Several Bay County High Schools Ranked as Top Schools in Florida

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - U.S. News and World Report has released a survey of the best high schools across the nation in 2018.

Among the top schools in Florida are North Bay Haven Charter Academy, which ranked 99th, Mosley High School on the list at 107, and Deane Bozeman School, ranking 177.

This was principal Brian Bullock's first year at Mosley, but he said it wasn't the school's first time on the list.

"So it's just nice to know that we are carrying on that tradition of excellence and college readiness in all of our students," Bullock said.

But for Deane Bozeman School, this was their first time on the list of top schools.

Assistant Principal, Ivan Beach, credits this to the students and staff.

"Our teachers have put in just hours and hours of hard work, but our students also spend their time studying, they spend the time really getting into the curriculum and making sure that they're prepared for these tests," he said.

North Bay Haven was the only charter school from Bay County to make the list of best high schools.

Principal Mike McLaughlin said he believes there's one thing that makes them stand out.

"We have really great high schools in Bay County, we really do. But I think the one thing that sets at least our school apart differently from schools in the Panhandle or nationally, is just the expectation," he said. "We really work our kids hard, you know a lot of our kids come in with rigor, we have freshman taking AP classes."

Three schools from

Three schools from Okaloosa County: Niceville Senior High School, Choctawhatchee Senior High School and Fort Walton Beach High School, are also ranked among some of the top schools in the state.

As well as three from Walton County: Freeport Senior High School, South Walton High School, and Walton High School.

All three schools in Bay County are also nationally recognized, with North Bay Haven ranked 1,140 in the nation, and Mosley High School at 1,246 out of 20,500 schools.

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