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U.S. News Best High Schools Rankings

The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings include data on nearly 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 18,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. These factors include: Mathematics Proficiency, Reading Proficiency, Science Proficiency, Advanced Placement Enrollment, Advance Placement Proficiency, and Graduation Rate.

Freeport High School, Paxton High School, South Walton High School, and Walton High School were all recognized as BEST High Schools by U.S. News and World Report. We are proud of our high schools for their continued excellence and accolades to include again obtaining this recognition. Thank you for all or your effort and hard work to make the Walton County School District great! #EPIC 4wRd

Please join us for our final School Advisory Council Meeting for 2021-2022 school year. The meeting will be at 7:45 a.m. in our media center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mossy Head School gathered to celebrate MHS Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Meaghan Johnston, and MHS ESP of the Year, Megan Phillips. Congratulations, once again, to these two wonderful and deserving ladies!

April 22, 2022

The Walton County School District (WCSD), along with many educational systems, recently received a list of over 50 books deemed inappropriate by an outside group. From that list, as Superintendent of Schools, I sought information from district staff regarding the availability and locations of said titles. Staff located 24 of the 50+ books within media centers throughout the District.

Being proactive, I asked staff to remove the books from circulation for the purposes of reviewing and re-evaluating age-appropriateness and content, especially in the context of Florida’s recent legislative session. With reports of movements underway across the state coupled with legal implications and the potential undue stress to my District and staff, I am not willing to place any WCSD personnel in the cross hairs of this kind of perilous circumstance. I want to emphasize that NO “book ban” has occurred in Walton County. Any headlines or news stories as such are misinformation, inaccurate, and false!

The Walton County School District is committed to a culture which we proudly call EPIC. I am steadfast in the vision of excellence, choosing to focus on students and academics in these divisive times. Leaders, teachers, administrators, staff, and families in Walton County are focused on end of the year assessments, achievement, and graduations, which have earned the District the #5 ranking in the State of Florida. I will continue to protect and maintain the trust of the community and do what is right for all students and stakeholders consistent with how I have served as Superintendent for the past six years.

A. Russell Hughes Superintendent of Schools

MHS Pre-K Egg Hunt

April 15, 2022

Pre-K students didn't let the weather stop them from having their egg hunt. The improvised and had an egg hunt in the gym!