General Info

General Information About Our School 

School Hours

Cafeteria Opens           7:30 A.M.

Tardy Bell                      8:00 A.M.

Dismissal Begins          3:00 P.M.



Main Office    863-413-2838

FAX                 863-413-2531

Polk County School Board






2017/2018 Student/Parent Handbook

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Our Vision

The vision of the R.E.A.L. Academy is to provide a safe and orderly educational environment in which students can utilize technology to successfully engage in accelerated learning opportunities through individual instruction, self-paced course progression, and computer based learning strategies.

Our Mission

The mission of the R.E.A.L. Academy is to provide REAL opportunities for academic success to all of our students.

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General Information & FAQ's

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Arrival & Dismissal

  • Students are not to come to school or be dropped off at the school before the 7:30 A.M bell.  SUPERVISION IS NOT PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS ON CAMPUS BEFORE 7:30 A.M. or after 3:00 P.M.  The school or the Polk County School Board cannot be held liable for any harm that may befall a student who arrives at school prior to this designated time of 7:30 A.M. or is not picked up from school by 3:00 P.M.


    Breakfast is served from 7:30 A.M. until 8:00 A.M.  Teachers and staff will be here at 7:30 to accept students into their classrooms in preparation for the day.  Any student who is not in his/her classroom by 8:00 A.M. will be marked absent.

    Tardy students will be afforded the opportunity to pick up a breakfast-to-go on their way to class.


    Students arriving to school after 8:00 A.M. MUST report to the main office with a parent.  The agenda will be stamped and signed by both the parent and a staff member as a pass to class and the student will be marked tardy.  Late entry into the classroom interrupts classroom procedure and instruction. Please do NOT drop your child off in the parking lot, if late.  Parents must walk their child(ren) to the office when tardy and explain the reason for the tardiness to the office.    


    At the beginning of the school year, please discuss with your child’s teacher how you expect him/her to get home.  If there is a change in your standard routine, please send a note to your child’s teacher.  IF A NOTE IS NOT RECEIVED BY THE TEACHER, THE CHILD WILL BE SENT HOME HIS/HER REGULAR WAY.  These arrangements must be planned ahead of time.  Please plan for inclement weather. (Reminder:  Bus students may NOT change buses or bus stops without written permission from the District’s Transportation Department).


    There will be no early dismissal after 2:45 p.m. due to end of day preparation.  Any adult checking a student out of school must be listed on each student’s emergency card and provide a valid driver’s license or a valid government issued I.D. to the office staff.   Students will not be released to an adult who is not listed on the emergency card or who is unable to present a valid license.  Early dismissal is discouraged as it interrupts the educational process of all students. We appreciate your assistance in this matter, for the safety of your child(ren).

Breakfast & Lunch

  • We have an excellent lunch and breakfast program.  Breakfast and lunch are served free of charge to ALL students.     A menu will be available monthly.


    Some students bring their own lunches.  If the student brings a thermos with his lunch, please make sure the thermos is non-breakable.   If you choose to bring your child a lunch, please remember…NO GLASS BOTTLES/CONTAINERS OR CARBONATED DRINKS ALLOWED.



    Please notify the Main Office immediately if you have a change in address, home, work or emergency phone numbers.  Two new proofs of residency are required when you move.  The school records need to be kept up-to-date.  In case of emergency, we MUST have a current phone number through which you may be contacted.  All permanent changes must be made in person by the individual who originally enrolled the student.

  • Menus, prices, nutrition, …
  • Free and Reduced Price Meal Application
  • Frequently Asked Questions & Student Nutrition Information (county page)
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Code of Conduct

  • The Polk County School Board has adopted a CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT.  Each student will receive a copy and orientation of its contents will be reviewed at the beginning of the school year.  The parent and student acknowledgment form is to be completed and returned to the child’s teacher. 


    Due to legislation, it is unlawful for anyone to have tobacco or any tobacco products in their possession while on school property.  Any student involved in the use, possession, sale, or distribution of tobacco or tobacco products or any kind of weapon will be dealt with according to the Polk County School’s Code of Conduct and will be referred to the Polk County Sheriff’s Youth Resource Officer assigned to this school. 


    Radios, CD players, beepers, electronic games, any playing/trading cards, toys, etc. are not to be brought to school.  If items are confiscated, a parent will be required to pick up said item(s) from the teacher or office at a scheduled time.


