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Bok Academy

Charter | 6-8 | 571 students

 
 

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Posted April 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted August 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 4, 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


Posted August 4, 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


Posted August 3, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 3, 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


Posted 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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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

186 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

186 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

211 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

211 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
87%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

206 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

2014

 
 
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2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

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n/a

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 63%
Hispanic 19%
Black 12%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 53%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 96%N/AN/A
Female 47%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%66%61%
Master's degree 44%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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13895 U.S. 27
Lake Wales, FL 33859
Phone: (863) 638-1010

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