Polk County Public Schools


High-quality education for all students.

Located in Bartow, Florida, Polk County Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the nation, encompassing more than 150 schools and serving more than 100,000 students through both traditional K-12 schools and a variety of other programs.

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You’re not just looking for a place to work. You’re looking for a place to grow professionally and personally. You’ve found it in Polk County Public Schools.

Polk County Public Schools offers one of the highest beginning teacher salaries in the state and a generous benefits package.


Equity & Diversity Management

Equity & Diversity Management supports the educational mission of Polk County Public Schools by providing guidance and resources for developing cultural awareness, understanding and equity within the district.


Ethics, Integrity, Commitment, and Dedication

We will hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards, acting with honesty and integrity, while being dedicated to exemplary work.


Learning, Improvement, High Quality, and Excellence

We will foster a culture of continuous learning and personal development for all, recognizing and celebrating excellence, achievement, creativity, and diversity.

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About Us

Polk County Public Schools’ history stretches back more than 150 years, to a time when students studied in one-room schoolhouses and the school calendar was built around the strawberry harvest.

The Polk County Board of Public Instruction, which later became the Polk County School Board, was formed in 1869. By the turn of the century, the school district had grown to over eighty schools — and the growth hasn’t stopped.

Our Mission 

The mission of Polk County Public Schools is to provide a high-quality education for all students.

In accomplishing this mission, we envision that students will effectively:

  • read, write, compute, speak, listen, and use complex thinking skills to solve problems
  • be self-directed in creating personal purpose and vision, setting priorities, choosing ethical action, and creating their own knowledge
  • cooperate and collaborate with others in working with and leading groups, interact positively in diverse settings, recognize the value and contributions of all individuals, and make positive contributions to their communities
  • understand and use social, organizational, and technological systems; design, monitor, improve and correct performance within a system; and create viable products.



Jacqueline M. Byrd began her career in education over 30 years ago in Jacksonville. An instructional leader with a passion for students, she has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and district administrator.

“Our students are guided in their total physical, mental and emotional development through activities that are student-centered and focus on positive expectations and encourage intrinsic motivation.”

Jacqueline M. Byrd




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Physical Address: 1915 S. Floral Ave., Bartow, FL 33830
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 391, Bartow, FL 33831

Phone: 863-534-0500

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 5pm

Nondiscrimination Statement

The School Board of Polk County, FL prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age, gender, marital status, disability, genetic information, or other basis prohibited by law in any of its programs, services, activities or employment practices. The Board is committed to taking immediate action to eliminate harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Students, parents, and district staff are encouraged to work together to prevent harassment. Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected to harassment on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age, gender, marital status, disability, genetic information, or other basis prohibited by law is encouraged to report the harassment to the district. Students or employees found to have engaged in acts of such harassment will be promptly disciplined including, if circumstances warrant, suspension or expulsion for students, or suspension or termination for employees.