    Severe or continuous discipline problems result in progressive discipline and will require conferences involving teachers, the guidance counselor, the school psychologist, the administration, and the parents so that a concerted effort may be made to determine and correct the cause of misconduct and may result in an alternative placement.

  • Student Code of Conduct (PDF)

School Uniform & Dress Code

  • The Dress Code does not allow for clothing with colored trim, stripes, embroidery, decoration, etc. It also does not provide for overalls (overalls with pants or shorts), sweat pants, knit pants/ skirts, leggings, etc. A small logo is acceptable. School administrators will determine if clothing is appropriate for school and complies with district rules. For more specific information on the student dress code, please refer to the Code of Student Conduct.

    Other dress code rules:

    • Must wear REAL Academy t-shirt (can be ordered)
    • Jeans/Khaki pants or shorts
    • Book bags are not used at any location
    • A belt is required if the garment has belt loops.
    • Shirts (including t-shirts) must be tucked in.
    • Shorts/skirts must be mid-thigh or longer.
    • Shoes must be safe and appropriate.
    • Clothes must be appropriate size, with waist of garment worn at student’s waist.
    • Clothing that is too tight or too loose is not appropriate for school.

    Click here to view the 2016-2017 Dress Code – English

    Click here to view the 2016-2017 Dress Code – Spanish

    Click here to view the 2016-2017 Dress Code – Haitian Creole



    The Dress Code does not allow for clothing with colored trim, stripes, embroidery, decoration, etc.  It also does not provide for overalls (overalls with pants or shorts), sweat pants, knit pants/skirts, leggings etc.


    *Administration reserves the right to request a change of clothing for inappropriate dress or to recommend changes on anything deemed distracting to the learning process.

Parent Curriculum Guide

Attendance Policy/Póliza de Asistencia

  • Our goal is to have a school wide attendance rate above 95% in order to promote academic success.  It is imperative that your child arrive at school on time and be in attendance daily.


    Students may arrive on campus no earlier than the 7:30 a.m. bell and ALL STUDENTS must be in class by 8:00 a.m.  No student check-outs from the office after 2:45 p.m.  Dismissal time is at 3:00 p.m.


    Absences are excused for the following reasons:

    1. Hospitalization
    2. Doctor’s visit
    3. Extended illness (verified by doctor)
    4. Funerals/memorials
    5. Any other special circumstances must be discussed with the Principal for approval/consideration.


    A doctor’s note is required and the student must provide the documentation on the date he/she returns to school from the absence.


    Tardies and early dismissals are very disruptive to classes.

    Students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. are TARDY.  Please do NOT drop your child off in the parking lot if late.  Parents must walk their child(ren) to the office when tardy and explain the reason for the tardiness to the office personnel.


    Tardies and early dismissals are excused for doctor’s visits with a doctor’s note when returning back to school.


    3 unexcused tardies and/or unexcused early dismissals will be recorded as 1 unexcused absence.

    The student must also be present for more than 50% of the academic day to be counted present.


    An attendance committee will review all excessive absences if the attendance issue has not been resolved with the school social worker.  The committee may include: School Social Worker, Youth and Family Alternatives Representative, Student Services Representative and Principal/designee.

    It’s the Law!

    Florida Statute 1003.26 requires regular school attendance of children between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16).

    Florida Statute 1003.24 makes parents and legal guardians responsible, and criminally liable, for ensuring that their children attend school.                                           



    Nuestra meta es tener una tasa de asistencia escolar por encima del 95% para promover el éxito académico. Es imprescindible que su hijo llegue a la escuela a tiempo y que esté presente todos los días.


    Los estudiantes pueden llegar al a escuela no antes de que toque la campana de las 7:30 a.m. y TODOS LOS ESTUDIANTES deben estar en clase para las 8:00 a.m.  Ningún estudiante puede ser recogido de a la oficina después de las 2:45 p.m.  La hora de salida es a las 3:00 p.m.


         Las ausencias son excusadas por las siguientes razones:

    • Hospitalización
    • Visitas al médico
    • Enfermedad extendida ( verificada por el médico)
    • Funerales o servicio conmemorativo
    • Cualquier otra circunstancia especial debe ser discutida con el/la directora para aprobación/consideración.


    Una nota del doctor es requerida y el estudiante debe proveer la documentación en la fecha él / ella vuelve a la escuela de la ausencia.


    Las tardanzas y las salidas temprano interrumpen mucho las clases.

