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Lakeland Homeschool Guide

Homeschool Guide for Lakeland + Polk County

Are you looking for homeschool enrichment classes or a parent co-op here in Lakeland? Interested in homeschooling but not sure where to begin?

Lakeland has an amazing homeschool community, multiple social and support groups, homeschool programs, and daytime classes and activities to help with your learning journey.

Some families are also “Schooling at Home” this year – whether through Polk Virtual School, Florida Virtual School, or other online school options. While this is not the same as a traditional home education program, some of these classes and activities listed below are available to you as well.

Whether you are a homeschool family or a family who is temporarily doing school at home, whether you call it unschooling, deschooling, home education, or something else, we hope our Homeschool Guide helps you find educational resources for your family in Lakeland and Polk County.

Don’t miss our full Education Guide – it includes information on Polk County public schools, tutoring and test prep, colleges, scholarship programs, and more.

How to Begin Homeschooling in Florida

If you are new to homeschooling in Lakeland or Polk County, get connected with experienced homeschool parents {groups listed below} or an established umbrella school who can help you navigate the process. You can also use the free Parent How-To Course from WonderHere.

You do not have to be a certified teacher to homeschool, you simply have to comply with the requirements outlined below. You can start homeschooling at any time in grades K-12 – even in middle school or high school. The PCPS Website has a helpful list of FAQs.

The Florida Parent Educators Association is also a helpful resource for Florida homeschool families. According to the FPEA, these are the six steps to begin homeschooling in Florida:

◆ Submit a notice of intent to your school district. In Polk County, visit the PCPS Homeschool website for a Notice of Intent form. On that page you’ll also find a helpful Parent Information Packet. You can also submit your own Notice of Intent letter (FPEA download) to your public school district. You can also enroll with an Umbrella School that will take care of this paperwork for you.

◆ Choose your educational approach or curriculum. If you prefer a set curriculum, the good news is there are MANY educational materials to choose from. {This is also the bad news for anyone who is indecisive like me}. Parents in one of the co-ops or Facebook Groups listed below can help provide guidance to figure out what works for your family. You can also check the FPEA website for a list of quality educational teaching materials and online homeschool curriculum.

◆ Maintain your portfolio – See the FPEA website for details.

◆ Submit an annual evaluation – A student learning in a home education setting must be evaluated once a year to demonstrate educational progress at a level equivalent to his or her abilities. As a parent, you select an evaluator (a Florida-certified teacher) to review the portfolio and/or administer an evaluation, and then submit the appropriate paperwork to the school district. Learn more about Homeschool Portfolios.
Preserve your records

◆ Submit your notice of termination if you decide to stop home schooling. This form can also be found on the PCPS Website.

Note that the requirements above are for a home education program led by a parent or guardian. They do not apply for students who have already enrolled in Polk Virtual School or Florida Virtual School.

Homeschool Resources in Lakeland + Polk County

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Florida Childrens Museum Bonnet Springs Park
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Explorations V Children's Museum

Explorations V Children’s Museum is moving to Bonnet Springs Park in November 2022 and will be renamed the Florida Children’s Museum. As of August 6, 2022, the museum is closed in preparation for the move and will reopen in November 2022.

Children's Museums | Homeschool Enrichment - General | Indoor Play + Open Gym for Toddlers | Indoor Playground Birthday Parties | Museums + Historic Field Trips | Science + STEM Field Trips | Storytime
109 North Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801
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Polk Museum of Art

The Polk Museum of Art is the largest and the only nationally accredited visual arts organization in Polk County and has been a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum since 2010. The museum offers workshops and classes for teens and adults, after school art for children, weekend workshops, spring break camp, summer camp, and the annual Mayfaire by the Lake.

