From Polk County Public Schools:

Dear families,

We hope you’ve been enjoying your summer, and we look forward to students returning for the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 13.

Here are a few important reminders:

Polk County Public Schools will NOT be imposing a districtwide ban on backpacks and lunchboxes, and will NOT require clear backpacks or lunchboxes for the 2018-19 school year.

However, individual schools can impose restrictions on backpacks and lunchboxes. Please check with your child’s school to see if any restrictions are in place for the upcoming school year.

Please be advised that trench coats are prohibited districtwide this year.

Hooded sweatshirts are acceptable, but hoods may not be worn during school hours.

Student identification badges will be provided to students in grades 6 – 12 to ensure the safety and security of students and staff. Students must wear these ID badges at all times around the neck when on school grounds.

Again, we hope you enjoy the rest of your summer, and we look forward to students returning for the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 13.

Thank you.


Estimadas familias,

Esperamos que ustedes hayan disfrutado de su verano, y esperamos con anticipación a los estudiantes que regresen el primer día de clases el lunes, 13 de agosto.

Aquí hay algunos consejos importantes:

Las escuelas públicas del Condado de Polk no va a imponer una prohibición de mochilas y loncheras y no requiere claras mochilas o loncheras para el año 2018-19.

Sin embargo, cada escuela puede imponer restricciones en mochilas y loncheras. Por favor verifique con su escuela para ver si alguna restricción fue impuesta para este año escolar.

Tenga en cuenta que gabardinas están prohibidas en todo el distrito este año.

Sudaderas con capucha son aceptables, pero las capuchas no se pueden usar durante las horas escolares.

Placas de identificación serán repartidas a los estudiantes en grados 6-12 para asegurar la seguridad de los estudiantes y personal. Los estudiantes deben usar esta identificación en todo momento alrededor del cuello cuando en la escuela.

Una vez más, esperamos disfruten el resto de su verano, y esperamos al regreso de los estudiantes al primer día de clases el lunes, agosto 13.


Getting Ready. . .

We are getting ready for a brand new year at Citrus Ridge.  There have been many changes over the summer.

First, GREAT JOB Pioneers – we raised our school grade to a C!  Our students and staff all worked very hard to get that grade and it shows!

Next, welcome to our new principal, Mrs. Nikeshia Leatherwood.  We know you will be glad to meet her and we look for great things to come!

New school supply lists  are available here:


Grades 1 – 2 

Grades 3 – 4

Grade 5 

Middle School

We hope to see you at Orientation.  Join us Thursday, August 9 from 9:00 – 2:00.  


Information about Buses for Next Year

Student busing is changing for the 2018-2019 school year.  Many of our parents received or will be receiving a letter from the Transportation Department.

We want to inform you that, beginning school year 2018-2019, all students living east of Highway 27 who live less than two miles from Citrus Ridge Academy will not receive bus transportation.  

For the entire letter, (in English and Spanish) please click here:

Citrus Ridge – Under 2 Mile Letter 5-11-2018

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jeffery Davis, Area 8 Manager, at 863-534-9246, or Kevin Wells, Senior Coordinator of Transportation Operations, at 863-519-8599

Kindergarten learns about. . .

Our kindergarten students learn a LOT!  This year, students in Mrs. Ruiz’s class have learned about community helpers, places to visit in the US and how to work together. Great job students!