Our Mission & Vision


Our Mission: To provide a high quality education for all students.

Our Vision: Every student will be prepared for success in college or career after graduation.

Our Story: In 2005, our 250-student facility was staffed with Polk County Public School personnel, including a Principal who has served as an instructional leader in Florida. At Donald E. Woods Opportunity Center (DWOC), we serve students from grades 6-12, from middle schools and high schools in the Eastern Polk County, Florida area. We strive for our students to return to their home schools as soon as possible.

Our school colors are black, blue, and white.
Our school colors are black, blue, and white.

Our Staff: DWOC is fully staffed with a principal, an assistant principal, two deans, a guidance counselor, a school psychologist, a social worker, and a mental health counselor. We also have, fifteen teachers, a network manager, two secretaries, four paraprofessionals, and two custodians. Our teachers are among the highest qualified in the Polk County Public Schools district, and they meet the following standards:

  • Model professionalism.
  • Design curriculum and instruction that results in active student engagement.
  • Focus on student performance.
  • Collaborate with colleagues.
  • Consider themselves lifelong learners and consumers of educational research.
  • Accept responsibility for creating conditions that enable and promote student success.
  • Function as leaders; those who believe in their ability to make a difference in the lives of students and the effectiveness of the school.