Teachers, school leaders, the Superintendent, School Board, and staff are wholly committed to educational excellence with consistent, incremental improvement in student achievement. 

There are learning opportunities for ALL students, from the intellectually gifted to the academically challenged. Special needs students are served in traditional schools throughout the county and also in several targeted special purpose schools.

Middle and high school students have the advantage of preparing for experiences beyond high school with a broad range of advanced academic programs and career education opportunities. Our students consistently score above state and national averages on state assessment tests, the ACT, SAT.

The installation and integration of advanced hardware and software allows educators to tap into and engage students through the digital world to which they are accustomed. Multimedia instructional tools give teachers and students an edge in the classroom with interactive SmartBoard lesson delivery, connection to global resources and devices that provide immediate student assessment as instruction is delivered.

Local students and schools also benefit from award-winning business partnerships and a legion of mentors and volunteers through the support of business leaders, military ranks, and community members.

The School Board, Superintendent and school district officials have worked diligently to maintain good fiscal health. Economic analysis and anticipated impact to the school district led to tough decisions at the start of the economic decline and through the years of budget reductions that followed.
Additionally, the local community voted for a half cent sales tax to support the revolving renovation of existing facilities and the equitable addition of technology in all core classrooms throughout the district.

Bay District schools deliver high quality education in a collaborative, safe, and respectful environment.  Our commitment is to inspire students in the development of character with the acquisition and use of knowledge and skills as we prepare them for life and work in a diverse, global economy.

Here are some interesting facts about our school district




The Bay school district is one of the top employers in Bay County.

Nearly 3,000 full time employees

  • Instructional Staff ~ 65.5%
  • School Administrators ~ 4%
  • District Administrators ~ 1.5%
  • Professional/Non-Professional Support Staff ~ 29%


  • Starting Salaries (with 0 years experience)
  • Bachelor’s degree ~ $34,480
  • Master’s degree ~ $36,980
  • Specialist degree ~ $39,580
  • Doctorate degree ~ $42,280

Median Salary ~ 43,748

Average Years Experience ~ 12.6 years

47 Schools

  • 5 High Schools
  • 6 Middle Schools
  • 19 Elementary Schools
  • 2 Combined Grade Level Schools (K – 8 and K-12)
  • 3 Special Purpose Schools
  • 1 Adult/Technical School
  • 10 Charter Schools
  • 1 Virtual School

Total Membership     27,784 (PreK-12)
Educational services are provided to an additional 1,000 students in adult education and other educational programs outside the public school district.

White ~ 19,063 or 68.6%
African American ~ 4,201 or 15.1%
Hispanic ~ 2,030 or 7.3%
Asian ~ 574 or 2.1%
Pacific Islander ~ 52 or 0.2%
American Indian or Alaska Native ~ 126 or 0.5%
Multi-Racial ~ 1,738 or 6.3%
Free/Reduced Lunch Recipients ~ 57%
Disabled Students ~ 4,676

Homeless Students ~ Nearly 1,200

English Language Learners ~ More than 800 speak 25 different languages, are from 40 different countries
Graduating Seniors
Awarded $18 to $20 million in college scholarships each year

History of student recognition in the National Merit Scholarship program

Federal Graduation Rate (Standard Diploma) 
A. Crawford Mosley High School ~ 75.4%
Bay High School ~ 77.2%
J.R. Arnold High School ~ 76.7%
Rutherford High School ~ 67.9%
Deane Bozeman High School ~ 71.9%