General Information

School Information:

McLaughlin Academy of Excellence
800 South 4th Street, Lake Wales, FL 33853
Phone: 863-678-4233

Office Hours:
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
School Hours:
7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

New Student Enrollment:

daily from 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instructional time is sacred.

Parents, please try to have your students on campus on time. 

If you need to check out your students, please do so before 1 pm and not during their lunch time. 


How to Enroll?

Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30am to 1:00pm
Please bring the following:

  • 2 proofs of residency
  • Birth Certificate
  • Updated Physical
  • Shot Records (7th grade)

Our History

McLaughlin Junior High began serving students in the Lake Wales area in 1964, and it has progressed into McLaughlin Academy of Excellence. McLaughlin 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.

McLaughlin Academy of Excellence

The 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".