Lakeland Highlands Middle School


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. We have much to be proud of and celebrate as a school.

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 BUILDING BRIGHT FUTURES!

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!

We 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!


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.

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Car Rider Parent and/or Guardian,

We are implementing a car rider tag system here at Lakeland Highlands Middle.  If you will be picking up your student anytime during the 23-24 school year, please register on the form below.

Once registration is submitted, we will send home car tags with the students.

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LHMS Hoodies

The deadline for LHMS Hoodies has been extended to September 30.

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Student Laptops

This week, LHMS students are being assigned their 1-to-1 laptop. This is a districtwide initiative to get a device into the hands of all Polk County students. All LHMS students will be assigned laptop, a charger, and a carrying case

Students need to bring their laptop to...Read More »


Dear Parents/Guardians,

At Lakeland Highlands Middle School, student safety is a priority. During dismissal from school, all students who are car riders should remain in the front of the school, while parents drive through the parent pick-up line. This process ensures safety for all students. Please be advised, we do not...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 »