The Highlands County School District offers a standard curriculum in grades K-12, as well as programs in music, art, drama, physical education and computer skills. All schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Schools. There are also programs for the handicapped and vocational fields. Each school has one or more parent support groups. An Exceptional Student Program serves the needs of students encompassing a full range of abilities. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is available in Highlands County School System.

Four public schools serve the Lake Placid, FL area. Lake Country Elementary, Lake Placid Elementary, Lake Placid Middle School, and Lake Placid High School are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The public school system is governed by the Highlands County School Board located in Sebring. Five members are elected to serve four-year terms.

School Directory


Lake Country Elementary
Carla Ball, Principal
516 CR 29
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Ph: 699-5050 Fax: 699-5058

Lake Placid Elementary
Carey Conner, Principal
101 Green Dragon Drive
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Ph: 699-5070 Fax: 699-5079


Lake Placid Middle School
Julia Burnett Principal
201 South Tangerine Dr.
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Ph: 699-5030  Fax: 699-5029 


Lake Placid High School
Toni Stivender, Principal
202 Green Dragon Drive
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Ph: 699-5010 Fax: 699-5094


Hodges University
600 W. College Drive
Avon Park, FL 33825
Ph: 863-453-6661

South Florida State College
Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, President
600 West College Dr.
Avon Park, FL 33825
Ph: 784-7110 Fax: 453-0165

Southeastern University 
1000 Longfellow Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33801
Ph: 863-667-5000

Florida Polytechnic University
3433 Winter Lake Rd
Lakeland, FL 33803
Ph: 800-309-956 

Webber International University
P.O. Box 96 
1201 N Scenic HWY
Babson Park, FL 33827
Ph: 863-638-1413  


Lake Placid Christian School
Dennis Griffin, Head Master
148 East Interlake Blvd
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Ph: 465-5491

Lakeview Christian School
Kathy White, Administrator
503 Kent Ave.
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Ph: 465-0313 Fax: 465-0126

Heartland Christian Academy
Dr. Wes Johnston, Head of School
1160 Persimmon Ave
Sebring, FL  33870
Ph: 863-385-3850


Montessori Children’s School
Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd & 3rd grades
9 Lakeview Street
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Ph: 863-699-1164

Trinity Tots Pre-School
25 Lakeview Street
Lake Placid, FL  33852
Ph: 863-465-6313

Other Resources


Heartland Educational Consortium
Dr. Debra Elliott, Executive Director 
P.O. Box 1047
Lake Placid, FL 33862-1047
Ph: 863-531-0444 ext. 221  
Fax: 863-531-0405 
Highlands County School Board
William Brantley
426 School Street 
Sebring, FL 33870
Ph: 863-528-5057
School District of Highlands County 
Dr. Brenda Longshore, Superintendent 
426 School St. 
Sebring, FL 33870
Ph: 863-471-5548
Fax: 863-531-0405 

18 N Oak Ave, Lake Placid, FL 33852

Call (863) 465-4331

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