Art Lessons | Art, Music + Theater Field Trips | Gift + Home Stores | Homeschool Enrichment - Arts + Crafts | Museums + Historic Field Trips | Museums + Historical Attractions | Sensory Friendly + Special Needs Activities
800 East Palmetto Street, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Acting & Audition Coaching with Karissa Barber

After years of performing on the stage and on the screen, Karissa Barber’s practical experience takes learning out of the theoretical and into real life. Private acting coaching (for the stage, film or public speaking) or audition prep sessions (for Harrison or college theatre programs) are available from professional actress Karissa Barber with 14+ years of experience in her home studio in south Lakeland.

Drama + Theatre Classes | Homeschool Enrichment - Theater
Lakeland
All-Stars 4-H

Focuses on Archery, Community Service, Dog, Public Speaking, Dog Enthusiasts. Meets 1st,2nd,3rd Thursday, at 1:00pm; and every Friday at 3:30 pm in Lakeland.

Homeschool Enrichment - General | Scouts + Campfire + 4-H
Applewood Private Education

Applewood Private Education is a Florida-based Umbrella School program, designed to offer you and your family the most freedom possible on your homeschooling journey. Our qualified staff of education professionals is always available to offer guidance and support: we’re here to help your child learn and grow!

Supplemental Programs + Umbrella Schools
Lakeland
Art Centric Studio

For kids we specialize in after-school programs, mommy-and-me toddler classes, art camps, birthday parties, a monthly KiDz NiGhT OuT, school field trips, and much more. For adults we offer evening creative step by step classes – learn about acrylic, watercolor, gliding, pallets, mixed media, wood working and more!

Art Lessons | Art Parties | Art, Music + Theater Field Trips | Homeschool Enrichment - Arts + Crafts | Make + Take Art Studios | Mommy and Me Classes
1035 South Florida Ave St #180, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Brain Quest Academy

We offer homeschool enrichment activities for art, history, science, theatre, and stem. Kid approved and portfolio lesson plan included!

Homeschool Enrichment - Arts + Crafts | Homeschool Enrichment - General
Lakeland
Branch Christian Academy

Branch Christian Academy is a 501 (c) (3) organization in Polk County that seeks to educate families at home and in a community together. “We are a group of families that seek to educate our children at home and in a community together, leading and guiding them in the way they should go.  We desire to do life together and support one another through this journey.  As in the church, we are one body with many parts; all are essential to the co-op family. We all have something to offer, and value each person in our co-op.”

Homeschool Co-Ops + Social Groups
Lakeland
Calvary Homeschooling Academy

Calvary Baptist Church Academy is a K-12 private Christian school and homeschool support group in Lakeland, Florida offering an award-winning fine arts program (choir, band, drama, visual art), junior varsity and varsity sports, and academic record keeping.

Homeschool Co-Ops + Social Groups | Homeschool Enrichment - Arts + Crafts | Homeschool Enrichment - General | Homeschool Enrichment - Sports + PE | Homeschool Enrichment - Theater | Homeschool Enrichment – Music | Supplemental Programs + Umbrella Schools
1945 North Florida Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33805
Camp Gilead

Camp Gilead offers children, families, churches, and groups a life-transforming adventure and a fun, safe, Christ-centered environment in which to LEARN, EXPLORE, and GROW. They offer Summer Camps, Retreats, Bible Clubs, and GileadCLUBS Homeschool Enrichment.

Homeschool Enrichment - Arts + Crafts | Homeschool Enrichment - General | Homeschool Enrichment – Nature + Animals
1445 Camp Gilead Drive, Polk City, Florida 33868
Chesser Music Studio (Piano)

We believe piano lessons should be fun, creative, and engaging. We take time to learn about your student, and use creative materials and resources to help them engage and learn in the best ways. We teach piano lessons kids LOVE! Piano lessons are available Monday through Thursday, from 10am-7pm. Lessons for ages 3 – adult.

Homeschool Enrichment – Music | Music Classes + Lessons | Toddler Music Classes
Lakeland
Classical Conversations

Classical Conversations is a national Christian-oriented curriculum company and homeschool organization. Classical Conversations Communities meet weekly during the school year. Trained parent-tutors model skills and facilitate activities that give students opportunities to practice these skills. There are multiple communities in Polk County, to find a community near you, visit the Website.

