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For the last several years Okaloosa County Schools have been rated No. 1 in the state of Florida. Each school is committed to providing challenging, yet safe educational experiences to all students. Within our 42 public schools, students are given all the opportunities available to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for responsible citizenship, personal development and lifelong learning.

For those looking for private schooling, there are plenty of choices. Crestview and the surrounding areas have independent charter schools and many denominational and non-denominational private schools.

The CHOICE (Community High Institutes for Career Education) program allows students to study, earn industry certifications and college credit in the fields of construction, information and aerospace technologies. The award-winning program gives all students the opportunities they need to enter the workforce at an above entry-level position.

Northwest Florida State College has seven campuses spread throughout the counties. NWFSC is an accredited institution that offers bachelor and associate degrees and occupational certifications in academic and technical disciplines.

The University of West Florida is located in Pensacola and also shares a campus with NWFSC in Fort Walton Beach with centers on Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field.

Troy University has a local campus located in Crestview and Fort Walton Beach also has centers at Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field and four of the area high schools.

CRESTVIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY
The 17,000-square-foot Crestview Robert L. F. Sikes Public Library opened at its current 1445 Commerce Drive location in June 2002 and is named for “Bob” Sikes, the U.S. First Congressional District Representative for 38 years from 1940 to 1979. Serving all of north Okaloosa County, the library is operated by the city of Crestview with funding provided by the city and the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners. It is one of the six city libraries (Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Niceville and Valparaiso) in the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative. A card issued at any OCPLC library is valid at all six member libraries. There is no charge for a library card to any Okaloosa County resident. Just bring in a picture ID, contact phone numbers and proof of current street address. See the library’s website at www.cityofcrestview.org/library.php for more information.

The library’s 57,000 volumes include genre of interest to all ages, including DVD and CD collections. An Overdrive eBook collection is planned for 2012. The online card catalog (which includes the collections of all OCPLC member libraries) is searchable from the library’s website. Remote access to patron accounts and online renewal of material is available with library card barcode and PIN.

Twenty-four public access computers are available for patron use. Free wireless Internet access is also available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A password (which may be picked up at the circulation desk) is required.

The library offers both on-going and special event programming including weekly children’s Lap Sit and Story Time. Our First Tuesday Lecture Series runs monthly at 10:30 a.m. and covers a broad range of topics. Brochures, flyers and bookmarks with upcoming program details are provided. See also the library’s website for upcoming events. For more information call the library at 682-4432.

SCHOOLS
Okaloosa County School District — 689-7100
Antioch Elementary School — 683-7540
Bob Sikes Elementary School — 689-7268
Northwood Elementary School — 689-7252
Riverside Elementary School — 689-7203
Walker Elementary School — 689-7220
Davidson Middle School — 683-7500
Shoal River Middle School — 689-7229
Crestview Senior High School — 689-7177

EDUCATION
Public — Schools — Teachers — Enrollments
Elementary — 26 — 838 — 13,615
Secondary — 16 — 825 — 16,64
Totals — 42 — 1,663 — 30,256
Private Schools Available: Yes

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION SERVING THE COUNTY
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Troy University
University of Arkansas
University of West Florida
UF – Research and Engineering Education Facility
Northwest Florida State College
Vocational/Technical Schools
Bay Area Vocational Technology School
Crestview Vocational Technology Center
Okaloosa Applied Technology Center

Other Schools
NWFSC Charter High School
CHOICE – Community High Institute of Career Education

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