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

Union Academy is a Bully Free Zone

Bullying has been defined as unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by an adult or student, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual's school performance or participation.

For further information, go to the Union Academy is a Bully Free Zone page.

FCAT Test Preparation

The 2014 FCAT Reading (all grades) and the sixth grade FCAT Math test are computer based tests. Additionally, high school algebra classes and seventh grade civics classes have computer based end-of-year exams.
Students will receive instructions on how the computer interface works before they take the tests using ePat (Electronic Practice Assessment Tools). You and your students may also try out the interface on your home computer. Download the practice test, called the ePat, from the Pearson web site.
The tools are intended to support and enhance student preparation for Florida's computer-based assessments. These practice tests provide direct exposure to the format and structure of the items. You can access installation instructions and practice test answers at the Pearson site. To learn more click here. To learn more click here.


Union Academy Dress Code Reminders

The success of our Union Academy Middle Grades students in the last months of the school year has long term effects on their future schedules due to FCAT and End-of-Course testing.

Dressing for success will help our school environment to encourage an academic focus.

We are asking that parents adhere to the 2013- 2014 Uniform Dress Code by monitoring their children before they leave their home each morning. Students will receive Uniform Reminder slips this week with the infraction indicated. Students not in dress code after Spring Break will be asked to telephone parents for a change of clothes.

The Union Academy Dress Code may be accessed in your student’s handbook and on our school policies page at: http://schools.polk-fl.net/ua/Policies.htm


Union Academy’s dress code policy has not changed. Students are still required to wear the approved uniform items. Please click here [insert word file] to read the reminder that was sent home with the students on Monday, March 17, 2014. If you have questions you can review the Union Academy Dress Code available for download or reading online.

AR Celebration April 9: Making a Hit with Reading

Our students will celebrate their reading success on Wednesday, April 9th. Students will be given AR Celebration certificates that explain the guidelines for their reward attire.

AR Contest: I Read for Jelly Beans

An enormous jar of jelly beans is on display in the Media Center as part of our AR contest. For the next four weeks, students who score an 80% average or higher on AR Quizzes participate. Participating students make a guess of how many jelly beans are in the jar. The student who guesses closest to the actual number wins the jelly beans. Not only that, they also win a $10.00 gift certificate to the Buy One, Get One FREE Book Fair in May! It has been wonderful watching our students use their math skills to estimate the amount of jelly beans in the jar.

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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