Lakeland Highlands Middle School

General Info

Our Mission

To serve every student with the highest quality education through interest-driven academies providing a focused and engaging learning environment.

Our Vision

Through a collaborative focus on rigorous and engaging instruction, students in grades six through eight will build on their previous years’ knowledge empowering them to be critical thinkers and active contributors in preparation for successful academic achievement in high school.

Our Motto

Growing leaders to make their mark on the world!

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 Learner– 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/Engineering/Robotics, and Media Design.

Bell Schedule

8:36 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:51 1st Period
9:55 – 10:44 2nd Period
10:48 – 11:37 3rd Period
11:41 – 1:14 4th Period (LUNCH)
1:18 – 2:07 5th Period
2:11 – 3:00 6th Period
3:04 – 3:53 7th Period
3:53 – 4:00 DISMISSAL


School Dress Code

Dress Code Policy

Code of Conduct

Polk County Schools Code of Conduct

School Improvement Plan

Info via the Florida DOE


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

CARLINE: At Lakeland Highlands Middle School, student safety is a priority. During dismissal from school, all students who are car riders should remain in the front of the school, while parents drive through the parent pick-up line. This process ensures safety for all students. Please be advised, we do not have permission to utilize other pick-up locations, such as the Liberty Hills neighborhood, Church parking lots, Lake Miriam Publix, or parking on the side of the street.

We have a Lakeland Police Department School Resource Officer assigned to our school to help ensure our campus is safe. Supervision is provided while students are on campus. We ask for your continued patience with the dismissal procedures to ensure that all students are safe.


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

More Info

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.