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Bethune Academy Volunteers Needed

Bethune Families:

If you are able to help Mrs. Akers in the book fair, please sign up online.

Volunteers needed (September 24th-28th) during the book fair (there are 104 slots to fill).  We could also use a few hard workers to help set up and break down:

  • Set up: Friday, September 21st (around 9am)
  • Break down: Friday, September 28th at Noon

For more information, contact our Media Specialist, Mrs. Akers:  kirsten.akers@polk-fl.net



B.A. Book Fair: September 24-28

There’s a special time when a child falls in love with a book. Our Book Fair may just be that “once upon a time” for your child. B.A. families are invited to join us for the Scholastic “Enchanted Forest Book Fair.”

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings kids the books they want to read. We’ll receive a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level, and all purchases benefit our school! We appreciate your support.

For more information and learn how to set up an eWallet account for your child click here.

Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. Please come to our book fair and help shape your child’s reading habits.  Watch this video!

One week only! September 24th – 28th:

  • Monday – Thursday 7:30 – 3:00
  • Friday 7:30 – 12:00

See you at the book fair!

Volunteers and Chaperones

In order to volunteer and chaperone field trips, you must be an approved volunteer. We depend on our valuable school volunteers at Bethune Academy. Please apply now if you plan to attend any field trips or volunteer on campus.

Starting Nov. 1, 2018, the price for Polk County Public Schools volunteer background checks will increase from $25 to $40.

To coincide with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, we’re tightening security measures to protect our students, faculty and staff. The increased price for background checks will include: a national background check, Social Security number verification, address verification, multiple name/alias check and terror watch list check.

Please see the downloadable flyer below for complete details.


Campus Entrance and Security

IMPORTANT:  Bethune Academy has a School Safety Guardian on campus every school day to help keep our campus secure.  All doors and gates will be locked during the school day. In order to be on campus, all visitors must check in with the office staff. In order to enter the school office, you will need to push the button at the door and wait for the door to be unlocked. If you are approaching from N. 10th street, you will need to push the button at the gate for entrance. If you have strollers or need wheelchair access, you will enter through the N. 10th street gate (there is a sidewalk ramp).

All staff, students and visitors must wear name tags in order to be on campus. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

B.A. Open House

Thursday, October 4, 2018 6:00PM – 7:00PM

All B.A. families are invited to our Open House. We will begin promptly at 6:00PM in the Cadet Cafe for a brief Title I meeting. After the meeting, parents will be excused to the classrooms. Make sure you visit your child’s homeroom class and sign in. Then you may visit other classrooms. This will be an opportunity for you to see what the students have been working on at Bethune Academy. We’re looking forward to seeing you.

Backpacks and School Safety

Polk County Public Schools will NOT be imposing a district-wide ban on backpacks and lunchboxes, and will NOT be requiring clear backpacks or lunchboxes for the 2018-19 school year.
We hope this information will be helpful for families as you shop for school supplies and prepare for the new school year.
Please know that we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to keep our campuses safe. For more information on our new School Safety Guardian program, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/yc6pr3qw

School Supply List 2018-2019

This is the School Supply List for Bethune Academy (all grades).  Click here for Bethune Academy Supply List for Students 2017-18 or pick up a paper copy at the school office.  Stores should have copies available as well.

Bethune Academy Yearbooks On Sale

Bethune Academy 2017-2018 Yearbook is on sale in the front office.  Price is now $20.00. 



Istation Home


Polk County Schools is providing a new resource for students to extend learning beyond the traditional school day. Istation’s innovative readingmath, and Spanish programs immerse students in an engaging and interactive environment and inspire them to learn. With Istation Home, students pick up right where they left off at school and can continue on their individualized learning paths at home.  Istation can be used at home if the application is downloaded onto a tablet, iPad, Kindle, laptop or desktop computer.  It will not work on a mobile phone. To download the app, please follow these directions:




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 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.