Homeschool Co-Ops + Social Groups | Homeschool Enrichment - General
Classical Conversations Bartow

Home Education is a wonderful choice, and it may just fit your family’s vision and lifestyle! Classical Conversations has been equipping and encouraging homeschool families for more than 18 years! We can help provide you and your student with the support, accountability, and resources to unlock the lost tools of learning and prepare them for anything God has purposed for their life!

Homeschool Co-Ops + Social Groups | Homeschool Enrichment - General
Bartow
Crystal's World of Dance

Our mission is to bring positive enlightenment to diverse audiences through offering a variety of dance classes and community performances, to strive for excellence in dance education, and to teach students a unique style and approach to dance! Crystal’s World of dance offers dance classes, holiday camps, and after school programs.

After School Programs | Dance Lessons | Homeschool Enrichment - Dance | Toddler Dance Classes
801 North Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Cygnet School (K-12)

The Cygnet School is an inclusive small private school serving K-12 students in Lakeland, Florida. At Cygnet, each child is recognized as an individual with his or her own strengths, challenges, and interests. We utilize multi-age classroom instruction and offer both part- and full-time programs combining academics and electives to keep students interested and cultivate a love of learning.

Homeschool Enrichment - General | Non-Religious Private Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland | Supplemental Programs + Umbrella Schools
2700 Florida Avenue South, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Deep Roots Nature School

Offering nature-based programs for ages 5 to 12.

Homeschool Enrichment – Nature + Animals
Families of Faith Christian Academy International

Families of Faith Christian Academy adheres to the conviction that God has ordained that parents are directly responsible for the education of their children. The goal of FOFCAI is to serve families that believe in and practice Parent Directed Education. Each student and family is different, with varying educational needs. Students might be homeschooled, enrolled in a traditional campus program through a private school, or even taking virtual classes at home.

Supplemental Programs + Umbrella Schools
Lakeland
First HUG (Homeschoolers Under God)

Christian Homeschool Support Group in the Auburndale area, membership comes from Auburndale, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Lake Alfred, Polk City. Provides encouragement and support for Christian homeschool families through group events, Moms meetings, co-op classes, and more.

Homeschool Co-Ops + Social Groups
Auburndale
Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA)

The FPEA serves thousands of homeschooling families in Florida, delivering a wealth of support, guidance and information to both new and longtime home educators.

Supplemental Programs + Umbrella Schools
Florida Unschoolers

Florida Unschoolers is a private umbrella school focused on independent home education, serving unschoolers and other home educators all across Florida. It is private school enrollment for attendance purposes while you support your particular child’s learning at home.

Supplemental Programs + Umbrella Schools
Haven Homeschoolers

A cooperative group of homeschooling parents and children. Teachers’ (that’s the parents) meetings the first Friday of the month at Lake Hartridge Nature Park on Havendale Blvd.

Homeschool Co-Ops + Social Groups
Winter Haven
Highland School of Dance

Highland School of Dance was opened in Lakeland in 1974. We offer classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, musical theater, and acrobatics, along with summer camps and dance intensives!

Dance Lessons | Homeschool Enrichment - Dance | Toddler Dance Classes
6929 Old Road 37, Lakeland, Florida 33811
Home Grown 4-H

Polk County 4-H offers more than 35 community clubs for you to choose from, including Home Grown 4-H that meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in Auburndale. They focus on Archery, Community Service, Sewing, Exploring 4-H.

Homeschool Enrichment - General | Scouts + Campfire + 4-H
Auburndale
HOPE Homeschoolers

HOPE is a community of families that both give and receive support for the homeschooling journey.  This exchange of practical support happens at the Moms’ Night Out events, Future HOPE meetings, on the playground during Park Days, at field trips, over the phone, and by other communications within the group.  We serve one another during times of triumph and struggle and endeavor to minister in any way God prompts us to do so.

