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Office of Education

Find educational information and resources for youth in DJJ Day Treatment, Prevention, Detention and Residential Commitment Programs.


The Office of Education collaborates with the Florida Department of Education and local district school boards to ensure implementation and compliance with applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations of programs for youth served in DJJ settings. The Office of Education is committed to ensure youth served by the Department are afforded the opportunity to obtain a high quality education.

The Department of Education (DOE) serves as the lead agency for juvenile justice education programs, curriculum, support services, and resources. To this end, DOE and DJJ each designate a Coordinator for Juvenile Justice Education Programs to serve as the point of contact for resolving issues not addressed by district school boards and to provide each department’s participation in the following activities:

  • Training, collaborating, and coordinating with the Department of Juvenile Justice, district school boards, educational contract providers, and juvenile justice providers, whether state operated or contracted.
  • Collecting information on the academic performance of students in juvenile justice programs and reporting on the results.
  • Developing academic and career protocols that provide guidance to district school boards and providers in all aspects of education programming, including records transfer and transition.

Education Transition Representatives in each school district can assist with transferring educational records, provide guidance through the transition process, and provide information to other districts on local school options.

Teacher of the Year:

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (FDJJ) recognizes the Teacher of the Year finalists for 15-16.

Mr. Caleb Bates, Les Peters Academy

Caleb Bates
Les Peters Academy

Kelli Goff
PACE Pasco

Charli Wutzler
PACE Marion


The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) honored Caleb Bates with the 2015-16 Juvenile Justice Teacher of the Year Award during a ceremony at the 23rd National Symposium conference.

Mr. Bates is a Math and Science teacher at Les Peters Academy in Hillsborough County.   Starting his teaching career in traditional schools frequently left him with an “empty feeling” prior to coming to the Juvenile Justice school 3 years ago.   When asked why he would leave the traditional setting, he responded with, “they need me and I need them”.  

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) also recognized Kelli Goff and Charli Wutzler as finalists for the 2015-2016 Juvenile Justice Teacher of the Year. 

Ms. Goff is a Reading teacher at the PACE Center for Girls in Pasco County, where she believes that if the girls are engaged, they are learning.

Ms. Wutzler is an Intensive Reading teacher at the PACE Center for Girls in Marion County, where she believes that each student offers a special and unique perspective to the dynamics of the classroom.

Scholarships & Financial Aid


The My Florida Youth website was developed to serve as a portal and central location to access all of the youth resources available through Florida’s government agencies and departments. Housed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the site focuses heavily on educating youth about their career and education options while providing links to other Youth Partnership resources for parents and professionals.