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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Polk County Public Schools is a public school district located in Bartow, FL. It has 101,635 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 43% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.
Address
1915 S Floral Ave
Bartow, FL 33830
Telephone
(863) 534-0521

Polk County Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
72%
Average SAT
1080
2,164 responses
Average ACT
22
1,840 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
101,635
Free or Reduced Lunch
57.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$39,234
Teachers in First/Second Year
22%

Finances

Total Expenses
$940,629,000
Expenses Per Student
$9,001/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    64%
  • Support Services
    30%
  • Other
    6%

Polk County Public Schools Reviews

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Within the Polk County School System is a community of careful teachers, helpful resources and objective curriculum with the goal of creating a more productive society. There is a heavy key club presences, a leadership and volunteering opportunities club, my own Highschool, Mulberry Senior Highschool has provided me with the best guidance and educators the state of Florida has to give! There is a growing culture of learning and leadership here- not to be created or enforced by facilitators, but to be supported by a motivated and productive student body. Here in Polk County, academic achievement is competitive and sought after. Though, the students involved in academics feel motivated, there is an innate determination that drives these achievements that some may lack, I suggest that we motivate eachother more, and each student individually develops a passion for learning which may diffuse through everyone in the student body.
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Teachers are phenomenal, some are careless and don't take education serious. More advanced classes should be provided for students who are gifted and get bored from the regular and honors classes. The sports offered are amazing and interns should do as the teachers ask. The amount of test is ridiculous. Teacher rush over material to ensure they are covering all of the material for the state exams. Students don't understand or truly know the material. Rather gather the information in their short term memory till the exam is over. State test shouldn't determine graduation. No test can truly analyze a persons true intelligence.
I have gone to a Polk County Public School every stage of my life so far; Pre-k, Elementary, Middle, and High school. Everyone in Polk County knows each other, you are either close to people of a certain school or rivals with another (high school). Sports make this County, we are very competitive and this is why there are rivals throughout the schools. Diversity is very prominent here, especially the schools I attended. I have had amazing teachers and I have had horrible teachers, it is just luck of the draw around here. Some of the schools here have good academic choices such as S.T.E.M. programs, Cambridge, Collegiate, Dual Enrollment, and many clubs one can attend. Food is edible and campuses are fairly safe and continue to get stricter each year on their safety policies. There are some not so good things about Polk County Public Schools such as disrespectful students, teachers, and administration, but there is always some bad to deal with for the good.