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Lake Wales Charter Schools - The Lake Wales community has decided to step up and take responsibility for the quality of its schools. Charter schools have been chosen as the vehicle for making that decision a reality.

Lake Wales Florida has four elementary schools, one middle school, one vocational technical school, and one senior high school. Vanguard School is a private education facility for children with special learning needs.

In addition, two private universities (Warner University and Webber International University) are located in the area, as are local extensions of Polk State College, the University of South Florida and Bethune-Cookman. The main campus of Polk Community College is located 15 miles north of Lakes Wales. Florida Southern College (Lakeland) is a forty-five minute drive, and the main campuses of both the University of South Florida (Tampa) and the University of Central Florida (Orlando) can be reached in about 1-1/2 hours.

Public Schools K-12

  • Hillcrest Elementary - 1051 Hesperides Rd., Lake Wales - (863) 678-4126
  • Janie Howard Wilson Elementary - 306 Florida Ave., Lake Wales - (863) 678-4211
  • Polk Avenue Elementary - 110 E. Polk Ave., Lake Wales - (863) 678-4244
  • Spook Hill Elementary - 321 E. North Ave., Lake Wales - (863) 678-4252
  • McLaughlin Middle School - 800 S. 4th St., Lake Wales (863) 678-4233
  • Lake Wales Senior High School - 1 Highlander Way, Lake Wales - (863) 678-4222
  • Roosevelt Vocational - 115 E. St., Lake Wales - (863) 678-4252

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