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Walton County School District Recognized Nationally

Cognia Accreditation Awards for Excellence in Education


Cognia, the global school improvement organization that helps grow learners, teachers, and leaders, has announced its list of Schools of Distinction among Cognia accredited schools and districts. The Schools of Distinction earn this recognition based on the results of Cognia’s rigorous Accreditation Engagement Review process. The 2022 Schools of Distinction are listed on the Cognia website.

During the 2021-2022 school year, Cognia conducted approximately 1,500 school engagement reviews for accreditation. This year, 96 schools and 38 systems in 34 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and nine countries are recognized. The number of institutions reviewed and those that earn this designation vary from year to year. Winners carry the designation for one year.

Five school districts in Florida were among 38 systems that received recognition.  Walton, Okaloosa, Collier, Pasco, and Volusia County School Districts were all among those named.  Upon hearing the news, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes was again honored and humbled to receive yet another award, recognition, or designation that affirms our hard work and dedication in education for our students and families.  “We experienced the Cognia Accreditation process last year, and the organization shared that we were a top tier visit.  We know we are ranked third in the state of Florida with academics, but to know that we are in the top 38 of systems in the world according to this national accreditation organization – that is truly EPIC!”  Superintendent Hughes continued by thanking all stakeholders who were involved during the Cognia visit – students, parents, staff, teachers, administrators, and school board. 

“Congratulations to the 2022 Schools and Systems of Distinction for demonstrating excellence in education in meeting the Cognia Performance Standards,” said Cognia President and CEO Dr. Mark A. Elgart. “Based on the results of their 2021–2022 accreditation reviews, each of these schools and systems demonstrated evidence of growth in learning, a healthy culture for learning, engaging and high-quality instructional environments, and effective leadership for learning.”

Cognia is a global, nonprofit improvement organization dedicated to helping institutions and other education providers grow learners, teachers, and leaders. Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, and professional services within a framework of continuous improvement. Serving 36,000 public and private institutions from early learning through high school in more than 90 countries, Cognia brings a global perspective to advancing teaching and learning. Find out more at

Congratulations again to all stakeholders in the Walton County School District for being a part of the success we are experiencing; you are EPIC, and EPIC remains the way!

God bless you all!!!


A. Russell Hughes

Superintendent of Schools

South Walton High School's chapter of the National Honor Society inducted over 60 new members! This invitation-only club is based on 4 pillars of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. South Walton is proud to have so many students eligible for this prestigious organization. 
Please join Superintendent Hughes and all WCSD Staff in our commitment to promote Attendance. Absenteeism is a lost opportunity to learn.  We cannot afford to think of absenteeism as merely a lack of compliance with school rules.  Addressing chronic absence is a key component of improving graduation rates, increasing academic achievement, and giving young people a good chance for success in their adult life.  If you need assistance with attendance, please contact your school or AttendanceWorks at

SWHS Yearbooks and Senior Ads are on sale now!

To purchase a YEARBOOK go to

Prices are as follows:

$50 till Oct. 21, 2022

$55 from Oct. 22-Nov. 11, 2022

$60 from Nov. 12, 2022-Jan. 27, 2023

$65 from Jan. 27-Apr. 14, 2023

To purchase your Senior Ad go to

Jostens is responsible for our school's yearbook ad sales. Please do not send materials to the school. ALL SENIOR AD ORDERS MUST BE PLACED by 02/09/2023. There are no exceptions to this deadline, so order now!

For SWHS Yearbook questions, please contact Shelly Hinojosa at [email protected]

South Walton High School’s Link Crew welcomed incoming freshmen this past week. Link Crew student leaders gave tours, answered questioned, built relationships, and even practiced a few school cheers to help new students soar into high school. Thank you to the volunteers and staff for making this event a success.

Join us for student orientation on August 5th!

Returning 10-12 grade students 9:00 to 10:30 AM

New and 9th grade students 1:00 to 3:00 PM

We look forward to seeing you!

We need you! South Walton High School is looking for bi-lingual interpretor fluent in Spanish who would like to work with students to support their learning. This job will have benefits. Please contact Dr. Tibbetts at [email protected] or 850.622.5020, ext. 4310

School Supply List

July 26, 2022

We are excited to welcome your student to South Walton High School! Below is a general supply list for all students.

  • 3“ 3 ring binder
  • Paper (2) packs
  • Graph paper
  • Pencils
  • Pens (black or blue)
  • Highlighters
  • Erasers
  • Pencil pouch
  • Dividers
  • Pocketed folder(s)
  • USB flash-drive
  • Head-phones
  • Notecards
  • TI-30XA (Algebra I, Geometry)
  • TI-30X IIS Scientific Calculator (Algebra II, MCR)
  • TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator (Pre-Calculus, Calculus AB/BC, College Algebra, and Statistics)

Teachers may provide more specific supply requests to students at orientation or on the first day.