Lakeland Highlands Middle School


A Message From the Principal

Greetings Cougars!

We are very excited to begin another school year here at Lakeland Highlands Middle School and would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your family. It is hard to believe, that over 9 years ago I came to LHMS as your Dean of Students. As I now reflect, I am overjoyed and extremely grateful for being given the opportunity to serve as Principal and lead such an amazing school where students, staff, and community stakeholders are a vibrant and vital part of our success!

We have much to be proud of and celebrate as a school and yet I know that our hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence is never complete. Lakeland Highlands Middle School is always on a continuous path of improvement and this school year will be no different…WE ARE GEARING UP FOR SUCCESS!!

Our faculty and staff are looking forward to challenging all students with rigorous and relevant academic experiences to ensure every student succeeds. With our winning pre-academies, academic and athletic teams, as well as our honor societies, Lakeland Highlands Middle School provides opportunities for students to explore many areas of interest. It is our mission to serve every student with the highest quality education through interest-driven academies providing a focused and engaging learning environment!

I look forward to working with you to support our Cougar students emotionally, socially and academically. Support and commitment from students’ families is KEY and will improve our students’ overall success here at LHMS!

Avé Wright-Gayner, 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.

Latest News

Students Returning to Campus

Good morning! If you have already (prior to 1/15/2021) completed the intent for your child to return to campus form, your student will return on Tuesday 1/19/2021. Counselors are in the process of changing students’ schedules to reflect their return to campus. Once changes are made, they will be reflected...Read More »

Picture Day Retakes Feb 17

Dear Parents,

Picture Day is coming up next Wednesday, January 13th. Face-to-face students will sit for pictures during their Science class. E-learners will have their picture taken by appointment (more info below). Fliers to purchase pictures will be sent home with students through their 7th period class this week. Please be...Read More »


Greetings eLearning parents!

The end of the 1st semester is quickly approaching. LHMS will continue to offer face-to-face instruction and E-learning classes during the second semester. If you would like to have your child return to on campus/face-to-face instruction, please click on the link below and provide your student’s information on...Read More »


School shirts, some club shirts, and LHMS hoodies are available to order from now until January 18, 2021. Click on the links below to order via INK SCREENPRINTING (online orders only).

Ordering Periods:

Dec 4 to Dec 18...Read More »

High School Credit Courses

Parents of students enrolled in High School Credit courses at LHMS, please watch this short video, as it takes the place of our yearly face-to-face meeting. If you have questions or would like additional information, please reach out to your child’s counselor:  (last name A-F)  (last name...Read More »

School Messenger

Parents! If you don’t get our automated phone calls and emails, PLEASE sign up! With this service you will get info from LHMS and PCPS.

SCHOOL MESSENGER – get important/emergency news from LHMS and Polk County Schools.

Click here for directions on signing up for School Messenger. However, please...Read More »