Monday, May 20
3:30pm work session/5pm meeting
Polk Avenue Elementary
3-5:30pm Monday-Wednesday May20-22
for next year’s incoming 9th-12th graders
Lake Wales High School
7pm Tuesday, May 21 (doors open @ 5:30pm)Lake Wales High gym
Harlem Wizards basketball team vs Lake Wales all-stars
Tickets at door: $8 students/$12 adults
6pm Thursday, May 23
start at Polk Ave Elem, north on First Street, left/west on Central, right/north on MLK, end at Austin Center
6:30pm Thursday, May 23
for parents/guardians of next year’s band students
Lake Wales High
7pm Friday, May 24
Legion Field, Lake Wales
Monday, May 27
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!
EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK has been updated, approved and posted for 2013-2014. Check it out!
STATE CHAMPS: We are proud of our Lake Wales High School Girls Softball Team who won the Class 5A State Championship this spring. Thank you to all the parents, coaches, sponsors, teachers, administrators and others who helped these young women pursue and achieve their dreams. Our LWHS Highlander students and student-athletes work hard to represent our community with pride and enthusiasm.
OUR 2012 Annual Report is now available. (Depending on your computer and internet connection, this file may take a few moments to open.)
NEW CALENDAR: The Board of Trustees approved the new 2013-2014 Calendar on March 18. Start planning now. The first day of school (Monday, Aug. 19) will be here before you know it!
LAKE WALES HIGH has posted new information detailing the school’s Programs of Study, along with a new Application & Course Registration Form for 2013-2014. Links to both (along with other LWHS information) are available on our Schools page.
HELPFUL INFORMATION: We have created a simple handout for parents to help answer some common questions about School Lockdowns.
CAFETERIA MENUS: Students and staff are bragging about our tasty new cafeteria options. To see our latest menus or download applications for free or reduced-price meals, click here.
A message from our Superintendent of Schools
LAKE WALES – By early 2000, the once great tradition of outstanding local schools for Lake Wales’ citizens had reached a point of decline. It was at that time when concerned citizens, with the support of the Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce education committee, decided to do something to reverse that trend.
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- 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 Monday, May 20 (3:30 pm work session, with the board meeting scheduled for 5 pm). This meeting will be held at Polk Avenue Elementary. 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 7 a.m. Thursday, June 13 at the LWCS Central Office, 130 E. Central Ave. For more information, contact Brian Fisher at 863-679-6560 x223.
Future Board of Trustees meetings (3:30pm work session/5pm board meeting):
- Monday, June 17: Lake Wales High (all-day Board Retreat & Meetings; exact times TBA)
- Monday, July 22: Hillcrest Elementary
- Monday, Aug. 19: Lake Wales High (first day of school)
- Monday, Sept. 16: DRF Babson Park Elementary
- Monday, Oct. 21: Janie Howard Wilson Elementary
- Monday, Nov. 18: Polk Avenue Elementary
- Monday, Dec. 16: Bok Academy
- Tuesday, Jan. 21: Lake Wales High (moved due to Monday holiday)
- Tuesday, Feb. 18: Hillcrest Elementary (moved due to Tuesday holiday)
- Monday, March 17: DRF Babson Park Elementary
- Monday, April 21: Janie Howard Wilson Elementary
- Monday, May 19: Polk Avenue Elementary
- Monday, June 23: TBA (all-day Board Retreat & Meetings)
The Board reserves the right to change the date, time and location if necessary.
Latest LWCS News
20 May 2013
LAKE WALES – Reading consultant Dr. Richard Culyer poses with five students who were recognized Friday (May 17) at the Lake Wales Charter Schools’ Culyer Celebration.
17 May 2013
LAKE WALES – LAKE WALES – Polk Avenue hosted its first-ever Hispanic Celebration earlier this month (May 3) with food, fashion and fun from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Guatemala.
16 May 2013
LAKE WALES – Janie Howard Wilson Elementary musical and visual arts students shared their talents Tuesday (May 14) in a year-end “Soaring in the Arts” performance and exhibition for their school community. Music teacher Micky Caban and art teacher Tiffany Weaver coordinated the event.