Destin High School is scheduled to open in August 2020 at the 9 acre site of Destin United Methodist Church (DUMC) on Beach Drive.
And now, parents can apply for their child to be enrolled in the school. The deadline for the initial application window is 5 p.m., February 15th, for students entering grades 9 and 10.
According to Sarah Stone, Treasurer on the DHS Governing Board, “The real work has now begun, and we need our local community and businesses to help us get across the finish line. After all, our children are counting on us.”
Stone continued, “We have identified several financing strategies and the course we will undertake depends on the support of the community. The stage is set, but there is much work to be done and our community’s immediate financial assistance is critical at this time.”
In a press release, DHS says that timing and monies expended will be less because of the existing DUMC buildings on the property, including a gymnasium. However, there is still much to be done prior to opening. Hiring the principal and staff, renovations, and fundraising are high on the list.
The school’s financial obligations are significant, especially in the first year. DHS will feature a unique style of learning – project-based learning will be offered with state mandated core curriculum as a base, as well as specialized programs and career-themed courses such as Marine Science, Environmental Science, Cybersecurity, Construction and Hospitality/Tourism.
Phase Two of DHS’s capital campaign is ongoing with a short-term goal to raise $2 million by the end of this year.
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The next Town Hall Meeting & Pep Rally will be on January 16, 2020, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at DUMC’s gymnasium. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and complete an application for enrollment.