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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. 

At the Heart of Learning

School bells are ringing in the new school year, bringing a feeling of excitement that's at the heart of all learning. No matter how old or young, parent or child, teacher or student - together we develop and learn as a school community. The anticipation and expectation for academic, professional, and personal growth fuels our engine, ignites our spark, and inspires achievement.

Nurturing all those in our care, together on the road of lifelong learning, we embrace all that is developing within and around us. Talents, awareness and identity continually develop as we build human capital for professional success, enhance quality of life, and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.

From season to season the spirit of our Lawrence Family is renewed, and our journey continues with a focus on each and every child.
Wishing you the best school year ever! 

Gary Schall, School Superintendent


On Sunday, July 20, 2014, Diamond Moultrie was awarded the national gold medal in the category of Short Story Writing at the 36th Annual NAACP ACT-SO Award ceremony. Diamond, who is a senior at Lawrence High School, won the national championship for her original work titled “Touch of Faith,” a science-fiction short story about aliens. Guided by her teacher Mr. Jason Biscardi, Diamond’s journey began with her signing up with Mr. William Moss, LHS Math & Science Chair, to participate in the NAACP Long Island ACT-SO in April where she won the regional gold medal which afforded her an all-expense paid trip to the National competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. At nationals she competed against 34 other regional winners from around the country. The NAACP ACT-SO competition (Afro-academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics), founded in 1978, is open to amateurs of African descent in grades 9 through 12. As the national winner in Short Story writing, Diamond received a $2000 college scholarship and Microsoft tablet. ACT-SO currently includes 26 categories of competition in science, humanities, business, performing arts, visual arts and culinary arts. Because this is the first year of the Short Story category, Diamond has made history as the inaugural gold medalist!


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