At Crystal Lake Elementary, we believe every child is capable of academic excellence, and we strive to provide the tools, environment and support that they need to learn and thrive.

Free after-school tutoring in reading and math is available four days a week to all students in grades 3-5. This resource helps students overcome challenges they're facing in the classroom and sharpen the skills they'll need to succeed at the next grade level. Because tutoring is provided by our own teachers, this program is also a great opportunity for students to build relationships with members of the school staff.

High-performing fifth-graders have the opportunity to participate in the school's A-Team, giving them the chance to compete in academic challenges against other students from throughout the county.

We also offer a gifted program through which students study an advanced curriculum.

To enhance students' classroom learning, we offer a growing selection of after-school clubs and activities, such as gardening and mentoring. All of our after-school programs are strategically designed to bolster students' critical thinking skills, creativity and ability to apply classroom lessons to real-world problems. Our after-school programs are also ideal settings for students to improve their confidence and experience success, which positively affects their behavior and ultimately facilities their improved academic performance.

Head Start is accepting Pre-K applications

Head Start serves 3 and 4 year-old children and their families including children with disabilities. Our goal is to prepare young children and families to succeed in school and in life beyond school. Head Start delivers services in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being while engaging parents as partners every step of the way.

Please click on the link below, fill out the application and then submit. A member of our team will contact you within 48 hours after the application is submitted.


Enixa Rodriguez
Family Services Advocate

[email protected]

Office Hours: Monday-Friday

Quality early childhood programs provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children while responding to the needs of their family.

Developmentally appropriate preschool programs make a significant difference in children's ability to learn, thus we expect the responsibility to provide a program in which:

  • Children construct their own knowledge as a result of interaction between the child's thoughts and experience with materials, ideas, and people.
  • Curriculum promotes these areas of a child's development
    • Physical
    • Cognitive
    • Social
    • Emotional
    • Language
    • Aesthetic
  • Adults are responsible to the individual needs of the children and parents.
  • Children will develop language ability necessary to enable them to master the skills of future education and life experiences.
  • The early childhood programs exhibit a coordinated effort for providing quality programs.
  • Care is taken to coordinate every early childhood program in order to ensure an overall quality program.

Our Favorite Links

Pre-K Readiness for Polk County Schools:

Florida Department of Education: