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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. 

Testing for College Readiness

David Coleman, the President of the College Board which designs the SAT and Advanced Placement tests, has been recognized on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He is described as "the architect" of the Common Core Standards and now is reengineering another mainstay of American education — the SAT Exam — to reflect the Common Core. Last month, David Coleman announced that beginning in 2016, the SAT will emphasize critical thinking, close reading, analysis of nonfiction texts, application of mathematical concepts to real-world problems, and writing arguments that are evidence based.  

As some chose to opt-out of upcoming exams for grades 3-8, this College Board announcement begs a question-would you or could you recommend that a typical high school student opt-out of the SAT? With an answer that is clearly "no", enshrining values of the Common Core in the SAT, an all-American rite of passage, defines a clear path towards college readiness and a context for our upcoming exams.  

SAT Alignment with The Common Core

Relevant words in context: "SAT words" will be words that students will use consistently in college and beyond – not one-time-only vocabulary words. 

Evidence-based reading and writing: Students will be asked to support answers with evidence, such as citing a specific part of a passage. 

Optional essay: The essay will measure students' ability to analyze evidence and explain how an author builds an argument to persuade an audience. 

Narrower math focus: The math section will draw from fewer topics, including: problem solving and data analysis; the heart of algebra; and passport to advanced math. 

Source documents from academic disciplines: The reading section will enable students to analyze a wide range of sources, including literature and literary non-fiction, science, history and social studies.

Gary Schall, School Superintendent 

Superintendent's Employee of the Month

James Pearsall, known to all of us as “JR”, started his career in Lawrence as a summer cleaner.  After graduating Lawrence High School he went on to receive his Bachelor Degree in Fire Protection from Onondaga Community College. JR started as a custodian for the Number Six School, then the High School and is now the Head Custodian of the Middle School.  JR is one of our community heroes, serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Inwood Fire Department where he holds the rank of Ex-Captain. He brings this expertise and experience to our schools keeping a watchful eye on safety first and foremost for our Lawrence Family. Mr. Pearsall has shown great dedication towards the Lawrence schools working in the buildings that he once walked the hallways of as a student. We are happy to announce James Pearsall as the Superintendent’s Employee of the Month.

The Teaching Channel

Using Common Core Language


The Lawrence Public Schools Academic Initiatives

Data Driven Instruction

Social Emotional Learning

Response to Intervention

Common Core Standards

For More Information: District Academic Plan