About Our School


Who we are

Polk State College Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School is a public charter school that provides highly motivated 11th and 12th grade students from throughout Polk County with a distinctive experience, blending traditional high school with collegiate coursework.


You must be a high school junior or senior with an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher to qualify for COL’s Information Systems, Allied Health, or Criminal Justice program, or a 3.0 unweighted GPA for the AA (Associate of Arts) degree program. You must have a minimum of 11 high school credits at the end of your tenth grade year and be on track for earning a standard Florida high school diploma.


It is free to attend Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School. You can earn college credits, complete a work based learning experience and take certification exams at no cost to you. The program even supplies college textbooks at no cost (textbooks are on a loan voucher program and must be returned at the end of each semester).


Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School is located at the Polk State College Winter Haven campus. However, you can take your college classes at any Polk State location. You can also take classes during the summer terms and evenings at no additional cost. COL has advisers to help you find the schedule and coursework that best fit your special talents, plans and capabilities. Upon acceptance, an initial academic planning meeting is scheduled to create a plan of study for your last two years of high school. Your counselor will guide and advise you through the process of registration and choosing classes.

COL School Calendar 2021 – 2022 

School Leadership Award 2020

Niche Best Schools in Florida Award 2019

School Choice Leadership Award 2019

2016-2017 COL School Profile

School Choice Leadership Award 2018

School Choice Leadership Award 2017


Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School is accredited by COGNIA and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Accreditation Certificate