As a part of Polk County Public Schools, the eighth largest school district in Florida, Winter Haven has a variety of options for your family no matter what stage of life or education development. Polk County Public Schools has more than 170 schools with a diverse student body that exceeds 100,000.
The Winter Haven area has numerous public elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools and several magnet, choice and charter public schools. Polk County Public Schools boasts over 100 career academies which focus on careers from veteranity medicine to marketing to robotics and more. These academies offer students the opportunity to learn about specific fields while in middle and high school and offer small learning communities supported by local subject matter experts on an advisory committee.
We are also privledged to have premier private schools that meet the needs of many of our families as well as strong home schooling networks and a Montessori pre-school and Pre K-8th grade school.
The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce launched an Educational Outcomes initiative to determine ways the community can become involved in the public school system and help to improve the education outcomes of our students. As a direct result, the Winter Haven Public Education Partnership (PEP) was formed, comprising of teachers, educators, bsiness leaders, elected officials and citizens. This ground breaking community activism resulted in a call-to-action for citizens passionate about improving educational outcomes for children.
Since then, they have opened an after-school tutoring center in Northeast Winter Haven, a Career Connetion mentoring program an dlaunghed the Cambridge Academy at Winter Haven High School and Denison Middle School. Denison is the first middle school in Polk County to offer this curriculum.
PEP has been integral part of the successes of our schools. They continue to work on the greatest challenges affecting Winter Haven public schools through commuity partnerships, colllabortion and listening to the needs of school faculty, staff and students.
The plethora of options for your child's education doesn't stop after high school. Polk County has many wonderful college campuses that offer a variety of different focuses of study. Listed below are our Chamber Member/Polk County colleges!