Welcome to Union Academy Magnet School

Our mission is to fully develop the intellectual, social and emotional potential of each student through rigorous, relevant learning experiences that result in high achievement, global awareness and lifelong learners.

About Union Academy   

IB-MYP Mission Statement

New Events of Note

Algebra 1 Honors Academic Acceleration Summer Assignments

Students placed in the high school course, Algebra 1 Honors for the 2014-2015 school year are to complete academic acceleration assignments in preparation for Algebra 1. Open the Instructions for Kahn Academy and follow the instructions carefully. Complete the required course work by the beginning of the next school year. We recommend giving yourself an August 1st deadline.

Union Academy 2014-15 Uniform Policy

School uniforms provide a high standard of expectations for our students. By eliminating the many distractions created by fashion, trends and overall appearance, we are creating a safe and productive atmosphere for learning. The uniforms worn by Union Academy students in the 2014-2015 school year have changed to reflect the minimum standard required for all magnets schools in Polk County. Please read the "UA 2014-15 Uniform Policy" PDF carefully for important information.

Union Academy Shirts are ordered through Evolutionary Screen Printing. Details are found on the UA 2014-15 Uniform Policy. To see pictures of the shirts you can open the UA Apparel Pictures Sheet here. To download and print a shirt order form, click on our UA Student Apparel Order Form here. Order deadlines for 2014-2015 school year are June 13, July 18, and October 17.

Lands End School UniformsUnion Academy pants, shorts, skorts, skirts, etc. may be ordered through Land's End by clicking the link and registering for Union Academy to find approved apparel. We strongly suggest parents view the Land's End approved apparel prior to shopping at other stores for similar bottoms. By ordering from Land's End, parents are assured of compliance with the uniform policy.

Every effort has been made to consider the cost implications of these changes by U.A.’s Uniform Committee, comprised of parents and staff. The changes were approved by the School Advisory Council and the UA Uniform Committee comprised of parents, community representatives and staff.

New School Hours for 2014 - 2015

Union Academy’s instructional day will be thirty minutes longer starting in August 2014. The new times are shown in the table below. Drop off time is the earliest that parents may drop their children off at the school.

Time Activity
7:15 a.m. Earliest Drop Off Time for Buses and Parents
7:45 a.m. First Bell, Classes Begin
2:45 p.m. Last Bell, End of School Day
3:15 p.m. Last Pick Up Time for Buses and Parents

Summer Reading Program 2014

Summer reading is crucial if students want to maintain their reading skills throughout the long summer break. Therefore, we would like to encourage pleasure reading for the summer as well as the completion of a required book for summer reading. In the reading list, you will find a list of suggested books students may choose for their summer reading pleasure, however, we not are limiting our students to this list. Please be aware that some of the books on the suggested list are geared for our older students planning to test for the IB program in area high schools. We ask that students seek their parent’s advice and approval when selecting the appropriate books for summer reading.

For more information, go to our Summer Reading Page.

Supply Lists for 2014 – 2015

Union Academy’s updated supply lists can be found on our Supply List page. Please note the change from the two inch binder to a three inch binder. Click the link to go to the supply page. Copies of the list can be downloaded and printed for shopping ease.

FOCUS Update for Parents and Students

The use of the online homework delivery program FOCUS in the district’s Math classrooms is an essential part of your student’s preparation for the Math FCAT. We have compiled the information to aid in the understanding of why the rigor in FOCUS is an important part of our curriculum. Click here to learn more.

Website Access: Florida Achieves  FOCUS Information

Tiger Emails

Tiger Emails are sent out approximately once per month. They contain information presented on our home page. To subscribe to Tiger Emails, send an email to the web master at nm0971@polk-fl.net.

Online Digital Access to Student Textbooks and Resources

For students in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and all English/ Language Arts courses for grades 6th-12th, the Polk County School District is providing online digital access to student textbooks and resources through Pearson SuccessNet. After teachers have completed the enrollment process for their specific class rosters, students and parents will have access to the online resources. Further information will be posted shortly.


myPolkApps is a set of collaboration tools, including email (students only), calendar, document sharing services, and more powered by Google Apps. We think you'll find the services to be an exciting way to communicate and collaborate with teachers and students! Students get their user account information from their grade level teachers. Click here to go to this new exciting tool!

Other Items of Interest

Union Academy is an IB/MYP School

IB/MYP is coming to Union Academy. Click on the IB/MYP link to find out more.

Bartow Public Library

Union Academy is pleased to share relevant information of community events for students. Click on the link above to go straight to the Library's web site.

Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL 33830  863-534-0131

Parent Portal

MyPolkSchools Parent Portal is designed to replace Parent Internet Viewer with a more complete means of communication. Parent Portal allows parents to check current grades, obtain immunization status, learn if their child had any recorded discipline or attendance issues throughout the day, check their child’s current lunch account balance, and more. Click the Parent Portal link to learn more!

UA Car Rider Etiquette

With so many rules for the road it is hard to know which ones to follow. For the safety of our students a list of car rider etiquette has been developed. Click here for more information.

About Union Academy


Our mission is to fully develop the intellectual, social and emotional potential of each student through rigorous, relevant learning experiences that result in high achievement, global awareness and lifelong learners.

IB-MYP Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


The Union Academy community of staff, parents, business partners, and civic partners work together to guide our students' education by:


Union Academy was founded in 1897 (see history page [under development]). Union Academy Magnet School was established as a Magnet School in 1991. UA is located in south central Polk County in Bartow, Florida. UA maintains high academic standards and focuses on Technology, Math and Science.

School Zone

We accept applications from residents zoned for Bartow, Mulberry, Fort Meade, Lake Wales, and Frostproof High Schools. 

Student Population

UA maintains a student population of roughly 375 to 420. Enrollment is capped at 140 students per grade level. UA is a school of choice and requires an application to attend. Students not accepted are placed on a waiting list to fill vacancies that come open during the school year.


While there are no academic requirements to apply and enroll at Union Academy, once accepted each student is expected to maintain a 2.00 GPA in order to remain at Union Academy. Discipline is also a focus at Union Academy. We maintain high expectations for our students, both academically and behaviorally. Students may be returned to their "Zoned School" if their behavior consistently falls below the acceptable standard or their year long GPA is below a 2.00. While this is a possibility, our faculty works very well with parents to ensure our students have every opportunity to succeed.


All courses at Union Academy are taught on the Advanced Level. Students are expected to achieve at this level and are given many opportunities to demonstrate their success through class work, special projects, homework and tests. Students are involved in many cooperative learning activities that help them develop skills for working with others to achieve a common goal.

Union Academy is a Bully Free Zone


School Grades

Updated! 2012 - 2013 School Improvement Plan


SPAR (School Public Accountability Report): provides more information about our school's profile and academic performance.

PCSB is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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