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

End of Year/Summer Info

REPORT CARDS: will be available in Student/Parent Portal. Anyone needing a paper copy needs to fill out this request form. Must be picked up at school June 14-17.

SUMMER HOURS: The main office is open Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

ITEMS NOT PICKED UP: Items unclaimed...Read More »

2020-2021 School Shirt ORDERS

All LHMS school shirt sales will be done ONLINE for 2020-2021. We will NOT be selling shirts AT ORIENTATION. All school shirts must be ordered online, and will be available for pickup in 3 different waves, depending on when you order them.

Please make sure to order the sizes you want...Read More »

Parent Portal Sign Up

Parent Portal link

Never signed up for Parent Portal? For now, you can call the school 863.648.3500, give YOUR name, you student’s name and contact information. An administrator will return the call and and provide the needed PIN number. The link above will take you to log in page. You...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.

UPDATE 4/7/20 – If you do NOT get automated phones calls from us, email your student’s...Read More »