• Great American Teach-In at Bethune Academy: These Bethune Academy students are learning the science of good insects vs. pests from "Truly Nolen."
  • Bethune students loved petting this Polk County Sheriff K-9 officer during The Great American Teach-In.
  • Our students harvested healthy vegetables in our "stack gardens." Mrs. Knowles has purchased Swiss Chard. The proceeds will go towards more garden equipment.
  • Bethune Academy's Hydroponic Stack Garden
  • Thank you to all of the Great American Teach-In Volunteers who shared their knowledge.
  • Bethune Academy students really enjoy going to the Engineering Lab.

Fall Festival

Bethune Academy PTA will be holding its annual Fall Festival on October 30th. The festival will be held during school hours and from 4:00-7:00 PM. In addition to exciting games and activities, we will also be having a costume contest, pumpkin decorating contest, performances, door prizes and we will be turning Mrs. Knowles into a Human Hot Dog!

We hope everyone will come out and support Bethune Academy in making this the best Fall Festival yet!

Volunteers are needed: Please contact mandy_shaughnessy@yahoo.com for volunteer info.

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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