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?
Our first year we will survey accepted students and offer the sports in which our students have an interest. Students who are in a charter school like DHA are also allowed to continue to play sports for their zoned school if the charter school does not offer that sport. We are currently reviewing options for sports facilities. The DHS board is also collaborating with district and community stakeholders regarding available sports venues should the school’s needs extend beyond the main campus.
Q: Where will the school be located?
Destin High School will be located in Destin with a goal of opening in August 2020. We have signed a purchase agreement for the nearly nine 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. Our contract was finalized with the school district on October 28, 2019. You can view these documents under “Charter.”
Q: Can be become a public school after starting as a charter?
Charter schools are public schools. They have 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) with more than 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 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
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Construction (i.e., Carpentry; Electrical; HVAC; Masonry; Plumbing; Construction Technology)
Our educational program will offer 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 developed our charter school application and facilitated its submission, review, and approval process, as well as our federal Charter School Program Grant (CSP). CEN will be conducting an executive search for a principal during December and January 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 (as well as former and current educators) will help recruit an experienced, dynamic, and innovative principal with charter school start-up and curriculum experience. The new principal will then recruit and hire all teachers and school staff.