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Howdy Folks! Its that time again.

Thank you for joining us for Cadet of the Month us for April.

If you missed the celebration you may watch the recording of it HERE!



Title 1 Survey and Literacy Activity Kits


Parents please click on the link below to access Title 1 information and our School Improvement Plan.

Link to access Title 1 information and literacy kit activities videos: https://www.smore.com/394x5d

After review the Title 1 materials and school Improvement Plan, please click on the Survey below to provide us with any feedback for next years School Improvement and Title 1 budget plan.

Here’s the link:  (First link English version, second link Spanish version)




Extra Extra Read All About It!

Please click here to view the April, May and June Parent Newsletter!

Information about Fifth Grade Graduation parent meeting.

Click here to view recorded meeting. Important information about 5th Grade Graduation

New Information regarding Pre-K

Bethune Academy's UPDATED but Tentative FSA State testing Schedule. E-Learning Mock Practice Tests are now on a separate day.

Grade  Testing  Mock testing Date  Testing Date Brick and Mortar  Test Dates E-learning 
3rd Grade  FSA Reading  30-Mar/E-Learning March 31  April 6-7 Make-ups -4/30  April 8-9 
3rd Grade  FSA Math  27-Apr/E-Learning April 28  May 13-14 make-ups 5/28  May 13-14 
4th Grade  FSA Reading  27-Apr/E-Learning April 28 


May 4-5 Make-ups 5/28  May 6-7 
4th Grade  FSA Math  27-Apr/E-Learning April 28 


May 11-12 make-ups 5/28  May 11-12 
4th Grade  Writing  30-Mar/E-Learning March 31 


April 13 Make-ups-4/30  14-Apr 
5th Grade  FSA Reading  27-Apr/E-Learning April 28 


May 4-5 Make-ups 5/28  May 6-7 
5th Grade  FSA Math  27-Apr/E-Learning April 28 


May 11-12 make-ups 5/28  May 11-12 
5th Grade  Writing  30-Mar 30-Mar/E-Learning March 31 


April 13 Make-ups-4/30  14-Apr 
5th Grade  Science  None  May 18-May19 Makeup 5/28  May 20-21 
FSA Reading-two session 80 minutes each //FSA Math-two sessions 80 minutes each// FSA Writing-One Session 120 Minutes//Science-Two sessions 80 minutes each. 

Extra Extra Read All About It! Bethune Academy FEBRUARY/MARCH Parent Newsletter

Click Here to View!

This message is for E-Learners and has been provide by the District in regards to State Testing this year. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Wilkins.

Bethune Academy is preparing for Spring 2021 state assessments. Per state statue 1008.22 “(3) STATEWIDE, STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENT PROGRAM.—…… Participation in the assessment program is mandatory for all school districts and all students attending public schools,….”.  Per the Florida Department of Education, state assessments may not be administered remotely.


Assessment results assist with planning an educational path for your child(ren) and provide information regarding the appropriate courses for enrichment or remediation options in a student’s schedule.  A lack of state performance data may impact your student with:


  • Retention in third grade, if reading proficiency is not demonstrated.
  • A missed opportunity to meet the graduation requirements necessary for a high school diploma (Algebra 1 EOC and Grade 10 FSA ELA).
  • A lower overall grade on an EOC course, because all EOC exams count for 30% of the overall EOC course grade (Algebra 1, Biology, Civics – middle school, Geometry, US History – high school).


When your child reports to campus for testing, they will follow the COVID-19 safety protocols we have in place for our campus learners, including temperature checks, the wearing of face-coverings, and hand-washing/sanitation.  Additionally, they will need to adhere to all district policies, including but not limited to, the dress code and code of conduct.  We will be in contact with your child’s specific testing details: dates, times, and drop-off/pick-up procedures.


We appreciate your dedication to supporting your child’s learning during this unusual year.


Testing Calendar

Click here to view the 2020–2021 Uniform Statewide Assessment Calendar

Polk County Public Schools Logo

2020-2021 Yearbook Order

Customer Service 800-215-4852
Main Office 904-209-3300
Fax 904-209-3399


How Does Your Child Get Home?

Please fill the survey link below to provide us with information as to how your child will be going home this year.

Click Here to fill out survey


Polk County Covid-19 Reopening Safety Plan

Polk County Reopening Plan click HERE.

School Uniforms at Bethune Academy

School Uniform Vendors

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

Bethune Academy uniforms must be purchased from the following companies:

Subscribe to Bethune Academy News via Email

UPDATES: In order to receive an email notification for announcements for Bethune Academy’s website, please enter your email address in the form on the front page and click “Subcribe.”

PLUS Resources

Polk County Public Schools, the Lake Wales Charter Schools, and the Polk County Library Cooperative have partnered to provide free access to library materials and online resources for Polk County students! PLUS Resources

PLUS Poster

Important Information

Polk County Public Schools is actively monitoring the Coronavirus and working closely with our partners at the Florida Department of Health. For the latest information and resources, visit polkschoolsfl.com/healthinformation.   Please use this link for updated information from Polk County Public Schools https://polkschoolsfl.com/ as they are in contact with Florida Department of Education. 


Have Questions about School Reopening Plan?

Click Here


School Supply List for 2020-2021

View the School Supply List for Bethune Academy (all grades) : Click Here For Supply List for Students 2020-21   You may also pick up a paper copy at the school office.  Stores should have copies available as well.


Donation request: please donate hand soap to the school. Refill sizes are welcome.

Free Educational Resources for Polk Students

These Media resources are available on the Polk County Public Schools Website and Bethune Academy’s Media Center Page.

These Online Resources are FREE for Polk students to use all year long even on breaks and during the summer!

For more information, use this handout: Media_Student Online Resources Handout

Thank you,

Mrs. Akers, Media Specialist


IMPORTANT UPDATE: Volunteer Application Fee

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.  Application: https://polkschoolsfl.com/getinvolved/

The price for Polk County Public Schools volunteer background checks was scheduled to increase from $25 to $40. However, the Polk County School Board has decided that the fee to cover volunteers’ background checks, as well as their badge and handbook, will remain $25 through the end of the calendar year.

Polk County Public Schools will be using more extensive volunteer background checks as part of our security measures to protect students and staff. The district will incur an additional charge for the statewide and national background checks.

Through the end of 2018, the cost to volunteers will remain $25. We are exploring other funding sources to help offset the cost of background screening for volunteers on an ongoing basis. More information will follow.


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.

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.