School Guide for Lakeland

Discover these top 10 schools in the Polk County/Lakeland area through our guide. Stay tuned for more details on a FAQ list with PCPS.

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When it comes to educational options for your children, Lakeland (in fact, Polk County) offers a variety of different options –– more than 150 schools for you to choose from –– which is great but can be overwhelming. As the world of learning continues to evolve, it’s important for you to feel empowered and equipped to make the choice that best suits your child’s needs.

Since Polk County’s educational scene is well-rounded with more than 110,00 students county-wide, you’re able to send your child to the school you are zoned for via your residential address; OR you can use ‘parental choice’ or opportunity scholarships to try to get them into a different school within the school district (charter school or private school in some cases).

Don’t sweat it. We’ve done the work to ease your process. Here are the top choices for schools based on grade levels:

Elementary Schools

Chain of Lakes Elementary, 7001 State Highway 653 (Winter Haven) | Founded 2005

🎒 Grades K-5

✍️ Elementary day school, public

⛪ Non-sectarian

💸 Tuition-free

Davenport School of the Arts, 4751 County Road 547 (Davenport) | Founded 1920s

🎒 Grades Pre-K–8

✍️ Day elementary + middle school, magnet/choice

⛪ Non-sectarian

💸 Tuition average of $8,261

Rochelle School of the Arts, 1501 Martin L King Jr Avenue (Lakeland) | Founded 1992

🎒 Grades K–8

✍️ Day elementary + middle school, choice

⛪ Non-sectarian

💸 Tuition-free

Spessard L. Holland Elementary, 2342 EF Griffin Road (Bartow) | Founded 2009

🎒 Grades Pre-K–5

✍️ Day elementary school, public

⛪ Non-sectarian

💸 Tuition-free

Middle Schools

Dundee Ridge Middle Academy, 5555 Lake Trask Road #4703 (Dundee) | Founded 1981

🎒 Grades 6-8

✍️ Day middle school, magnet

⛪ Non-sectarian

💸 Tuition-free

Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, 400 N. Florida Avenue (Lakeland) | Founded 1981

🎒 Grades 6-8

✍️ Day middle school, magnet

⛪ Non-sectarian

💸 Tuition-free

McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy, 800 S. 4th Street (Lake Wales) | Founded 1964

🎒 Grades 6-8

✍️ Day middle school, public

⛪ Non-sectarian

💸 Tuition-free

High Schools

Bartow Senior High School, 1270 S. Broadway Avenue (Bartow) | Founded 1887

🎒 Grades 9-12

✍️ Day high school, public

⛪ Non-sectarian

💸 Tuition-free

Haines City Senior High School, 2800 Hornet Drive (Haines City) | Founded 1922

🎒 Grades 9-12

✍️ Day high school, public

⛪ Non-sectarian

💸 Tuition-free

Polk Pre-Collegiate Academy, 5316 Berkley Road (Auburndale)

🎒 Grades 9-10

✍️ Day high school, public

⛪ Non-sectarian

💸 Tuition-free