A Message From Our Principal
As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, we welcome you back to Bartow High School! Whether through Campus Learning or Campus eLearning, we are excited that you will be with us for the coming year. Parents, we appreciate the confidence you have placed in us as educators—especially during these times of uncertainty—and want to assure you that we are passionate about providing world-class experiences for our students within a safe, high-quality learning environment and will be observing CDC and District guidelines.
As you may be aware, Bartow High School Phase 2 Renovations have begun and, although we may experience inconveniences throughout the campus this year, we are looking forward to the beautiful new classroom building we will enter once construction is complete next summer. During this phase, students and staff impacted by demo and construction will be in portables at the south end of the campus.
Through the many programs offered here at the Home of Champions, both Campus Learning and eLearning students are provided a variety of opportunities. Our excellent academics provide students with the chance to engage in rigorous courses in preparation for colleges and universities. Additionally, our outstanding academy programs provide students with hands-on experiences that prepare them for the workforce or technical college. Although this year’s athletic season may look different due to the safety precautions related to the pandemic, our athletic and sports events, along with other extra-curricular programs, will continue to be available to all BHS/IB/SA students.
As we begin the school year, we recognize there will be times we will need to reach our parents immediately and it is critical that we have updated emergency contacts for our students. Please click on the link below to enter and submit your updated information.
We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to campus for the 2020-2021 school year!
Bartow Senior High
1270 S. Broadway Ave Bartow, FL 33830
Phone: (863) 534-7400
Fax: (863) 534-0077
School Hours: 6:30am – 4:00pm
First Bell: 6:55am
Tardy Bell: 7:00am
Dismissal Bell: 2:00pm
Bartow High School traces its institutional heritage to the one room log schoolhouse built in 1858 by pioneer Redding Blount. The community at the time was called Fort Blount after the small civilian stockade built for refuge during the Third Seminole Indian War. The primitive school served the needs of the local pioneer families. The community was also known as Peace Creek. The first professional educator was Dr. Daniel Waldron whose salary was paid for by Blount. The advent of the War Between the States interrupted the educational pace, and brought a new name to the town. Fort Blount received its own postal service and the community was renamed Bartow. Bartow was the name chosen to honor Confederate General Francis Bartow of Georgia. He was the first high ranking officer to die in battle for the southern cause.
What Makes Us Different?
Bartow High is a strong academic institution that provides students with multiple academic paths through traditional and innovative classroom settings. We are a “B” school and always strive to become an “A” school. As a wall-to-wall academies school, Bartow High School has multiple nationally-certified academies such as our culinary academy housed in a state-of-the-art culinary building. Our Future Educator academy is also nationally certified, preparing students to be future classroom teachers. BHS is home to strong medical, firefighting, criminal justice, agricultural and construction academies. The Academy of Design is the current home to our award winning YJP in school television news production. Our students have a myriad of opportunities and programs to choose from. Bartow High School is also home for two other schools, the Bartow International Baccalaureate School and the Summerlin Military Academy. The coexistence of the three schools on one campus is what makes our school truly special.
Bartow High School is the Home of Champions as exemplified by many of our extra-curricular programs. Our band program has received multiple superior ratings and is comprised of students from all three schools. The band is nationally recognized, has marched in Washington, D.C., and has performed as a wind symphony in Chicago. Furthermore, the BHS band added yet another honor to their outstanding program—they will be traveling to Ireland in 2021 to march in the original St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Our co-ed cheerleading program is nationally ranked. Additionally, we have the first public high school lacrosse team in the district. Other sports opportunities include girls’ and boys’ soccer, swim, cross country, golf, football, volleyball and tennis. Our basketball and softball teams qualify for state almost yearly.
Bartow High Students also have a unique opportunity to partake in two international exchange student programs that have been running for many years. One program hosts Dutch students in the fall and travels to the Netherlands in the spring, and the other program hosts students from Germany in the fall and travels there in the summer.
Bartow High School truly is the Yellow Jackets Home of Champions!