Q: Where will the school be located?
Destin High School will be located in Destin with a goal of opening in August 2020. Currently, the primary location being considered for the school site is the 8 3/4 acre campus of Destin United Methodist Church at 200 Beach Drive in Destin.

Q: Does Okaloosa County School District have to approve the school?
Yes. In Florida, charter schools are public schools and are authorized/approved by the school district. The charter application was turned in February 1, 2019, and the Okaloosa school district approved the application. A contract is in the process of being negotiated and finalized with the school district.

Q: Can be become a public school after starting as a charter?
Charter schools are public schools. They have almost all of the same requirements as a traditional public school, but are governed by an independent governing board and, as a result, have more flexibility.

Q: Is it free?
Yes. Charter schools are tuition free public schools. Florida is second in the country for the number of charter schools (behind California). Currently Florida has over 750 charter schools in 62 school districts.

Q: What are the Curriculum goals?
In addition to offering state mandated core curriculum as a base, Destin High School (DHS), a tuition free public charter school, strives to meet the diverse needs of our local community by providing specialized programs and career themed courses in areas such as:

  • Marine Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Construction (i.e., Carpentry; Electrical; HVAC; Masonry; Plumbing; Construction Technology)

Our educational program offers unique hands-on learning opportunities through project-based learning (PBL) in preparation for students’ real-world and postsecondary success beyond high school. Through PBL and the school’s programming, students will learn and apply leadership skills, and engage in mentoring opportunities to enhance the school community and students’ future successes.

Q: What role will education consultants play?
Collaborative Educational Network, Inc. (CEN), has been working with the DHS Governing Board. CEN will gradually release support until the governing board and staff are effectively operating the school independently. They have written the charter school application and facilitated its submission, review, and approval process, and written and submitted the federal Charter School Program Grant (CSP). CEN will conduct an executive search for a Principal and guide the governing board with all other required activities to successfully open the school

Q: How will DHS staff be hired?
The Governing Board and CEN consultants including former and current educators, will help recruit an experienced, dynamic, and innovative principal with charter school start-up experience. That leader will recruit and hire all teachers and school staff.

Q: Is my child guaranteed a seat if I donate? 
No. If awarded the CSP Grant, the following Enrollment Preferences will be selected, as permitted, for the period of time that DHS is receiving the CSP Grant:

  • currently enrolled students;
  • students who are siblings of a student enrolled in DHS;
  • students who are the children of a member of the governing board of the charter school;
  • students who are the children of an employee of the charter school.

Information extracted from the school’s Enrollment & Admissions Policy will be made available on the DHS website, which includes details related to processes for conducting a lottery.

Q: Why only grades nine and ten to start?
The DHS governing board is committed to offering quality educational programming to a smaller student body and school community. Typically, it is difficult to attract older students to a new high school, as they have established peer groups, often are involved in sports and other extracurricular activities, and want to graduate with their friends. Additionally, it is difficult to offer all of the courses needed for four grade levels in the first and second years when the overall enrollment is lower

Q: Do you have to re-apply every year?
No. Once you are accepted, you do not have to re-apply.

Q: Will transportation be provided?
We will survey the students who are accepted and see if they need transportation. If so, a study will be conducted to look at the geographic areas where students live and potentially set up a “depot” style pick up and drop off.

Q: What sports will you have?
We will survey the students we have and offer sports that our students are interested in to begin. Students who are in a charter school are also allowed to continue to play sports in their zoned school if the charter school does not offer that sport. As we are looking for a school site, we are reviewing options for sports facilities. The DHS team is also collaborating with district and community stakeholders regarding available sports venues should the school’s needs extend beyond the main campus.

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For further information, to answer questions, or to volunteer, contact the DHS Governing Board
850-424-1664 Email: Info@DestinHighSchool.org
Mailing Address: 4495 Furling Lane, Suite 130, Destin FL 32541