Human Resources & Academics

Human Resources 

The Lawrence Public School District is a suburban, Pre-Kindergarten to 12 school system that employs hundreds of teachers, administrators and support staff and provides services to nearly 3,100 public school students.  Since quality teachers are the single greatest factor in improving teaching and learning in classrooms and strong leaders are the foundation for all high-performing schools, the Human Resources Office is committed to securing the services of outstanding individuals in all areas of district operations.  

As the District works to hire, develop, and retain a highly qualified staff, the goal of the Human Resources Office is to provide excellent service and to build a team of professionals who are passionate about the success of all students, and who are willing to dedicate the necessary time and resources to meet the diverse needs of the Lawrence Public Schools.   We work hard to recruit and select the most qualified and outstanding candidates to join our team of dedicated professionals.

Employment opportunities are available in the areas of:

  • Administration
  • Certified
  • Civil Service Support
  • Substitutes
  • Home Tutors
  • Summer Employment

Certified positions include all positions that require certification by the New York State Department of Education. This category includes administrative positions, teaching positions, counselors, psychologists, etc. Substitutes and summer teachers are included in certified positions. All applicants must possess a valid certificate commensurate with the position sought in order to be considered. 

Classified positions include all clerical, teacher aides, maintenance, custodial, and transportation positions, etc. These are Civil Service positions and are governed by Nassau County Civil Service Law and procedures. Competitive positions require one year of Nassau County residency and they may include a competitive test. All positions require Nassau County Civil Service approval.

Recent legislation has been passed, effective July 1, 2001 , which requires all prospective school district employees to be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check in order to be cleared for employment at a school or for certification.  Applicants who have been recommended for a position with the Lawrence School District will be assisted with the fingerprint process.  The New York State fee for the fingerprints is $94.25, plus a $25.00 processing fee for the administering of the fingerprints.     

The Human Resources Office works with the New York State Education Department - Office of Teaching Initiatives and the Nassau County Civil Service Department to help insure the district complies with all federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Employee Handbook


Curriculum News

New York State has adopted the national standards for education called the "core curriculum" for grades K through 12. These new standards bring change to the state assessments and have prompted a shift in the way students and teachers prepare for the tests. 

On this page you will find information that will help you better understand the core curriculum as you support your child's education. 

Working together, schools and families can help our students be successful in the classroom. 

EngageNY is a great online source for information about the common core. It has guides, videos and other types of information for parents, families and teachers. 

Click here for the EngageNY website.  

To learn more about the common core standard "shifts," click on the link to the following document: "Common Core State Standards: Shifts for Students and Parents"

Look to your child's backpack as an indicator of what they are working on in school, and the way their class work and homework now reflect the shifts. Click here for a Common Core Backpack Guide.

Curriculum Maps

This website is designed to give you direct access to the Federal Government's policies under "No Child Left Behind", the New York State Education Department's informational website and links to the Lawrence Public School District's instructional program. We offer this resource in the hope that you will become familiar with the mandates and requirements that drive instruction in our district.  Our staff has worked diligently to organize and publish curriculum and topical maps for your information. As you will notice, we offer a rich and well-articulated curriculum. 

Curriculum maps  are used as planning devices for our teachers. While the scope of any given curriculum map is universal, the sequence is discretionary.  Teachers determine when topics are presented, based on local and world events, student needs and prior knowledge. Since prior knowledge plays a vital role in developing deep meaning, we ask that you use the maps as a guide when planning family activities, outings and vacations. We recognize the importance of the home-school connection and cherish that partnership.


Curriculum Textbooks

Major Textbooks Used In Our School District
This webpage was designed to give parents and families valuable internet resources aligned with your child's course of study. You can access activities and resources that match your child's textbook at the websites below.

Elementary School Textbooks  

Subject /Grade   Textbook  
Math 1 & 2 Macmillan/McGraw Hill- Mathematics 
Math 3, 4, 5 Houghton Mifflin- Math
Reading 1-5 Scott Foresman- Reading 
Science K-5 Harcourt- Science
Social Studies 1A Hartcourt-Child's Place
Social Studies 2 Macmillan/McGraw-Hill People Together 
Social Studies 3  Harcourt- Social Studies   
Social Studies 4  Macmillan/McGraw-New York 
Social Studies 5             Macmillan/McGraw- United States 

Middle School English Textbooks

Subject /Grade               Textbook  
6th Grade Scott Foresman - Great Expectations 
7th Grade Prentice Hall Literature - Bronze Level
8th Grade Prentice Hall Literature - Silver Level 

