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A Message From the Principal

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. It is hard to believe, that over 9 years ago I came to LHMS as your Dean of Students. As I now reflect, I am overjoyed and extremely grateful for being given the opportunity to serve as Principal and lead such an amazing school where students, staff, and community stakeholders are a vibrant and vital part of our success!

We have much to be proud of and celebrate as a school and yet I 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 GEARING UP FOR SUCCESS!!

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!

I 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!

Avé Wright-Gayner, Principal


Welcome

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

Holiday Wreaths Fundraiser!

Lakeland Highlands is partnering with Three Rivers Wreath & Plant Company to offer you fresh and fragrant Balsam Fir Wreaths, Garland, Swags, and Kissing Balls for holiday decorating and gift-giving.

Learn more by visiting our LHMS fundraiser page at: threeriversfundraising.com/fund/lhmspt-wreath2020

Order online through November 25th!

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High School Credit Courses

Parents of students enrolled in High School Credit courses at LHMS, please watch this short video, as it takes the place of our yearly face-to-face meeting. If you have questions or would like additional information, please reach out to your child’s counselor:

Kimberley.guion@polk-fl.net  (last name A-F)

Robin.haight@polk-fl.net  (last name...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 »