Achievement Academy plans to reopen on Monday, August 24, 2020 but will follow the lead of Polk County Schools regarding the school calendar.  We will reopen with the required five-days per week, campus-based school program for all of our students.  This is similar to what is happening at PreK’s across the state including with our school district’s sites.  All IEP services, including therapies, will be provided through campus-based school.  An intense focus on keeping our campuses and classrooms as safe and sanitary as possible has been a priority. Please see our safety precautions that we have in place as we return to school.

Florida Virtual is not available to PreK students and based on the feedback we had during the previous school shut down, we know how challenging it was for parents to keep their young child engaged through the distance learning and virtual components we were able to offer.  An eSchool option is difficult for preschoolers as it requires documentation that student engagement or “seat time” mirrors that of our 9am to 2pm school day with parents expected to serve as the learning coach during that time.

Based on the responses to our parent survey and the phone calls we are making; parents are choosing a return to campus-learning with all safety precautions in place.

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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; along with providing early intervention services to infants and toddlers whose development may be compromised.

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."

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