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Important News

Incoming 5th grade Parent Meeting

A reminder to our current 4th grade students and parents:

There is an incoming 5th grade parent meeting next Thursday, April 25th, at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. This meeting is for all new to South McKeel parents AND current 4th grade SMA Wildcats.

After the meeting, we will post the presentation materials on our website  for those unable to attend.

Intent to Return

In order for us to plan for the upcoming school year, please complete the Intent to Return process by clicking or copying and pasting the link below to access our McKeel Online Office (MOO) and follow the directions to complete your student's Intent to Return. In addition to letting us know your plans for the 19-20 school year you will be asked to verify two things: (1) the primary contact and (2) verify your address. 

This process must be completed by Friday, April 12, 2019.


The Schools of McKeel Academy

Approved Calendar for 2019-2020

Yearbooks on Sale NOW

Please use the link below to order online today!! $30  Deadline is April 12!!

https://ybpay.lifetouch.com 8654019

Cold Weather Dress Days

We will ALWAYS notify you by email, Facebook and our website if a day is designated as a Cold Weather Dress Day.  If you are not notified, please send your child to school in a regular uniform.  

Tomorrow, Thursday, January 10th, WILL be a Cold Weather Dress Day.  Students are permitted to wear long, solid blue jeans along with their uniform shirt.  Please review the student handbook in the front of your child's agenda for uniform and cold weather dress information.  Thank you.

Clothes Closet Hours

Our Clothes Closet is open Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00-10:30 and 1:00-2:30.

Polk County Code of Conduct

Letter from our Director and Board

Please see the attached letter from our Director and Board regarding safety at our schools.



South McKeel Academy has been designated a combination SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE by the Florida Department of Education! Click on the link below to read all about it! We are so very proud of our students and all stakeholders at SMA!


McKeel Schools Jacket/Hoodie Ordering

If you wish to purchase South McKeel jackets, hoodies and sweatshirts, please click on the link below. All orders will be shipped to you directly. 


Transportation Guidelines

Questions about transportation services?  Please click here for Transportation Guidelines.

Lunch News

*LUNCHROOM NEWS* Parents may join their student(s) for lunch beginning Tuesday, September 4th.  Remember, NO food from outside vendors is permitted.  Parents may eat in the designated area with ONLY their child.  Please limit visitors to 2.  ONLY visitors listed on a student's emergency contact are permitted eat with the student.  Check in at the front office and show ID.  Please follow this schedule:

Monday - A-D

Tuesday- S-Z

Wednesday- M-R

Thursday- E-L


Florida's Charter Schools

Know the facts about Florida's Charter Schools. Click here to learn more.

2015 Economic Security Report

The Department of Education has issued the following memorandum regarding the 2015 Economic Security Report. The full report may be viewed by clicking here.

School Start and End Times 2018-2019

School Day Start/End Times 2018-2019

  • McKeel Academy Central 8:15-3:15
  • South McKeel Academy 8:00-3:15
  • McKeel Academy of Technology*  8:45-2:30

Debit/Credit Card Transactions

The minimum charge for all debit/credit card transactions is $10.  Cards may be used for field trips, clothes closet, jeans, and Bookfair items but the total must exceed $10.  Cash and checks are accepted too.

Tobacco Free School

South McKeel Academy is a Tobacco Free School.  Smoking is prohibited on school grounds. Thank you for setting a good example for all of our students!

Medication for School

Please remember that all medication that is to be taken at school MUST have an authorization for medication form completed.  All medication MUST be brought in by an adult.  Students are not allowed to bring medication to school.