Creating Brighter Futures
for Children with Special Needs
Achievement Academy (formerly Child Development Center of Polk County, Inc.) has served children with developmental delays and disabilities for more than 60 years. Opening in 1955 as United Cerebral Palsy, Achievement Academy has expanded over the years to include children with various types of developmental delays or disabilities.
We became a charter school in 1997 making Achievement Academy one of the longest established charter schools in the state of Florida. Founded by a dedicated group of staff, board and community members, Achievement Academy has never been affiliated with a management company or corporation.
We were fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 2002 and have continuously maintained our accreditation through SACS which is now known as AdvancED.
Today we are a non-profit United Way agency and fully accredited public Charter School serving children with special needs from birth through age five through our comprehensive early intervention and education programs. There are two programs that are provided by Achievement Academy — the Birth to Three program and the Charter School. Both are offered at no charge to the children and their families.
The Birth to Three Program provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers up to three years of age throughout Polk County who are "at-risk" for developmental delays and/or have been identified with a specific diagnosis. Professional early interventionists from Achievement Academy serve these children and families in their homes or natural environment.
The Charter School has a total of 157 students, age 18 months through age five, with three campus locations: Lakeland, Winter Haven and Bartow. Each facility offers specialized instruction by certified teachers; small class sizes; individual speech, occupational and physical therapies; and assistive technologies that enable each student to reach his or her full potential. Because of the age and special needs of the student population that Achievement Academy serves, we do not receive a school grade from the state. However, we have consistently met our classroom and therapy goals established in our School Improvement Plan as reported to Florida's Department of Education.
Our Mission: Assist children with special needs to reach their maximum potential
by providing quality education, therapy and family support.
See what families have to say about Achievement Academy
... I know in my heart, she never would have been able to do this if it were not for the help she has received from Achievement Academy.