General Information

School Information:

Bruce Wagner Elementary
5500 Yates Road
Lakeland, FL 33811

Phone: (863) 701-1450

School Hours: 8:00am - 3:00pm

First Bell: 7:50am
Tardy Bell: 7:55am
Dismissal Bell: 3:00pm

Early School Dismissal: 12:30pm

Our History

Built on 25 beautiful acres, ground was first broken for R. Bruce Wagner Elementary in July 2001. We first opened our doors to students on August 7, 2002 and have since grown into a dedicated school focused on learning, thinking, communicating…together.

Our school is named after the former West Area Assistant Superintendent of Polk County Public Schools, Mr. R. Bruce Wagner. Mr. Wagner also served the boys and girls of Lakeland for 38 years. He was a dedicated educator who was a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, elementary school principal, and high school principal. Mr. Wagner retired in 1990 after nearly 40 years of service to the education of children in the public schools of Polk County.

Our Mission

We will ensure learning takes place for all through high expectations, family involvement, and instruction rich in communication and technology.


Students, families and staff work hand in hand to develop responsible, respectful, reliable lifelong learners…every child, every family, every day.