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3030 Lake Wales Area Resident and Visitor Guide Lake Wales a Great Place for Public Education The small-town atmosphere of Lake Wales and the communitys understanding that the quality of education available to its children is the key to its future is what makes newcomers and long-time residents happy to live work and attend school in this special place. Lake Wales Charter Schools continues to pursue excellence. In the summer of 2003 a group of business and community leaders began to discuss the need for an improved educational system in Lake Wales governed by a local Board of Trustees. After many hours of tireless work tenacity and dedication from the community parents and teachers from ve of the eight public schools in the city voted to convert to charter schools and the Lake Wales Charter Schools system was formed. In August 2004 students and teachers arrived at ve conversion charter schools including Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary Hillcrest Elementary Janie Howard Wilson Elementary Polk Avenue Elementary and Lake Wales High School. In 2008 a new middle school Edward W. Bok Academy was added to the Lake Wales Charter Schools system to fulll the original plan of having a seamless K-12 community school system. Lake Wales Charter Schools staff is committed to their students and school as they strive for excellence. With over 4000 students Lake Wales Charter Schools offer a comprehensive curriculum including Advance Placement International Baccalaureate and Career Academies through a system serving preschool students through high school. The system also partners with Florida Virtual High School for online high school classes and with Polk State College for dual enrollment in college classes. In addition to public funding the charter school system is supported by a separate Foundation which coordinates community and corporate giving to provide additional resources for a wide range of needs including technology infrastructure scholarships and direct classroom instruction. With over a decade of success and great accomplishments in our charter school system our graduation rate continues to increase and 80 of our high school graduates are going to college for advance degrees. For more information on the Lake Wales Charter Schools please visit Three other area public schools are operated by the School Board of Polk County Spook Hill Elementary School McLaughlin Middle School and Roosevelt Academy. Spook Hill is a traditional K-5 elementary school that