The Guitar program is one of a few in our state. Our guitar ensembles are in high demand to perform around the community. During the first year, guitar students receive a general overview of basic guitar techniques which they continue to refine during their second and third year. Guitar students have earned superiors at Solo and Ensemble and many have been accepted into the classical guitar program at Harrison School for the Arts.


The Orchestra program consists of the Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginning orchestras. They participate in all of the Florida Orchestra Association events, including All-County, MPA, Solo and Ensemble, and present two formal concerts during the school year. They also have the opportunity to participate in field trips and outside performances throughout the year.

Rock & Roll

Rock & Roll sets up an intentional learning atmosphere by leveraging the power of social play and student ownership. Honoring the human dignity of children, a culture of fearlessness and respect unfolds, resulting in empowered, self-directed learners. Students form a band, select a song, and choose instruments they want to play on that song. The R/R facilitator assists the students in learning the musical parts they need to perform in their chosen songs. Each semester culminates in a full-blown- rock band concert.


Band gives students the unique opportunity to learn and develop their skills on a musicalinstrument. Students begin in band in middle school and often go on to participate as musicians in high school and beyond. Students participate in a variety of concerts and festivals all year.


Chorus improves musical skills in addition to developing character traits that will aid in modeling students into productive and confident adults. Chorus gives students the freedom of expression through music while they also learn to find their voice. Chorus students at McLaughlin have the chance to perform a Variety of classical and pop songs throughout the year.


Drama helps to build acting skills, self-confidence, and creativity. McLaughlin students in the theatre/drama department get many chances to perform during the year, including the fall play, spring musical, and All County Theatre Fest. Students also learn technical skills such as running lights and sound. Students in our Jr. Thespian Troupe perform throughout the year as well as at the District and State Competition.


Dance is a high-energy, rigorous program offering ballet, modern and jazz. The program is based on teaching the fundamentals of dance. Students learn formal technique, the etiquette of dance, and choreography. Dicapline and a strong work ethic are also instilled into the dancers. Many athletes enroll to enhance their sports abilities.

Visual Art

Visual Art promotes critical thinking and develops creativity. Students are encouraged to understand the fundamentals of the elements of art and principles of design. 2D Art focuses on drawing, painting, mixed media, and printmaking while 3D Art explores sculpture, ceramics, and pottery-all of which can be seen in our on-site gallery.
McLaughlin also offers Digital Art which teaches 21st century computer skills through the creation of art in Adobe Photoshop. Student work is seen in many shows each year, including national exhibits at the Polk Museum of Art.