Lakeland Highlands Middle School

General Info

Our Mission

The mission of Lakeland Highlands Middle School is to provide a safe and engaging educational environment offering differentiated, effective, and rigorous instruction to all students.

Our Vision

Through varying and effective educational opportunities, all students will have the skills and strategies necessary to become life long learners allowing them to be successful in high school and beyond.

LHMS Schoolwide Expectations

Respectful – Acknowledge the feelings and interests of others and not interfering with them; show courtesy; being empathetic.

Responsible – Be in control of the choices you make and your actions. You are capable of being trusted and morally accountable for your behavior.

Active Listener – Active learning is anything course-related that all students while in class are called upon to do other than simply watching, listening and taking notes.

Problem Solver – A person that focuses on the problem and tries to synthesize information and knowledge to achieve a positive solution.

School History

Lakeland Highlands Middle School was established in 1975 and is located in southwest Lakeland just off South Florida Avenue.

LHMS, known as Lakeland Highlands Junior High until 1993, is one of the largest middle schools in Polk County with over 1200 students.

In 2012, the school became a pre-academy, with current tracts available in Fine Arts, Video Game Design, Culinary Arts, Medicine, Aviation, and Media Design.

Bell Schedule

9:00 – 9:50 1st Period
9:54 – 10:44 2nd Period
10:48 – 11:38 3rd Period
11:42 – 1:17 4th Period (LUNCH)
1:21 – 2:11 5th Period
2:15 – 3:05 6th Period
3:09 – 4:00 7th Period

School Dress Code

2016 – 2017 Dress Code Policy

Code of Conduct

Polk County Schools Code of Conduct


Find out more about PCSB transportation services, including availability, routes and bus rules.
PCSB Transportation

Remind 101

PARENTS! LHMS and Polk County Schools will not be sending out frequent phone messages.

Instead, LHMS has created a Remind 101 text message service that will be used by administration to send out reminders, brief announcements, and other necessary information. Here are the simple DIRECTIONS.

Cafeteria Info

PCSB meal prices can be found HERE.

Free & Reduced Meals
The School Nutrition Department offers families the option of applying for free and reduced price meals through an on-line application (paper applications also available). Questions should be directed to Susan Ehrhart at 863-534-0590 or

Free and Reduced Price Meal Info

Financial Report

The 2014-15 School Financial Report Addendum can be seen HERE.  In accordance with Florida Statute 1010.215,  It can be viewed at  Click on the link and scroll down to other reports.   A paper copy of the report can be reviewed at the school and at the district office.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The School Board of Polk County, Florida, prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, homelessness, or disability or other basis prohibited by law in any of its programs, services, activities or employment. To file concerns, you may contact the Office of Equity & Compliance, Human Resource Services at 863‐534‐0513. The School Board of Polk County, Florida, Policies 1.006 and 1.011, Florida Educational Equity Act, Section 1000.05, F.S., Rule 6A‐19.000 through 6A‐19.010, FAC, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act, Vocational Guidelines, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Title IX.