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Foundation Kicks Off Annual Fundraising to Support Charter Schools

The Lake Wales Charter Schools Foundation has kicked off it's 2019-20 giving campaign, committed to improving the educational opportunities for all students in the community, accord... — Updated 12/11/2019


UCF, Charter System Launching Program to Produce Homegrown Teaching Talent

What's better than hiring a good young teacher? How about finding a good, young, homegrown teacher? That's the goal of a new affiliation between the University of Central Florida... — Updated 10/30/2019


New Silver Streak Academy Gives Youngest Students a Leg Up

The new Little Silver Streak Academy at Janie Howard Wilson Elementary is giving 20 young students an early leg up on their educational journey this fall at Janie Howard Wilson Elem... — Updated 10/30/2019


More Changes Ahead for Charter School Transportation

The start of any new year brings changes – large and small – not only in the schools and classrooms, but to every aspect of the operation of a charter system, including the... — Updated 8/20/2019


Charter System to Train Aspiring Leaders

Leadership has long been a trait Lake Wales Charter Schools have stressed for their students. Now, a new program is aiming to help more quickly develop future leaders among... — Updated 8/20/2019


Polk Avenue Genius Club More than a Brilliant Idea

You don't have to be the smartest kid in the school to be part of Polk Avenue Elementary School's "Genius Club." Of course, there are plenty of smart youngsters already there ... — Updated 8/20/2019


Bok North Principal Eyes Smaller Things to get Big Picture

New Bok North Academy Principal Donna Drisdom learned at an early age, from two teachers at Mulberry High School, a philosophy that continues to serve her well even today. "It's... — Updated 7/13/2019


Highlander Guild Promotes Vocational Careers, Connections with Local Trade Employers

Over the past six years, the graduation rate at Lake Wales High School has soared, from just over 70 percent for the 2013-14 school year to over 90 percent last school year. While... — Updated 6/26/2019


Charter System, Hospital Partner for Unique Training Program for Students with Disabilities

A new partnership between the Lake Wales Charter Schools system and other community stakeholders including Lake Wales Medical Center could truly be life changing for local... — Updated 6/19/2019


LWHS Student Learning Not Always in the Classroom

As Lake Wales area schools are preparing for summer, we are reminded that not all education takes place in the classroom. Here is a story about students participating in experience... — Updated 5/27/2019


LW Charter Schools Taps McLaughlin Principal Drisdom to Lead Bok North

Lake Wales Charter Schools System Superintendent Dr. Jesse L. Jackson has announced the appointment of Donna Drisdom as the new Principal of Edward W. Bok Academy North. For the... — Updated 5/14/2019


Bok Knights Share Talents with Community

Bok Academy students recently put a new twist on an old idea. The Lake Wales Charter school's "Renaissance Knight" didn't look back at history but instead provided parents and... — Updated 4/23/2019


Five Chosen for Highlander Hall of Fame

Three former professional athletes, a coach who won two state titles, and one of the program's most ardent supporters make up the inaugural class for the newly-created Highlander... — Updated 4/16/2019


Polk Avenue Elementary Named Leader in Me Lighthouse School

Many people are aware of Steven Covey's "7 Habit's of Highly Effective People" impact in the business world. But one Lake Wales Charter school has been using it for eight years now... — Updated 4/10/2019


Samantha Havens Shares Love of Music

You might say that Samantha Havens is the Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary School Teacher of the Year because she hits all the right notes. Now in her ninth year at the Lake... — Updated 4/2/2019


Margaret Thomas Creates Active Classroom

Bok Academy North teacher Margaret Thomas has a daily tradition with her sixth grade students. Every day, she likes to greet them with a question, something that simultaneously can... — Updated 3/5/2019


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