Lakeland Highlands Middle School


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


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

eLearners: Returning Laptops

PARENTS OF eLEARNERS!!! If you have a student at home with an LHMS laptop, this information directly involves you.


LHMS Laptop Collection: We will be collecting school-owned laptops during the dates and times listed to the right. Laptops will need to be returned with the charger that was checked out. Laptops will be assessed for...Read More »


Parents, our Spring 2021 Testing Schedule is now available. Our Calendar page will also reflect test dates.

2021 LHMS Test Schedule & Letter to Parents

2021 LHMS Test Schedule (Espanol)



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8th Grade Celebration - May 21st 5:30-6:30

Dear families of 8th grade LHMS students,

Lakeland Highlands Middle School 8th grade recognition celebration will be a drive-thru event in May this year. You can showcase your student and his or her achievements by designing your own banner for display at this event! Your banner will be hung on the...Read More »


Greetings parents!

If you would like to have your child return to on campus/face-to-face instruction OR if you need to switch to e-Learning, please click on the link below and provide your student’s information on the form.

A school counselor will reach out to you regarding a return to campus date.

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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 »