Polk County’s high school student-athletes performed like champions in the classroom this fall.
During the fall season, all 14 of the county’s traditional public high schools had unweighted average GPAs above 3.0 for students involved in athletics. In addition, nearly 80 percent of our individual fall sports teams had GPAs above 3.0.
Those highlights are from the GPA Report Card produced by the Polk County Public Schools Athletics department. The report is based on the average cumulative GPAs of high school students on fall varsity teams (cross country, football, golf, swimming and volleyball).
“Our student-athletes work very hard on and off the field and courts of play,” said Dan Talbot, athletics director for Polk County Public Schools. “We had a very successful fall sports season, but more importantly, our accomplishments in the classroom were outstanding.”
Talbot said the GPA Report Card helps showcase the academic achievements of PCPS athletes; it will also be used at the end of the school year to recognize the school with the highest student-athlete GPA.
Similar GPA Report Cards will be produced for the winter and spring sports seasons.
Other highlights from the fall season include:
- The Frostproof girls golf team (pictured) had the highest overall GPA, at 3.9.
- The Lakeland High boys swimming team had the highest GPA among boys’ teams (3.778).
- The average unweighted GPA for all PCPS high school athletics was 3.325.
You can view the complete report below.