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Student population
As of the 2014-2015 school year, LPS serves roughly 13,900 students and their families. The demographic breakdown is as follows:
African American
Multi-Race, Non-Hispanic
English Language Learners:
First language not English
English Language Learners (ELLs)
Special Education:
Students with Disabilities
Low Income:
Qualify for free lunch
Qualify for reduced-price lunch
Total low-income
School programs
There are 33 school programs in LPS.  Please click on the “schools” tab on the home page to see a detailed list of Lawrence district schools.
School Type
Early Childhood Centers (EECs)
Primary School
Elementary Schools
Elementary/Middle Schools
Middle Schools
High Schools
School for Students with Disabilities
Adult Education Center
Grades Served
Pre-Kindergarten and/or Kindergarten
Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2
Grades K-4, K-5, 1-4, or 1-5
Grades K-8 or 3-8
Grades 5-8 or 6-8
Grades 9-12
Grades K-12
Adult Education
Student Achievement Results
Lawrence has posted significant increases in student performance in the first two years of the turnaround effort.  District-wide highlights include:
  • LPS has tripled the number of Level 1 schools in the district from 2 to 6 over two years. Level 1 is the state’s highest accountability and assistance level and designates schools that are meeting performance targets.
  • The district significantly increased student growth percentiles (SGP) on the English and mathematics MCAS, with district schools up 9 percentage points in English and 17 percentage points in math since 2012.
  • Math proficiency levels have reached historic highs in the district, increasing by 13 percentage points since 2012.  ELA proficiency levels are up 3 percentage points over that time.
  • Graduation and dropout rates are at historic levels. The most recent data showed the 4-year cohort graduation rate increased to 61.3% in 2013 from 52.3% in 2011, and the dropout rate declined from 8.6% in 2011 to 5.8% in 2013.