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Private Schools in Lakeland + Polk County

Are you looking for the best private schools in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Polk County? We are here to help you find the right fit for your children. Our Private School Guide includes private high schools, private middle schools, private elementary schools, private preschools, and some schools that run all the way from preschool through 12th grade. Featured listings include details on school affiliations, grades served, scholarships, open houses and tours, and our favorite – what makes each school unique.

Interested in learning more about scholarships? We have an entire article on private school scholarships in Florida.

For more information on private preschools and daycares, see our Preschool + Daycare Guide.

For information on Polk County Public Schools (including Magnet, Charter, IB, Academies, & more) see our Polk County Public School Guide.

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

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All Hope Christian Academy (K-12)

Your child can learn! Whether gifted, hurting, or disadvantaged, your child can learn. We seek to provide an academic environment where successful learning is accomplished, including opportunities for students who are underprepared but have the desire to learn and achieve their goals.

Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools
200 Havendale Boulevard, Auburndale, Florida 33823
Brilliant Minds Christian Academy of Technology (K-5)

Founded in 2014, we are a Christian based, coeducational school. At Brilliant Minds Christian Academy of Technology, we believe that each child is an individual with his own rate and style of learning and growing, his own unique patterns or approaches to situations, and his own innate capacities. Preschool available as well.

Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland
5900 Sundance Boulevard East, Mulberry, Florida 33860
Crossroads Christian School (K-12)

Crossroads Christian School is a K-12 private school in Lakeland that provides a personalized education focus for each of its students. With low student-teacher ratios and an encouraging, nurturing environment, Lakeland area kids with special education needs are finding success at Crossroads Christian School, and your child can too!

Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland | Special Needs Schools | Special Needs Schools + Preschools
615 Old Polk City Road, Lakeland, Florida 33809
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
First Methodist School in Bartow (Age 2 - 8th grade)

At First Methodist School we feel that an essential key to higher learning is school enjoyment and that a child’s school years should be a positive experience. Children are learning about their world and developing socially, emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Our program offers activities and experiences to foster growth in each area. Serving age 2 through 8th grade.

Church Affiliated Daycare / Preschool | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private Middle Schools | VPK Preschool Programs
455 South Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830
Future Scholars Christian Academy (K-12)

We are a non-denominational, independent, accredited private Christian school that offers an affordable, quality Christian educational experience to all students. We offer a one on one learning approach accompanied by a low teacher to student ratio. Our students are deemed to LEAD, SUCCEED and INSPIRE with a focus on fulfilling God’s divine plan, as pescribed through His Word, the Bible.

Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Winter Haven
2551 Havendale Boulevard Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Geneva Classical Academy (PreK4 - 12)

Glorifying God through discipling young people is the aim of our community of believers, and we do this through the classical method in the light of Scripture. Since we desire for students to be equipped for their callings in life, we utilize the wisdom of the past, both biblical and general, while equipping students to serve in our current culture. Serving grades K4-12.

Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland
1736 New Jersey Road, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Grace Lutheran School (Age 2 - 8th grade)

Grace Lutheran School is a private school for children in kindergarten through middle school. Students recognize God’s spirit at work in their lives, creating a climate of trust and respect, cooperation and love among teachers, parents, and students. Grace Lutheran also has a preschool for ages 2 – 5, full and part-time programs are offered.

Church Affiliated Daycare / Preschool | Part Time Daycares + Preschools | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Winter Haven
324 Bates Avenue Southeast, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Head of the Class Childcare Center

Welcome to Head of the Class Learning Center! We have served families in Lakeland for over 15 years and go above and beyond other preschools to ensure every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Our private school (K-5) offers differentiated learning to effectively challenge each student, ensures a close relationship with students and families and prepares students for their future.

After School Programs | Daycare - Infants + Toddlers | Non-Religious Private Schools | Part Time Daycares + Preschools | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Elementary Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland | VPK Preschool Programs
1836 Kathleen Road, Lakeland, Florida 33805
Lakeland Christian Preparatory School

Lakeland Christian Preparatory School is a non-denominational, private Christian school for grades K through 12th. Our school is designed to provide your child with a quality and unique education in a safe and motivating environment.

Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland
3151 Hardin Combee Road, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Lakeland Christian School (PreK4 - grade 12)

The hallmarks of LCS are strong academics, championship athletics, award-winning fine arts, and a close-knit school-family partnership. Classes are taught from a Biblical perspective, emphasizing God’s truth as it applies to every aspect of a student’s life. The Discovery Program is offered to students age 5-14 with a specific diagnosis of autism and/or related disabilities.

Church Affiliated Daycare / Preschool | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland | Special Needs Schools | Special Needs Schools + Preschools
1111 Forest Park Street, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Lakeland Institute For Learning

The Lakeland Institute for Learning is a clinical school for ESE and ELL students whose purpose is to deliver services to students within the educational setting in order to facilitate their overall health and well being and maximize their academic growth. These students fall into two areas: special needs and those who are also English Language Learners (ESE) (as defined by law). The school is striving to deliver Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Speech Language, and tutoring services to students during their school day, within a rigorous educational environment to facilitate academic growth into postsecondary opportunities.

Non-Religious Private Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland | Special Needs Schools | Special Needs Schools + Preschools
2020 Crystal Grove Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Lakes Academy

Lakes Academy is a ministry of Lakes Church and will be launching as new school for the 2022-2023 school year.  The mission of Lakes Academy is to provide students with a Christ-centered environment, where they can receive a quality education with a biblical worldview. Our goal is to equip students to be “more than conquerors” for the Kingdom of God.

Church Affiliated Daycare / Preschool | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland
1010 East Memorial Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Oasis Christian Academy (PreK3-12th grade)

Oasis is a covenant, Christ-centered, college preparatory, private Christian school.  We strive to educate our students in an atmosphere of strong academics, quality sports, growing fine arts, and spiritual accountability in a traditional school setting. PreK3, VPK and grades K-12.

Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Winter Haven | VPK Preschool Programs
151 King Road Southwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Ovell's Christian Academy (K-5)

The mission of Ovell’s Christian Academy is to nurture our students academically, socially, physically, and spiritually with the guidance of the Holy Bible.

Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private Schools in Winter Haven
105 Avenue G Southeast, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Parkway Christian Academy (VPK-12)

Parkway Christian Academy is a college preparatory K4-12 school that offers a distinctly Christian education with a biblical worldview. Our mission is to glorify God, disciple students, and pursue excellence in education, with the Bible as our foundation and Jesus Christ as our focus.

Church Affiliated Daycare / Preschool | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland | VPK Preschool Programs
4210 Polk 37B, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Polk County FL Catholic Schools (PreK - 12)

Polk County Catholic Schools form remarkable leaders in a Christ-centered environment for a better tomorrow.  Our foundation of faith is an education for life.  The Polk County Catholic Schools system offers 3 Elementary/Middle Schools, 1 High School, and one Early Learning Center providing a high-quality Catholic education from Pre-K3 through 12th grade.

Neumann Early Learning Academy (Pre-K3, Pre-K4 and VPK) – 501 E Carter Rd, Lakeland, FL 33813
Resurrection Catholic School (PreK – 8th) – 3720 Old Hwy 37, Lakeland, FL33813
St. Anthony Catholic School (PreK – 8th) – 820 Marcum Road, Lakeland, Florida33809
St. Joseph Catholic School – Winter Haven (Pre-K3 – 8th) – 535 Ave. M NW, Winter Haven, FL33881
Santa Fe Catholic High School (9-12) – 3110 US-92, Lakeland, FL33801

Church Affiliated Daycare / Preschool | Part Time Daycares + Preschools | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Catholic Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland | Private Schools in Winter Haven
3110 East Memorial Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33801
3720 Old Road 37, Lakeland, Florida 33813
924 Marcum Road, Lakeland, Florida 33809
532 Avenue M Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
501 East Carter Road, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Resurrection Catholic School (PreK3 - grade 8)

Resurrection Catholic School is a Catholic private school for grades PreK3, VPK, and K-8 located in Lakeland, Florida. With a strong focus on academic excellence, spiritual development and service to others, RCS strives to nurture and develop students to their fullest potential. We are a parish ministry of Resurrection Catholic Church, but we welcome students and families of all faiths.

