Dune Lakes Elementary School has scored among the highest in Walton County and the state of Florida for many years.  High standards, rigorous content and quality instruction is a priority to ensure student learning.  


Children "learn to read" in Kindergarten through Grade 2 and "read to learn" from Grade 3 on.  Establishing a strong reading foundation is important in all grades.  Dune Lakes Elementary School uses multiple instructional resources including ReadyGen and all resources align with Florida's Academic Standards.  A minimum of 150 minutes of reading instruction is provided during the school day.

Parents play a major role in helping students excel in school.  Please encourage your children to read, read, read! Help them develop a love for reading by taking them to the county library, book stores, reading every night for at least 20 minutes, reading to them and with them.  Let them see you reading a book for pleasure!  All of these things send the message that reading is important.


Math instruction begins right away in Kindergarten with students applying algebraic thinking as early as first grade.  Dune Lakes Elementary School uses multiple instructional resources including Eureka Math.  All instructional resources align with Florida's Academic Standards. 

Science and Social Studies is integrated throughout the school day and aligns with Florida's B.E.S.T. standards. 

Physical Education

Students are provided Physical Education classes three days weekly and provided an additional 20 minute recess daily to ensure children are active.

Art & Music

All students at Dune Lakes Elementary School are provided with art and music instruction throughout the school year.  These courses align with Florida's B.E.S.T. standards and is a favorite part of most student's days.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Dune Lakes Elementary School is working to become a STEM Certified school which provides on-going STEM education integrated throughout the school.  Students in Grades K-5 are provided STEM classes as part of their special class rotation that include Digital Citizenship instruction, Keyboarding, Project Lead the Way, Robotics, and Coding.

Innovation Center

Dune Lake's Innovation Center is open daily for students to check books in and out.  In addition to this "before school" time, classes have a scheduled time to visit the Media Center weekly to increase reading for our students.  Though a scheduled time is provided for all, the Innovation Center has an "open door" policy to ensure students always have access to books for reading.


Dune Lakes Elementary is an AVID school. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. With AVID, teachers inspire students to take control over their own learning. Teachers help students organize their thoughts and learning. This year AVID is being implemented in grades 3-5.

At DLE we want all students to be college and career ready. Throughout the year, we will have days to celebrate college and careers.