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Panhandle Schools Recognized as Five Star Schools

December 20, 2018

FDOE Press Office

Panhandle Schools Recognized as Five Star Schools
~ Hundreds of schools statewide honored for exemplary community involvement ~

Tallahassee, Fla., December 20, 2018 – Today, the Florida Department of Education announced the names of schools in Florida’s Panhandle that have earned the Five Star School Award for the 2017-2018 school year. The award is bestowed upon schools that are committed to incorporating family and community members into the school environment to enhance student learning. Statewide, over 700 schools earned the recognition.

“It is an honor to recognize these schools with the Five Star School Award,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “As a former teacher and principal, I have seen firsthand the positive impact family and community involvement can have on the lives of students. When school leaders and educators engage the community, the result is higher academic achievement and more students prepared for future success.”

To earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show that it has achieved all of the benchmarks and criteria in five categories – Community/Business Partnerships, Family Involvement, Volunteerism, Student Community Service and School Advisory Council. Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above or a school improvement rating of “Maintaining” or “Commendable” for the year being recognized.

Below are the schools in Florida’s Panhandle that received the Five Star School Award for the 2017-2018 school year.


  • Deer Point Elementary School
  • Hutchison Beach Elementary School
  • Parker Elementary School
  • Surfside Middle School


  • A.K. Suter Elementary School
  • Bellview Elementary School
  • Beulah Elementary School
  • Blue Angels Elementary School
  • Cordova Park Elementary School
  • Ferry Pass Elementary School
  • Hellen Caro Elementary School
  • Jim Allen Elementary School
  • McArthur Elementary School
  • Molino Park Elementary School
  • N.B. Cook Elementary School of the Arts
  • Pleasant Grove Elementary School
  • R.C. Lipscomb Elementary School
  • Scenic Heights Elementary School


  • Fort Walton Beach High School
  • Niceville High School

Santa Rosa

  • Chumuckla Elementary School
  • Gulf Breeze Middle School
  • Oriole Beach Elementary School
  • Pea Ridge Elementary School
  • S.S. Dixon Intermediate School
  • S.S. Dixon Primary School
  • West Navarre Primary School

To view the entire list of schools awarded, please visit Five Star School Award.

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