Our Mission

At Jesse Keen Elementary, in partnership with students, parents and the community, is committed in providing an education of excellence to a diverse community of learners, while providing a safe learning environment, conducive to student achievement.


“Every student will be prepared for success for the next grade level after completion of their current grade!”

School History

Initial Development

Jesse Keen Elementary School is built on a part of the 1866 original homestead of the early Lakeland settler, Mr. Jesse Keen. The school retains an antique bench which belonged to the family and a picture of pioneers, Jesse and Elizabeth Keen. The school was erected in 1962 and is 47 years old. Jesse Keen has been a Title I school for 19 years. Jesse Keen is a pre-kindergarten through grade 5 school situated on the west side of Lakeland, located in a warehouse district and consists of rent support properties, mobile home parks and older single family wooden structure homes.

Recent History

The JKE facility includes 5 buildings and 4 portables for student instruction. The school’s main building houses the administrative offices, dining room, an ESE classroom, Kindergarten, first and second grades. Building two houses the media center, art, music, an ESE classroom, and resource classes. Buildings three and four house the fourth and fifth grade, plus two computer labs. Building six houses third and fourth grade classrooms. The portables house two ESE Pre-K, a Head Start program, and a parent resource center. We have two technology labs which contain 60 student computers as well as a tech office and a room for the school servers. Each teacher has a computer and the classrooms have 4 student stations. All classrooms presently have ceiling hung computer projectors and use document cameras for innovative and exciting instruction. Our school is slowly integrating the use of Smartboards within all instructional classrooms. Business partners include: Fred’s Market, Mimi’s Café, Word Alive Ministries Service Corporation, Southern Wine and Spirits, Publix Supermarkets, and Save-a-Lot food store.

Code of Conduct and Other School Policy

Jackets, sweaters, coats, etc.

Any kind of jacket/coat/cardigan is OK if it meets regular dress code** rules
  • May not be disruptive, distracting, or display offensive language/symbols
  • School staff may ask students to remove jackets
  • Any pullover garment that is worn all day (sweater, sweater vest, sweatshirt) should: Have a collar OR be worn with a collared uniform shirt or official school t-shirt underneath; Must be solid white, solid navy or hunter green (school sweatshirts with no hoods are OK)
  • On very cold days, students who walk, bike, etc. may need to wear sweatpants, etc. over their school clothes on their way to and from school. However, any clothing that doesn’t meet dress code requirements must be removed before school begins.

Bottoms: Navy, Black or Khaki/Tan

  • Shorts, pants, skorts, skirts, skirted jumpers
  • Must be plain, solid-color twill, corduroy or denim fabric
  • Traditional blue jean color is OK for denim

Tops: White, Navy or Gold with collar

  • Must have long or short sleeves
  • Knit polo-type or woven dress shirts, blouses, turtlenecks
  • School t-shirts are OK (available through school office)
The Dress Code does not allow for clothing with colored trim, stripes, embroidery, decoration, etc. It also does not provide for overalls (overalls with pants or shorts), sweat pants, knit pants/ skirts, leggings, etc. A small logo is acceptable on otherwise approved clothing items.

Other Dress Code Rules

  • A belt is required if the garment has belt loops
  • Shirts (including t-shirts) must be tucked in
  • Shorts/skirts must be mid-thigh or longer
  • Shoes must be safe and appropriate
  • Clothes must be appropriate size, with waist of garment worn at student’s waist
  • Clothing that is too tight or too loose is not appropriate for school
School administrators will determine if clothing is appropriate for school and complies with district rules. For more information, please refer to the Code of Student Conduct for a copy of the student dress code. For more specific information on the student dress code, please refer to the Code of Student Conduct. **Polk County Public Schools Student Code of Conduct, Section 2.10.