Polk County Public Schools (PCPS) in Polk County, Florida is among the 30 largest school districts in the nation and the 7th largest school district in Florida. PCPS currently serves more than 110,000 students in over 150 schools. PCPS has 20 nationally accredited workforce academies, five Florida Arts Model schools, and a rising number of schools offering Advanced Placement and Cambridge International Programs. In 2018, PCPS garnered national attention for becoming one of the first districts to launch a school safety guardian program. Developed in conjunction with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the guardian program ensures every campus has either an armed school district employee or law enforcement officer on site. As PCPS grows and innovates, it remains true to its mission of delivering a high-quality education to every student … because at PCPS, students always come first.
PCPS is located in the heart of Central Florida. Polk County offers an unparalleled quality of life and is home to LEGOLAND Florida, Bok Tower Gardens, the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Child of the Sun” collection, numerous golf courses, more than 500 freshwater lakes, a thriving local arts scene, and community theaters. It is also located just an hour from Tampa and Orlando, world-renowned beaches and amusement parks, and two international airports. The area is host to mild winters with plenty of sunshine and the state has no income tax. PCPS offers opportunities for advancing careers, pay raises and increasing earning potential.