Seaside School Claims #3 Combination School Spot in Florida - 30A

Seaside School Claims #3 Combination School Spot in Florida

The Seaside School, Inc., the oldest, operating public charter school in the state, was recently ranked the #3 combination school in the State of Florida. The school performs above the majority of combination schools statewide and continually scores higher on college entrance exams compared to the national student average.

Notably, data from the most recently administered tests in 2021 show Seaside School, Inc. scored #2 in the State of Florida for 7th and 8th grade mathematics, #7 in the State of Florida for 10th grade English Language Arts (ELA), and #6 in the State of Florida in 8th grade science. Additionally, students scored an average of more than 140 points higher than the state average on the PSAT.

Seaside School, Inc. is a combination school that encompasses elementary (5th grade), middle school (6th through 8th grades) and high school (9th through 12th grades).

Depending on the specific state assessment, the school is either compared to other combination schools and/or to all schools statewide.

“Certainly the performance of Seaside School, even with a small population of students, plays an integral part in the success of Walton County School District’s grade. We treasure this relationship and the willing, intentional collaboration that we engage in for each child to receive a world-class education, contributing to the success of all students,” said Mr. A. Russell Hughes, Superintendent of Walton County School District.

Middle School – Statewide Achievements

The Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) test is an annual test administered in the subjects of English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and end-of-course (EOC) subjects such as Algebra 1. This annual assessment serves Florida students by measuring education gains and progress.

Seaside Neighborhood School is among the top-performing public schools in the State of Florida in the following categories on the FSA and EOC exams for the 2020-2021 school year:

• 7th Grade Mathematics: #2 Ranked School
• 8th Grade Mathematics: #2 Ranked School
• 5th Grade Mathematics: #4 Ranked School
• 8th Grade Science: #6 Ranked School
• English Language Arts, Grades 5th through 8th: Top 4% Overall

High School – Statewide Achievements

Seacoast Collegiate High School earned stand-out results  in the following categories on the FSA and EOC exams for the 2020-2021 school year:

• 10th Grade English Language Arts (ELA): #7 Ranked School
• 9th Grade English Language Arts (ELA): Top 4% Overall
• US History Pass Rate, End of Course Exam (EOC): Top 5% Overall
• Algebra 1, Fall 2020, End of Course Exam (EOC): Top 6% Overall

National Achievements

In addition to state assessments, Seaside School, Inc. students take the national PSAT in 8th and 9th grades and advance to the SAT and ACT in 11th and 12th grades.

Both the middle school and high school students at Seaside School, Inc. outpaced the national and state scores on the 2020 administration of the PSAT. On the PSAT 8/9, Seaside School, Inc. students scored over 140 points higher than the state average with a mean score of 968 in 8th grade and 1034 in 9th grade. Students continue to exceed national averages by earning nearly 300 points above the national average with an average composite score of 1272 on the PSAT/NMSQT as 11th graders.

11th and 12th grade Seaside Collegiate High School students have a mean average SAT score of 1188 which is 121 points above the national average of 1067. Additionally, the national ACT score in 2021 was a 20.6, and most recently Seacoast Collegiate High School students scored 3.7 points above this average with a mean score of 24.3.

Learning Gains

Overall, 5th through 10th grades had significant learning gains in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics with the 2020-2021 FSA exam. 66% of these students made learning gains in English Language Arts (ELA) while 87% of grades 5th through 10th students made learning gains in Mathematics.

Seaside School, Inc. has a proven track record of continually progressing the students performing in the bottom 25% of their grade level. For the 2020-2021 FSA test, the School’s bottom 25% of students in 5th through 10th grades made learning gains of 66% in English Language Arts (ELA) and 86% in mathematics. To quantify how impressive these results are, the State of Florida averages for learning gains of students in the lowest 25% in 2018-2019 for grades 5th through 10th were 44.6% in English Language Arts (ELA) and 45% in math. 

In the 2020-2021 school year, 90% of graduating Seacoast Collegiate High School seniors attained an Associate in Arts degree from Northwest Florida State College in addition to their high school diploma. Seacoast Collegiate High School maintains a high school graduation rate of 100%. Additionally, 51% of graduates qualified for Florida Bright Futures scholarships.


Seaside School, Inc. operates as a public charter school and admissions are conducted on an annual basis. Admissions for the next school year open in February and applications are due by the end of March.  The lottery drawing takes place in May for available openings. Currently, Seaside Neighborhood School currently has a waitlist while Seacoast Collegiate High School has select openings for the 2021-2022 school year.

Seaside School, Inc. accepts applications for grades 5th through 12th for the 2022-2023 school year starting in February 2022.

Seacoast Collegiate High School will host an open house for interested students on Thursday, December 9th, 2021. If interested in learning more about admissions or attending upcoming events, please contact Dr. O’Prey at

History of 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. Seaside School, Inc. currently serves nearly 400 students across three campuses encompassing 5th through 12th grades.

“The Seaside Neighborhood School was an attempt to prove that a small school, fully integrated into a neighborhood and a community, could achieve better outcomes and help children mature better than the currently conventional large schools built on land a considerable distance from houses, shops, and cultural centers. Such a school could draw on cultural and community resources and engage citizens in the education of its students,” said Seaside Founders Robert and Daryl Davis, along with their son, Micah.

The vision of 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.

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