Tony Simmons

The Collegiate School at FSU Panama City, a laboratory high school, will welcome local dignitaries and public officials for light refreshments and a tour of its facilities at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. The school is based at 2440 St. Andrews Blvd., Panama City, beside Northstar Church.

Representatives from Florida State University, Triumph Gulf Coast and a host of local collaborators will be on campus to visit the state’s newest collegiate high school. Members of the news media are welcome to cover the event. 

“The school and its almost 100 freshmen are off to a great start and are excited about the opportunities the school is able to provide to area students, with dual enrollment, AP and CTE, along with traditional high school academics,” said Director Debbi Whitaker. 

The Collegiate School opened for its first class of ninth-grade students on Aug.10. Students were recruited through an online application process, with preference given to dependent children of active-duty military personnel. The school is designed to grow by as many as 125 students each year, with the inaugural cohort graduating in May 2027.

The school offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, dual enrollment classes and career preparation, such as technical certifications. There are no costs for high school students taking these college courses, as The Collegiate School is a tuition-free developmental lab school. The articulation agreement with FSU PC allows TCS students to receive an Associate of Arts degree from FSU if they meet specific requirements.
For more details, visit The Collegiate School site at tcs.fsu.edu.