Bay District Schools

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.
•    More than 3,000 full time employees
        Instructional Staff ~ 66.4%
        School Administrators ~ 3.6%
        District Administrators ~ 1.3%
        Professional/Non-Professional Support Staff ~ 28.7%

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

            Average Years Experience ~ 13.2 years


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

Total Membership     26,865 (PreK-12)

Educational services are provided to an additional 1,550 students in adult education and other educational programs outside the public school district.

  • Ethnicity
    • White ~ 19,137 or 71.23%
    • African American ~ 4,091 or 15.23%
    • Hispanic ~ 1,589 or 5.91%
    • Other ~ 2,048 or 7.62% (Includes American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander and multi-racial)         
  • Free/Reduced Lunch Recipients ~ 60%
  • Disabled Students ~ 4,351
  • English Language Learners ~ 498
              50 different languages spoken by ELL students

  • Graduating Seniors
    • Awarded $18 to $20 million in college scholarships each year
    • Post-Secondary Plans

College/University           ~ 72.8%
Tech/Trade School           ~    3.5%
Military                             ~    5.0%

Total                                 ~  81.3%
Entering Labor Market      ~  18.7%

  • History of student recognition in the National Merit Scholarship program
  • Federal Graduation Rate (Standard Diploma) ~ District ~ 73%

A. Crawford Mosley High School ~ 83.14%
Bay High School ~ 78.37%
J.R. Arnold High School ~ 77.84%
Rutherford High School ~ 80.52%
Deane Bozeman High School ~ 74.83%