About the Fresh Start Program

Do you have dreams of getting your first job, attending college or trade school or going to the military, but don’t have a high school diploma?  Fresh Start can help!

The Fresh Start Program allows students who have dropped out of the educational system the opportunity to receive an accredited high school diploma.

The program offers students flexible, individualized, self-paced instruction, and most importantly, targets only the areas of academics the student is lacking from their previous high school experience.

Through an evaluation of the student’s current high school transcript, a student’s educational needs are assessed and determined. Upon acceptance, appropriate materials are ordered.

Students work at an individualized pace coordinated with their instructor during orientation. Instructors facilitate goal-setting, attendance requirements along with individualized assistance in an organized educational environment.

Enrollment & Eligibility

Students can apply for admission year round for both the fall and spring enrollment periods.

Students must be 17-21 years of age and must be either a high school dropout or severely credit deficient.

Contact one of our three sites below for eligibility and enrollment assistance.

Counseling Services

The counseling program is an essential part of the total educational experience at Fresh Start. Our school counselor is an advocate who provides support to maximize all students’ potential and academic achievement.


  • Winter Haven: Monday, Wednesday, Friday- 8am-3pm
  • Lakeland: Tuesdays and Thursdays- 8am-3pm
  • Bartow: As needed

For more information, contact Yevette Eden at 863-419-3486 or 863-668-3048.

Bartow Campus

1395 Polk St.
Bartow, FL. 33830

T: 863-534-7425

Lead Teacher

Teresa Roberts

Lakeland Campus

910 Lowry Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801

T: 863-668-3048
F: 863-413-2990

Assistant Director

Steven F. Clevenger

Winter Haven Campus

7700 State Road 544
Winter Haven, FL. 33881

T: 863-419-3486
F: 863-419-3491

Assistant Director

Trish Butler