NAS KEY WEST SCHOOLS: DAYCARE - HIGH SCHOOL
By Sarah Jaudon
IntroductionWelcome to Naval Air Station Key West and our guide on the best NAS Key West schools! This base is located on the Boca Chica Key in Monroe County, Florida. It is the second to last major island in the Florida Keys. Receiving PCS orders can be exciting, especially when the destination is the tropical Florida Keys. However, deciding where your child will attend school can be daunting and plays a big part in choosing where to live. Whether your child is in day care or high school, this guide can help take some of the stress out of searching. We’ve created a list of the best NAS Key West Schools nearby.
Related read:NAS Key West In-Depth Welcome Center
NAS Key West SchoolsThere are no DoD schools on base. Children of active-duty military living in military housing usually attend Sigsbee Charter School on Sigsbee Park or one of the 14 schools within Monroe County Schools. For the past four years, this school district has received an “A” rating (based upon student achievement data from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) from the State of Florida. You can learn more about the elementary, middle, and high-school options in Monroe County Schools further below.
Military School Liaison OfficerArthur Sawyer Road Bldg. V-4187, Sigsbee Park Key West, Florida 33040
Phone: 1 (305) 393-9510
Naval Air Station Key West Day Care
Child Development CenterArthur Sawyer Drive Bldg. V-4187, Sigsbee Park Key West, Florida 33040
Phone: 1 (305) 293-4498 The Child Development Center offers child care for children as young as 6 weeks to as old as 5 years of age. Full-time care as well as drop-in care are available. However, drop-in care has a weekly maximum of 25 hours. Any fees you incur will be based on your family’s total income.
Key West Schools Near BaseThe Monroe County School District is home to over 8,000 students in the upper, middle, and lower keys. Most children of military families on NAS Key West will attend schools in the Lower Keys - from Key West to 19 miles north in Sugarloaf Key. Most elementary students will attend the elementary school in their residential zone. Children of active-duty military members living in military housing (Sigsbee Park, Trumbo Point, and Truman Annex) usually end up attending Sigsbee Charter School on Sigsbee Park.
Elementary Schools Near NAS Key West
1. Poinciana Elementary School1407 Kennedy Dr. Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 1 (305) 293-1630 Grade: PK-5 Poinciana Elementary School is a family-oriented school that strives to inspire all students to achieve their greatest potential and be productive citizens. Instruction is focused on every student reaching or exceeding standards.
2. Gerald Adams Elementary School5855 College Rd. Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 1 (305) 293-1609 Grade: PK-5 Gerald Adams Elementary School is dedicated to working collaboratively in order to provide a quality learning environment in which all children can learn and excel in all aspects of their education.
3. May Sands Montessori School1400 United Street Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 1 (305) 293-1400 Grade: PK-5 May Sands Montessori School is a public school that is open to all children and strives to reflect the diversity of the community. The innovative academic program, rooted in the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, challenges each student in a safe and nurturing environment.
Middle Schools Near NAS Key West
Horace O'Bryant School1105 Leon St. Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 1 (305) 296-5628 Grade: PK-8 Horace O'Bryant School’s mission is to provide students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade with a successful experience that will produce a citizenry that has the tools and skills needed to realize their highest level of achievement.
High Schools Near NAS Key West
Key West High School2100 Flagler Ave. Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 1 (305) 293-1549 Grade: 9-12 Key West High School is a public high school in Key West, Florida, and is part of the Monroe County School District. Their mission is to empower all students to maximize their potential and prepare them with vital life skills and experiences so that they can be college-ready, career-ready, and develop into productive members of society.
Charter Schools Near NAS Key West
1. Sigsbee Charter SchoolMonroe County School District 939 Felton Rd. Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 1 (305) 294-1861 Grade: K-8 Sigsbee Charter School (SCS) is located on Naval Air Station Key West and serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is included as part of Monroe County Schools. This non-profit organization captivates students through a marine science environmental education program that capitalizes on the local marine sanctuary. The curriculum offers integrated studies that engage students with the environment through local field trips and inquiry projects.
Private Schools Near NAS Key WestPrivate schools in Key West are faith-related and include Basilica School of Saint Mary Star of the Seal, serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, and Grace Lutheran School, also serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
Daycares Near NAS Key WestChoosing a daycare is top priority when moving to a new duty station, and only you know what is best for your child. Luckily, there are many resources to assist you in making that decision. MilitaryChildCare.com is a secure Department of Defense (DoD) website that provides a single gateway for you to find comprehensive information on military-operated or military-approved child care programs worldwide. Winnie is a wonderful resource for vetting day care facilities in your area, as is Care.com. Don’t underestimate the value of Yelp reviews, and make sure to visit any day care facility you find and take a tour whenever possible. Don’t forget to check out the Child Development Center on base.
ConclusionNAS Key West is a beautiful place to be stationed, with tropical island living, amazing weather year-round, and a tight-knit community full of cultural diversity. Finding the right school or daycare will be a breeze as you embrace your new island life. After you get settled in, don’t forget to check out the amazing adventures in and around Naval Air Station Key West!
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