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

7th Grade Dance - DATE CHANGE

The 7th Grade Dance (originally scheduled for 2/16) has been moved back to Friday March, 2. Thank you for your understanding.

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Young Artist Exhibition

Congrats to LHMS art students Nick Burgess, Manlu Chen, Lillian Beardsley, Vinny Van, Dayhanna Garcia, Adriana Ryerson, Jada Phanhnaboth, and Allie Harper. Their work will be on display in Winter Haven February 15 – March 11, 2018.

Additionally, Nick Burgess placed 3rd overall for all middle school, and Dayhanna Garcia received an honorable mention.

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Congrats LHMS Band Students!

On February 9 – 10, LHMS Band students took part in two performance evaluation events. The Jazz band scored straight excellents at their annual MPA performance, CONGRATULATIONS!

We also had 66 students compete in 63 solos and ensembles. LHMS captured 49 superior ratings and 14 excellent ratings. CONGRATULATIONS Mrs. Hansen and...Read More »

Spring Testing Info

On January 17th, a letter containing some spring testing information was sent home with report cards. That letter can be seen below. More testing information will be posted as we near spring testing.

Spring Testing Letter

UPCOMING TESTS: March 1 = 8th grade writing (computer based). March 6 = 6th &...Read More »

HOSA Tri-County Regionals

LHMS students represented our school with FANTASIC results at the HOSA Tri-County Regionals on Sat, Jan 27th 2018! Congratulations to these students and Mrs. Higgins on an amazing display of medical knowledge.

Medical Terminology:

1st place: Kian Viegas 2nd place: Chance Abby 5th place: Suzy Takla

Medical Reading:

2nd place: Madison Guadet 3rd place:...Read More »


Yearbook pre-orders are NOW available. The price is $40.00.

Click the image below to purchase online (or see Mr. Simpson at school, room 01-054A).

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