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Our District

Flagler Schools serves over 13,000 students across ten schools. With over 2,500 employees, the school district is the county's largest employer and plays a significant role in the community. Flagler Schools is a model for other districts in the state and has been recognized for its technology-infused learning spaces and innovative programs for students.

Our mission is to ensure educational success through high expectations and innovative thinking in a safe learning environment to empower students to reach their full potential as responsible, ethical, and productive citizens in a diverse and changing world. In 2021, Flagler Schools adopted a three-year Strategic Plan that established goals in alignment with this mission.


ISTE Distinguished District Award

Flagler Schools was the first school district in Florida to receive the Distinguished District Award from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). This recognition is awarded annually to districts that demonstrate effectiveness and innovation in the use of technology; ensure equitable, accessible, and appropriate technology use for all students; and are focused on improving learner outcomes and continuously enhancing the learning experience.

PBIS Model Schools

All of our schools have achieved Model School status by the Florida Positive Behavioral and Interventions Support (PBIS) Project. This demonstrates our commitment to the effective implementation of PBIS and our efforts toward achieving positive and equitable outcomes for all students.

Florida School of Excellence

Indian Trails Middle School has consistently been named a School of Excellence by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). This designation is achieved if a school’s percentage of possible points earned in its school grade calculation is in the 80th percentile or higher for schools comprised of the same grade groupings for at least two of the last three school years.

Five-Star School Award

Flagler-Palm Coast High School, Matanzas High School, and Wadsworth Elementary School have all achieved the Five-Star School Award. Created by the Commissioner's Community Involvement Council, this award is presented annually to schools that have shown exemplary community involvement. To earn this recognition, a school must meet established criteria in the following categories:

  • Business partnerships
  • Family involvement
  • Volunteerism
  • Student community service
  • School Advisory Councils
Golden School Award

All of our elementary schools have earned the Golden School Award. This award is presented annually by the FLDOE to recognize schools that promote parent and community engagement in education. The Golden School Award recognizes schools with exemplary volunteer programs that meet the following criteria:

  • 80% of the school's staff is trained in school volunteerism
  • The school has a designated volunteer coordinator
  • The total number of volunteer service hours equals or exceeds the number of students enrolled

We are dedicated to providing the tools our students, teachers, and administrators need to accomplish our mission. In addition, we have a cadre of community members who step up and provide much-needed support. All of these efforts make Flagler Schools one of the best school districts in Florida.cathy mittelstadt, SuperintendenT

Student Writing


Flagler Schools was rated a “B” district during the last full assessment provided by the Florida Department of Education.

Flagler Schools high school students are consistently named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists and finalists.

Flagler Schools graduates can be found at every major Florida university, as well as military academies, Ivy League schools, and other prestigious campuses.

Flagler Schools’ 1-to-1 initiative, supported by the continued renewal of a half-cent sales tax, has placed a device in every student’s hands.

Both Flagler-Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School are in the top half of the "Best High Schools" as ranked by US News and World Report.

Indian Trails Middle School was named one of the top middle schools in the country by US News and World Report.

iFlagler's online education program has been named "Best Small District Franchise" by Florida Virtual School twice.


District and school accreditation is a certification by an external authority that the minimum standards of quality are being met as required by the Florida Department of Education. Accreditation means that our schools meet leadership capacity, learning capacity, and resource capacity performance standards.

Flagler Schools is accredited through Cognia (formerly AdvancED). Their 2018 Flagler Schools Accreditation Engagement Review Report was produced after visiting our schools, examining district documents, and interviewing stakeholders.