Mckeel Academy of Technology

1810 West Parker St, Lakeland, FL 33815 | (863) 499-2818
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Student Enrollment: 1,042
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2.5 out of 5 | 9 Reviews
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School Description

School Summary and Highlights
Additional Contact Information
  • Mailing Address: 1810 W Parker St, Lakeland, FL 33815
School Operational Details
  • Charter School
School District Details
  • Polk County School District
  • Per-Pupil Spending: $10,826
  • Graduation Rate: 68.5%
  • Dropout Rate: 4.9%
  • Students Per Teacher: 14.8
  • Enrolled Students: 94,530

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 1,042
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 72.5
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 14.4
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 460 (44.1%)
  • Females: 557 (53.5%)
Free Lunch Student Eligibility Breakdown
  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: 86 (8.3%)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 207 (19.9%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 293 (28.1%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Mckeel Academy of Technology Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian20.2%
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Mckeel Academy of Technology
  Number Percent
6th Grade13212.7%
7th Grade15815.2%
8th Grade19318.5%
9th Grade17516.8%
10th Grade15214.6%
11th Grade12411.9%
12th Grade10810.4%
Graduation and Dropouts (2010)
Graduation Rate
Dropout Rate
Teacher Educational Background (2010)
Percent of Teachers with a Bachelor's Degree
Percent of Teachers with a Ph.D.
Percent of Classes Taught by Non-Highly Qualified Teachers
Percent of Classes Taught By Teachers (Out-of-Field) of Their Background
Source: FL Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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Overall Rating: 2.5

2.5 out of 5 | 9 Reviews
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9 reviews for Mckeel Academy of Technology

  • Reviewed by Student on February 10, 2011
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • i think the school is awsome i started in 6th from licon. academy then i wnet to mckeel i thought it was stupid then i figured out that i was the stupid one
  • Reviewed by Student on October 26, 2010
  • Rating: 2 (2 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • What you mean your kind you sound so ignorant you know that McKeel has some good teacher and but there some that are to much to handle so they act like there god gift of education and they are taking the uniform that are so expensive and but you have to be really big like 270 not to fit any one of them. Mckeel is cheap they also sell thin jacket for 40 bucks i say i gave this a 2 apple
  • Reviewed by Former Student on August 07, 2010
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Worst. School. Ever.
    Never go there, You will hate it.
    Everyone says you get such a good education. You don't.
    The staff is crazy and they never listen to the kids side of the story. I don't even know how it is still open.
  • Reviewed by Former Student on May 12, 2010
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I am a former graduate of Mckeel Academy. I begged my parents every year to allow me to attend a bigger high school. I am now a college graduate and I can say from experience that Mckeel in no way, shape or form prepared me for college. Not one time was I ever asked in college to create some elaborate project. College is all about lectures, studying, and tests, all of which Mckeel is lacking. Anyways, Mckeel sucks and it is only getting worse!
  • Reviewed by Student on November 08, 2009
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • okay, look here. i am a senior finishing up my career at Mckeel academy. you all pose good points but as a senior i say that it is worth it all in the long run. yes the uniforms are a bit expensive, but i own 2 pairs of shorts, and wash them each weekend. and i own 3 shirts, and the school has a CLOTHES CLOSET in which you can exchange parts on uniforms in for new parts. and or buy the parts cheaper than new.

    the curriculum is harder, but it's just new to students when they first get here. i as a senior have to do an internship during the first semester of the year, and it has shown me what i really want to do in my life.

    the main problem with the school is the lunches, we as seniors are served the same portion as a 6th grade student, which we a as whole high school have a problem with.

    just know, the challenge of the school itself, really is preparing a student for what is to come in college.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on October 23, 2009
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I really cant put into words how disappointed I am with this school. I only heard wonderful things about it before my child was accepted into the 7th grade. I had a slight problem with a teacher that turned into a major ordeal. If you have a problem or a question for a teacher you will never see them face to face. I think that the front office intervenes in the hope that you will forget what you were concerned about in the first place. I went to the office several times, emailed the teacher and met with the vp and the principal but never the teacher, even though I specifically requested a meeting with her. The school is not worth the hassell of the early mornings or expensive uniforms.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on October 14, 2009
  • Rating: 3 (3 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Well, after reading the reviews here, I see some familiar words and feelings that my daughter and I have experienced. We are very new to McKeel Academy South; my daughter started the 6th grade this year. Going into it, I knew the curriculum would be different. I knew that the staff ran a tight ship. However, I didn't expect the student responsibility to be so high for 6th grade. A few things have raised flags such as: papers are turned in to a tray or folder. The teacher asks randomly for a student to go thru them to sort for her. Well, what happens when an assignment is misplaced? That student gets a zero for not turning in their work! No questions asked! My daughter and I were surprised when a few zero marks showed up on her grade report. My daughter has never, ever received a zero! It seems like the teacher hands out F's really quick. My daughter is expected to keep up with her own grades. The teachers act like it's not a big deal if their grade log doesn't match the student's grade info. They have said, "oh well". My daughter feels completely over whelmed at this point and it's only October. The teacher also calls individual students out in the classroom (as punishment I suppose) to announce that they didn't complete their homework or if they have committed some other offense. My kid has managed to keep her grades up to A's and B's so far - except Math. I instructed her to ask the teacher for help and she never received any. I am starting to feel like the staff doesn't genuinely care about the kids. How are they helping them succeed?

    My biggest problem has been the uniform company the school uses. That is the biggest scam ever! I hate Fontaine Apparel. First of all, they are over priced. Yes the material is good and will last but the price is still over the top. Secondly, my daughter is chunky. Fontaine has claimed they don't make bigger sizes. OK so, where did the FA employees get their uniforms? So, it's October and we still don't have shorts. I just had them re-measure my daughter so I will see if this time around works. We have already had several returns after they measured my kid before school started! If this order doesn't fit, I won't be trying again with them. I will go to a local uniform shop - which I think that is what the school should do anyway. Give our community the financial boost. Finally, I think it's absolutely ridiculus of the school to expect parents to drive to Clearwater to be measured by FA. I was told I would have to take the trip if I wanted to order shorts during the school year. I have an older car and cannot make that trip. But, I was lucky. FA just came to the school to take winter orders.

    So far this year, all of the terms, curriculum and policies seem to be more complicated than it needs to be. I support running a clean ship. It's a Charter, it should be different from public schools. But I am starting to think McKeel has gone beyond the "too complicated" point. I really want my daughter to be a part of an awesome program and receive the best possible education I can find in Polk county. But if the bar is set at some incredibly high standard that most can't achieve, what's the point of constantly being let down?
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on September 28, 2009
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I would never give this school five apples. Maybe 1/4 of an apple, I hear they have pretty good lunches.

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