Hartridge Academy


Public schools in Polk County will be closed on Tuesday (Sept. 27) and Wednesday (Sept. 28) in response to Hurricane Ian. Any significant changes to school operations will be communicated through automated phone calls and emails to all families. Please continue to check our website and follow our social media accounts for the latest information.  

#1 Elementary School in Polk County
#17 Elementary School in Florida

               GRADE " A"  SCHOOL                                                                  
HARTRIDGE ACADEMY  Earned highest 2022 FSA Grade 3 English Language Arts (Reading) among Polk Elementary Public Schools including charters!  
2021 2022 scores and percentages of students earning Level 3 and above surpassed the district and state for all grades tested. Details are available at FLDOE.org regarding all Polk County public schools  including ours.  


2022 2023 Application for Waiting Pool Lottery -click here 

It is not too late to enter our 2022-2023 waiting pool!  If we have available spaces to fill through January 2023, Semester 2 (January), names will be randomly selected from our waiting pool. 



Congratulations to Hartridge students and staff as we've completed our  21st year of  academic success as a parental choice in free public education for Polk County families!

   The success of our former students is the most authentic and consistent evidence of our popular award winning program. For those who choose to measure simply by a school grade, Hartridge has been awarded an "A" most years and is currently an "A" school.

    Despite a waiting pool of applicants, we choose to remain a small school.  The benefits of each staff member knowing all children has proven to be a strong ingredient for student success and safety.  Our scheduling for one on one time for each family throughout the year strengthens the learning process as well as the home to school relationship. 


Hartridge Academy is an elementary school (K-5) with: 

Traditional academic subjects,  services for Gifted students, Multi-Grade Combination Classes, Accelerated Curriculum Classes, ESE inclusion, Single Gender Class opportunities (when available), Distant Education when school is unexpectedly closed, such as during a pandemic. 


VPK (preschool) & AFTERSCHOOL :

As a member of Florida's FREE education system, we assist families with placements in preschool, ESE services, summer programs, and afterschool programs elsewhere when/if  not available onsite. Transportation on our public school bus is provided to several locations for our elementary students including after school childcare centers including the Boys & Girls Club, depending on each year's students' needs and busing availability.  

Interested in entering your child in our lottery or waiting pool? Click, print, complete, and mail the following:

2022-2023: Hartridge has received notice that it will receive a portion of federal Title 1 funding to provide addtional services for our students, staff, and program.  

In addition, ALL students are eligible to order FREE breakfast and lunch during our morning attendance. It is prepared by the PCSB and delivered to the school at mealtime, thus none on hand for late arrivals. Parents may also pack lunches. 

The following are available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole : 

School Public Accountability Plan (SPAR)    School Improvement Plan (SIP)