Special Open Enrollment

There is a SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY to apply for Bethune Academy, a K-5 Magnet STEM School. Bethune Academy is currently beginning a “mini-Open Enrollment and Acceptance” for current Fourth Grade and Kindergarten. A Task Force is currently actively seeking to add Middle School for the 2017-2018 School Year.

The Open Enrollment begins immediately…  September 21, 2016, through October 3, 2016

To apply:

  • You will need to come to Bethune Academy at 900 Avenue F, Haines City, Florida 33844.
  • Paper Applications are available in the office to be completed and submitted immediately to the Office Personnel at Bethune Academy.

Notification of Acceptance will be sent on October 5, 2016. If you know anyone who would like to apply to Kindergarten or Fourth Grade for this school year, please let them know about this opportunity. We would also be available to give a tour of the school and answer questions. Please call the school office (863-421-3334) for more information.

Spirit Day: September 30th

Our September Spirit Day Celebration will be held on Friday, September 30th. Families are invited to attend and show support for our “Cadets of the Month” and other special awards. It begins at 8:00AM in the courtyard.

Volunteers Needed: Book Fair


Please sign up for a block of time to help at Bethune Academy’s book fair. It will be held September 26th-30th.

  • Monday – Thursday 7:30AM – 3:30PM
  • Friday 7:30AM – NOON

If you are able to help, please sign up on this website link.

Thank you,

Mrs. Akers

School Messenger

Telephone Notification System: In order to receive important messages from your child’s school, you must “opt in.” Please follow these directions to be able to receive important phone messages.

Book Fair

Bethune Academy book fair will be held September 26th-30th. It will be located in the Media Center… where books are the Book fairtreasure!

  • Monday – Thursday 7:30AM – 3:30PM
  • Friday 7:30AM – NOON


Important Campus Guidelines

  • School Hours: 8:00AM – 3:00PM
  • Walkers must go directly to the crossing guard for safe crossing.
  • Car Riders must be dropped off between 7:30 – 7:55 AM.
  • Car riders must be picked up by 3:20PM from the car rider line. Car riders will not be able to walk away from campus; a staff member will call the car rider number at the car loading zone.
  • If parents need a car rider number issued or replaced, they should see the office staff.  Cars without a number should not be in the pick-up line.
  • Early Dismissal Days: Dismissal is at 12:30PM Car riders must be picked up by 12:50PM.
  • Parents in cars must NOT drop off students at the bus zone or the street in front of the bus zone.
  • Do NOT park cars in the bus loading zone for any reason.
  • Please do not drop children off after 8:00AM. A parent must walk tardy students to the front office for a tardy slip.
  • All gates will be locked in the morning and remain locked for the remainder of the school day. ALL parents and visitors must check in at the front office when entering the campus.
  • All visitors must present a current driver’s license or Florida Identification Card in order to request permission to enter campus. A visitor’s badge is required on campus at all times.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Morning Guidelines

Morning Arrival:

  • No cars should be parked in the bus zone.
  • Do not drop your children off at the bus zone – this is a safety issue!
  • If you are walking your child onto campus, please park and take them to the gate in front of the office and we will make sure your child gets to class.
    • Kindergarten students will be escorted to the correct location.
  • All visitors will need to receive a pass to enter our school campus.
    • If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, please contact her for an appointment:
      • You can write a note in the agenda
      • email her
      • call the school office at 421-3334 to leave a message.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Morning schedule:

  • 7:30AM:  Staff members are on duty.
  • Students should not be on campus before 7:30. All students will go directly to the cafeteria. Students who need to eat breakfast will have the opportunity to eat (it is free for all BA students). At 7:45AM, students will be released directly to their classrooms from the café. Kindergarteners will be escorted to their classroom.
  • 7:45AM:  When students arrive on campus, they will either go to the cafeteria for breakfast or report directly to their classrooms.
  • 7:55AM:  Tardy bell rings. All students report to class.
  • 8:00AM:  All students should be sitting in their homeroom class.
  • After 8:00AM:  Parents MUST walk students to the office for a tardy slip. Do not drop children off at the front of the school without supervision.

Bethune Academy is in the news!


Garden Club_YversonBethune Academy’s Garden Club is featured in The News Chief. Newspaper reporters interviewed our 5th Grade Garden Club for the NewsChief. Click here to read the article. Additional photos appeared in the Photo Gallery.


If you are not able to open the News Chief article, you can download a pdf file.


Bethune Academy Cafeteria Menus

Current Lunch Menu

Current Breakfast Menu

Chaperones and Volunteers

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Please sign up to be a volunteer. Only an approved volunteer may attend field trips as a chaperone. Visit the Volunteer website for more information. Must be completed before February 1st of each school year.

Solicitud de Voluntarios Escuelas del Condado de Polk

School Uniforms

Please make sure students are prepared with proper Bethune Academy uniforms. Click here to view guidelines and vendors.



Mission Statement

Bethune Academy values the unique qualities of each person and believes that everyone has the capacity to learn. We expect all learners to attend and show effort, meet the required curriculum, develop responsibility, citizenship, and leadership.

Vision Statement

It is our vision to be a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education by inspiring and preparing generations of critical and creative thinkers to meet the challenges of a global society through innovation and collaboration.

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Upcoming Events

7:30 am Book Fair @ Bethune Academy Media Center
Book Fair @ Bethune Academy Media Center
Sep 26 @ 7:30 am – Sep 29 @ 3:30 pm
Book fair closes at NOON.
7:30 am Book Fair @ Bethune Academy Media Center
Book Fair @ Bethune Academy Media Center
Sep 30 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
all-day Early School Dismissal
Early School Dismissal
Oct 5 all-day
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all-day FTE Week
FTE Week
Oct 10 – Oct 14 all-day
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all-day Teacher Work Day
Teacher Work Day
Oct 17 all-day
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