What specific transition planning do you offer for military families?

Our school counselor meets with incoming families to review educational records and determine class placements. The counselor assigns a Student Ambassador to provide guided tours of the campus and answer student based questions. The School Counselor/Registrar notify MFLAC of incoming military students. The MFLAC and School Counselor will meet with military students on their first day.

Military Point of Contact - Leslie Gorman MFLAC - 850 767 5180

What specific academic planning do you offer for military families?

The School Counselor meets individually with military students in 8th grade to discuss High School credits and State of Florida graduation requirements. The School Counselors also meet with all military students each spring to discuss advanced placements and High School credit options.


What resources and educational opportunities do you offer for military children?

Military students have access to our school-based MFLAC and parenting resources, Community of Care Wellness Referrals, and our large display resource station located in the Guidance Office for information about tutoring, transitioning, DOD Child & Youth programs, and other support services. Military students entering Surfside can participate in all active extra curricular activities and clubs regardless of date of enrollment.

Tell us about your student-led transition team

A Surfside Student Ambassadors is assigned to each new military student upon enrollment. Ambassadors meet the student before school on their first day, provide a guided tour of the campus, walk the new military student to each class and introduce the new student to each teacher at the beginning of each period. Ambassadors sit with the new military student during lunch and make sure they locate their ride home for the day. Ambassadors are encouraged to monitor the success of the Military student transition, connecting with them between classes and during lunch, over the next week or until the military student appears to have formed friendships on campus.

What supports do you offer for military ese children?

Military students are assigned a Case Manager to assist with supports and transitions. Case Managers monitor student grades, attendance and goal progress daily or weekly, depending on the need of the Military ESE student. Surfside has multiple classroom structures available to Military ESE students to include General Education, Inclusion, Resource and Self-Contained.

What military recognition events do you have planned?

We participate in Purple Up Day, Veteran’s Day, and always give End of the Year recognition to our military students.

How do military children access mental health services on your campus?

Military students can access mental health services through emailing their School Counselor, contacting the MFLAC, coming to the Guidance Office, requesting a digital SmartPass on their Chromebook, parent phone call to the Guidance Office, or through a request for a Community of Care Referral.

OCSD Resources

BDS Resources for Military Families

The Bay District Schools website has a detailed list of Military Family Resources and Educational Opportunities to best assist your family. It contains a PCS document, services, programs, educational resources, and so much more to aid in the success of your educational goals.

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