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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B+
  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 101,408 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 50% of students are at least proficient in math and 46% in reading.
1915 S Floral Ave
Bartow, FL 33830

Polk County Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
46%
Percent Proficient - Math
50%
Average Graduation Rate
80%
Average SAT
1080
2,942 responses
Average ACT
22
2,271 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
101,408
Free or Reduced Lunch
52.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$36,428
Teachers in First/Second Year
22%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$9,612/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    29%
  • Other
    6%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$46,850
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$817
National
$949
Median Home Value
$121,600
National
$184,700

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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The school board is out of touch and doesn’t listen to their staff who have experience. They make idiotic decisions regarding students and completely disregard those who actually make suggestions. They make poor decision regarding allocations or funds and choose leaders who can’t understand the importance of evolving learning like incorporating technology on a wide scale. The school board does not involve the best interests of the students in decision making, they largely decide based on supporters and donor opinions. The educational structure in the schools is lacking at best. They are unequipped to deal the volume of students enrolled because they overfill classes and don’t support the teachers. They disregard teacher complaints and refuse to approve building decisions based on projections. They instead wait for overcrowding to even begin attempting to solve the issues. The school board is completely out of touch and corrupt.
I love the diversity in the schools around polk county, they bring all nationalities together. It’s amazing to see where they come from and who their friends are, one friend grew up in the pearly white gated community and his best friends grew up on the shady side of town. But when you’re in school or playing sports together, none of that matters. It only matters how you treat each other everyday and who you are outside of those activities. I’d love to see the private schools and public schools come together to better gain different sports that some public schools don’t have. Also the teaching styles as well, there is both lessons to learn from teaching students in a private school to public school. I feel if teachers were to come together and see how they operate a classroom with different students, it’ll better the students knowledge. Teachers will know how to teach certain students in a variety of different ways.