Education

Education is a dominant factor in the make-up of the Panama City-Bay County area. Gulf Coast Community College and the Florida State University / Panama City Campus are located in the city.

Gulf Coast Community College
Programs at Gulf Coast include 2-year university transfer and career oriented fields of study leading to 57 Associate in Arts and 30 Associate in Science Degrees. The school also offers 1-year certificates in various areas of study, as well as a broad variety of non-credit offerings through its Office of Continuing Education.

Gulf Coast Community College and Florida State University / Panama City Campus cooperate in a 2 + 2 program whereby Gulf Coast Community College provides the first 2 years of education and Florida State University provides the last 2 years of undergraduate work leading to a Baccalaureate.

Florida State University / Panama City Campus
The Panama City Campus of Florida State University currently provides undergraduate degree programs to Panama City-Bay County area residents in 19 fields. Master degree offerings cover 11 different fields ranging from business, education, engineering, and nursing to psychology. Future degree programs will be added.

Troy University
The Troy University, Florida Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, currently provides undergraduate degree programs to Panama City-Bay County area residents in psychology and business administration / management. Master degree offerings cover 5 different fields: human development, human resource management, international relations, management and public administration.

Bay County Public Schools
Bay District Schools serve a population of more than 147,000 people within a geographic area of 764 square miles. The school district is the 21st largest in Florida with an enrollment in excess of 26,000 students. The school term begins in mid-August and ends in early June. A child must be 5 years of age by September 1 of the current school year to attend kindergarten. The school district student population is 80 percent white non-Hispanic, 15 percent Black, 1 percent Hispanic, 3 percent Asian-Pacific islander and less than 1 percent American Indian.

The Bay County School Board employs over 3,000 people to operate the school district, including 1,600 certified teachers and administrators. All classroom teachers have Bachelor's degrees and over 35 percent of the instructional staff have advanced degrees. The school system has received a statewide award for its outstanding school volunteer program.

Transportation to and from schools is provided for Bay County elementary school students who live more than ¾ mile from their assigned schools, middle school students who live more than 1½ miles from their assigned schools and senior high school students who live 2 miles or more from their assigned schools.

All Bay District schools are fully accredited by the Florida Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information about the Bay County School System, visit their website.