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The Seaside School, Inc Named #1 Combination Charter School in Florida

Posted on Aug 09, 2022

With the opening of the new 2022-2023 school year, The Seaside School, Inc. continues to earn top academic rankings by claiming the #1 ranked combination charter school in the State of Florida for the 2021-2022 school year based on the Florida Department of Education School Grade Program and ranks as one of the top public schools in the State of Florida.

Notably, data from the most recently administered tests in 2022 show The Seaside School, Inc. scored #1 in the State of Florida on 7th grade FSA Mathematics and #2 in the State of Florida on the Geometry End of Course (EOC) exam.

“We are very proud of our students continued success,” said Kim Mixson, Chief Academic Officer of The Seaside School, Inc., and principal of Seaside Neighborhood School. “As a founding teacher at our school, it has been a thrill to watch our school and students grow and thrive over the years!”

The Seaside School, Inc. is a combination school that encompasses elementary, middle school, and high school grades with two campuses: Seaside Neighborhood School (5th through 8th grades) and Seacoast Collegiate High School (9th through 12th grades).

“Our entire organization is ecstatic with our test results this year!” said Dr. Scott O’Prey, Chief Executive Officer of The Seaside School, Inc. and principal of Seacoast Collegiate High School. “This was a team effort by students, parents, teachers, and staff. We are diving into the data to see where we can continue to grow and improve in the 2022-2023 school year.”

“We are excited about the success of the students at our school and want to thank the dedication of the tremendous teaching staff,” said Rhea Goff, chairman of the Board of Directors for The Seaside School, Inc. “One reason cited by many families why they send their students to our school is our high-quality educators. These results are a testament to our students and staff, their hard work, and their heart for each and every child who attends Seaside School. With expansion plans for our high school programming in the future, we’re excited to continue to serve more students in this special community we call home.”

The Seaside School, Inc. is the oldest, operating public charter school in the state, founded in 1996 by a group of Walton County Residents. The first school building was constructed after the Seaside homeowners, and Seaside Development Community Corporation (SCDC) donated the location funds from The Truman Show movie filming in Seaside, Florida.

“Rosemary Williams, the founder of the Seaside Neighborhood School, worked with us to create a small, nurturing school where students and teachers would all know one another. We also envisioned a school that – as the neighborhood name implies – would be fully integrated into the community,” said Seaside Founders Robert and Daryl Davis, along with their son, Micah. “We are amazed at how far the school has come and gratified that it has stayed so close to its original vision.”

The Seaside School, Inc. operates as a public charter school, and admissions are conducted on an annual basis. Admissions for the 2023-2024 school year open in February 2023, and applications are due by the end of March 2023. The lottery drawing takes place in May 2023 for available openings. Currently, Seaside Neighborhood School has a waitlist, while Seacoast Collegiate High School has select openings for the 2022-2023 school year. If interested in learning more about admissions or attending upcoming events, please contact Dr. O’Prey at