Guidance Documents & Info


Promotion Requirement


Academic Resources

High School & Career Information

Testing Information



Magnet & Choice Schools:
For open enrollment information please visit

The open enrollment period for next school year 2016-17 is currently closed.
Parents who wish to submit an application for their student to attend a Polk County magnet or choice school may submit an application during the Open Enrollment Period.  
The link to the application will be available at this site  during the open enrollment period.

The 2016-17 enrollment dates were November 8, 2015-January 8, 2016. Enrollment is currently closed. 

Waiting List and Applicant Pool FAQs

Parents and students that receive a confirmation letter are eligible to enroll at DSOTA.
If you are enrolling into a Polk County Public School for the first time from out of the state of Florida, you will need the following:

  • Birth Record
  • Florida Immunization Record
  • Physical within the last 12 months
  • 2 Proofs of Address (see below)
  • Proof of Grade Level

If you are enrolling into Polk County from another Florida School, you will need the following:

  • Birth Record
  • Florida Immunization Record
  • Florida Physical
  • 2 Proofs of Address (see below)
  • Proof of Grade Level

If you were in a Polk County School in the past, you will need the following:

  • 2 Proofs of address (see below)
  • Proof of Grade Level
  • If the student is enrolling in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, you will need proof of required immunizations.

The Following Is A List Of Acceptable Proofs Of Address:
The proofs must be from different categories and show you name and physical address. If you live with a family member, friend, fiance, etc., and the the proofs are in their name, you will need to complete an affidavit of residence form.


Category 1

  • Apartment or home lease agreement, mortgage document, property tax record. A rent receipt is acceptable if the name and phone number of the landlord as well as your name and the address are on the receipt. A driver's license with the current address would be acceptable.

Category 2

  • Current utility bill (electric, gas, phone, cable, water)

Category 3

  • Voter registration document

Category 4

  • Proof of government benefits (disability, Medicare, food stamps, DCF correspondence)


Immunization Requirements
All students enrolling in 7th grade must have the following immunizations before they can enter 7th grade. NO schedule will be given until shots are up-to-date:

  • Tdap/Tetanus - Diphtheria - Pertussis
  • 2 MMR
  • Hepatitis B series (three vaccinations)
  • Varicella (vaccination or proof of disease)

Shots must be submitted on a Florida 680 immunization certificate issued by the health department (a copy of this form can be picked up at our office from the cumulative folder prior to getting vaccinated).
Shots Are Available FREE at the Health Department

  • Haines City Clinic
    1700 Baker Avenue East
    Phone: 863-421-3204
  • Lake Wales Clinic
    835 West Central Ave
    Phone: 863-678-4144


Promotion Requirements

Middle School Requirements for Promotion to Ninth Grade

  • English: 3 years
  • Math: 3 years
  • Science: 3 years
  • Social Studies: 3 years
  • Career and Ed Planning

In order for a student to gain promotion to the next grade level, they must maintain a 2.0 GPA and have no final grade of an F in an academic course.



What is bullying?
In Polk County Schools, student behavior must meet three criteria to be considered bullying:

  1. The behavior must be repeated. If a behavior occurs only once, it may constitute harassment, but it is not bullying.
  2. The behavior must be unwanted, offensive, threatening, insulting, humiliating, or causes the target to feel so stressed, injured or threatened that it interferes with his/her educational performance.
  3. There must be an imbalance of power between the victim and the aggressor.

“Bullying” is systematically or chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. Bullying may involve but is not limited to:

  1. unwanted teasing
  2. threatening/intimidating behavior
  3. stalking or cyber stalking
  4. cyber bullying
  5. physical violence
  6. theft or destruction of school or personal property
  7. sexual, religious, or racial harassment
  8. public humiliation
  9. social exclusion, including incitement and or coercion
  10. rumor or spreading of falsehoods

Support Groups
At Davenport School of the Arts, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Brewer, Guidance Counselors, conduct many different types of groups to meet the students’ needs: Self-Esteem, Social Skills, Organizational Skills, and Anger-control. The groups are called “Clubs,” and meet for 30 minutes a week, giving students an opportunity to talk about their feelings, problems, strengths, weaknesses, and choices. As friendships grow, students learn that we have a lot in common with the people around us.  The “Club” allows another adult in your child’s life to help him/her to make good choices, while feeling special! 
To enquire about Davenport School of the Arts Support Groups, please contact Mrs. Brown or Mrs. Brewer: 863-420-2557.


Academic Resources

  • Monitoring Grades:    Parent Portal

Parents can monitor classroom assignments and grades through the use of the Parent Portal website. 
            Directions- Parent Portal New Student Pre-Registration

  1. Sign up for a Parent Portal account. Your user name will be emailed to you after sign up is complete.
  2. Once logged in, click the link to "pre-register a new student".
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions for the pre-registration process.

Note: Once complete, you'll need to visit the school to finalize the new student's registration.

  • For PIV password and technical assistance please call DSOTA (863) 420-2557 and ask for Doug Jump

                                                   Student Password:___________________

spacerParent Portal             My Polk Schools Student Portal

  • Communicating with Teachers: 
Teachers & other staff members email information is located under the general information tab.

  • Tutoring Services:

Tutoring services are generally offered after school on specific days of the week. Parents and/or students can ask or email teachers to enquire about days and times.

* Please refer below for Teachers and Tutoring days and times.

  •  Parent Teacher Conferences:

Parent Teacher Conferences are offered to all parents as a means to track a student’s progress in classes. Conferences are to inform parents of any problems a student may be having. All conferences are at 7:45AM and can be set up through the Guidance Counselor- Leslie Brown (863) 420-2557.


High School & Career Information

Florida CHOICES ( is the state's career information delivery system. It provides career and educational exploration and information. Florida CHOICES includes assessments for interests, skills, and values as well as information on careers and postsecondary education. Accountability reports for management of student usage are retrievable from the Professional Center of CHOICES.
All 8th grade students at Davenport School of the Arts have completed the Choices Program and can access their information at any time.

Workforce Education of Polk County Public Schools is hosting the WE3 EXPO 2013. DSOTA’s 8th grade is scheduled to attend the event on November 20th, 2013 at SUN ‘n FUN in Lakeland.  They will have opportunities to explore Polk Academies.

Academies are small, personalized learning communities within a middle or high school. Academies involve teachers from different subjects working together as a team. These teams work collaboratively to implement the key features of each Academy and provide students with training in a specified career field. Students may be grouped together for several periods every day with a core group of teachers. This promotes a family‐like atmosphere and results in close student‐teacher ties.



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Testing Information

Testing dates will be posted on the website as they become available from the state and/or county.