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, agriculture, and video game design. Read more about the different pre-academies.

Latest News

12/14 Road Closure

This may affect many of our students’ families on 12/14:

Emergency Rail Repairs to Briefly Close West Pipkin Road on Friday Morning December 14, 2018

CSX Transportation has scheduled emergency repairs after the morning rush-hour on Friday at its West Pipkin Road rail crossing between the Harden Boulevard and Old Highway 37 intersections...Read More »

Enrichment/Tutoring Session 2

Our second session of before OR after school enrichment/tutoring starts January 8. If your student needs assistance, please sign up using this FORM, and returning it school by Wednesday, December 19.

The form also has all the details parents need to know!

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8th Grade Poinsettia Ball

The 8th Grade Poinsettia Ball will be on Friday, December 14 from 6 to 8 PM.  Tickets will be on in the auditorium before school, and also at the door (prices below).

The dance is open to LHMS 8th graders only and dress is formal but still adheres to PCPS dress...Read More »

Dismissal Concerns Off Campus

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 »