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Teacher Spotlight: Resurrection Catholic School’s Heather Gard

When Heather Gard was growing up, she attended what she considers the best Catholic school in Polk County. She may be a bit biased, however, since she is not only a Resurrection alum, she returned as a teacher, educating first graders at Resurrection Catholic School. Polk County Catholic Schools caught up with Heather after school […]


Five Polk County Area Family Volunteer Opportunities

Pope Francis declared this year to be the Year of Mercy. As we are asked to engage in corporal and spiritual works of Mercy, the Diocese of Orlando has a remarkable amount of programs to help the less fortunate throughout Polk County and help you participate in this Jubilee year. Families, students in schools in […]


Making Spring Enrollment Work for Your Child

Transferring from one school to another is difficult on your child. When the transition occurs in the middle of the school year, whether it is because you have moved or changed schools to meet the needs of your child’s education, your child has to catch up on information everyone else may have already learned months […]


4 Ways for Your Family to Celebrate Advent

Anticipation is often underrated. Looking forward to a birthday brings forth butterflies in the stomach, happy thoughts, planning, and eagerness. The anticipation of Christ’s birthday on Christmas is celebrated in the form of Advent in Lakeland Catholic schools and in Catholic communities around the world. The Diocese of Orlando has several suggestions on how your […]


The desks are arranged in neat rows, colorful pictures adorn hallways and classroom bulletin boards, and students have chosen their best work to showcase how successful they have been this school year. It must be time for an open house at Catholic schools in Polk County. Many schools combine Open House with Parent/Teacher Conferences. Teachers […]


Polk County Catholic Schools

St. Joseph Academy was founded as a Catholic school in Polk County in 1938 under the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, New York. In 1987, the nuns handed the reigns to the lay administrators, who took over the duties of caring for students. St. Joseph Academy accepts students from pre-K through 8th grade. These students are […]


5 Tips to Help Prepare for Your Student's Next Test

For many students, test taking can be very emotional and difficult. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be! By being a supportive and involved parent, you can help your student prepare to ace their next test. Many creative methods, many of them involving quality family time, can help your student be better prepared and less anxious […]


Santa Fe Catholic High School's Mentorship Program Provides More Than Just Mentorship

Santa Fe Catholic High School implemented a mentorship program beginning this year. The program has a multifaceted approach to education, teaching students about hunger and poverty, community, human rights, and the environment through actions rather than exams. Working with a mentor, the Lakeland Catholic school students at Santa Fe thought up projects that positively affected […]


Benefits of Participating in Youth Sports

The benefits of sports for children are well documented. From lasting friendships to longer attention spans, sports are a key to unlocking your child’s potential. The Diocese of Orlando’s private schools in Polk County give students the opportunity to participate in many sports. While soccer gives students the chance to interact with their peers and […]


Polk County Catholic Schools

The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Tests) and ACT (American College Testing) are routinely given to high school students to determine if they are ready for college. Most colleges and universities accept either exam, so it is up to the student to decide which exam is a better choice. The Diocese of Orlando prepares its students in […]