Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School is a charter high school housed within Polk State College and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The purpose of the school is to provide academic and technical education for serious high school junior and senior students who desire to undertake college-level study. The two-year curriculum enables students to complete a high school diploma and many of the requirements for an associate degree, simultaneously, in either academic transfer or technical education options.
The mission of Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School is to enroll and graduate high school students who demonstrate a commitment to earn a college degree and position them to do so through an accelerated high school and State College curriculum. Approximately 37% of the students graduating from the Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School earn their Associate of Arts degree upon graduation from high school. More than 60% of the graduating classes earn forty-five credit hours of college course work upon graduation from high school. On average, 90% of Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School students meet the required scores on the PERT English, Math and Reading to become college ready by graduation from high school. In the 2011-2012 school year, the Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School had a 100% pass rate on the FCAT Science Test, one of the highest in the state of Florida.
The Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School has had an average enrollment rate of 220 students per year over the past five years, and current enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year is 270 students.
The demographic makeup of the student population includes:
7.8 Other (Multiracial, Indian, and Asian)
Approximately 17% of the enrolled students meet the requirements for free or reduced price lunches.
All college work is completed in classes with the general population of Polk State College students and is taught by highly qualified college professors. All high school courses are taught by instructors certified to teach in the appropriate subject area, and all high school faculty members are Master’s level teachers. The high school courses offered at the Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School correspond to the requirements of the Florida Department of Education course descriptions and meet all state requirements for graduation.