Wakulla's Charter School for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (C.O.A.S.T.) is a Florida non-profit corporation established for the purpose of providing Wakulla County residents with a free public parent choice school.
Charter schools were first authorized in Florida by the 1996 legislature. Sometimes called an independent public school, a charter school operates under contract with and under the supervision of the local school board. The Wakulla County School Board approved C.O.A.S.T.'s application for a charter school in February of 1999. Charter schools receive state funding for each child enrolled and are governed by an independent Board of Directors. Like all charter schools, C.O.A.S.T. is a parent-choice school. If any time during the year, C.O.A.S.T. should fail to attract a sufficient number of students, it may become necessary to close the school. This would not occur without advance notice.
The founding Board of Directors included Judy Brown, Vann Haddock, Winky Jenkins-Rice, Debbie Reich, and Anne Thurmond. We are grateful for their vision and commitment to our school. Their dedication and hard work made the school a reality. C.O.A.S.T. is also grateful to the City and the people of St. Marks, who permit us to use the St. Marks Community Center. Built in 1938, the Center originally served as the St. Marks school for grades 1-8 until 1968. It served again as a preschool and adult education center from 1975-1989.
The Board of Directors of C.O.A.S.T. welcomes your family to our school and looks forward to working with you to provide an educational program that nurtures and inspires every child toward the highest achievement possible.
***** NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION *****
The following policy applies to students, applicants for admission, employees, and applicants for employment:
COAST Charter School does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national original, marital status, disability, religion, genetic information for applicants and employees, or any other reason prohibited by Federal and State law regarding non-discrimination. See 34 C.F.R. 100.6(d); 34 C.F.R. 106.9; 34 C.F.R. 110.25.
In addition, COAST Charter School provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular school activities. See 34 C.F.R. 108.9.
Disabled individuals needing reasonable accommodations to participate in and enjoy the benefits of services, programs, and activities of COAST Charter School are required in advance to notify the administrator at the school/center at which the event or service is offered to request reasonable accommodation.
The designated Title IX and Section 504 Compliance Coordinator as required by 34 C.F.R. 100.6(d) is Alyssa Higgins, Principal, 48 Shell Island Road, St. Marks, Florida 32355; 850.925.6344; Alyssa.Higgins@wcsb.us.