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13895 Hwy 27
Lake Wales, FL 33859

(863) 638-1010
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June 11, 2015
It has been my pleasure to visit Bok Academy on several occasions, and I was impressed with every student that I met.. They were helpful, polite, well spoken, and all exhibited great pride in their school, and learning in general.. This all encompassing learning atmosphere that is evident throughout the school enables the students to put forth great academic effort, and not to be singled out as being "different". Because there exists such strong synergistic feeling of the students that learning is important for everyone. there is a contagious element to strive throughout the academy. I know the administrators and some members of the faculty, and it is good to see the pride that they take in the remarkable progress of their students. I think it is the best choice for middle school, and I definitely hope that my grandchildren will attend Bok Academy

- submitted by a community member

April 09, 2014
My son loves this school! He is challenged everyday and is excited to go to school for the first time ever! This is the crown jewel of Lake Wales!

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2013
My daughter is a student at Bok and she absolutely loves it. She is like a completely different kid since attending Bok. Her grades have always improved because she's actually challenged at Bok whereas she was not in previous schools. I have met almost every teacher there and just about every one gives 110%. However, the new administration has some learning to do. There are a dozen or two students with behavior problems and yet the administration lacks the follow-through to handle them. They give lots of warnings but there is rarely any consequence for ill behavior other than a lecture from the principal. I'm going to leave my child at Bok through 8th grade but I'd love to see more enforcement of the rules, especially with those students that find themselves in the office several times a week.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2012
I moved my son from a VERY expensive private school ( where he was miserable) to Bok Academy, and it was the best decison. The entire Lake Wales Charter School sytem and Bok Academy are dedicated to creating an environment of respect, the school fosters an appreciation of learning. The teachers work hard, they maintain a disciplined school environment and have high standard for academic performance. This is a great school!

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2011
I'm responding to the post, posted on March 12, 2010. That is so untrue, they reward the good students too! The school is GREAT. I loved being able to know my child was safe at all times. I deff. would enroll my child, if I were you. All of my children went to private schools, then I transfered my daughter to Bok and it met the same standards as a private school. GREAT ATMOSPHERE, my daughter loved it, and she plans on going back to see old friends, and getting involved with her old teachers by giving them a hand. Also, I just like to say Ms. Dunson was the most concerned principle I have ever met, such a great women.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2011
Stellar school! The teachers, staff and especially the principal are the best of the best! My son is excited to go to school everyday and has learned a whole new meaning of the word respect. The teachers genuinely care about the kids and their success. By choosing Bok Academy you are helping pave the path for an amazing, well rounded young adult. Thank you to all of the FABULOUS people at Bok Academy!

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2010
Bok is an absolutely amazing school. The teachers along with administration all give 110%! They all focus and teach the importance of respect, accomplishment, and goals unlike most public schools.I am so thankful my daughter is attending this school at such an influencial time in her life.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2010
I teach at Bok Academy and it is a great school for so many reasons; here are just a few: 1) Bok staff members work hard to ensure a fair approach to discipline, with a system in place that fits well with the age of the middle school student. 2) The FCAT scores (for both years Bok has been in existence) show that high caliber teaching is in fact taking place and that students are learning. 3) I teach in one of the portables and I find this to be so rewarding! The portables are in good condition and they sit on the Bok Green, which provides a great opportunity for a beautiful outdoor classroom setting. Public education is not perfect for a long list of reasons; but Bok Academy is a really good middle school that I would send my own children to in a heartbeat.

- submitted by a teacher

August 04, 2010
I love the principal- great vision and puts the staff and students first. It's a tough job to please everyone. I have been really impressed with most faculty taking a personal interest in my son's education. I would agree the campus is not as modern as I would like and the two story building seems quite crowded, but the school has character. Portables are not ideal for my taste and they aren't safe in severe weather. I didn't appreciate the students getting wet on a rainy day. Hopefully a covered walkway can be funded...my son loved Bok and received lots of personal attention and passed with 3's on FCAT. When he went to high school last year, it was a bit of a let down. He scored 2's on FCAT and didn't receive the same quality education. Bok and LW High do not share the same vision...there's a disconnect.

- submitted by a parent

August 03, 2010
Bok is great for what it is. The teachers are great...I would say just a few do not meet my expectations, but they are newer teachers--it's a tough job. It's still middle school. Sure a high-achieving school is easy to find. Frostproof Middle/Senior is great! More opportunities for sports, plus I don't have to send them to Lake Wales...Union Academy, Jewett Middle and or School of the Arts, Davenport School of the Arts..Lakeland Highlands is great as well. Charter is great for a K-8 education and Bok is a great option...I do wish the classrooms were better...the cafe isn't ideal, but the small size is great. It's 1970s Warner even with the portables. It will take time to build a reputation...give it a chance. Just not for us and apparently some teachers. Why isn't the helper an assistant principal? Well, charters are different.

- submitted by a parent

July 22, 2010
I work and live in Lake Wales and kept my kids here rather than send them to a neighboring town. Bok has been great for the Lake Wales community. The best way to tell if a school is successful is to look at their student population compared to test scores and parent input. Bok's population is diverse and the majority of students are from Lake Wales. But still its students are showing high scores on the dreaded FCAT, its parent rating is a 4 out of 5 and the great schools rating is an 8 out of 10. People have opinions but numbers don't lie. Great to see this quality middle school in Lake Wales.

- submitted by a community member

July 17, 2010
Bok is unique; your child gets a private school education for free. The administration and staff are a cut above- no question. Students actually want to go to school, in part, because they have a great balance between the academic push and fun. It is not just the kayak program that is the draw; the staff encourages the students give back to their community. They also teach manners as part of curriculum and expect students to measure up to the higher expectations. A happy and high achieving middle school is not an easy place to find--if you are curious, look on Crooked Lake.

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2010
Bok Academy is an amazing and unique school. It offers so much and teaches you more than just math, history, and reading. It is a great learning environment and a very safe school. As a former student at Bok, I can honestly say that it has been my favorite school and it's almost like a second home. You meet wonderful people here, both the students and the staff, who all encourage learning beyond school hours and questioning things to come to your own decisions.

- submitted by a community member

July 13, 2010
The best school in Polk County! My child excelled in every way and goes on to high school very well prepared. The teachers and administration are always willing to go the extra mile for their students. I've never seen such concern and care for students in any of the other 14 schools my children have been enrolled in over the years. A great place for learning and adventure!

- submitted by a parent

May 12, 2010
I agreed with the post of March 3, 2010. This school does not reward the good students. Their administration promotes 'special groups of kids'. I will not be sending my kid there next year.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2010
Bok Academy is an excellent school academically. But as a parent, It is my dutie to warn others about special groups and cicks among the students promoted by the school administration. Criminal acts are not reported to law informent, I believe this is to mantain their image in the school district . This is really concerning and many of us have addressed it to the administration but we are not heard. If you care about your child's emotional state do not enroll them in this school!

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2010
I am a student at Bok Academy I love the atmosphere at Bok, we have a wonderful staff and faculty. In the 2008-2009 school year our first school year we had an ' A ' rating. If you are thinking about a middle school for a kid this couldn't be a better school for them .I love it so much! Choose Edward w . Bok academy, in sunny Lake Wales , Fl (:

- submitted by a student
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Bok Academy
13895 Hwy 27, Lake Wales, FL  33859
(863) 638-1010
Last modified Bok Academy is a Charter school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bok Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top