Rocky Bayou Christian prepares for second year in Destin

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Jewel Whittle (right) and her classmates at Rocky Bayou Christian School in Destin work on projects Tuesday morning in Leigh-Ellen Bee’s fourth grade class.

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 05:50 PM.

Rocky Bayou Christian School grew onto a new campus this year.

Next year, it will focus on growing and fostering the type of culture that has kept the Niceville campus flourishing since it opened in the 1970s.

Rocky Bayou expanded to Destin last summer after reaching an agreement to take over the struggling Destin Christian School.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to do school in Destin,” Rocky Bayou Superintendent Mike Mosley said. “This is a great school, a great location.”

Destin Christian Academy at First Baptist Church on Beach Drive started with a kindergarten program in 1990 and grew for several years before declining with the economy, according to longtime kindergarten teacher Susan Bell.

At its height, the school had a K-8 program, but when Rocky Bayou took over it was a K-5 program with 33 students.

Rocky Bayou tried not to make too many changes in its first year. Instead, it focused on chartering a future path, Mosley said. 

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