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The Newsroom is a place where you can get information on what is happening at the Achievement Academy. Along with previous press releases and newsletters to research additional stories. Please direct all media inquiries to Stacy Williams at 863-683-6504.

Rise & Shine Walk for Kids

The Walk was held on Saturday, May 22, 2010, but it is not too late to donate to the walk!

  • Pro-Am Tennis Tournament

March 12, 13 & 14, 2010

The 31st Annual Pro-Am Tennis Tournament will be March 12, 13 & 14, 2010. This year the tournament will be held at Grasslands Golf & Country Club in Lakeland. Doris Trohn, long-time board member and avid tennis player, has retired from her position as Chairperson for the tournament after 25 years. We welcome Elizabeth Bandyk as Chair and John Mack as Co-Chair of this year's event.

This weekend-long event kicks off Friday evening with a dinner for players and sponsors.  Pro and amateur tennis players gather from throughout the state to compete in men's and women's doubles competition. The Academy offers sponsorships from $125 to $5,000, advertisements for the program ranging from $25-$110.  To become a sponsor, click here.  To register as an amateur player, click here.

5K Run

For the past five years the Junior Service League of Bartow combines efforts with the Achievement Academy to sponsor the Bartow 5K Run/Walk. This year's run was on Feb. 13th at Summerlin Park at Lake Wilson (behind Bartow High School.) In addition to the run, a Children's Fun Run has been added. Racers received Achievement Academy shirts, great food and prizes. Thank you to the Junior Service League of Bartow for 25 years of service to the Achievement Academy.


Pigeon Pull & Evening Round-up

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Achievement Academy held its 4th Annual Pigeon Pull and Evening Round-Up at the home of Marty and Angela Higgenbotham in Lakeland. The four man flurry skeet shoot was held from 2:00-5:00 p.m. with the Caudill Heating and Air Conditioning being the winning team. The evening party was from 6:00-10:00 p.m. where guests enjoyed cocktails, prime rib dinner, live auction and  the Dixie Highway Band while showing community support for the Achievement Academy. This year's Bennelli Sponsor was Q &Q Inc./The Kontny Family! A special thank you to Bul-Hed Corporation who challenged others to give a matching gift of $10,000 for the "Where Brighter Futures Begin" Capital Campaign. The event was a overwhelming success and raised $75,000!! Marty & Angela we could not have done this without your support!                   

This is one of our fastest growing events. Tony Turbeville, board member, chaired this event with Adam Airth, board member. Committee Members were David Caudill, Casey Compton, Eric Larson and Michael Micallef.    




Chip-in for Children" Golf Tournament

Friday, October 9th, 2009

The Achievement Academy's 10th Annual "Chip-In for Children" Golf Tournament was held Friday, October 9, 2009 at The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland. Golfers enjoyed a fun-filled day of golf, an evening dinner and reception, and an auction that benefited the programs at the Achievement Academy. 


Stacey Robinson, Pre-K ESE teacher at the Achievement Academy, was awarded Second Runner-Up at the Polk County Charter Schools Association Awards Banquet on Friday, May 8, 2008. The banquet was held at the Lake Wales Country Club. Ms. Robinson has been a teacher at the Achievement Academy for 10 years. Achievement Academy staff nominees have consistently placed in the top three the past four years the event has been held.

Susan Shipe, lead teacher, recently obtained her National Board Certification in Exceptional Student Education.

Teachers having completed this rigorous certification process, represent the best of what teaching can be. Teachers who successfully undergo and complete this process have demonstrated subject-area expertise as well as the ability to develop lesson plans and deliver instruction that meets the needs of students at different levels and with different abilities.

The demanding process - which only four of 10 teachers pass on the first try and which takes up to three years to complete - requires candidates to pass subject-matter assessments and submit a portfolio that includes videotapes of classroom instruction and assessments of student work.

Susan joins an elite group of teachers. Fewer than two percent of all U.S. teachers are Nationally Board certified and even fewer attain it on their first attempt like she did.

Ask anyone, colleagues, parents, students-who they think is most deserving of this recognition-and without hesitation-she would be chosen. We always knew Susan was outstanding-THIS JUST PROVES IT!


Ms. Stacey Robinson, Teacher at the Achievement Academy and Mrs. Jo Ann Smith, Office Manager, have been nominated by their colleagues to represent the Achievement Academy at the Polk County Association of Charter School awards ceremony. Congratulations Stacey and Jo Ann as you are honored for your commitment to the students and families at Achievement Academy.  

The Achievement Academy has recently purchased 16 acres of beautiful property located on 540A in Lakeland.  It is located across from George Jenkins High School stadium and is adjacent to what will become a county park.  As the community's needs are growing, the Board of the Achievement Academy has identified the need to expand for future growth.  This is a long range plan for the future of Achievement Academy where we can eventually build a beautiful school that will not only meet and exceed the needs of our current students, but will also provide opportunities for future students and their families.       

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Success for one Achievement Academy student

The lives of a 3-year-old boy and his family are beginning to feel normal six months after Rhett underwent brain surgery to fix a rare sleep condition. Read more on Bay News 9.