Schools and Education
There are no DOD schools in the Florida Keys. The Monroe County School District includes 14 public schools located over a 103-mile stretch of islands, from Key West to Key Largo. For the past four years, the district has received an “A” rating (a grade based primarily upon student achievement data from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) from the State of Florida.
Most children of military families will be attending schools in the Lower Keys - from Key West to 19 miles north in Sugarloaf Key. There are four public elementary schools (pre-k through grade 5) in the city of Key West, including one on Sigsbee Park. Key West also has one public elementary charter school, one middle school (grade 6 through 8) and one high school. The majority of elementary students will attend the elementary school in their residential zone. Children of active duty military living in military housing (Sigsbee Park, Trumbo Point and Truman Annex) usually attend Sigsbee Elementary School on Sigsbee Park. Attendance at Montessori Elementary Charter School is based on a lottery. Once the lottery is held, children can be placed on a waiting list. Sugarloaf School, a pre-k through grade 8 public school, is located 19 miles north of Key West on Sugarloaf Key.
For those relocating to Marathon or Islamorada, rather than Key West, call the Relocation Assistance -Information & Referral Program Specialist at (305) 293-4408; DSN 483 for school information for Coral Shores High School [Mile Marker (MM) 90]; Key Largo Elementary (Mile Marker 105), Marathon High School (MM50), Plantation Key Elementary/Middle School (MM90) or Stanley Switlik Elementary (MM48).
Private schools in Key West are faith-related and include Mary Immaculate School (pre-k through grade 8) and Grace Lutheran School (pre-k through grade 4)
Home Education is a parent-directed education alternative. A Home Education Program, as defined in Section 1002.01(1), Florida Statutes, is the "sequentially progressive instruction of a student directed by his or her parent or guardian." The Florida Department of Education provides technical assistance, information and materials on home education to school districts and parents. For more information regarding home education, contact the Monroe County School District Student Services office at (305) 293-1400 x53369 or visit the Florida Department of Education’s Web site www.fldoe.org.
The 2008 Florida Legislature created the School District Virtual Instruction Program requiring school districts to offer a virtual instruction program for students in grades K-12. The following Web site provides information about this new option. www.fldoe.org/Schools/virtual-schools/DistrictVIP.asp.
School Age Requirements
Students entering pre-kindergarten classes must be 4 years old on or before September1. Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 1. To enter first grade, students must be 6 years old on or before September 1, and should have successfully completed kindergarten.
Students entering Monroe County Public Schools for the first time must present the following:
- An original birth certificate or alternative
- Social Security Number
- Proof of a current physical examination, including a tuberculosis clinical screening
- Immunization Records
- Proof of current address
There are 180 student days during the year.
Exceptional Student Education
Exceptional Student Education (ESE) in Monroe County Schools is a division of the Student Services Department, which coordinates district student services with inter-agency efforts designed to provide quality services to address the unique needs of students with gifted, mild, moderate and severe disabilities. Each of the individual site programs is different, yet has one common thread; individualized instruction based the students' needs. The Student Services department can be reached at (305) 293-1400 x 53369
If your child already has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Individual Accommodation plan (504), and/or gifted program plan or program description, please have the school you’re transitioning from send official copies to the Monroe County School where you are registering. It’s a good idea to also bring your own copies.
Key West High School has adopted the following new dress code.
- Any advertising of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
- Any writing, pictures, symbols, or logos that are crude, gang-related, sexually suggestive, or otherwise deemed inappropriate
- Revealing provocative clothing: strapless, tube tops, bare back tops, see through fabrics, shirts tied at waist, one shoulder strap tops, crop tops, pajamas, spaghetti straps, and muscle shirts
- Clothing or accessories with spikes or studs that can be used as weapons
- Tops showing the stomach area (bare midriff), belly or waist line
- Spaghetti strap top showing bra straps or any other part of bra
- Belt chains or wallet chains
- Head coverings: bandanas, hats, sunglasses and scarves
- Sagging clothing exposing underwear or boxers
- Extremely tight clothing: spandex, leggings and biker shorts
- All shorts, dresses, or skirts shorter than 6 inches above the knee
- All pants must be worn at the waist
- Shirts or tops with 3-inch shoulder straps are allowed
Horace O’ Bryant Middle School Dress Code:
For Horace O’ Bryant Middle School, students must wear the approved HOB logo school shirts only. These are available at Ramona’s Shirt Put-on (524 Southard Street, (305) 296-9962) or at the HOB front office (T-shirts available only). Shirt color choices are white, dark green, khaki, light blue, or black. Shirts may not be purchased from any other location. Shirts may not be layered with any other colored shirts or tied up in the back. Uniform shirts must be worn even underneath the uniform jacket.
Pants, capris, shorts, skirts, skorts - can be pleated or regular fit, cuffed or uncuffed (These should be worn at the waist and may not be rolled up at the cuffs or rolled down at the waist. Shorts, skirts, skorts, and dresses, as a general rule, must not be shorter than the end of the thumb when the arms are straight down by the sides.)
Jumpers, bib overalls - Jumpers and overalls must have both straps buttoned or hooked and the tucked in.
To meet the uniform policy, the above items (pants, shorts, skirts, skorts) must be any solid color. Designs, logos, pictures, or words of any kind are not permitted.
Jackets - HOB logo hooded jackets are available at Ramona’s Shirt Put-on. They are available in all of the uniform colors and are the only allowed jacket at HOB. Hoods should not be worn in the school building.
If a student/family is having financial difficulty with purchasing the above uniform clothing, please notify the office staff, who will work with you to acquire the necessary items
Organization shirts/Dress-down Days - Chorus, Band, Executive Board, Student Council, special clubs or groups with approval may wear different colors on specified days or events. On occasion the principal will allow a dress-down day when students may wear clothing other than the prescribed uniform. This will be on special occasions only. The students and/or parents will be notified.
Students are permitted to wear buttons, jewelry, and other accessories (jewelry with spikes or wallets with chains are not allowed). However, any clothing, button, jewelry, or other accessories that contain vulgar, lewd, obscene, or offensive messages or anything else that may lead to substantial interference with school activities, including accessories advocating the use of alcohol, drugs, or making reference to or identifying gangs, etc. (such as removable gold teeth) are not allowed. Trench coats are not allowed. Rain gear or rain jackets must be removed upon entering the building. Hats and sunglasses shall not be worn in the building (sunglasses should also not be worn on the head). Hair curlers, bandanas, or other distracting hair accessories are not allowed. House or bedroom slippers or skate shoes are not an acceptable shoe for school. Hair color that causes a substantial disturbance in class or school activities is prohibited.
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® (FCAT) is part of Florida’s overall plan to increase student achievement by implementing higher standards. The FCAT, administered to students in Grades 3-11, consists of criterion-referenced tests (CRT) measuring selected benchmarks in mathematics, reading, science, and writing from the Sunshine State Standards (SSS).
Sunshine State Standards
The Sunshine State Standards are currently under revision by the State Board of Education to review and adopt Next Generation Sunshine State Standards that prepare Florida’s students to effectively engage, communicate, and compete globally with students around the world. Florida’s standards will incorporate important skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, innovation, collaboration, and communication. www.fldoe.org/bii/Curriculum/SSS.