Wakulla County is a small rural county located in the panhandle of Florida. The county covers an area of 607 square miles with 89 percent of the land classified as commercial forest land, over one-half of which is a national forest and wildlife refuge. In recent years, Wakulla County was one of the fastest growing counties in the State due to its close proximity to a metropolitan area and its highly rated school system. However, as a result of the economic downturn, t he school district is experiencing declining growth and a decrease in student population, the first time in the known history of the school district. There is minimal amount of developed industry in the county. The largest industry is a commercial ball powder producing facility. Other industries include a fuel refinery, a tax exempted electrical power producing plant, a commercial billing agency and a sea going barge terminal. The recreational and commercial seafood related enterprises, once a mainstay of the rural economy, have suffered substantial shut downs due to legislative mandates over the past ten-fifteen years.
It is no secret that the Wakulla County School District is considered to be one of the best in the State. The Wakulla Schools' success was unparalleled this year as all district schools maintained scores of "A" and "B".
Education in the 21st Century is a challenge that requires the involvement of all stakeholders who share the common desire to provide only the best for our children. Meeting those challenges requires focus and dedication. The Wakulla County community joins together with one common goal which is to assure successful entry of our students into a competitive world. Protecting the interests of our students and public education moves Wakulla County forward.
Wakulla County School District has four elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, one charter and two facilities which house pre-school/dropout prevention/adult/community programs. As of September 2011, the total population for pre-school through twelfth grade (including adult education) is approximately 5,151 students. Over 12% of Wakulla teachers and administrators are National Board Certified, giving Wakulla one of the highest percentages of national board teachers in the State. Wakulla County Schools continually rank in the top 10 districts in the State in FCAT reading, math, writing and science.
District Size: Land Area- 607 square miles
District Residents: 31,791 (According to the 2008 US Census) White- 86% Black-12% Other Minority- 2%
School District Student Population: White- 83%, Black- 10%, Other Minority- 7%, Economically Disadvantaged- 48%
2005 District Grade: B
2006 District Grade: A
2007 District Grade: A
2008 District Grade: A
2009 District Grade: A
2010 District Grade: A
2011 District Grade: A
2012 District Grade: A