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Purple Star Schools of Distinction

The Florida Department of Education recognizes Purple Star Schools of Distinction as schools that have made a significant commitment to support military families and students of servicemen and women. Purple Star Schools:

  • have a designated Military Point of Contact on site to assist military families with enrollment, records transfer, accessing services, and tapping into school- and community-based resources,
  • maintain a robust web page with resources for military families,
  • provide a student-led transition program to support incoming military-connected students,
  • engage staff in annual professional development concerning how to identify and respond to the needs of military students and families,
  • participate in a controlled open enrollment process (a school choice process with a finite start/end date) that reserves at least 5% of controlled open enrollment seats for military students, and
  • participate in multiple additional activities to celebrate, raise awareness of, or engage the military and military-connected families.

The 2022-2023 school year is the inaugural year of the Florida Department of Education's Purple Star School of Distinction program. Nine district schools have earned the Purple Star designation. They are:

  • Bailey Middle School
  • Beulah Academy of Science
  • Blue Angels Elementary School
  • Escambia High School
  • Global Learning Academy
  • Jim Allen Elementary School
  • N.B. Cook Elementary School
  • Pine Meadow Elementary School
  • West Florida High School