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Four Polk County Public Schools Earn “Model” Status for Arts Programs

March 31, 2016

Four Polk County schools have been named among the best public schools in Florida for arts programs.

Davenport School of the Arts, Haines City High, McLaughlin Middle and Spessard L. Holland Elementary were designated as Florida Arts Model Schools by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE).

A total 14 schools were named Florida Arts Model Schools for the 2016-19 period by FAAE, a nonprofit organization that promotes arts education in public schools.

Schools evaluated for the honor must have “exemplary” arts programs, instructional settings and community connections, among other factors. Florida Arts Model Schools are eligible for grant funds and professional development opportunities; they also must agree to be paired with a rural or underserved school that has indicated an interest in developing or enhancing art programs.

Davenport School of the Arts was one of just two schools to receive a “comprehensive” designation for all four disciplines: dance, music, theatre and visual art.

The individual designations for Polk are as follows: Haines City High (music, theatre and visual art); McLaughlin Middle (dance, music and visual art); Spessard L. Holland Elementary (music).