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Lawrence Public Schools, USD 497

A Great Place to Teach & Learn!

  • Consolidated by the state of Kansas in 1965.
  • Conveniently located on I-70 between the state capital city, Topeka, and Kansas City.
  • The seventh-largest school district in Kansas. ( 2015-2016 Boundary Map / 2016-2017 Boundary Map )
  • One of the city's largest employers with 1,700 employees (900 certified teachers/administrators and 800 classified educational support staff).
  • Serves approximately 11,000 students.
  • Supports a Parents as Teachers program (serving families of infants to toddlers, age three).
  • Provides a Pre-Kindergarten program at Kennedy Elementary School.
  • Operates 14 elementary schools (Grades K-5), four middle schools (Grades 6-8) and two comprehensive high schools (Grades 9-12).
  • Operates two virtual schools serving students throughout Kansas - Lawrence Virtual School (K-8) and Lawrence Virtual High School (Grades 9-12).
  • Offers Adult Education Services at Centennial Adult Education Center (adult basic education, diploma-completion program and GED study and testing).


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