School Liaison Program

The School Liaison (SL) serves as the communications link between military families with school-aged children, the command, and local school districts. As the "point person" for educational issues, the SL is here to assist military families in addressing school-related issues. Whether you are part of the Navy or another branch of service, active duty or reservist, living on base or in the community, the SL is here to ensure that your child has access to the full range of services available in the local public schools. In addition to providing information about local public schools, the SL also assists families who choose educational alternatives such as homeschool, private or parochial schools, independent study, or online programs. The local school districts work diligently to assist military families as they transfer to the area. The links to the local school districts are provided below to help you make important decisions about your child's education. However, should you find that the information does not address an issue specific to your family, please do not hesitate to contact your SL for assistance.

What is a School Liason?

NAS Whiting Field School Liaison

Dawn M. Kaunike
7180 Langley Street, Bldg. 1417, Room 163 
Milton, FL  32570

Office Hours
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
*Closed weekends & holidays*

Phone: 850-665-6105 (DSN 868-6105)
Cell Phone: 850-736-0338
Fax: 850-623-7776

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Helpful Links

Available for download:

Parents can find information about the new school year by following this link to Santa Rosa County Schools: 

Santa Rosa Online - an exciting opportunity for the students of the Santa Rosa County School District to move beyond the traditional school setting into the world of online learning. Serving Santa Rosa students in home education, public education, and private education, Santa Rosa Online offers online courses free of charge to Santa Rosa students:


Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC)
The Military Family Life Counseling Program is here to provide support for Santa Rosa County Schools. The MFLC offer face-to-face non-medical counseling for military associated children in the local schools. The MFLC can also provide telephone/video non-medical counseling for parents. Please see the contact information for the MFLCs located in Santa Rosa County District Schools.

If you have questions, please reach out to the NAS Whiting Field School Liaison , Dawn Kaunike, at 850-665-6105 (office) or 850-736-0338 (cell).

We are always happy to help!


NAS Whiting Field
Child and Youth Behavioral Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC)
Santa Rosa County Schools

Santa Rosa County School  Contact Number
Avalon Middle  850-377-2061
Bagdad ES/ Rhodes ES/ Chumuckla ES 850-266-1829
Bennett Russell Elementary  850-418-8912
Berryhill Elementary  850-461-6246
East Bay 6-8 850-375-5141
East Bay K-5 850-380-1298
East Milton Elementary 850-281-9771
East Milton ES/NASWF CDC/TR Jackson Pre-K 850-375-6984
Gulf Breeze ES/Gulf Breeze MS TBA
Gulf Breeze High 850-375-8267
Hobbs Middle/King Middle 850-418-8910
Holley-Navarre Intermediate 850-417-3643
Holley-Navarre Intermediate 850-375-7742
Holley-Navarre Middle 850-461-6415
Holley-Navarre Middle 850-375-7272
Holley-Navarre Primary 850-461-6347
Holley-Navarre Primary 850-461-6363
Milton High 850-324-7607
Navarre High 850-461-5888
Navarre High 850-380-0728
Navarre High 850-377-1354
Oriole Beach Elementary 850-375-7395
Pace High 850-375-7704
Pea Ridge Elementary 850-418-8908
S.S. Dixon Intermediate 850-418-8909
S.S. Dixon Primary 850-377-2110
Sims Middle 850-377-1457
West Navarre Intermediate 850-516-2226
West Navarre Intermediate 850-503-2302
West Navarre Primary 850-982-5697
West Navarre Primary 850-982-5697
Woodlawn Middle 850-418-8911

Transitioning Information:
Relocation Information
Interstate Compact for Military Children
Military Child Education Coalition
Military OneSource (Special Needs)
Military Installations 
Military Kids Connect
Military OneSource
Transition Information
Anchored 4 Life Transition Program
Sesame Workshop
NAS Whiting Field Housing
CNRSE Regional School Liaison

Transitions Document:
Checklist for Smooth Moves

Special Needs:
Special Needs- Exceptional Family Member Program
Family Network on Disabilities
Military OneSource Special Needs
EFMP Liaison - (Exceptional Family Member Program)
Ginger Manley

Tutoring and Resources:
Free Tutoring
Khan Academy

Home Education Program:
In Santa Rosa County, Homeschool is part of the Santa Rosa Blended Academy.
5330 Berryhill Road, Milton FL  32570
Phone 850-981-7860   FAX 850-983-5715
Santa Rosa County Schools Homeschool Information
Home Schooling Legal Defense Association

PCSing to an overseas area that does not have a DoDEA school?
Visit: Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)"".

Post-Secondary Preparation:
Military Student Scholarships
Federal Student Aid
Government Benefits:

Additional Resources:
SL Directories
My Navy Portal
NAS Whiting Field MWR
Navy MWR
National Military Family Association:

Youth Sponsorship:
Anchored4Life has teamed up with the United States military to provide a comprehensive transition and resiliency club for all youth. The peer-to-peer club positively supports and encourages youth through the mastery of resiliency life skills. The NASWF School Liaison currently supports 21 Anchored4Life Clubs in Santa Rosa County District Schools.

