Hurlburt Field Community
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 850-884-5441 or contact the School District: Okaloosa 850-833-3100 and Santa Rosa 850-983-5000.
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)
Students are assessed annually using Florida’s state-wide assessment referred to as FCAT. Students in grades 3 thru 10 take the FCAT-SSS which is a criterion-referenced test on the Sunshine State Standards on which our curriculum is based and the FCAT-NRT which is a norm-referenced test. Both of the segments cover the areas of reading and math. Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 are also given FCAT-SSS on the area of science. In addition, the students in grades 4, 8 and 10 take FCAT Writing which is a segment of the state’s assessment that tests the student’s writing skills.
Even though the preparation for FCAT testing is done throughout the school year by the curriculum that is taught based on the Sunshine State Standards, often there are extra FCAT preparation materials and activities that are available as well. Ask your child’s teacher about how to access FCAT Explorer on your home computer for extra practice for your child.
For more information on FCAT, you can access 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.
School liaison officer (SLO)
The vision of the School Liaison Program is to coordinate and assist school age children of military parents with educational opportunities and information necessary to succeed in an academic environment.
The goals of the program are:
- To advocate for military children
- To identify barriers to academic success and develop solutions
- To promote parental involvement in their children’s education
- To develop and coordinate partnerships in education
- To provide parents with the tools they need to overcome obstacles to education that stems from the military lifestyle
- To promote and educate local communities and schools regarding the needs of military children
For more information on this program contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 850-884-5441.
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 Elementary, Holley-Navarre Middle and Navarre High School.
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:
- Send a Notice of Intent to the superintendent of schools for the district they live in;
- Maintain a portfolio of records which includes a log made contemporaneously with instruction and samples of the student’s work;
- Provide for an annual evaluation, which must be filed with the school district;
- Allow the superintendent (or his/her designee) to review their records with 15 days written notice;
- Send a Notice of Termination when they stop homeschooling or move to another school district.
Home School Resources
- Homeschooling in Florida
- Homeschool: HSLDA
- South County Homeschoolers
- Homeschool Central
- Homeschool Life
- Local Homeschooling
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.
p>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 snacks are provided each day for all students. They can be reached at 850-244-2606.
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK): VPK is 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 am until 5:00 pm.
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: http://www.elakeviewcenter.org/FamiliesFirstNetwork/ or for more information on how to become a foster parent, contact a recruiter at 1-866-517-7766. Local number: (850) 453-7766 in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton and Okaloosa counties.