Thank you to Applied Images for giving back to Lake Wales High School and for funding an academic scholarship for one of our students! Applied Images is the official uniform shop for Lake Wales High School.


Stetson University-November 10

Florida Polytechnic University-November 16

Southeastern University to LWHS-November 28

University of Florida-January 10

Florida Atlantic University-January 18

University of South Florida & University of Tampa-February (Date TBA)

Florida State University-March (Date TBA)

Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Preview Day-March (Date TBA)

University of North-April (Date TBA)

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Winfree named Polk County Association of Charter Schools' Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Mrs. Jaime Winfree on being named the Polk County Association of Charter Schools’ Teacher of the Year! We are so lucky to have her on the Ridge!


Highlander Band Information

For information about joining the band, please email Mr. Santmyer at

You can also find information on our facebook page:


Check out the LWHS Instagram and Facebook !

Be sure to follow the LWHS Instagram account: @lwhshighlanders and like our Facebook page: for updates of what is happening on the Ridge!


ACT & SAT Testing

Check out upcoming test dates and register using the links below!


Highlander Outdoor Leadership!

The Highlander Outdoor Leadership Experience is a partnership between Bok Tower Gardens and Lake Wales High School to prepare students for leadership roles in the future.


Parelli in the Classroom

Parelli in the Classroom exposes our students to natural horsemanship techniques with the intention to make the world a better place for horses and humans.

Lake Wales High School Mission

Creating a vibrant, internationally-minded community where students are encouraged to seek a life of inquiry, reflection, and merit

Lake Wales Charter Schools Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees for Lake Wales Charter Schools, Inc. has the responsibility for setting policy, providing direction, and handling the business side of the enterprise.

In addition, each year, one or more Trustee is designated as the parent/community contact for a specific school.

Board of Trustees

Seat 1 – Epifania Martinez

Seat 2 – Eugene Fultz

Seat 3 – Christina Updike

Seat 4 – Danny Gill, Vice Chair

Seat 5 – Cheryl Garnett

Seat 6 – Jimmy Nelson

Seat 7 – Keith Wadsworth, Chair

Seat 8 – Dr. Terry Fasel

General Counsel – Robin Gibson

Lake Wales High School Board of Trustee Representatives


Dr. Terry Fasel, Trustee Representative
Phone:  863-679-6560, ext 226

Dr. Terry Fasel
Terry Fasel grew up in Hobart, Indiana and completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana) in speech and hearing therapy and special education. He completed the Doctorate in Education (EdD) from Argosy University in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Fasel and his family (wife Dr. Linda Fasel, son Jeremy and daughter Sara Fasel Kane) moved to Lake Wales in 1984. He was a special education teacher and staffing specialist with the Polk County School Board. He also serves on the Our Children’s Academy board (chair 2010-11) and serves as president of The Florida Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and the Advisory Council of State Representatives of AACTE. He is currently the Director of Teacher Education at Warner University where he is also a Professor in the Teacher Education Department. He serves on the Polk Avenue Elementary SAC and served previously on the Hillcrest Elementary SAC. (Term expires June 30, 2017)



Eugene Fultz, Trustee Representative
Phone: 863-679-6560 ext 226

Eugene Fultz
Eugene Fultz is the City’s appointed representative on the LWCS Board of Trustees.  He is a graduate of Arkansas Baptist College with a BA in Social Studies and Elementary Education.  He is a certified teacher and has taught Intensive Reading, Language Arts, History and Science.  He is a Vietnam Veteran who served two tours aboard aircraft carriers in the Navy.  First Sargent Fultz retired honorably from the Army National Guard after twenty years of military service.  He is a Licensed and Ordained Minister who focuses on issues such as drugs, gangs, violence and teen pregnancy. Eugene and his wife are CEO and CFO of Greater Grace Ministries of Florida, Inc. who serves hot meals to the less fortunate in Lake Wales, Haines City and Ft. Meade.  He has many affiliations within Lake Wales and throughout Polk County.  His never quit attitude resonates and he continues to go above and beyond for the betterment of the City of Lake Wales.  (Term expires June 30, 2017)

News & Announcements


Check out our Highlanders, 2017 Silver Garland Awards winners and runners-up!

Check out the feature article the Lakeland Ledger.


On this Ridge…We are Your Brother’s Keeper

Check out the feature article Lost in America in the Bleacher Report.

McCance Design Challenge

“Big Buck for Big Gains” -The Lake Wales News

Check out the feature article of the 2016 McCance Design Challenge in the Lake Wales News.


“Different rules produce better results at Lake Wales High School” -Ledger

Check out the front page feature of Lake Wales High School in the Lakeland Ledger.


“Instructors Preparing to Teach K-12 Coding” -Ledger

Check out the great article by the Lakeland Ledger about an initiative by the Lake Wales Charter School System to incorporate coding at all age and grade levels!