Lakeland Highlands Middle School


A Message From the Principal

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Lakeland Highlands Middle School. I am excited to lead LHMS as the principal. This year is my 20th year with Polk County Schools and my sixth year as principal. With experience at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels, I have a strong vision of preparing students for the future.

Our faculty and staff are looking forward to challenging all students with rigorous and relevant academic experiences to ensure your child’s success. With the pre-academies, academic and athletic teams, and honor societies, Lakeland Highlands Middle School provides opportunities for students to explore many areas of interest.

I look forward to working with you to support student achievement at Lakeland Highlands Middle School. Support and commitment from all of students’ families will improve student success at LHMS.

Edgar Santiago

Principal, Lakeland Highlands Middle School


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.

Latest News

Literacy Week 2020

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! January 27-31, 2020

We kickoff Celebrate Literacy Week by sharing the theme, “Book Your Trip: Adventure Awaits. The literacy activities planned for the week include:

Monday, January 27th

  • 10-15 minutes of reading to during 4th period each day
  • “You’ve been caught reading” – tickets will be awarded to students caught...Read More »



Saturday, February 8 – 9:00 AM – NOON

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LHMS is a 5 Star School!

Department of Education Announces “Five Star Schools” From PCPS

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PARENTS: "Remind" Messages

Parents, there is a NEW parent text group (also known as Remind) this year. Take a moment to sign up! Note: This is different from the group that our PTSO uses.

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Dismissal Concerns

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 and surrounding...Read More »