General Information

School Information:

Spessard L. Holland Elementary School
2342 E.F. Griffin Road, Bartow, Fl 33830
Phone: (863) 648-3031
Fax: (863) 648-3033

School Hours: 8:00am – 3:00pm

First Bell: 7:55am
Tardy Bell: 8:00am
Dismissal Bell: 3:00pm

Early School Dismissal: 12:30pm

Lunch Times:

Kindergarten: 10:30am – 11:00am
First Grade: 10:50am – 11:20am
Second Grade: 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Third Grade: 11:35am – 12:05pm
Fourth Grade: 12:10pm – 12:40pm
Fifth Grade: 11:25am – 11:55am

Our History

Spessard L. Holland was Florida’s governor from 1941 to 1945 and a U.S. senator from 1946 to 1971. He was a leader in helping pass the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which outlawed the poll tax at elections. The law school administration building at the University of Florida is named for Holland. He was a graduate of Summerlin Institute.

Upon review of Spessard Holland’s accomplishments, the committee chose his name for Polk County’s newest school in 2009. District three school board member Hazel Sellers explained the significance of naming the elementary school after a historical figure. She stated, “Not only do we have an opportunity to honor Spessard Holland, but all of the children who will attend this elementary school will have a personal link to Florida history; the history of this area.”

Front of Spessard L. Holland Elementary School

Upon review of Spessard Holland’s accomplishments, the committee chose his name for Polk County’s newest school in 2009. District three school board member Hazel Sellers explained the significance of naming the elementary school after a historical figure. She stated, “Not only do we have an opportunity to honor Spessard Holland, but all of the children who will attend this elementary school will have a personal link to Florida history; the history of this area.”

Students excitedly looking at science experiment
Polk County Public Schools Video awards 2018 stage
Students at Spessard L. Holland Elementary School performing on stage in costumes.
Two young girls looking at tablet while laying on the floor.

What Makes Us Different?

Spessard L. Holland Elementary is a state of the art school. Each classroom is equipped with interactive learning boards and Lightspeed surround sound audio systems. These audio enhancements amplify the teacher’s voice to assist with instruction comprehension. This allows for students to become fully engaged through visual and auditory instructions rather than just book based instruction.

The school also has an instructional television news show program that allows the students to produce a daily news show using the latest professional recording and editing equipment and software. The award-winning program also produces a documentary, original music video, commercials, and short films.

Spessard L. Holland Elementary has multiple iPad carts to allow students to be mobile in their online learning environment. The school features multiple model instructional technology classroom that allows students to learn with a 1:1 iPad to student ratio.

Spessard L. Holland Elementary strives to engage students in grade K-5 in exciting and innovative programs designed around the use of robotics to develop skills and motivate students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) education. STEAM education will provide experiences for elementary students that encourage academic excellence, innovative thinkers, and problem solvers.