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, and video game design. Read more about the different pre-academies.

Latest News

8th Grade Dance - Final Fiesta!

The 8th grade Final Fiesta dance is Friday, May 4 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. It is free to all LHMS 8th graders. If you plan on attending, please click this link to RSVP: FINAL FIESTA

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2018-2019 Information

Check here for constantly updated info pertaining to the 2018-2019 school year!



  • August 9 – Orientation, times TBA
  • August 13 – First day for Students 9:00 AM
  • August 28...Read More »

Polk County Career Fair

COME TEACH, LEAD AND GROW WITH US! You’re not just looking for a place to work. You’re looking for a place to grow professionally and personally. You’ve found it in Polk County Public Schools. See the complete FLYER HERE.

More info can be found on Facebook.

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PRE-ORDER 2018-2019 Shirts

School uniform t-shirts can be PRE-ORDERED for next year by downloading, filling out, and sending in this FORM (along with payment). Orders will be filled in the order they are received. Orders will be sent home with the student before the end of the year (depending on the size/style,...Read More »

ESE Parent Survey

Parents of ESE students are encouraged to take the Florida ESE Parent Survey fir the 2017-2018 school year. Instructions can be found in the flyer below.

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