Homeschool Co-Ops + Social Groups
Lakeland
Journey Homeschoolers

Journey Homeschoolers is a Christian homeschooling support group serving the greater Lake Wales and Winter Haven area. They provide support and encouragement for homeschooling parents as well as a social environment for children through park days and member-led field trips.

Homeschool Co-Ops + Social Groups
Winter Haven
Lake Wales
Lake Wales Arts Council Fine Arts Classes

The Lake Wales Arts Council offers fine arts programs for kids and adults in the fall, spring, and summer.  Scholarships, multi-enrollment discounts, and payment plans are available. Includes visual arts, digital arts, choir, orchestra, painting & pottery, and more.

Art Lessons | Homeschool Enrichment - Arts + Crafts | Music Classes + Lessons
1099 East State Road 60, Lake Wales, Florida 33853
Lakeland Community Theatre

Lakeland Community Theatre boasts a Main Stage season of five high quality productions; The Eunice Fuller Theatre for Youth three show season as well as classes, summer camps, workshops, Master Classes; The Out of the Box Troupe for special needs youth and adults, a Senior Troupe and many special productions and events each year.

Art, Music + Theater Field Trips | Drama + Theatre Classes | Homeschool Enrichment - Theater | Sensory Friendly + Special Needs Activities | Theatres + Performing Arts Venues | Volunteer Opportunities Available
121 South Lake Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Lakeland Homeschool PE

Lakeland Homeschool PE offers classes for students age 5 (as of Sept. 1) – 12th grade. To become a member, come out to the park and sign up. Tuesdays, 9 – 10:30 AM at Lake Parker Park, Entrance 2 at the soccer fields. Check FB page for updates and start date. Students participate in exercise, team sports, fun, and friendship. This is a true co op, parents participate and do not leave while students attend PE. Cost is $5 per child annually, with a family cap of $25.

Homeschool Enrichment - Sports + PE
Lakeland
Lakeland Ice Arena

Our Arena in the heart of Lakeland offers year-round public ice skating as well as Professional Coaching for both Figure Skating and Ice Hockey, all Hockey Camps, Tournaments and Special events, Elite Level Hockey Opportunities, Organized Travel Hockey Programs, Rec hockey, Ice Skating Camps, Spaces for Parties and special events.

Homeschool Enrichment - Sports + PE | Ice Hockey | Ice Skating Rinks | Roller Hockey + Ball Hockey | Skating Parties | Sports + PE Field Trips | Sports Parties
3395 West Memorial Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33815
Lighthouse Homeschoolers

Lighthouse is a cooperative of parents that strives to meet the needs of the families within the group. Field trips, educational events, social activities, and parent/teacher support are the major focus of the group. Lighthouse is a Christian led organization but is not an exclusively Christian group.

Homeschool Co-Ops + Social Groups
Main Street Homeschool Auxiliary

The mission of Main Street Homeschool Auxiliary is to promote curiosity and creativity in a supportive community of learners. We supplement the work you do at home by offering workshops for a variety of age groups, from preschoolers to adults. Our classes are small, project-based endeavors where the children are actively engaged in topics as wide-ranging as their interests.

Homeschool Co-Ops + Social Groups | Homeschool Enrichment - General
942 South Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Mulberry Phosphate Museum

Mulberry Phosphate Museum which houses an outstanding collection of fossilized remains, area memorabilia, and educational exhibits on the Phosphate Industry. You will experience the Earth’s past, viewing the remains of various types of marine life as well as reptiles and mammals dating back millions of years. Dig for sharks teeth and fossils in our outdoor pile!

Homeschool Enrichment – Nature + Animals | Museums + Historic Field Trips | Museums + Historical Attractions | STEM Programs + LEGO Building
101 SE 1st Street, Mulberry, Florida 33860
Mysti's Music Studio

I believe a well-rounded approach to piano instruction is important. I teach technique, ear-training, sight reading, performance, theory, ensemble and accompaniment techniques, and improvisation. Whether students are headed toward music study at a university, or taking piano lessons for their own enjoyment, they will receive quality instruction in those 8 areas. WunderKeys program for ages 3-5.