    Estudiantes que llegan después de las 8:00 a.m. están TARDE.  Por favor NO dejen a su hijo/a en el aparcadero si llega tarde. Los padres deben caminar con sus hijos a la oficina cuando estén tarde y explicar la razón de su tardanza a la oficina.


    Las tardanzas y salidas tempranas son excusadas por visita al médico con una nota médica traída cuando regrese a la escuela.

    Tres (3) tardanzas y/o salidas tempranas sin excusar serán registradas como 1 ausencia sin excusar.


    El estudiante también debe estar presente por más del 50% del día académico para que pueda contarse como presente.

    Un comité de asistencia revisará todas las ausencias excesivas si el asunto de la asistencia no ha sido resuelto por el/la asistente social de la escuela. El comité puede incluir: Asistente Social de la Escuela, Representantes de “Youth and Family Alternatives”, Representante de Servicios a Estudiantes y el/la director/a o designado/a.

    Es la Ley!

    ∙   El Estatuto de la Florida 1003.26 requiere la asistencia regular a la escuela de los niños entre las edades de

        6 (seis) a 16 (dieciséis) años.

    ∙   El Estatuto de la Florida 1003.24 hace responsables y penables criminalmente a los padres y a los tutores, de asegurar que sus hijos asistan a la escuela.

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Visitors on Campus

  • ALL visitors on our campus must sign in through the Visitor Tracking System in the main office upon arrival and present a valid driver’s license or government issued I.D.  Visitor name badges will only be assigned to individuals having lunch with their own children (only adults authorized on each student’s emergency card) or individuals that have prearranged conferences.  Visitors without name badges on campus will be stopped and asked to report to the office.


  • If you are moving away from the school, we hate to see you go!  However, here are a few things you must do before you leave.  Parents must notify the Main Office IMMEDIATELY when a student is to be withdrawn from the school. Your notification to the Main Office that your child will be withdrawing will enable us to complete his/her school records and provide you with necessary documentation for entry into his/her next school.  Several items must be returned to the school prior to the withdrawal, and they are as follows:  Textbooks, Library Books, and outstanding balances on cafeteria accounts for meals must be paid in full.  Upon request, any credit balance on a student’s account can be forwarded to the enrolling school (if it is within Polk County), or the positive balance can be refunded.

Special Events

  • Field trips:  Field trips are an extension of the learning environment and a privilege for students.  Students are expected to behave as if they were at school.  Students who have an outstanding lunch account or owe for lost books will be required to clear debts before paying for a field trip.  Chaperones will be invited by teachers and must be an approved volunteer prior to the field trip.  Chaperones are expected to follow the guidelines of the district volunteer handbook.


    Birthday parties:  We do not provide time for birthday parties at school.  Gifts, flowers and balloons may not be delivered to the school.  Party invitations may not be distributed during school hours.


    School/Class parties:  Classroom parties will be held at the discretion of the Principal and Teacher.  It is the discretion of the teacher to determine if volunteers are needed.  All food items sent in must be store bought and pre-packaged.  Home-made food will not be accepted at any time.


    • We welcome and encourage any parent to become an Official Volunteer. We can always benefit from a extra pair of hands to help assist us in the classroom and lunchroom. If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer, please contact the Office. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at our school, you must first fill out an online application and be approved by the district. Click here to submit an application!

    Attention, new volunteers!

    • Volunteers are an important part of our school family. To maintain campus security, new volunteers undergo a Florida Department of Law Enforcement background check at a cost of $25. This is a one time, tax-deductible fee for prospective volunteers The school office can confirm your approval status. If you are not currently a school volunteer, print an application at, search: Volunteer. Return completed application to the office with a $25 money order payable to the Polk County School Board. Upon approval, you will be issued a permanent Polk County School Board badge to wear when you are on campus as a volunteer.
    • Los voluntarios son parte importante de nuestra familia escolar. Para mantener la seguridad en nuestro plantel, los nuevos voluntarios deben someterse a una nueva verificación de antecedentes con el Departamento de Aplicación de la Ley de La Florida a un costo de $25. Este pago es por una sola vez y es deducible de impuestos para los voluntarios potenciales. La oficina de la escuela puede confirmar su estatus de aprobación. Si actualmente usted no es voluntario en la escuela, imprima una solicitud en, busque: “Volunteer”. Devuelva la solicitud a la oficina con un giro postal por $ 25 a nombre de “Polk County School Board”. Una vez aprobado/a, se le emitirá una insignia de la Junta del Condado de Polk para usarla cuando se esté en el campus como voluntario/a.
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