international baccalaureate at Bartow High School
Summerlin Academy



Mission Statement

BHS is a cohesive and diverse learning community, promoting a global perspective.  The three schools are dedicated to providing distinct pathways of rigorous academic and social excellence encouraging students to achieve their greatest potential.  Graduates will become contributing, influential citizens with a passion for lifelong learning.

Vision Statement

Bartow High School will become an "A" school, graduating 100% of our students.

Welcome to Bartow High School


Welcome to Bartow High School, the Home of Champions.  At BHS, we strive to provide a World Class education to every single student through diverse learning opportunities in our wall-to-wall academies.  We are three schools in one: Bartow High School, International Baccalaureate, and Summerlin Academy, and our faculty, staff, and administration work together to educate and support our students to become responsible and productive citizens long after graduation.

Graduation Letter from the Superintendent


Important Senior Updates

Due to a change in the anticipated date of graduation ticket delivery, we are cancelling the Ticket Distribution Parent Night scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Students will receive and sign for their graduation tickets at the mandatory senior meeting on May 24th at 8:00 am in the BHS cafeteria.

Thank you for understanding as this new process is put into place.  Below is an updated list of important senior dates and deadlines.

Senior Events/Dates 2019

Date Time Event Location
05/3/19 ALL Lunches Cap & Gown delivery – BHS/IB/SA BHS Gym – Concession Stand
05/03/19 School Day IB Exams through 05/24/19 Various Locations
05/06/19 School Day AP Exams through 05/17/19 Various Locations
05/07/19 – 05/08/19 School Day Senior Final Exams  – BHS/IB/SA Regular Classes
05/09/19 6:30 PM IB Medallion Ceremony BHS Auditorium
5/10/19 End of Day All Community Service hours due BHS/SA/IB Guidance Offices
5/10/19 School Day Deadline for completion of online courses (FLVS, PVS, E2020) and Grade Recovery Regular Classes or Computer Labs
05/13/19 9:00 AM Walk of Honor Schools to be Announced
05/13/19 12:00 Bartow’s Got Talent Show for Senior Class BHS Auditorium
05/14/19 9:00 AM Walk of Honor Schools to be Announced
05/14/19 12:30 PM Yearbook Distribution/Signing Party BHS Cafeteria
05/15/19 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM Senior Picnic – BHS/IB/SA Mary Holland Park, Bartow
05/15/19 6:30 PM Summerlin Academy Medallion Ceremony Branscomb Memorial Auditorium, Lakeland
05/17/19 School Day Last day for Seniors – BHS/IB/SA

All obligations must be cleared by today in order to participate in senior events and commencement.

Regular Classes
05/20/19 6:30 PM Baccalaureate Service – BHS/IB/SA

**Students should wear their gowns (no caps) over church-type attire. Reception to follow.

First Baptist Church, Bartow
05/21/19 6:30 PM Scholarship Awards – BHS/IB/SA BHS Auditorium
05/24/19 8:00 AM Mandatory Senior Meeting – BHS/IB/SA

Students are required to remain for the entire meeting/line-up.

***Graduation tickets will be distributed to students at the conclusion of line-up

BHS Cafeteria/Gym
05/24/19 6:30 PM BHS Jacket Medallion Ceremony Bartow Civic Center
05/28/19 7:00 AM Mandatory Commencement Practice – BHS/IB/SA

Students are required to remain for the entire practice and will be released at its conclusion.

RP Funding Center, Lakeland
5/28/19 8:00 PM Commencement Ceremony – BHS/IB/SA

Report to the staging area by 6:30 PM

Doors will open to parents/family at 6:00 PM

RP Funding Center, Lakeland




Seniors–Report College Scholarships Here!

2019 Senior Scholarship Form

Click on the links above and log into MyPolkApps using your Polk schools login and password.

Check Out BHS Tutoring Opportunities!

Constant Contact

Bartow High School has begun using Constant Contact to keep in touch with our parents!

Parents must sign up with their email address to receive the school newsletter, updates and other important information about what’s happening at Bartow High School, IB, and Summerlin Academy.

There are two easy ways to sign up:

Text the keyword BartowHS to 22828 and enter your email when prompted

or Click Below to complete the short registration!




BHS Future Educator Academy Earns Model Academy Recognition!

Congratulations to our Future Educators Academy for earning recognition as a Model Academy from the National Career Academy Coalition.  The intensive two-year preparation process culminated in a site review on April 5, 2017.  Last week, the school and academy received notification that they earned Model Recognition status, the highest rating conferred by NCAC.  Academy lead teacher Nikki Morse says “teaching the Future Educators Academy has been a wonderful experience.  One of the best parts about this year was seeing my students work together to earn our national accreditation.  I am so proud of their dedication to becoming a Model Academy.”

Way to go FEA! 

National Signing Day

February 1, 2017 was a big day at Bartow High School!  Fifteen of our senior athletes signed letters of intent to attend college and play sports.  We are so proud of each of these athletes and all their accomplishments!  Way to Go Yellow Jackets!


Above (L to R): Nicky Gibbs (Baseball, Florida Southern) with Coach Daniel Payne; Jeremy Hendricks and Jonte’ Frederick (Football, both Merced College) with Coach Jake McCrae; Destiny Breeden (Softball, Polk State College), Olivia Pope (Softball, College of Central Florida), Brooke Olinger (Softball, Warner), Kennedy Green (Softball, Florida Southern); The Lakeland Ledger’s Bill Kemp interviews Timmy Jordan (Football, University of Tennessee) and LJ Cummings (Football, UCF); Tori Osborne (Volleyball, Webber) with Coach Cupit and her mother

Welcome to the New BHS Website!

We are proud to unveil our brand new Bartow High School website!  Please bear with us as we get information updated.  We hope you find the new website informative and easy to navigate.

Upcoming Events

Sep 2 all-day

Description of Event: Student, Teacher, Paraeducatorr
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Interim Reports
Sep 9 – Sep 13 all-day

Description of Event: Distribution Weekr
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Early School Dismissal
Sep 11 all-day

Additional Information: Schools throughout Polk County will dismiss students 2.5 hours early.r

Staff Development Day (Data Day) / Student / Para Holiday
Sep 16 all-day
FTE Week
Oct 7 – Oct 11 all-day

Additional Information: School Calendarsr

End of 1st 9-Week Grading Period
Oct 11 all-day

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Teacher Workday, Student/Paraeducator Holiday
Oct 14 all-day

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Grades Due
Oct 15 all-day

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Early School Dismissal
Oct 23 all-day

Additional Information: Schools throughout Polk County will dismiss students 2.5 hours early.r