Access to institutions of higher education is within easy reach: Chipola College (Marianna), Florida State University (Panama City Campus), Gulf Coast State College (Panama City) and Florida Panhandle Technical College (Chipley). See Links for area educational links.
While school grades are important and are a reflection of WCSD student’s academic success, it is also important for the District to meet the emotional and behavioral needs of students. WCSD employs eight Guidance Counselors, two Licensed Mental Health Counselors, a Certified Behavior Analyst, a College and Career Counselor and a School Psychologist. The staff in these positions assist meeting specific student needs and work closely with all schools as well as community agencies.
Fifth Grades and our middle and high school curriculum incorporate the AVID programs, a proven instructional method that provides students with the skills needed to be successful in school. Students also receive hands on experiences in STEM, which is an applied curriculum based on educating students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Dual enrollment, early college admissions, accelerated graduation options, and advanced placement courses are available to high school students. Virtual learning opportunities are available to all students. Middle and high school students have the option to participate in an extracurricular athletic program of their choice and participate in a band program. High School students also have JROTC and drama to choose as an area of interest. Middle and high school students may participate in a variety of clubs, such as Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), Kiwanis Club, BETA, FBLA, Student Council and STEM. High School students have several opportunities to earn industry certifications in agriculture, culinary arts, and business skills.
WCSD Schools are proud of the progress being made to provide the latest and best technology to its students. The addition of touch-screen interactive boards allows teachers to take students on virtual field trips, use hands-on learning activities to reinforce daily curriculum, and even provides the opportunity for students to take part in instructing others in the process. With a ratio of nearly one computer per student in each classroom for grades 3-12, virtual learning opportunities are endless. Curriculum and related content are more readily accessible to students and they are able to be involved in virtual learning which encompasses more course content than what is offered in the brick and mortar setting. Other enhancements include the new WCSD Schools Mobile app which provides parents 24/7 access to student grades and attendance as well as a single sign-on program which allows students to spend less time remembering passwords and more time accessing curriculum at home and school. Plans for additional technologies are currently in progress!