School Information

  • Highland Lakes ElementaryHighland Lakes Elementary Leadership Academy - Home of the Panthers

    Address: 1230 Highlands Blvd. Palm Harbor, FL 34684

    Phone: (727) 724-­1429

    Fax: (727) 724­-1435 

    Principal: Ms. Eliza Defant

    Assistant Principal: Mr. Jason Jessie

    Student Hours: Summer Hours: M - Th 8:30 am to 12:00 pm until July 18

    Hours July 18 - August 1: M - Th 8:00 am to 3:00 pm 

    Regular School Hours: M - F 8:45 am - 2:55 pm

    Points of Pride

    • "A" Rated School
    • Stephen Covey Leadership Academy - Leader In Me
    • Golden School Award for Community Involvement
    • National Alliance for Healthier Generation Silver Distinction
    • Dedicated Science Lab for hands on learning
    • 5 Star Award for Community Involvement
    • Energy Star certified school 
    • High Parental Involvement
    • Elementary National Honor Society


    School Highlights

    • Computers and technology: All classrooms are fully equipped with student computer stations. All classrooms are equipped with SmartBoards, schoolwide access to computers, iPad and Kindle labs. 
    • Exceptional Student Education services: Self-Contained Emotionally Behaviorally Disabled Unit, Varying Exceptionalities Resource, Full Time Gifted Program, Speech Language, Occupational and Physical Therapy Services for qualified students
    • Community partnerships: YMCA, Highland Lakes Community Association and Kiwanis Club


    Special Services & Programs 


    • Leadership Academy
    • Gifted Education Program 
    • Extended Learning Program
    • Enhanced Music Ensemble
    • Peer Mediation/Character Education
    • STEM Clubs
    • Coding
    • Spanish and Greek Instruction
    • Garden Club
    • Panther News Crew 
    • Safety Patrol 
    • Art Club
    • Students Targeted for Educational Performance (STEP)
    • Principal's Multicultural Awareness Committee
    • Enhanced Mathematics
    • Mentors 


    School Mission
    The mission of Highland Lakes Elementary Leadership Academy is to create a safe and respectful learning environment which fosters self ­directed learners. We will do this by accomplishing our School Improvement Plan goals and providing quality educational experiences so that we will build a community of successful, life­long learners.


    School Vision
    100% Student Success