School Mission

To learn, achieve and believe in our potential.

School Vision

All students will experience success in attaining educational goals, exhibit universally acceptable social behavior, communicate effectively, participate in community experiences and become productive members of society.

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Doris A. Sanders Learning Center is an educational center serving students with varying Exceptionalities from 5 to 22 years of age, as part of the Polk County Public School system.

These classes focus on independent functioning/self-help, social/behavioral, and communication skills. Some students receive physical and occupational as well as speech/language therapy. Students are assessed yearly with various instruments. Some of these may include Brigance, Florida Alternate Assessment, and Careers for Me just to name a few. Our students are becoming involved in many new activities as a result of these assessments; activities in areas including: leisure and productivity in the home, community and school settings, social interaction, communication, personal care, health, safety routines, and mobility within familiar environments.

Latest News

School-Related Employees of the year


Mrs. Predette Kennedy (Para)

 Mr. David Szumlanski (Teacher)

Finalist District 7

Sensory Friendly Movies

Sensory Friendly Films

Sensory Friendly showings provide families with varying abilities the opportunity to enjoy a family friendly film where kids can be kids in a safe and accepting environment.

The auditoriums are made to be more comfortable with brighter lights and the sound level turned down. The audience is encouraged to be themselves and interact with the movie. Dance, sing & enjoy the show!!!

call: Cobb Theatre @ (863) 937.0555 for latest update

1650 Town Center Drive, Lakeland

Psychological Services

Several school psychologists have written articles which contain useful information for staff, students, and especially parents. You can find the articles in PDF format on this page of the district site. This list will be updated with additional articles in the future, so check back periodically for new information.

Upcoming Events

Mar 20 – Mar 24 all-day
Description of Event: Spring Holidaysr Additional Information: All schools and district offices will be closed during this time in an effort to reduce energy costs. School Calendarsr
all-day Grades Due
Grades Due
Mar 30 all-day
Additional Information: School Calendarsr
all-day Interim Reports
Interim Reports
May 1 – May 5 all-day
Description of Event: Distribution Weekr Additional Information: School Calendarsr