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

Block Schedule May 21-22

We will be on a block schedule May 21-22 due to Civics EOC testing.

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8th Grade Awards

Mark your calendars, 8th grade families. The 8th Grade Awards Ceremony is Thursday, May 23 @ 6:00 PM – GJHS Gymnasium. No RSVP needed.

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SAC Committee Interest Form

LHMS School Advisory Committee (SAC) works hard to support the educational direction of the school. The committee membership consists of parents, administrators, teachers, and community members and meets once a month in the morning to discuss school business and initiatives. If you are interested in having a positive impact on...Read More »

2019 - 2020 INFO

SAVE THE DATE for these future events:

Student Orientation: 8/8/19 (6th Grade 9:00am -11:00am) (7th & 8th Grades 1:00pm-3:00pm)

First Day: 8/12/2019 @ 9:00am

Open House: 8/27/19 at 6:00pm

REMIND Text Messages for LHMS 2019-2020: Instructions

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LHMS is a 5 Star School!

Lakeland Highlands is PLEASED to announce that we have been named a “Five Star School” by the Florida Department of Education! The Five Star School Award was created by the Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to those schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement. In order to earn...Read More »

Dismissal Concerns

December 20, 2018

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...Read More »