Homeschool Enrichment – Music | Music Classes + Lessons | Toddler Music Classes
Lakeland
PicassoZ Art Cafe

A contemporary, casual, do-it-yourself art studio featuring pottery painting, mosaics, fused glass jewelry, clay, & host parties, special occasions, field trips, family nights, youth group outings, etc! Our studios & cafe are a great destination for creative activities & things to do in Lakeland, Fl. PicassoZ Art Cafe / Breakables Mosaics / Party Loft / Tea Largo

Art Lessons | Art Parties | Art, Music + Theater Field Trips | Homeschool Enrichment - Arts + Crafts | Make + Take Art Studios
4634 Cleveland Heights Blvd, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Polk County History Center

What was once the Polk County Courthouse is now the historical museum and library which serves Polk’s community through special events, volunteer opportunities, and educational programs. Throughout the year, the History Center hosts rotating exhibits and educational programs that feature a variety of subjects specific to Polk County. Highlights include artifacts and displays from Polk’s early industries (cattle, citrus, farming, railroads, phosphate mining), long-time Polk businesses (Badcock, Coca-Cola, Harrell’s, Mosaic, Publix and Citizens Bank), historic courtrooms, and a children’s room. The Polk County History Center offers educational programs and tours designed for classroom students, scouts and other large groups,

Homeschool Enrichment - General | Museums + Historic Field Trips | Museums + Historical Attractions
100 East Main Street, Bartow, Florida 33830
Saints Sports League at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven

Saints Sports is an open-to-the-public community league for boys and girls ages 5-12 dedicated to developing a well-rounded athlete. By giving participants equal playing time, building self-esteem, and teaching the fundamentals of each sport, we help young athletes develop a love of the game that sets them on a path for a healthy lifestyle, safe play, and future athletic success. Located at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven. Soccer, Flag Football, Basketball and Volleyball.

Basketball | Flag Football | Homeschool Enrichment - Sports + PE | Soccer | Volleyball
5001 Florida 540, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
South Lakeland Classical Conversations Homeschool Group

Home Education is a wonderful choice, and it may just fit your family’s vision and lifestyle! Classical Conversations has been equipping and encouraging homeschool families for more than 18 years! We can help provide you and your student with the support, accountability, and resources to unlock the lost tools of learning and prepare them for anything God has purposed for their life!

Homeschool Co-Ops + Social Groups
Lakeland
Southern Grace Dance Company

Southern Grace Dance Company is a dance studio conveniently located in central Lakeland and welcomes dancers ages 2 through adult. Ballet, ​Pointe, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, ​Jazz, Tap, ​Pre- Dance​​, Special Needs (Joyful Soles), ​Home School Program, Competition Teams (SG Elite).

Dance Lessons | Homeschool Enrichment - Dance | Sensory Friendly + Special Needs Activities | Toddler Dance Classes
2300 East Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Spirit Gymnastics Sports Academy

Spirit Gymnastics Sports Academy’s mission is to build and encourage true character in all ages as they learn the sport of gymnastics. Offering Recreational/Team Gymnastics, Summer Camps, After School Care, Birthday Parties, Dance Classes, All Star Cheer Team, Tumbling, and more. HUGS Special Needs classes.

After School Programs | Gymnastics + Tumbling Lessons | Gymnastics Parties | Homeschool Enrichment - Gymnastics | Indoor Play + Open Gym for Toddlers | Sensory Friendly + Special Needs Activities | Toddler Gymnastics
2830 Recker Highway, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Tampa Bay Heat

The HEAT offers a variety of sports and activities for homeschool families – preschool through graduation. One of 4 homeschool groups that are part of the Florida High School Athletic Association. Offering field trips, academics, extracurriculars, and sports.

