct interventions in the classroom setting.

Model behavioral management techniques and provide feedback to staff.

Suggest courses of age appropriate behavioral interventions to enhance coping and behavioral skills.

Outreach to parents.

Facilitate psycho-educational groups.

Conduct trainings for staff and parents.

Recommend referrals to military social services and other resources as needed.

School begins in early August and ends in early June. Shot records are required and should be taken to the 325th Medical Group Immunization Clinic (850-283-7570) to be converted to Florida forms. Children entering or attending the 7th grade will be required to have completed the Hepatitis B Series, Tetanus-Diphtheria Booster, and a second dose of Measles vaccine. A health exam is required no later than 30 days after registering for school. Kindergarten is required. Florida law requires a child be 5 years old by September 1st to be eligible for kindergarten. A child who enrolled in kindergarten in a school out-of-state, and met the age requirements for that state, will be admitted to kindergarten.  The district participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program.

 

Public Schools
Elementary Schools 18
Middle Schools 6
High Schools 5
Charter Schools 5
Multi-grade Schools 2
Enrollment

26,634

 

2009-2010 Average Test Scores
ACT 20.8 (National Avg is 21.0)
SAT Verbal 536 (National Avg is 502)
SAT Math 542 (National Avg is 515)

 

Graduation Rate for High School 2009-10
Graduation Rate 81.9% (Florida Avg is 75.4%)
Dropout Rate 1.4% (Florida Avg is 2.6%)
Graduation Requirements 24-18-18 credits option

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

Florida voters understand that what children learn today shapes their tomorrow and that the tomorrows of our children affect us all. That's why they approved a 2002 ballot initiative for the state to fund a high-quality voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) for every 4-year-old in Florida. Florida's FREE VPK program will give every child the chance to fulfill their potential and achieve their tomorrow.

All children living in Florida who turn 4-years-old by September 1st of the current program year are eligible to participate. 

Private/Parochial School

Several private and parochial schools are located in Bay County, as well as a number of day care and kindergarten classes. Most private schools in the area are operated through a church, and meet the denomination's accreditation requirements.

 

Private Schools
Pre-School & Kindergarten  10
Elementary (1-6 grades) 12
Middle School (7-9 grades) 11
High School (10-12 grades) 9


Adult Education

The Education Services Center is the focal point on Tyndall AFB for all educational information. Classes and assistance are available to prepare individuals for exams such as the Graduate Equivalent Diploma (GED), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and college admission tests. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Gulf Coast Community College and Troy State University offer degrees from Associates through the Masters level. In addition, the Tyndall AFB Library has numerous educational materials including test preparation booklets, CD-ROMs, videos, and online information is available. 



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