• Bethune Academy students really enjoy going to the Engineering Lab.

4th and 5th Grade Announcement

To support our STEM unit, “Solid As a Rock,”  our 4th and 5th grade students are participating in an exciting gem mining experience here on campus. The 4th and 5th grade students are bringing home a letter and brochure for Diamond Del’s Mining Experience. We are asking parents to sign and return the brochure to their child’s science teacher before Thanksgiving.  A grant from Duke Energy is paying the cost for this educational experience, so there is no student fee.  However, your child may bring money the day of the event to purchase items (Monday, November 30th).  Please contact Mrs. Rivera if you have any questions: deborah.rivera@polk-fl.net   You can also visit Diamond Del’s website for more information.


Open Enrollment for Bethune Academy begins November 10, 2015

Apply for enrollment to Bethune Academy for the 2016-2017 school year.  Application period begins November 10, 2015 and closes on January 8, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  Please visit Polk Ed Options to apply.  Bethune Academy is a “Magnet School” with a STEM focus. Please call if you have any questions about our school or wish to arrange a tour of the school. Our office phone number is 863-421-3334.   Bethune Academy Brochure

Inscribe para 2016-2017 ano escolar.  Polk Ed Options   Periodo de aplicaccion:   Empieza – El 10 de Noviembre 2015 Cierra: El 8 de Enero 2016 a las 5:00 p.m.   Bethune Academy Brochure – Spanish


Vote for Bethune!

Red Ribbon Campaign:  Our school has entered a contest for Red Ribbon Week .  For the school entries, the person who has the most votes in each region will win an iPad and $1,000 for their K-12 school. Fourth grade participated in this photograph and would appreciate your vote. Share with friends and families. Below is the link to vote for Bethune Academy. Voting ends November 18th.

Title information: Guillaume, Region 4, http://www.redribbon.org/vote#view/36105/3346477


Fall at Bethune Academy

Scarecrow girlThe children have been enjoying the Fall activities at Bethune Academy. Fall Festival was a success. Our P.T.A. has worked so hard on this project. Thank you to our parents, volunteers and older students from middle and high schools who came to B.A. to help the children celebrate Fall.

The pumpkin decorating was amazing. To help celebrate Spirit Day, some classes decorated scarecrows.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our families and community members.


Bethune Academy Cafeteria Menus

Current Lunch Menu

Current Breakfast Menu

Winter Program

Bethune Academy will have their annual Winter Program featuring various music groups on Thursday, December 10, 2015. There will be two performances: 12:30PM and 7:00PM.  Parents are invited to attend. For more information, please contact the school office or Mrs. Anhalt.

Veterans Day

United States Veterans are very important to Bethune Academy. Students and staff will not be at school on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 as we will be observing this federal holiday.

Celebration: We would like to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans on Tuesday, November 10th. The celebration will begin at 8:00AM in the courtyard.  We will be honoring local veterans at this event and parents are welcome to attend.

Car Riders

Parents of Car Riders: Thank you for following our dismissal procedures. We have asked parents to pick up their children from the car rider area only. Car riders may not be checked out from the office for dismissal and they may not walk away from the school until their car rider number is called. This helps our staff ensure the safety of our children.
We are very proud of the students for memorizing their car rider number. This procedure is working very well. If you need a car rider number issued or replaced, please see the office staff.

Important Campus Guidelines

  • Car Riders must be dropped off between 7:30 – 7:55 AM. They must be picked up by 3:20PM.
  • Please do not drop children off after the tardy bell rings at 8:00. 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 badge is required on campus at all times.
  • Early Dismissal Days: Car riders must be picked up by 12:50PM at the latest.

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

Bullying Information and Prevention

Information for Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

Cyberbullying Flyer

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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