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Our 2023-2024 school theme is 'Stirring up success!'

Message from the Principal

Welcome Back! We are so excited to be back at school planning and prepping for our students' return after a well-deserved break! We have missed you all and are ready to get back to work. The opportunity to teach your child is a privilege and a responsibility we take seriously. We will do our best to motivate, comfort, and appreciate your child and all the gifts he or she will bring to our school. But, we will need your help. Whether it's making sure your child has completed their homework, helping him or her study for a test, or just taking the time to say, "Tell me a good thing that happened at school today." Your interest and encouragement make a huge difference.

Thank you for being a partner in their education,

Picture of Principal Nicolle Balser

Nicolle Balser M.Ed.
Principal Lake Harbor Middle School

Our Mission

Believing that education helps shape the future, we the faculty, staff, parents, and community of Lake Harbor School, dedicate ourselves to professional excellence in education and the creation of an exemplary instructional program. We commit ourselves to meeting the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, aesthetic, and technological needs of all our students in a family-centered environment. It is our task to teach in a manner that will educate and motivate all students to reach their maximum potential as life long learners and productive citizens in the technology-based global society of the 21st Century.

Our Philosophy 

It is the goal of the faculty and staff of Lake Harbor Middle School to meet the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs of our students. We are committed to high standards of academic achievement for all students. This commitment extends to all subjects of the core curriculum including reading, writing, grammar, spelling, mathematics, science, social studies, technology, the arts, and physical education. The development of higher level thinking with an emphasis on problem solving and creativity is essential to prepare our students to be productive citizens in our rapidly changing technological society. It is our goal to teach in a manner that will educate and motivate all students regardless of different background, ability, developmental level, or learning style.

We encourage our students to become good citizens who are responsible, cooperative, and self disciplined. In order to affirm each child's sense of self-worth, LHMS strives to provide an atmosphere of trust, acceptance, discipline, love, and respect. It is our goal to instill in our students an appreciation and acceptance of all individuals in a safe haven of learning.

The public school system is the basic institution for the formal education of our youth. The staff of Lake Harbor Middle School recognizes, understands, and respects both the responsibilities and opportunities that accompany this role. We acknowledge the immeasurable value of strong parental involvement and commit ourselves to joint cooperation with each family. We pledge ourselves to excellence in successfully fulfilling these obligations to the children of our community.

Our History

Lake Harbor Middle School is nestled among the piney woods of St. Tammany Parish, which is situated on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Less than thirty miles from New Orleans, Mandeville is a bed and breakfast community that enjoys all the comforts and conveniences of "The Big Easy" but which maintains the beauty and country relaxation of the Deep South.

Fall 2001 marks the opening of Lake Harbor Middle. The school houses approximately six hundred students in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. Every day proves exciting as administrators, teachers, and staff work together in this beautiful facility to make it become a place where learning and community spirit thrive.

Our School's 2021-2024 Advancement Plan

School Fast Facts