Lois Cowles Harrison
Center for the Visual
and Performing Arts

Academic Calendar

Bell Schedule
7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

If you require any type of accommodation for an event sponsored by the Polk County School District, accomodation requests must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the event. To arrange accommodation, contact the School or department sponsoring the event. For assistance, contact the Office of Equity & Compliance in Human Resources Services at 863-534-0513. If you are hearing or speech impaired, pleae contact the agency by calling Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771.

Please note these important dates!

Orientation – Thursday, August 14, 2014
LHS classes are open from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. / Harrison Department meetings begin at 6:45 p.m. – Pick up schedules/packets in the main rotunda.

First Day of School for Students – Monday, August 18, 2014

Holiday (Labor Day)  – Monday, September 1, 2014

Student Early Release - Wednesday, September 10, 2104

Interim Report - Thursday, September 18, 2014

Student Holiday ( Staff Development) - Monday, September 22, 2014

Student Holiday (Teacher Work Day) – Monday, October 20, 2014

Report Cards - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

School Holiday (Veteran’s Day) - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Student Early Release – Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holidays ( Thanksgiving) - Monday, November 24 – Friday, November 28, 2014

Interim Reports – Thursday, December 4, 2014

Winter Break - Monday, December 22, 2014 – Friday, January 2, 2015

Student Holiday (Teacher Work Day) – Friday, January 16, 2015

School Holiday ( Dr. Martin Luther King Day) -Monday, January 19, 2015

Student Holiday ( Staff Development) - Monday, January 26, 2015

Report Cards - Friday, January 30, 2015

School Holiday (President’s Day) - Monday, February 16, 2015

Student Early Release - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Interim Reports - Thursday, February 26, 2015

Student Early Release – Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Break - Monday, March 30 – Friday, April 3, 2015



Fine Arts Series

(Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here)

19    Five, Art Exhibit (no reception)

9      Faculty-Student Showcase

23    Jazz Band Concert

6-8  West Side Story

8,9  West Side Story, 2 P.M.
7      Many Happy Returns,
         Alumni Art Reception, 6 P.M.
13   Symphony Orchestra Concert
18   Piano Concert

11,12 Music of the Season

12      8th-Grade Invitational and Seasonal
          Sensations Art Reception, 5 P.M.
16 Guitar Concert

22,23 Dance Concert

2      Sister Cities Art Reception, 6 P.M.
2      Orchestra Concert with St. Olaf College
20   Senior Visual Arts Exhibit at Polk Museum
        of Art, 6 P.M.

6        Focal Point, Art Reception, 6 P.M.
6,7   The Wiz
8       The Wiz, 2 P.M.
10      Choral Chamber Concert
14      Roll Out The Red Carpet, 7 P.M.
17      Piano Concert
20     Wind Ensemble Concert
26      String Ensemble Concert

16-18 Bus Stop,*
19       Bus Stop,* 2 P.M.
21       Guitar Concert
24       Blurred Vision, Art Reception, 6 P.M.
24,25 Motion Picture Arts Film Showcase,**
25       Motion Picture Arts Film Showcase,** 2 P.M.

1,2    Dance Concert
7        Symphony Orchestra Concert
14      Choral Concert
21      Jazz Band Concert

*Performance in Black Box Theatre
**Event in Film Theatre

The box office will open one hour and thirty minutes prior to curtain on the dates of the performances. The house will open approximately thirty minutes prior to curtain. Credit cards (Visa/MasterCard) are accepted on-line and at the box office. The box office does not accept cash denominations of $50 or more due to county policy. Harrison performance start promptly at 7:30 p.m. for evening performances and 2:00 p.m. for matinees regardless of a line at the box office window. If you wish to purchase tickets the day of the performance, please plan on arriving no later than 7:00 p.m. for evening performances and 1:30 p.m. for matinees in order to park, get tickets, and see


Harrison News


2013 - 2014 Annual Giving


  • Lois Cowles Harrison
  • Brighthouse Networks

    MAJOR SPONSOR (2000+)

  • The Hilda Sutton and William D. Blanton Charitable Foundation
  • Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen

  • Dr. Gustavo Fuentes
  • Mary Lyn Ballantine
  • J.D. and Kelly Lineberger
  • Craig, Shy and Sabrina Morby
  • Jim and Laura Verplanck
  • Robert M. Darby
  • The Glenn W. & Hazelle Paxson Morrison Foundation
  • The Jean Family
  • Jim and Sherry Pittman
  • Hunt and Mary Berryman
  • EVENT SPONSOR (500+)

  • Robert Lee
  • Victoria Earle
  • Inquire about becoming a sponsor!

    In addition to sponsorship opportunities there are other ways you can help:

    • Join the Harrison Parents’ Association (HPA) and volunteer for your child's program/department.
    • Get involved in the (HPA) Annual Fundraiser: Roll Out the Red Carpet for Harrison.
    • Give to the Harrison Annual Giving Fund, made payable directly to the school.
    • Consider a contribution to the Harrison Endowment within the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland.
    Email us to learn more.  

    Harrison School for the Arts is re-opening the audition process for the following departments:

    Theatre Tech
    Motion Picture Arts

    Creative Writing (incoming 10th/11th/12th ONLY)

    Depending on the number of students who audition in this round of auditions, the student may be accepted immediately for 2014 -15 enrollment or may be placed on a waiting list. Please click here for the required audition application.


    Better Artists, Better Students, Better People

    The Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts represents the finest in arts-education in Polk County. In addition to student and public spaces, a 95,000 square-foot expansion completed in 2008 has technologically-advanced stages, studios, and classrooms. The multi-million dollar complex provides necessary enhancements of existing programs and space for future expansion, as well as potential for the addition of new programs.

    Harrison is a public school of choice with enrollment by audition only. Past graduates have attended such prestigious post-secondary institutions as Harvard University, The Juilliard School, The Cooper Union, Eastman School of Music, Southern Methodist University, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, DePaul University, and Princeton to name just a few. Harrison alumni have gone on to star in major Broadway productions, be featured on network television programs, pursue roles in professional dance companies, and be successful practicing visual artists.



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