Middle School Math Textbooks

Subject /Grade          

Math 6                                        


Glencoe- Mathematics: Applications and Connections, Course 1  

Math 6 A                   Glencoe- Pre-Algebra  
  Glencoe- Mathematics: Applications and Connections, Course 2 
Math 7   Glencoe- Mathematics: Applications and Connections, Course 2  
Math 7 Accelerated Pre-Algebra Prentice-Hall Pre-Algebra    
Math 8          
Prentice-Hall Pre-Algebra    
Math 8 Accelerated Integrated Algebra Prentice-Hall Integrated Algebra      

Middle School Science Textbooks 

Subject/ Grade  

Science 6  


Glencoe- Life's Structure and Function

  Glencoe- From Bacteria to Plants
  Glencoe- The Changing Surface of Earth

Science 7               

Physical Science

Holt, Rinehart and Winston- Physical Science
Science 7H              Physical Science Prentice-Hall- Physical Science

Science 8                

Life Science

Holt, Rinehart and Winston- Life Science

Science 8 Acc         

Living Environment H

Prentice-Hall- Biology  

Middle School Social Studies Textbooks

Subject /Grade   Textbook  
6th Grade   Harcourt Horizons  - The World  
7 & 8th Grade                Prentice Hall  - The American Nation

High School English Textbooks

Subject /Grade                                  Textbook  
9th Grade  

Scott Foresman - World Literature and Integrated Studies

10th Grade     Prentice Hall - Literature:  the British Tradition  
11th Grade    Prentice Hall - Literature: The American Tradition  

High School Math Textbooks 

HS Subject    

Math B1/B2                 



Amsco- Integrated Mathematics Course III  

Algebra Plus   Prentice-Hall- Pre-Algebra  
Integrated Algebra, Integrated Algebra H, ESL 1 & 2   Prentice-Hall- Integrated Algebra    
Intermediate Algebra and College Math Pearson/Addison Wesley- Intermediate Algebra
Math 12R       Pearson/Addison Wesley- PreCalculus: Graphical, Numeric, Algebraic
Math 12H       Holt, Rinehart & Winston- PreCalculus: A Graphing Approach  
Statistics   Pearson/Addison Wesley- Elementary Statistics
  AP Calculus AB   AP Calculus BC   Prentice-Hall- Calculus    
Syracuse Calculus       Prentice-Hall- Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Matrix Version  
Consumer Math   McGraw-Hill- Practical Business Math Procedures
SAT's     Barron's- Math Workbook for the New SAT

High School Science Textbooks

HS Subject   Textbook  
Earth Science R  

McDougall Littell

- Earth Science  
Earth Science H  

McDougall Littell

- Earth Science  
Living Environment R   Holt- Biology  
Living Environment H  


- Biology  
Chemistry R   Holt- Modern Chemistry  
Chemistry H  


- Chemistry  
Physics R   Holt- Physics  
AP Biology   Pearson- Biology/ AP Edition  
AP Chemistry   Wiley- Chemistry-Matter and Its Changes  
AP Physics   Thomson- College Physics  
AP Environmental Science   Thomson- Living in the Environment  
AP Psychology   Thomson- Psychology  
Anatomy & Physiology   Wiley- Introduction to the Human Body  
Marine Biology  


- Marine Biology  


- Oceanography  

Kendall/Hunt- Forensic Science

Syracuse Forensics

Prentice-Hall- Criminalistics-An Intro. To Forensic Science

Applied Environmental Science Thomson- Living in the Environment
ESL Intro. to Physical Science AGS- General Science

High School Social Studies Textbooks

Grade / Course       Textbook
9th Prentice Hall - World History: Connections to Today
9th Mc Dougall Littell - World History: Patterns of Interaction
Prentice Hall - World History: Connections to Today
AP World History Pearson Longman - World Civilizations: The Global 
AP European History Houghton Mifflin - A History of Western Society
11th McDougall Littell - The Americans
AP American Houghton Mifflin - A People and A Nation
12th Glencoe - United States Government Prentice Hall - Economics: Principals in Action
Glencoe - Economics Principles and Practices
AP Economics   McGraw Hill - Macroeconomics
AP Government Houghton Mifflin - American Government for Advanced High School Students
Houghton Mifflin - Perspectives on American Politics
Syracuse Public Policy Policy Studies Associates - The Maxwell Manual for Good Citizenship
Law Ed I & II National Textbook - Street Law
Sociology Glencoe - Sociology and You