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Our Mission

Our Mission is to educate and inspire all students through the arts.

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The Mission of Polk County Public Schools: To Provide a High Quality Education for All Students

School History

McLaughlin Middle & Fine Arts Academy
800 South 4th Street
Lake Wales, FL 33853

FlowerMcLaughlin Middle School began serving students in the Lake Wales area in 1964 as a Junior High, and it has progressed into McLaughlin Middle & Fine Arts Academy. McLaughlin Middle is a community school with a long, rich history of community support.

In 2011, the Fine Arts department earned the prestigious “Arts Achieve!” Model School honor resulting from exemplary arts programs, outstanding talent, and strong community connections for the years of 2011-2014.

boktowerThe school is located in the beautiful town of Lake Wales, established on the highest Bok Tower point on Central Florida’s geographical ridge known for its culture. McLaughlin serves a rural community in eastern Polk County in an area commonly known as “The Ridge”. The enrollment is less than 850 students with the class size / teacher ratio 22:1.

bowtowergardenStudents are required to take Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. In addition, the students are afforded the opportunity to participate in 3 elective courses each year. McLaughlin Middle has elective offerings of Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Guitar, Visual Arts: 2-D, 3-D and Graphic Arts, Theater, Dance, Physical Education, Agriculture, Leadership and ITV / Video Production.

McLaughlin Middle Fine Arts Academy

800 S. 4th Street
Lake Wales, FL 33853
School Hours:
8:55 - 4:00


Donna Drisdom
Assistant Principal:
Julie Fisher
Assistant Principal:
Billy Dee Washington