About the Wakulla County School District


 

Coastline
 Florida's Northern Coastline

Purpose: A rigorous and appropriate education that results in success for all students.
Direction: COMMITTED TO SUCCESS for students, teachers, staff and our school system.

CORE VALUES (Governing Our Way of Work)

We will always:

  • Make decisions based on the best interest of the students.
  • Behave in an ethical manner.
  • Prepare students for productive citizenship.
  • Be willing to try innovative research-based programs.
  • Employ highly trained and dedicated individuals who can work effectively in their assigned positions.
  • Treat each person with dignity and honor their right to be safe.
  • Recognize the uniqueness and capability of each student.
  • Set high expectations and embrace a challenging curriculum.
  • Celebrate our cultural heritage and the diversity that enriches our lives.
  • Embrace technology to engage students and enhance education.
  • Work to involve our community and all stakeholders in the educational process.
  • Teach and practice responsibility and service to others.
  • Teach students to be accountable for their own actions.
  • Focus on continuous improvement for student achievement and professional growth.

We will never:

  • Compromise excellence.
  • Give up on a student.
  • Stop striving for excellence.

Wakulla is a small, rural county located in the panhandle of Florida.  It covers an area of 607 square miles with 89% of the land classified as commercial forest land, over one-half of which is a national forest and a wildlife refuge.  As of 2016, county statistics show a population of 31,523. Wakulla is a bedroom community to Florida’s capital of Tallahassee, and the majority of Wakulla residents who work are employed there.  Of those employed in Wakulla, the top four industries in rank order are education; retail; health care; and combined accommodations and food service.

With Wakulla County public schools not only as the most prolific employer, but also as the overwhelming choice of schooling by Wakulla parents, trust in Wakulla’s public education system is of paramount importance for students, parents, educators, businesses, and community members, most of whom are involved with the school system in some capacity.  Meeting that challenge requires continuous thoughtful planning, focused implementation, and valid assessment of the outcomes. Using the input from all stakeholders in the decision-making process holds the Wakulla County school system to its primary long-range goals of preparing students for successful employment and involved citizenship.  

Wakulla County School District has four elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, one charter school, and The Wakulla Institute, which encompasses drop-out prevention programs and a virtual school.  As of March 2016, the total population for pre-school through adult education was approximately 5,195 students. 

Wakulla County Schools historically have scores that rank in the top ten in the state on Florida assessments. On national assessments such as the ACT, Wakulla students routinely achieve above both state and national levels.  Grading of Florida school districts implemented by the Florida Department of Education has expanded over the years from assessing Reading and Math skills to include specific subject areas such as Civics and Biology.  However the state assessments have changed over the years, the Wakulla County School District has remained constant in its high-performing delivery of instruction:

  • 2004 District Grade: A
  • 2005 District Grade: B
  • 2006 District Grade: A
  • 2007 District Grade: A
  • 2008 District Grade: A
  • 2009 District Grade: A
  • 2010 District Grade: A
  • 2011 District Grade: A
  • 2012 District Grade: A 
  • 2013 District Grade: B
  • 2014 District Grade: B
  • 2015 District Grade: A