About our School

Who We Are

Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School is a public charter school housed within Polk State college and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school provides academic and technical education for high school juniors and seniors who desire to undertake college-level studies. The two-year Lakeland Collegiate curriculum will enable students to complete a high school diploma and many of the requirements for an associate degree.

Overall Purpose:

Lakeland Collegiate, an accelerated early-college experience

Vision Statement

Lakeland Collegiate will provide high school juniors and seniors with:

  • A high school administrative and support staff located on the Polk State College Lakeland campus
  • Individualized student mentoring and advocacy to bridge the transition from high school to college
  • College courses taught by both Polk State and LC faculty
  • Personalized college and career advising
  • Access to all college resources

The two-year LC curriculum will enable students to complete a high school diploma and many of the requirements for an associate degree.

Mission Statement

Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School will empower students in a college environment to graduate high school with a significant number of college credits and a vision for their futures.


You must be a high school junior or senior with an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher to qualify for Lakeland Collegiate’s Allied Health, or Digital Multimedia 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 Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School. You can earn college credits 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).


Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School is located at the Polk State Lakeland Campus. However, with the approval of your guidance counselor, you can take college classes at any Polk State location. You can also take classes during the summer terms and evenings at no additional cost. Lakeland Collegiate has advisors 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 choose classes.


Polk State Lakeland Collegiate has had an average enrollment rate of 275 students per year over the past two years, and current enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is 332 students. The demographic makeup of the student population includes:

59% Female

41% Male

64% White

8% Black

18% Hispanic

10% Other (Multiracial, Indian, and Asian)

Approximately 26% of the enrolled students meet the requirements for free or reduced-price lunches.

“Lakeland Collegiate, an accelerated early college experience”