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

Spelling Bee Results

Congrats Lauren Grady for coming in 2nd place in the Polk County Spelling Bee!

A huge round of applause for the students who competed and won their ELA teacher’s first round for the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee! They are:

  1. Anthony Maza
  2. Madelyn Henkelman
  3. Josue Valdivia
  4. Micaiah Yarber
  5. Cohen Thompson
  6. Lauren Grady

We are thrilled to announce that Lauren...Read More »

Community Feedback Survey



The 2017-2018 Parent & Community Feedback Survey is available from now until March 23. We encourage all parents, staff, and students to take the appropriate survey (below):

Student Survey

Parent & Community Survey

Staff Survey

Thank you!

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Congrats Grant Parker!

Congratulations Grant Parker on winning FIRST PLACE in the Orlando Lockheed Martin Science Challenge for physics!

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ESE Parent Survey

Parents of ESE students are encouraged to take the Florida ESE Parent Survey fir the 2017-2018 school year. Instructions can be found in the flyer below.

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FSA Boot Camp

We will be offering n FSA Boot Camp for ELA Reading and Math on March 17 and April 7. Both camps are Saturday mornings from 8:00 am – 11:00 am.

To sign up, print out this FORM and return to school by March 12.

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Congrats TSA!

TSA (Technology Student Association) took our largest ever contingent to state competition this year. We had 27 students in 25 events and placed top 10 Semi-Finalist in 8 events. They rocked it! Outperforming all other Polk schools, Middle and High. CONGRATS to TSA, Mr. Coker and Mr. Simpson!

1st Place Digital...Read More »

Congrats Orchestra!

CONGRATULATIONS ORCHESTRA! The LHMS Orchestra received straight superiors on stage and an excellent in sight reading, for an overall SUPERIOR at MPA. This is a major accomplishment for Ms. Montgomery and her musicians.

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Science Fair Winners!

CONGRATULATIONS to Polk County Science Fair award winners!

7th grader Grant Parker finished 1st place in Physics and won Best in Show for middle schools in our region. Grant moves on to represent LHMS and Polk County at the Florida State Science Fair.

8th grader Kevin Lam placed 3rd in his category.

6th...Read More »