Church Affiliated Daycare / Preschool | Part Time Daycares + Preschools | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Catholic Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland | VPK Preschool Programs
3720 Old Road 37, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Ridge Christian Academy (VPK - grade 12)

Ridge Christian Academy is a Christian Preschool through High School operated as a ministry of Ridge Assembly of God. Our programs offer a Christian philosophy of education and a Christian environment for your children’s growth. Accepts Step up for Students and McKay Scholarships. Offering VPK and grades K-12.

Church Affiliated Daycare / Preschool | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in NE Polk County | VPK Preschool Programs
41219 U.S. 27, Davenport, Florida 33837
Saint Anthony Catholic School (VPK - grade 8)

St. Anthony Catholic School is a private Catholic school and is a ministry of St. Anthony Catholic Church in North Lakeland, Florida. We accept children from Pre-K through 8th Grade, regardless of denomination. We are also a free VPK provider.

Church Affiliated Daycare / Preschool | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Catholic Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland | VPK Preschool Programs
930 Marcum Road, Lakeland, Florida 33809
Santa Fe Catholic High School (9-12)

Santa Fe Catholic is the only Catholic high school in Polk County, serving grades 9-12. Families of all faiths find that Santa Fe Catholic has not only an outstanding academic program, but also a very solid foundation of religious education and values. These factors create a safe and secure environment that promotes healthy spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social growth.

Private Catholic Schools | Private High Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland
3110 U.S. 92, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Solutions Academy

Solutions Academy is designed to meet the individual needs of non-traditional learners. Through the use of technology, individualized curriculum and a small classroom setting students are set up for success.

Private Schools in Lakeland | Special Needs Schools
Lakeland
Sparrow Academy (grades 3 - 8)

Sparrow Academy is a third through twelfth-grade school that approaches learning through the lens of Emotional Regulation. At Sparrow Academy, our staff is trained in trauma-informed approaches to learning. We work to understand the root of problems and develop a plan to correct the underlying cause, not just the symptoms. Our program is especially designed to meet the needs of children who have experiences abandonment, abuse, or neglect. We are also a great place for children with behavior and attention disorders, such as, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

 

Non-Religious Private Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland | Special Needs Schools | Special Needs Schools + Preschools
8595 U.S. 98, Lakeland, Florida 33809
St. Joseph Catholic School (PreK3 - grade 8)

St. Joseph Catholic School, founded in 1957 in the Diocese of Orlando, is a faith community dedicated to the education of children as together we grow in the love of God, of others and of learning. For over 50 years, St. Joseph Catholic School has offered Catholic education with strong academics. PreK3 – 8th grade. VPK Program available.

Church Affiliated Daycare / Preschool | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Catholic Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Winter Haven | VPK Preschool Programs
532 Avenue M Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
The Roberts Academy at Florida Southern College (grades 2-8)

Since 2010, The Roberts Academy has successfully prepared talented students with dyslexia to achieve academic excellence through dynamic educational programs. The Roberts Academy provides a full complement of academic programs, as well as support and training for parents and teachers of students with dyslexia. Students experiencing difficulty in their current schools can attend The Roberts Academy in grades 2-8 until they have mastered the skills to accommodate their learning differences and are fully prepared to succeed in a traditional school setting. Reading tutoring is also available to the community.

Non-Religious Private Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland | Special Needs Schools | Special Needs Schools + Preschools | Tutoring, Test Prep + Academic Support
1140 Frank Lloyd Wright Way, Lakeland, Florida 33801
The Vanguard School (grades 6-12)

The Vanguard School is an independent, co-educational, boarding and day school for students in grades 6-12 who learn differently. Vanguard strives to ensure each student aspires to higher educational opportunities and independent life. Most commonly, our students experience difficulties with: ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Anxiety, Autism, Tourette’s, Auditory Processing Disorder.

