Upcoming Events

Substitute Orientation

Tuesday, August 5th, 9:00am – 12:00 noon
Polk Avenue Elementary (Media Center)

Please call 863-679-6560 x237 to register

LWCS Orientation

Thursday, August 14 – Orientation

Each individual school

First Day of School

Monday, August 18


Important Information

This section will be frequently updated with news and links to important items that have changed. Check back often so you don't miss anything important!

  • 2013 AUDITS: Copies of the 2013 school financial audits and LWCS Consolidated Statement are now posted. Each of our schools did a great job! If you like numbers and financial information, check out our audits.

  • EVALUATION SYSTEMS: We have created new Evaluation Systems for teachers and administrators in compliance with State of Florida guidelines.

  • EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK has been updated, approved and posted for 2013-2014. Check it out!

  • CALENDAR: Check out the 2014-2015 Calendar and plan your year!

  • School Meals: Big changes this year in our school cafeterias! All elementary students eat free. Middle and high school students may apply online for free- or reduced-price meals.  To see our latest menus or learn more about the Federal School Lunch Program, click here.

  • TRUSTEE CONTACTS: If you have concerns, suggestions or questions that cannot be resolved at the school level, please contact the LWCS Trustee who is designated as the parent/community contact for your school.

  • BUS DRIVERS: If you have a CDL/PS license, come see us and join our Transportation Team! Apply in person at 130 E. Central Ave., Lake Wales.


A message from our Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Jackson’s interview with DALI (District Administration Leadership Institute)… Lake Wales Charter Schools, a full K12 charter district, engages ESL population Lake Wales Charter Schools system, as the only local educational agency (LEA) in Florida, faces several challenges, including educating a large migrant population and high poverty rates. Serving over 4,000 students in Lake Wales, Florida, Superintendent of Schools Jesse L. Jackson and his administration have worked to foster an internal culture of collaboration and communication to innovatively engage their    - Read more
- Jesse L. Jackson

What our students say...

“Our school incorporates the best technology, like iPads, into the instructional program to make it the highest possible standard.” – Joshua Collier, 10th grade, April 2012

Board Meeting Updates

The Board of Trustees is a group of unpaid volunteers who meet monthly to chart the direction of the Lake Wales Charter Schools.  Meetings are open to the public.

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be Tuesday, August 19 (3:30 pm work session/5:00 pm board meeting).  This meeting will be held at Lake Wales High School.  For more information, contact Marie Cherrington-Gray at 863-679-6560 x226.

The Finance Committee meets on the Thursday preceding each Board meeting. The next Finance Committee meeting will be 8 a.m. Thursday, August 14 at the LWCS Central Office, 130 E. Central Ave.  For more information, contact Brian Fisher at 863-679-6560 x223.

Board Training – August 27, 2014 (12:00pm – 1:00pm) – Central Office

Future Board of Trustees meetings (3:30pm work session/5pm board meeting):


Monday, September 15: Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary

  • Monday, October 20: Janie Howard Wilson Elementary
  • Monday, November 17: Polk Avenue Elementary
  • Monday, December 15: Edward W. Bok Academy



  • Tuesday, January 20: Lake Wales High School
  • Tuesday, February 17: Hillcrest Elementary
  • Monday, March 16: Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary
  • Monday, April 20: Janie Howard Wilson Elementary
  • Monday, May 18: Polk Avenue Elementary
  • Monday, June 22: TBA (all day Board Retreat and Meeting)

The Board reserves the right to change the date, time and location if necessary.

Read the board meeting minutes

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