Parent Involvement Opportunities

School Advisory Council (SAC)

The School Advisory Council (SAC) works with the principal and staff to develop the annual School Improvement Plan (SIP). After analyzing data, (such as school grade, AYP and FCAT scores), goals are determined which will best lead the school to be as successful as possible.

Since the SIP is usually approved in the fall, in the other meetings topics are presented to demonstrate tangible ways that LWHS staff is working towards goals, along with updates on programs, facilities and personnel. The SAC also votes on the expenditure of SAC Allocation Funds, and School Recognition Funds.

The LWHS SAC meets the second Thursday of each month (with the exception of December) at 7:30 am. All are welcome to attend the meetings. The membership is composed of the principal, and an appropriately balanced team of parents, faculty/staff, community members and one student from each grade level.
For more information, please contact:

June Ullman (LWHS SAC Chairperson) at
Academic foundation speaker

Academic Foundation

About twenty years ago a group of parents formed an academic booster club to highlight and celebrate the achievements of the students at Lake Wales High School. Now the Academic Foundation, this group of parents and community volunteers seek donations to reward the classroom accomplishments by
-hosting a school wide recognition each nine weeks of students who earned A’s & B’s on their report cards,

-assisting with funds for the ACT or SAT,

-providing a gala night for seniors who have exemplary academic and leadership performance while at LWHS, and

-awarding performance based scholarships to graduates.

Monthly meetings are held to plan these events. If you are interested in being a part of this group, please contact
Krista Thompson-

Melody McKenna-

Mentoring Program

Lake Wales High School is proud of its student’s success and offers encouraging strategies to help all students succeed. One strategy that is proven to be successful is providing students with mentors. Mentoring is a positive youth development strategy that supports the goal of reducing the dropout rate. Research has shown that mentoring has significant positive effects on two early indicators of high school drop-outs: high levels of absenteeism (Kennelly & Monrad, 2007) and recurring behavior problems (Thurlow, Sinclair & Johnson, 2002)

Research confirms what we knew anecdotally or intuitively before —that mentoring works. More research…. published by Child Trends and titled “Mentoring: A Promising Strategy for Youth Development” found that youth who participate in mentoring relationships experience a number of positive benefits.

In terms of educational achievement, mentored youth have better attendance, a better chance of going on to higher education, and a better attitude toward school. In terms of health and safety, mentoring appears to help prevent substance abuse and reduce some negative youth behaviors. On the social and emotional development front, taking part in mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to not only trust their parents more, but also communicate better with them.

So the research is clear – we need you to be a mentor for a student up on the Ridge. Free Training is provided. All mentors must also be approved volunteers for LWCS or Polk County School Board. This simple process can be done at the school office for a small fee. It is a win-win proposition – the mentors love it and the mentees get that extra support that helps pave the way to success.

Sign up today by contacting:

Blake Fann:
Mentoring Programs

Florida Students Achieve

The Florida Department of Education unveiled a new website that will help Florida families make critical education decisions by enabling them to access school and district-level data and will better inform families about the state’s college and career ready standards and the quality of learning taking place in their students’ classrooms.

One of the website’s primary functions is the school performance search tool, which ultimately enables parents to search by district, zip code, city or other geographic data view and then compare school and district data.

In addition to performance data, the site provides information relevant to current and future students of all ages and includes easy-to-find information about the Florida Standards, school and district performance results in core subjects, educator effectiveness and graduation and postsecondary statistics.

The website is live at  

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