Bay District Schools

Bay District has great schools, great teachers and great students. It is designated as a high performing school district based on the Florida School Accountability standards. Our students consistently score above state and national averages on state assessment tests, the ACT, SAT.

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.

Bay District Schools is committed to educational excellence with consistent, incremental improvement in student achievement, award-winning business partnerships and mentors/volunteers, excellent educational opportunities for all students including those with special needs.

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.

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.

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.

Employees

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

  • More than 3,000 full time employees
    • Instructional Staff ~ 65%
    • School Administrators ~ 3.6%
    • District Administrators ~ 1.5%
    • Professional/Non-Professional Support Staff ~ 30%
  • Teachers
    • Average Salary ~ $42,806
    • Starting Salaries (with 0 years experience)
      • Bachelor’s degree ~ $32,305
      • Master’s degree ~ $34,805
      • Specialist degree ~ $37,405
      • Doctorate degree ~ $40,105
  • Average Years Experience ~ 14 years
Schools

42 Schools

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

Total Membership     26,634 (PreK-12)

Educational services are provided to an additional 1,000 students in adult education and through programs outside the public school district.

  • Ethnicity
    • White ~ 19,299 or 72.46%
    • African American ~ 4,068 or 15.27%
    • Hispanic ~ 1,360 or 5.11%
    • Other ~ 1,907 or 7.16% (Includes American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander and multi-racial)           
    • Total Minority ~ 7.335 or 27.54% (Includes all categories other than white)
       
  • Free/Reduced Lunch Recipients ~ 60%
     
  • Disabled Students ~ 4,270
     
  • English Language Learners ~ 474
    38 different languages spoken by ELL students

     
  • Graduating Seniors
    • Awarded $18 to $20 million in college scholarships each year
    • Post-Secondary Plans
      • College/University           ~ 80.2%
      • Tech/Trade School          ~    3.3%
      • Military                                         ~    5.0%

Total                                 ~  88.5%

  • Entering Labor Market   ~ 11.0%
  • History of recognition in the National Merit Scholarship program
  • Federal Graduation Rate (Standard Diploma) ~ District ~ 73.7%
    • A. Crawford Mosley High School ~ 89.19%
    • Bay High School ~ 76.27%
    • J.R. Arnold High School ~ 78.19%
    • Rutherford High School ~ 76.36%
    • Deane Bozeman High School ~ 71.85%