Excel with LRC’s Fall Enrichment Programs

Each school year brings both challenges and opportunities to many students. The Learning Resource Center of Polk County will offer fall enrichment programs for all grade levels to help combat these challenges while creating opportunities.
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Test Prep

High school students will have the opportunity to become test-wise with SAT and ACT preparation. Both courses will provide students in grades 9-12 the problem-solving strategies, test-specific techniques and motivation needed to build confidence while reducing test anxiety, allowing them to achieve their best possible score.
SAT Prep is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays with three courses this semester: September 6-29, 2016; October 4-27, 2016 and November 1-December 1, 2016.
ACT Prep is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays with two courses this semester: September 26-October 19, 2016 and October 24-November 16, 2016.
Each will take place from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for four weeks at the Learning Resource Center and will include one Saturday writing session from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost of the full SAT Prep or ACT Prep course is $440.

Study Skills

Both high school and middle school students will have the opportunity to join grade-appropriate study skills courses that will provide motivational strategies and study techniques, enabling them to become more effective learners. Study Habits of Successful Students for grades 6-8 will take place on Mondays during September 26-October 24, 2016, while Get the Competitive Edge…College Success Planning for grades 9-12 will take place on Mondays during October 31-December 5, 2016. Both courses will are scheduled for five weeks from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland. The cost for each is $145.

One-to-One Tutoring

In addition to the programs mentioned, LRC offers year-round one-to-one tutoring throughout Polk County for students of all levels. Highly-qualified teachers will provide each student with customized, academic opportunities designed to meet the student’s individual learning style.

Financial Assistance

Thanks to United Way of Central Florida, LRC is able to offer a sliding fee scale. Scholarships are available for families with documented financial need for any of these programs. For questions, please call the Learning Resource Center at 863-688-9477. To enroll in any of these courses, click the program link above or call LRC.

LRC Goes to Collegiate High School

LRC offered ACT Prep and College & Career Planning to COL students

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Two views of Dr. Jenny Reed’s ACT Prep class at Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School.
Among the students returning to Polk County School classrooms, over 200 high school juniors and seniors entered classrooms taught by Learning Resource Center instructors. LRC faculty taught classes in ACT Preparation and College & Career Planning at Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School.
COL is a public school chartered by Polk State College on its Winter Haven campus, and its students are enrolled in both high school and college classes. Since PSC faculty does not return until next week, LRC was invited to run mini-courses, offering enrichment not often an option in the regular schedule.
Principal Bridget Fetter utilized a mismatch in scheduling to provide a propitious opportunity for students to improve their critical test-taking skills and to take time to explore education goals and career paths.

Polk 2016-2017 Schools Dates to Remember




August 15 First day of school
September 5 School Holiday- Labor Day
September 19 Student Holiday
October 17 Student Holiday
November 11 School Holiday – Veterans’ Day
November 21-25 School Holiday – Thanksgiving Break
December 19-January 2 School Holiday – Winter Break



January 3 First day back after winter holiday
January 13 Student Holiday
January 16 School Holiday – MLK, Jr. Day
February 20 School Holiday – Presidents’ Day
March 20-24 School Holiday – Spring Break
April 14 Mini Break
May 29 School Holiday – Memorial Day
June 2 Last day of school

For more information on the school calendar, upcoming events or Polk school information, please visit the Polk County Public Schools website where we obtained this information.

2016-2017 Assessment Schedule


Date Assessment
August 15-September 27 FLKRS (Kindergarten)
September 12-23 FSA EOC Algebra 1; Geometry; Algebra 2 NGSSS EOC Biology 1; Civics; U.S. History
November 28-December 15 FSA EOC Algebra 1; Geometry; Algebra 2 NGSSS EOC Biology 1; Civics; U.S. History
February 27-May 12 FSA ELA Writing; Reading; Mathematics
April 17-May 12 FSA EOC Algebra 1; Geometry; Algebra 2
April 17-May 19 NGSSS EOC Biology 1; Civics; U.S. History
May 2 NGSSS Science (5th & 8th)
July 17-21 FSA EOC Algebra 1; Geometry; Algebra 2 NGSSS EOC Biology 1; Civics; U.S. History

Click for more Polk County testing information.

If you feel that your child needs help preparing for these assessments, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up One-to-One Tutoring.


LRC Students Received 722 Hours of Tutoring in June

In the month of June, Learning Resource Center students received 722 hours of tutoring, bringing the Year-To-Date Total to 14,369 hours(please note that the YTD total starts over in July). New and ongoing students tutored during the month of June equaled 178 students.
June 2016 Tutoring
Thanks to all of our tutors and students for your time, efforts, and hard work. It’s paying off!
If you’re interested in participating in One-to-One Tutoring, please visit LRCPolk.com/programs/one-to-one-tutoring.
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LRC Programs Sizzle

The Learning Resource Center’s Summer 2016 opened with a bang! Here is just a snapshot of the programs, in addition to LRC’s regular Exceptional Student Education and one-to-one tutoring.


Ten camps located throughout Polk County–Frostproof, Bartow, Ft. Meade, Lake Wales (2), Haines City, Poinciana, North Lakeland, South Lakeland, Winter Haven—offered engaging activities for over 300 students to prepare for Kindergarten. Nine camps were funded by United Way of Central Florida, and one camp was underwritten by a GiveWell Foundation donor.
Camp Ready Winter Haven parent program

PEP Summer Camps

Polk County Schools provided Title 1 funds for three weeks of destination camps at PEP Education Center and Inwood Elementary School in Winter Haven. Sixty 1st-5th grade students participated in hands-on science, health, and music experiences which focused on strengthening reading and math skills.

LRC Elementary Summer Success

McKeel Academy South was the summer site for 23 elementary students working to increase proficiency in vocabulary, reading comprehension, and basic math concepts.

Galindo Tennis Academy

Once again this summer, four international high school tennis athletes supplemented their tennis workouts with English Language and Reading instruction on the FSC campus.

Sheriffs’ Girls Villa Summer Programs

Residents of the Villa have access to Study Skills and Test Preparation.

Test Prep

Twelve students attended LRC’s ACT and SAT Preparation Course to get ready for their college entrance exams in the upcoming school year. Twenty students enrolled in LRC’s GRE Prep Course hosted by Florida Southern College.

Study Skills for Successful Students

Ten students (elementary, middle school and high school students) acquired those skills necessary for academic and real life success.

College Reach Out Program (CROP)

Thirty students visited the University of Central Florida at the end of the July to tour the campus and experience a college environment.