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Welcome to Lawrence Public Schools

The mission of the Lawrence Public Schools, a unifying force at the heart of a cultural mosaic, is to ensure all learners reach their highest individual potential, through an academically rigorous educational system that inspires life-long learning; focuses on creative, student-centered teaching and learning; and enables all to possess the confidence and abilities to meet life’s challenges.


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After many meetings and lengthy discussions to get input and feedback from a wide-range of stakeholders, a recommendation has been made to the Board of Education to develop a restructuring plan for the District. Based on opinions of our stakeholders, at this point in time our plan is bold, sensible and builds on our success. This success is reflected by:

  • an Instructional Leadership Team that has laser focus on achievement
  • teachers committed to data driven instruction fully aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards
  • scores on the rise and in some areas inching ahead of neighboring districts
  • prestigious awards for student achievements –most recently out of 1000’s nationwide 96 were selected as Siemens Finalists- we have not just one but two finalists from LHS (Lee Blackburn and Arthur Chen)
  • numerous state and national awards English Language Arts, Technology, Psychology, Business, Robotics, Music, Art, and Athletics - just to name a few
  • 17 Advanced Placement Courses- one the most expansive offerings for any HS on LI with Lawrence scoring competitively among the highest performing districts
  • Accelerated Courses in the Middle School that enable students to earn Regents credits before they graduate the 8th grade
  • a wide variety of extracurricular clubs and activities- 44 at LHS, 18 at LMS, and 6 in each elementary
  • the only fully implemented, full day free, Universal Pre-K in Nassau County. It also includes free transportation and for those who have been with us since PRE-K we have a High School graduation rate of 99%

Our mission is to serve as the unifying force at the heart of a cultural mosaic. We celebrate our diversity and embrace those who have come to Lawrence in pursuit of the American Dream. We are Lawrence Family. We are strong. The strength of our bond gets tested and each time we are strengthened even more. 


The process began in July with a question: how to plan for the use of revenue from the sale of Number Six School? It was determined that a full review of districtwide building utilization and building improvements was needed. This review was framed by factors that we can control and others that we cannot control. The NYS Tax Cap forces districts throughout New York to make cuts making limited funding available for capital improvements. In Lawrence, with the Tax Cap and with a record fiscal responsibility we still have one of the highest per pupil expenditures in Nassau County. In part, this is due to declining enrollments that we have seen over the last 15-20 years. We now have 2880 students in the Lawrence Public Schools. Over the years this has led to empty classrooms and underutilized spaces.

At one time there were 1800 students in Lawrence Middle School. Now there are 770. Walking through the Lawrence Middle School today you can find 11 empty classrooms. In addition, we have classrooms used by two or three office staff, or full classrooms designated for administrators. Taking those into account, we have well over 20 available classrooms in the Middle School. Fortunately this is not a problem. A problem is when you do not have enough space, yet it is indefensible to maintain these empty and underutilized spaces while having one of the highest per pupil expenditures.

At the heart of this plan is a structure supported by research and aligned with New York State curriculum, instruction, and evaluation for grades 3-8.  A secondary goal of this plan will be to generate a revenue stream, through the leasing of a building that will provide us with the financial means to ensure our rich array of districtwide programs well into the future. I will be recommending that through this process we seek an agency, organization, or institution that will not only lease a building, but will partner with us to provide an appropriate setting for our students with the greatest needs, who until now have placements that are out-of-district.

We will begin planning for September, 2014 to transition the Lawrence Middle School into a Lower School Grades 3-5 and an Upper School Grades 6-8. Mrs. Beach will be the Principal of the new Lower School and Mr. Perry will be Principal of the new Upper School. Mrs. Lee will remain the Principal of Number Two School for Grades 1-2.

The District is committed to an open planning process that provides all stakeholders with ongoing opportunities for input to ensure that our new structure reflects a shared vision for the future and the highest level of academic achievement.  



Students Advocate "Vote NO" for Charter School

An Article from the Long Island Herald

Charter school opposition builds



Lawrence on the RISE

The New York State’s Regent’s Reform Agenda, a response to “Race to The Top” federal funds is aimed at raising performance of students in the United States to be globally competitive and college and career ready. Lawrence has embraced the changes of the reform agenda. As the rising sun starts a new day, Lawrence’s rise is found in each learner’s progress musically, artistically, athletically, socially and academically.

