Bethune Academy, formally known as Bethune Elementary, was a neighborhood school until it was transformed into a Magnet School for Haines City, Davenport, Lake Hamilton, Poinciana and Dundee in 1993. The school was renamed Bethune Academy with a theme focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (currently STEM).
Bethune Elementary was named after Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach. Mary McLeod Bethune was a famous educator.
One of our Bethune Academy students, Anna, visited The South Carolina State House while on a family trip. Anna took a picture of this Mary McLeod Bethune portrait that is on display at the state house.
Bethune Academy families are an important part of the success of our mission and vision. We depend on the full support and participation from our families. Upon acceptance into Bethune Academy, our parents must sign a contract which explains their responsibility to support our academic, behavior, uniform dress code and attendance policies. In addition, it is vital to our success that the Bethune Academy families participate in all required meetings and special events.
Bethune Academy students are expected to follow the Code of Conduct for Polk County Schools. Please click here for the 2015-2016 document.
Grants and other Funding
We would like to thank the support of all business partners and parents who support learning at Bethune Academy. Our teachers are very appreciative of class sponsors and our wonderful PTA for their support. Our staff members are always seeking new experiences for our children and grant opportunities.
We would like to thank some of our current grantors:
- University of Florida IFAS Extension and Bok Tower Gardens for $6,000 Cultivating Gardens Grant (Upgrade our garden to Hydro Harvest stacks)
- Duke Energy Grant: Full Steam Ahead! $3,500 for “Solid As a Rock” Rock Mining Experience and Brain Pop software
- Polk Education Foundation STEaMing Up Polk Schools! Grant $3,500 for “I’ve Got the Power!” Science-Technology Supplies