Lakeland Highlands Middle School


A Message from our Principal

Students & Parents,

If you are new to Lakeland Highlands Middle School let me be the first to welcome you! It is our belief that while at our school, every student has the ability to reach a high level of success and we are truly excited to see where your time at LHMS will take you.

Lakeland Highlands has a diverse selection of Academies to offer students. This provides us with the unique opportunity to use our students’ interests to create an engaging and rigorous academic environment. During your time at Lakeland Highlands, you can expect to not only grow in your academic knowledge, but also to see how the classes you are taking apply to the various career fields that your interests may guide you to explore.

We want every student who has the privilege to call themselves an LHMS Cougar, to head to High School knowing they have the skills necessary to become an advocate for themselves and take an active role in their academic pursuits. We take great pride in the fact that we are able to equip our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their goals, no matter what their dreams may be.

For those who are already a part of our LHMS family, we are excited to have you back for another year! We can’t wait to see what the year holds for you as you continue on your journey towards reaching star status this year.

Remember, our teachers set the stage, but it’s up to you to become the star!

Mrs. Telay Kendrick, LHMS Principal



Lakeland Highlands Middle School was established in 1975 and is located in southwest Lakeland between South Florida Avenue and Cleveland Heights Boulevard. The school operated as a junior high until 1993, when it became a middle school serving grades six through eight. In 2012, LHMS began offering pre-academies with tracks available in medicine, arts & entertainment, media design, aviation/engineering/robotics, culinary arts, agriculture, and video game design. Read more about the different pre-academies.

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Community Survey 2019

Parent & Community Feedback Survey

Five minutes of your time can make a vital impact as Polk County Public Schools seeks to improve our services and students’ education.

Please provide your feedback by April 26.



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2019 - 2020 INFO

SAVE THE DATE for these future events:

Student Orientation: 8/8/19 (6th Grade 9:00am -11:00am) (7th & 8th Grades 1:00pm-3:00pm)

First Day: 8/12/2019 @ 9:00am

Open House: 8/27/19 at 6:00pm

Uniform Pre-Order: Due 4/26/19. Students and parents returning to LHMS next year can pre-order uniform t-shirts from now until APRIL 26. Return the form below with payment to the...Read More »

Uniform PRE-ORDER - Due April 26

Students and parents returning to LHMS next year can pre-order uniform t-shirts from now until APRIL 26. Return the form below with payment to the main office. NO FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER APRIL 26.

Pre-ordered shirts will go home the last week of school. Parents of current 5th graders can pick...Read More »

8th Grade End of Year Events

Mark your calendars, 8th grade families:

  • 8th Grade Final Fiesta: May 17 @ 6:00 – 8:00 PM – LHMS Cafeteria
  • 8th Grade Awards Ceremony: May 23 @ 6:00 PM – GJHS Gymnasium

More info will be available as these dates approach.

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LHMS is a 5 Star School!

Lakeland Highlands is PLEASED to announce that we have been named a “Five Star School” by the Florida Department of Education! The Five Star School Award was created by the Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to those schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement. In order to earn...Read More »

Spring Testing INFO

SCHEDULE: Parents, take a moment to look over our spring test schedule and start planning accordingly: 2019 Test Schedule

RESOURCES: Click HERE for a list of valuable test prep resources and access to the practice tests.

BOOT CAMP INFO: LHMS is offering a vaiety of Saturday test...Read More »

FSA Boot Camps 2019

LHMS will be offering tutoring “boot camps” to help students prepare for upcoming state tests. The schedule is available below, with sign up information going out as we approach each boot camp.

These will be the dates of all our FSA testing boot camps:

  • FSA Writing: March 2nd or March 9th COMPLETE!!
  • FSA ELA/Math:...Read More »

Dismissal Concerns

December 20, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

At Lakeland Highlands Middle School, we care about our students’ intellectual, emotional, and physical well-being. In previous years, there has been concern over the number of LHMS students who walk to the Publix shopping center, Liberty Hill neighborhood, Smart Start Day School, One Highlands Place, Presbyterian Church...Read More »