In last year’s #4 kindergarten class 81% of students were proficient as measured by their Developmental Reading Assessment scores and 91% measured at mastery on the common core GOMath assessment. The academic rise continues with Lawrence First Graders showing average growth in Developmental Reading Assessment scores of 10 reading levels.

This RISE of our learners is evident in our third graders out performing school districts of similar demographics such as Westbury, Long Beach , and other, wealthier less diverse communities such as Oceanside. Lawrence’s 4th grade ELA scores are within 3 percent points of the county average.

The graduation rate for students that start with Lawrence from pre-k on is 99 percent.

Our students are ready! In Lawrence, we prepare all our learners FIRST for the opportunities of a stellar secondary education rich with music, arts and athletics while on their ever upward trajectory to college and career. We do this while addressing the champion mindset and developing the processing skills necessary for students who live under acute and chronic stress of poverty.

We will continue to climb the steep mountain ahead of us in a changed academic environment with rigorous standards and new evaluations. Lawrence will RISE through the committed efforts of instructional leaders and teachers with years of experience working alongside engaged families with capable and successful students.

We are Lawrence, a proud and successful cultural mosaic and nothing will interfere with OUR mission.


Dr. Ann Pedersen, Deputy Superintendent 



Superintendent's Employee of the Month

In January, Aileen will celebrate her 16th year as an employee of the Lawrence School District. She began her career as a Guidance/Special Education secretary and as the Department grew she went to work full time in Special Education.

Aileen went to Brooklyn College and later to the Adelphi Stenographic Institute where she became a Court Stenographer. She has worked for the Inspector General’s Office at the Depart of Buildings then for the Regional Director of Sales at Tandem Computers. She was the liaison between the Regional Director and Sales personnel where she handled all aspects of sales as well as all aspects of teleconferencing including invitations, technical set up, delivery of materials, etc. Her hobby is making jewelry. 

Aileen lives in Oceanside with her husband Warren. She is the mother of three children, Bradley, Stephanie and Justin. As a secretary in our Special Education Department, Aileen communicates regularly with staff and parents of our students with special needs, and always manages to brighten everyones day with her warmth, smile, and heart. An important member of our Lawrence Family, we are happy to announce Aileen Rosenbaum as the Superintendent’s Employee of the Month.

Alumni of the Month - Doran Windsor Bowe

Doran W. Bowe graduated from Lawrence High School in 1994 among the top ten students in her class and received the Miami Book Award for Excellence in English. Doran was a member of the National Honors Society, the French National Honors Society, Senior Section Editor of the Yearbook and a member of the Varsity Cheerleading Squad.

After attending Lawrence, Doran graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and then earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2003. During law school, Doran clerked for the Honorable Clarence C. Newcomer of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and was a Senior Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law. She also interned at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in the Homicide and Juvenile Units. 
Doran was then invited to join a national law firm as a litigation associate and later practiced at Conrad O’Brien, P.C., a highly esteemed boutique litigation firm in Philadelphia. While at Conrad O’Brien, Doran assisted in the defense of IBM in a complex contractual dispute with the Department of Defense, which resulted in the complete dismissal of plaintiff’s seven-count complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  
Doran currently practices Family Law and Business Litigation at Fenningham, Stevens and Dempster, LLP in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, where she represents clients in matters including contractual disputes, scientific consulting agreements, media spokesperson agreements, non-competition agreements, and all aspects of family law, including divorce and custody matters, adoptions, prenuptial agreements, and surrogacy agreements.

Doran’s family continues to reside in Lawrence.  Doran’s mother, Phyllis Bowe, has been a sign language therapist and teacher in the community for over twenty years.  Doran’s father, the late Dr. Frank Bowe, was a celebrated Professor at Hofstra University and a disability rights activist, named the “Father of Section 504”, which led to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Doran’s sister, Dr. Whitney Bowe, is an accomplished New York based dermatologist and a graduate of LHS, Yale University, and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.  


The Teaching Channel

Strengthening Lessons for the Common Core

The Lawrence Public Schools Academic Initiatives

Data Driven Instruction

Social Emotional Learning

Response to Intervention

Common Core Standards

For More Information: District Academic Plan