Non-Religious Private Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Special Needs Schools | Special Needs Schools + Preschools
22000 U.S. 27, Lake Wales, Florida 33859
Valor Christian Leadership Academy (K-12)

Valor Christian Leadership Academy (VCLA) is a K-12th grade private school in Winter Haven, FL.  VCLA looks to develop the entire student. Pairing the infallible Word of God, with life and leadership skills, youth receive a customized, academic experience that will prepare them to live productive lives post-graduation.

Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Winter Haven
1104 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven, Florida 33884
Victory Christian Academy (Age 2 - grade 12)

The mission of Victory Christian Academy is to partner with parents and the local church to provide the highest quality Christian education to prepare students to deal with the issues and realities of life by developing their spiritual, academic, social, and physical potential, all from the foundation of biblical truth. Serving ages 2 – 12th Grade.

Church Affiliated Daycare / Preschool | Part Time Daycares + Preschools | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland
1401 Griffin Road, Lakeland, Florida 33810
Winter Haven Adventist Academy (K-8)

Winter Haven Adventist Academy is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide a spiritually oriented education for children. A belief in the existence of the Creator God is fundamental in the philosophy of Seventh-day Adventist schools. Grades K-8.

Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Winter Haven
401 Avenue I Southeast, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Winter Haven Christian School (PreK-12)

Winter Haven Christian School is an independent, interdenominational Christian School serving children from PreK4 through 12th grade. We are located on a beautiful 15-acre campus, at 1700 Buckeye Loop Rd., N.E. in Winter Haven. Our school is an accredited member of the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Accepts Step Up for Students Scholarships.

Part Time Daycares + Preschools | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Winter Haven
1700 Buckeye Loop Road, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Winter Haven Montessori

Winter Haven Montessori serves students ages infants to 3rd grade and offers VPK classes both morning and afternoon. Dedicated to providing a challenging educational environment in which each child is empowered to grow to his/her fullest potential academically, emotionally, physically and socially at each stage of development.

Daycare - Infants + Toddlers | Montessori Preschools | Montessori Schools | Non-Religious Private Schools | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Elementary Schools | VPK Preschool Programs
305 Avenue East Southwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Academy Prep Center of Lakeland

Academy Prep Center of Lakeland is a rigorous private middle school for students qualifying for need-based scholarships in Lakeland and the surrounding communities. Academy Prep students attend school up to 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, 11 months a year. Academic classes are taught separately by gender.

Non-Religious Private Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland
1021 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33805
All Saints Academy Lakeland Winter Haven
All Saints Academy (Age 2 - 12th grade)

All Saints Academy is a vibrant and progressive independent Christian college preparatory day school serving students PreSchool 2 – Grade 12 and their families. ASA’s highly qualified faculty fosters self-discipline, sparks enthusiasm, and encourages the academic success and well being of each student. The faculty, administration, and support staff work together as a team to inspire independent thinkers, principled leaders, and humble learners. ASA is conveniently located between Lakeland and Winter Haven.

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5001 Florida 540, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Excel Christian Academy (Infant - 12th grade)

Excel Christian Academy opened its doors as Lake Wire Christian Academy in 1974 with a single preschool class and has since grown to a community of more than 400 students, from infants to high school seniors. Located on a 26-acre campus in Lakeland, Excel Christian Academy is a ministry of Free Life Chapel, and under its dedicated and inspiring leadership, has high hopes and great vision for the future in “Pursuing Excellence with Honor.”

Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private High Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland
6505 Odom Road, Lakeland, Florida 33809
St. Paul Lutheran School (PreK - grade 8)

St. Paul Lutheran School is a non-public school serving children age 15 months through 8th grade. Over the 56 year history of SPLS we have provided nurturing and engaging education that has equipped students exceptionally well for the next stages in their lives. This is all done with Christ and God’s Word at the center and with individual care and respect for each learner.

Church Affiliated Daycare / Preschool | Daycare - Infants + Toddlers | Part Time Daycares + Preschools | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Private Christian Schools | Private Elementary Schools | Private Middle Schools | Private Schools in Lakeland
4450 Harden Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33813
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