Homeschool Enrichment - Sports + PE
307 South Parsons Avenue, Tampa | St. Pete | Clearwater, Florida 33511
The Homeschool Connection

The Homeschool Connection offers homeschool classes as a supplement to Florida’s homeschooling families, as well as after school tutoring. They have a professional staff of teachers ready to meet your child’s needs.

Supplemental Programs + Umbrella Schools
Theatre Winter Haven

Local Community Theatre in Winter Haven, Florida. Each year, Theatre Winter Haven produces a five-play Main Stage subscription season, a two-play Theatre for Young People’s series, a summer musical, two touring productions and a three-play staged reading series called StageRead.

Art, Music + Theater Field Trips | Drama + Theatre Classes | Homeschool Enrichment - Theater | Theatres + Performing Arts Venues
210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
TimberNook West Central Florida

TimberNook West Central Florida provides innovative outdoor play experiences that challenge the senses and inspire creativity, imagination, and independent play in the great outdoors. TimberNookWCFL provides year-round programs for ages 18 months through middle school. Join us on Social Media or find our current programs on our website.

Homeschool Enrichment – Nature + Animals | Mommy and Me Classes | Nature + Outdoor Field Trips | Nature Classes + Outdoor Activities for Toddlers | Playgroups | STEM Programs + LEGO Building
701 East Sparkman Road, Plant City, Florida 33566
Tinkergarten

Tinkergarten is an outdoor play-based learning class for ages 18 months-8 Years old. Perfect class for the whole family!

Homeschool Enrichment – Nature + Animals | Mommy and Me Classes | Nature Classes + Outdoor Activities for Toddlers | STEM Programs + LEGO Building
Ultimate Dance Center

Ultimate Dance Center (UDC), bringing you the BEST in DANCE since 2016, offers a standard of excellence in dance education that is for EVERYONE, all ages, all levels. UDC offers a diverse array of dance styles under one roof. We offer opportunities with a variety of styles for ALL ages 2 – Adult and levels of experience that the whole family can enjoy.

 

After School Programs | Dance Lessons | Group Fitness Classes | Homeschool Enrichment - Dance | Sensory Friendly + Special Needs Activities | Toddler Dance Classes | Yoga + Pilates
2930 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Urban Air Trampoline Park

Indoor trampoline and adventure park with attractions for all ages.

Homeschool Enrichment - Gymnastics | Indoor Play + Open Gym for Toddlers | Indoor Playground Birthday Parties | Indoor Playgrounds | Sports + PE Field Trips | Trampoline Parks + Ninja Warrior Gyms
3800 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, Florida 33809
What's Cooking?

What’s Cooking? teaches children the importance of clean eating and cooking from scratch in a peanut free kitchen that caters to everyone’s allergies. Camps and classes are offered to further develop cooking skills and teach children about local foods, restaurants and our natural environment.

Catering + Food Trucks | Cooking Classes | Cooking Parties | Homeschool Enrichment - General | Unique Birthday Parties
6935 South Carter Road, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Winter Haven Homeschool Running Club

Weekly running club for homeschool families. Join the Facebook group for more information.

Homeschool Enrichment - Sports + PE
Winter Haven
Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens is a Polk County Gem. With over 50 acres of beautiful gardens, a variety of plants, trees, and flowers, 205 foot Singing Tower carillon, and a fantastic children’s garden play area, it is one of our favorite places to be outdoors. Learn more and see photos in our article on Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden at Bok Tower Gardens.

Botanical Gardens | Hiking + Nature Preserves | Homeschool Enrichment – Nature + Animals | Nature + Outdoor Field Trips | Nature Classes + Outdoor Activities for Toddlers | Science + STEM Field Trips
1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales, Florida 33853
City of Lakeland - Kelly Recreation Complex

Kelly Recreation Complex is a 30,000+ square foot facility that provides a variety of features and offers the residents of Lakeland (and visitors) access to a diverse selection of recreation activities. Programs offered at Kelly Rec include pre-ballet for kids, adult dance classes (latin, swing, belly dance, line dance, salsa), martial arts, basketball, chess, sewing, guitar, etiquette, and more.

Art Lessons | Basketball | Chess Clubs | Dance Lessons | Drama + Theatre Classes | Group Fitness Classes | Gyms | Homeschool Enrichment - Dance | Homeschool Enrichment - Sports + PE | Martial Arts Programs | Music Classes + Lessons
404 Imperial Blvd., Lakeland, Florida 33803
Lakeland Public Library

The Lakeland Public Library is a member of the Polk County Library Cooperative, an inter local agreement between 13 municipalities with public libraries and the Board of County Commissioners, enabling all residents of the county, including those in the unincorporated area to have library services. Check out their fantastic programming for adults and children, including storytime, writing club for teens, children’s theatre, technology programs, summer programs, and more! Visit the website to see a full list of upcoming programs. You can also find them all on our calendar at lakelandmom.com/calendar.

Homeschool Enrichment - General | Libraries | STEM Programs + LEGO Building | Storytime
100 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Polk's Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve

Polk’s Nature Discovery Center sits on one of Polk County’s treasured Environmental Areas, Circle B Bar Reserve. The center not only offers outdoor educational opportunities, but chances to learn about our surrounding local environment in an indoor setting. We encourage you to stop in for an educational experience before you hit the trails, which will have you coming back for more.

Hiking + Nature Preserves | Homeschool Enrichment – Nature + Animals | Nature + Outdoor Field Trips | Parks + Playground Rentals
4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Lakeland School Of Music

Lakeland School Of Music is Lakeland’s largest music school with over 14,000 lessons taught annually. We offer music lessons in over 25 different instruments, and have 16 dedicated music teachers on staff, ready to serve you and your family. Guitar, Piano, Singing, Voice, Drums, Violin, & more. Lakeland School of Music also offers Music Fun Time, an innovative and proven early childhood curriculum for kids 18 months to 7 years old.

Homeschool Enrichment – Music | Music Classes + Lessons | Toddler Music Classes
115 West Oak Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Wild & Free Lakeland

Our desire is to explore God’s beautiful creation in and around our wonderful city in order to nurture the souls of children and mothers alike, and to encourage our spirits to truly be Wild + Free. This is a group of homeschooling families that go on nature hikes.

Homeschool Enrichment – Nature + Animals
WonderHere

WonderHere is a learn & play studio that offers hands-on homeschool classes, creative extracurriculars, homeschool support, summer and holiday camps, birthday parties, mommy & me toddler classes, & an open studio for free & structured play. The WonderHere Schoolhouse is a small private school for age 4 – 5th grade, founded on the principles of play-based, project-driven, and personalized education. Utilizing our Family-Style™ Schoolhouse model, children are taught core skills and concepts, while also getting the opportunity to explore their own interests with the guidance of teacher mentorship.

Homeschool Co-Ops + Social Groups | Homeschool Enrichment - Arts + Crafts | Homeschool Enrichment - General | Homeschool Enrichment - Sports + PE | Homeschool Enrichment - Theater | Homeschool Enrichment – Nature + Animals | Mommy and Me Classes | Non-Religious Private Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland | Supplemental Programs + Umbrella Schools
5120 Colbert Road, Lakeland, Florida 33812

Gardiner Scholarship Information

The Gardiner Scholarship program helps parents individualize the educational plans for their children with certain special needs. Scholarship funds can be used to purchase approved services or products in order to design a customized educational program for the student. Scholarships can be used for specialized services such as speech or occupational therapy, instructional materials, tuition at an eligible private school, contributions to a college prepaid account and more. 

Students who are participating in a home education program and qualify are eligible to apply - visit the Gardiner Scholarship website for more details.

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Education Guide

Check out our Education Guide for Lakeland + Polk County for other education topics including public schools, private schools, homeschooling, tutoring + test prep, school calendars, colleges, and more.