Our School and Community

Choctawhatachee High School is the longest standing (since 1952) of two comprehensive public high schools nestled in the Greater Fort Walton Beach, FL area. Located on the Gulf of Mexico in the Northwest Florida Panhandle, Fort Walton Beach is the largest municipality in Okaloosa County. "Choctaw" has a student population of approximately 1650 with a mobility rate of 6.2%, attracting an ethnically, racially, geographically, and socio-economically diverse student body- thirty percent of whom come from Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base. The students attend from over 26 countries, speaking 14 different languages. The socio-economic diversity mirrors the community and the local military bases.

Choctaw's goal is to empower students with the academic, technological, and decision-making skills to become self-reliant, productive citizens in a global society.

Choctaw prides itself on being a place that is clean, safe, and conducive to student learning; a place where students succeed; a place where leaders are created and trained; a place where students, faculty, parents, and the community are a unified team; an academic institution that sets standards by raising the bar and promoting rigor; a place where respect is the rule and relationshps are built. This, along with the principal's philosophical leadership style, naturally promotes learning that is rooted in the beliefs and visions of the school's stakeholders. Choctawhatchee High School has a unique blend of staff members who possess very specialized skills. The faculty, staff, and sponsors work closely with students and parents to grow and develop young adults. The culture that stems from traditional values and ideals supports rigorous programs that focus on best practices for student achievement.

Every Student

Choctawhatchee High School is a truly comprehensive high school with a robust program of study for every student of any level.

International Baccalaureate

Choctaw is the only high school in Okaloosa County, and one of only three in the Panhandle, to have the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma program. According to College Confidential, "Elite-college officials are looking for applicants who have elected the most rigorous classes available to them. Typically, students who pursue an... IB curriculum earn the coveted 'Most Demanding' label."  At Choctaw, students have the opportunity to take AP classes embedded in their IB curriculum, ensuring their standing in the competitive college admissions and scholarship climate.


In addition to IB, Choctaw has a full complement of other rigorous, college preparatory programs including Advanced Placement, AICE, and Dual Enrollment (NWFSC and ERAU).  Check out our curriculum HERE.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide


CHOICE IT Institute

In addition to college level coursework (AP Computer Science Principles), the IT department at Choctaw provides students with the opportunity to earn the following industry certifications, thus increasing both their knowledge and their workforce marketability:

  • Microsoft Specialist - Word
  • Microsoft Specialist - Excel
  • Microsoft Specialist - Powerpoint
  • Adobe ACA Photoshop
  • Adobe ACA Illustrator
  • Certified Internet Webmaster 
  • Site Development Associate


Our Athletics and Activities

In 2017, Choctawhatchee placed 3rd in class 7A in the Florida High School Athletics Association's Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup, an award that recognizes the most successful athletic programs in the state.  See the list HERE.


Links of Interest



  • Link to Athletics
  • Link to Clubs
  • Link to Calendar
  • Link to Staff
  • Link to Seniors
  • Link to Guidance
  • Link to Grades
  • Link to Programs
  • Link to Performing Arts
  • Link to Alumni
  • Link to Spirit
  • Link to FAQ
Link to Online Volunteer Application
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