School History

Alturas school_clipart_school_house[1]Initial Development
Schoolhouse Alturas Elementary School has a rich history beginning in the early 1900’s. It was originally established to educate the children of those living and working in the youth agricultural and ranching community. A planned vision for turning the community into a city with all of the desirable attributes was derailed by the “twenties land bust” in Florida. Financially drained developers returned to the north leaving behind only their dreams. After this, numerous Alturas families expanded their citrus and cattle industries, but not the city limits or population. Today, the school serves a much more diverse group of families and students, few of whom work directly in the agricultural or ranching businesses. Yet, there is still the spirit of long ago evident in the fact that the families choose to live a rural life instead of a city life. We are, indeed, Polk County’s last country school.

Where Are We
Among the citrus groves of Central Florida, a pride of three hundred Panthers gather to learn. We are eager to learn, but beware we are still a pride of Panthers. For zoning information check out The School Board of Polk County Website at www.polk-fl.net where you will find a wealth of information pertaining to area schools. Directions: From Bartow, take Hwy 60 East approximately 8 miles, just past Heritage Place is a Circle K store on the right, turn right on Alturas Road (SR 655A). Continue on Alturas Road approximately 3.5 miles. Continue through intersection of 3rd Street and Central Avenue. School is located on 4th Street. Parking is available at west entrance of school.