Thank you!

A big THANK YOU to all of you who came to Orientation. We loved meeting  you and seeing our former students again.  We will see you tomorrow!

Dress Code for 2017-2018

Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy

Dress Code


Attire that disrupts the educational process, threatens the learning environment, endangers the health and safety of students or any others will not be tolerated.

General Appearance

  • Students must wear the following shirt according to grade level:
    • K-2nd grade will be required to wear a Navy Blue polo shirt or Navy Blue Citrus Ridge school t-shirt.
    • 3rd – 5th grade will be required to wear a Red polo shirt or Red Citrus Ridge school t-shirt.
    • 6th – 8th grade will be required to wear either a Gray or a Royal Blue polo shirt or Gray or a Royal Blue Citrus Ridge school t-shirt.
  • Shirts must be tucked in.
  • Students shall wear clothing of appropriate size as determined by the principal or designee.
  • Male students will wear khaki-tan (made of cotton or twill) or blue or black jean shorts or pants.
  • Female students will wear  blue or black jeans or khaki-tan skirts, skorts, pants or shorts made of cotton and/or twill (no leggings).
    • SHORTS, SKIRTS, SKORTS: must be hemmed, knee length.
    • No sweat pants or athletic shorts will be allowed outside PE.
    • Leggings may be worn under skirts, but not be worn alone.
  • Shorts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
  • Pants/shorts must be worn around the waist with a belt (shoelaces are unacceptable belts).
    • Pants/jeans must not have any holes, frays or writing on them.
  • Belts must be visible and fastened at all times.
  • Hats are not to be worn or brought onto campus.
  • Blankets are not allowed.
  • No bedroom slippers or pajamas will be allowed.
  • Students will not be allowed to wear personal clothing over their uniform.
  • Jackets: button up or zip front are permissible.
    • No hoodies that don’t zip up in the front.  Hoodies must be unzipped during school.
  • Undershirts MUST be in school colors (GRAY, RED, NAVY BLUE, or WHITE) and worn under school approved T-shirt or 2-3 button style Polo shirt.
  • Shoes: only closed toe shoes allowed (no Crocs, sandals, slides or open toe shoes)


CHANGING to a new shirt color?? 

**When a student moves from one grade level to the next and changes shirt color, he/she may bring in a used school uniform shirt for a voucher for $1.00 towards a NEW school uniform shirt for this school year.    The shirts MUST be in good condition, clean, with no stains or holes.  (limit 3 shirts of the same color per student).  School shirts cost $7.00 each, cash only and we cannot accept any bills over $20.00.  If you return a used shirt, that makes the cost of the new shirt only $6.00!



Grand Opening

Thank you to all who participated in our Grand Opening Celebration.  We had many VIPs join us, from our own Polk County School Board members to Representative Dennis Ross. It was exciting and a great way to show off some of the great things our students are doing! Special thanks to all those who worked so hard to make this event come together.  dsc_0218-x2 dsc_0213ribboncutting-s dsc_0125-x2 dsc_0208-x2 dsc_0070-x2 dsc_0067-x2 dsc_0229-x2


Buses—Buses are beginning to flow on a regular schedule.  It has taken a while to get everyone on the same page and some buses continue to run a little late.  THANK YOU for everyone’s patience as we have ensured that all students are on the correct bus and that all buses are at safe capacity.

Cars—the car line is moving quickly and has been cleared by 3:35 each day.  If you are ever planning on picking up your child in the car line, please make sure you have a car tag number.  It makes the line go much quicker.

PreK, K and 1st grade car riders are picked up on the side of the school.  Grades 2-8 are picked up in the front of the school.

General Information

Civics instruction will be integrated into all Language Arts and Reading classrooms.  In addition, students will take a Civics class in 7th grade.  Students in all grades will experience Civics in Action through project based learning as we involve the community in the school and participate in student government.

The First Day of school for 2017-2018 is Thursday, August 10, 2017.

School Hours – 8:00 – 3:00 (for all grades)

Attendance is very important.  We begin our lessons first thing in the morning and teach right up until the end of the day.  If your child is consistently tardy or checked out early, they will miss the standards being taught that they are required to know.   (Watch the school website for drop off and pick up times and information.)


Everyone is expected to be in uniform on the first day of school.  For Kindergarten and First grade, it is also a good idea to send an extra change of clothing for your child to keep in his or her back pack for the first two weeks of school.

Please see this document for the dress code for 2017-2018.

Citrus Ridge dress code 2017-18


Foreign Language

All students in the school will be learning American Sign Language as a part of the Civics curriculum.

Spanish will be offered as an elective in the middle school.

Information for Middle School:

  • Students attend seven classes per day and have a 25 minute lunch.
  • Four classes are “core” classes (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies) which are scheduled according to Florida State Assessment scores.
  • One class is Reading. Students may take Advanced Reading, Regular Reading or Intensive Reading (Intensive Reading would take 2 class sessions/blocks). The level of Reading class is determined by the Florida State Assessment and FAIR testing.
  • Two classes are elective classes. Electives are chosen by the students in the spring at registration time.
  • Electives include Physical Education, Art, Band, Chorus, Video, Computer Applications, Pre-Law Academy, Yearbook, Digital Art, Agriculture, Spanish.
  • Physical Education is a required elective unless a waiver is signed by the parent.