Potential Charter Applicants

The School Board of Polk County, Florida, pursuant to Florida Statutes 1002.33, 1001.41, establishes charter schools for the following purposes: to improve student learning and academic achievement; to increase learning opportunities for all students with special emphasis on low-performing students and reading; to encourage the use of innovative learning methods; to increase choices of learning opportunities for students; to establish a new form of accountability for schools; to require the measurement of learning outcomes and create innovative measurement tools; and to create new professional opportunities for teachers.

Charter Schools in Florida shall be guided by the following principles: Meet high standards of student achievement while providing parents flexibility to choose among diverse educational opportunities within the state’s public school system; promote enhanced academic success and financial efficiency by aligning responsibility with accountability; provide parents with sufficient information on whether their child is reading at grade level and whether the child gains at least a year’s worth of learning for every year spent in the charter school. Charter schools are fully recognized as public schools.

New Applicant Orientation

Sponsored by The School Board of Polk County, Office of Charter Schools

Interested parties are encouraged to call the Office of Charter Schools at (863) 534-0625 to register or request additional information.

When: November 7, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Polk County School Board Auditorium
1915 South Floral Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830

Applicant Information Packet

This meeting is essential for anyone planning to submit a charter application. Various School Board employees will provide attendees with general information on the charter application process, School Board Policies, and requirements of charter applicants.

Florida Statutes states “…A sponsor shall receive and consider charter school applications received on or before August 1 of each calendar year for charter schools to be opened at the beginning of the school district's next school year… A sponsor may receive applications later than this date if it chooses.” The deadline for charter school applications to be received by the Office of Charter Schools is February 1, 2018 no later than 4:00 PM.


Important Dates:

  • January 1, 2018 - Submit Letter of Intent to district. (Template)
  • February 1, 2018 by 4:00 pm - 10 bound copies of your charter application, and one (1) USB flash drive labeled with the name of the school.

Requirements for Submission:

Charter Application Submission Location and Deadline:

The School Board of Polk County - Office of Charter Schools

1915 South Floral Avenue

Bartow, Florida 33830

All documents must be received before 4:00 PM on February 1, 2018. Late submission will not be accepted.


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