2016-2017 Application

If you need application assistance, please contact the Polk County Schools Workforce Education Department.
(863) 519-8869

The application window for the 2019-2020 Polk Academies is November 1st at 8:00 am through Tuesday, January 11th at 5:00 p.m.

*PLEASE NOTE: Students interested in applying for an academy at their zoned school need to contact their school's guidance department.

If a student is currently in a Polk Academy, please do not reapply.

Each student may apply for up to 3 Polk Academies by ranking first, second, third choice on the application.

Application and Admission Requirements for All Academy Students

  • A student should have a genuine interest in the career area for which the student is applying.
  • The applicant may not have a past history of consistent, serious discipline problems as defined by the Code of Student Conduct.
  • Transportation will not be provided by the school district for out of zone transfers.
  • If a student is accepted into a high school career academy or middle school pre-academy but prior to entering that program is reassigned to a district discipline program or expelled due to a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, he/she will be considered ineligible for admission.
  • Out-of-zone students who leave a career academy must return to their zoned school per School Board policy.
  • School Board policy states when a student leaves an academy of any kind the student must return to their zone school.
  • Out-of-zone seniors who leave an academy will not be able to remain at the out-of zone school through the use of a “senior transfer.”
  • FSA Scores: In the event that an incoming 9th grader does not pass the 8th grade FSA he or she may be required to take intensive Math or Reading. These remedial courses may take up elective space within the student's schedule thus not allowing room for academy classes. If this is the case the student would be ineligible for acceptance into the academy.
  • Upon completion of the student’s Polk Academies application, the family will receive a confirmation number and email to the email address listed on the application.

Acceptance & Denial Letters

  • All correspondence to the applicants will be given by EMAIL only.
  • Response letters should go out March 2019.