The following Santa Rosa County schools support transitions and resiliency by offering Achored4Life Clubs:

1. Avalon Middle School
2. Bennett Russell Elementary
3. Berryhill Elementary
4. Dixon Primary
5. Dixon Intermediate
6. East Bay K-8 Elementary A4L Program
7. East Bay K-8  Middle School A4L Program
8. East Milton Elementary
9. Gulf Breeze Middle
10. Gulf Breeze High
11. Hobbs Middle
12. Holley Navarre Primary
13. Holley Navarre Intermediate
14. Holley Navarre Middle
15. Milton High
16. Navarre High
17. Pace High School
18. Pea Ridge Elementary
19. Sims Middle
20. West Navarre Intermediate
21. Woodlawn Middle

For any youth sponsorship questions or youth sponsor requests, please contact the NAS Whiting Field School Liaison, Dawn Kaunike at 850-665-6105 or at

Installation Programs:
Child Development Center: (6 weeks – 5 years)
Hours: 5:30 am – 6:30 pm
U.S. Navy Child and Youth Programs welcome children/youth of all abilities.

Hourly Care: This program is a short term care option (not to exceed 25 hours in a week or 12 hours in a day) that families can book up to 30 days in advance if space in the child's age group is available. To submit a request for care please visit "".

Parents who cannot find care within our CYP must be registered on and on a waitlist at "" to qualify.

Fleet and Family Support Center:
7511 USS Enterprise Street, Building 3025
Milton, FL 32570A
Phone: 850-623-7177
Fax: 850-623-7735
DSN: 868-7177
Hours: Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm 
Website: About Fleet and Family Readiness

Florida Department of Education:
Please visit "" for the Florida Department of Education website.

School District Information Links:
Santa Rosa County Schools
Escambia County Schools
Okaloosa County Schools

Santa Rosa County Private and Parochial Schools:
Santa Rosa Christian School: PK-12
P.O. Box 643
Milton, FL  32572
Tel: 850-623-4671
Distance from NASWF: 6.2 miles

West Florida Baptist Academy: PK-12
5621 Highway 90
Milton, FL, 32583
Tel: 850-623-9306
Distance from NASWF: 8.6 miles

LEAD Academy: K-12
4106 Berryhill Rd
Pace, FL 32571
Tel: 850-995-1900
Distance from NASWF: 9.0 miles

Lighthouse Private Christian Academy
1530 New Hope Road
Gulf Breeze, FL  32563
Tel: 850-733-1017
Distance form NASWF: 29.0 miles

Checklist for Enrollment into a Florida Public School:
Florida Statute 1003.22 requires each child entering a Florida school for the first time to present a certificate of immunization from a licensed practicing physician or the county health department prior to entry into school. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students must have current immunizations and physical examinations before registration. Seventh grade students have five (5) school days to become compliant with immunizations or they will be excluded from school. Other students including children enrolling under emergency or homeless conditions will be allowed thirty (30) days from the registration date to present the certification requirement. All immunizations must be recorded on the Florida Certificate of Immunization (Form 680). For more information: Florida Immunization Schedule

Any child shall be eligible for admission to kindergarten if he or she has attained the age of five (5) years on or before September 1 of the school year. However, a child who transfers from another state shall be admitted under the same age requirements as established in the state where he or she previously resided.
For admission to first grade, a student shall be six (6) years old on or before September 1 of the school year and shall satisfy one (1) of the following requirements: (a) Previous enrollment and attendance in a Florida public school; (b) Satisfactory completion of kindergarten as specified in Florida Statute; or (c) Previous attendance in an out-of-state school into which he or she was admitted on the basis of age requirement established by the state of residency.
A copy of the child's proof of age (birth certificate) must be supplied at the time of enrollment.

The school district shall include the social security number in the student's permanent records. For more information, please refer to Florida Statute: 1008.386

You need a document or photocopy showing your name and your home address in Florida. Examples include utility bills, bank statements, insurance policies, pay stubs, or government documents. (Post office boxes are not sufficient.) A driver’s license is NOT acceptable.

If any person other than a natural parent has custody of a child, proof of legal custody or guardianship must be provided before the child may be enrolled in a Santa Rosa County public school.

The following school records are needed for registration: (a) Students latest report card and/or transcript is needed for appropriate grade placement. (b) Withdrawal form or report card from previous school is required at registration. (c) Current Individual Education Plan (IEP) (Required if the student is an ESE student, gifted, SLD, speech, etc.)

For information about immunizations and health screenings to attend Florida schools, please visit the Santa Rosa County Schools website for Health and immunizations. *Please note that the NAS Whiting Field Branch Health Clinic is here to service your immunization needs. If you already have an appointment, they will help you then; if you do not have an appointment, you can come in Monday – Thursday from 1300-1500 and on Friday from 0730-1145.
*Also please note that you should bring a hard copy of your child’s immunization card. The AHLTA database may not be accessible or have updated your child’s immunizations.

Partnership in Education (PIE)
If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor or mentor in Santa Rosa County, please email the NAS Whiting Field SL at ""
We love our volunteers!