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Fast Facts About Lawrence Public Schools

  • Lawrence is conveniently located on Interstate 70 between Kansas City and Topeka, the capital of Kansas.

  • The population of Lawrence is estimated at 85,000. Douglas County's population is 100,000.

  • The seventh-largest school district in Kansas, Lawrence USD 497 serves approximately 11,000 students, pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
  • 48% Male, 52% Female
  • 69% White, 7% African American, 8% Hispanic, 16% Other.
  • 7% English Language Learners, 12% Students with Special Needs
  • 38% Economically-Disadvantaged Students

  • We serve the educational continuum from birth to adulthood through our Parents As Teachers program (families of infants to age 3), pre-K program, 14 elementary schools (grades K-5), four middle schools (grades 6-8), two high schools (grades 9-12), a K-8 virtual school, 9-12 virtual high school and an adult education center.

  • We employ approximately 1,700 educators, administrators and educational support staff. We're one of the largest employers in Lawrence. (The University of Kansas is the largest employer.) We employ approx. 900 certified/licensed educators and 800 classified educational support staff.  

A College Town
  • Douglas County serves as home to three universities: the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence and Baker University in Baldwin City.
  • KU is rated a "Best Buy" in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges."
  • Haskell is the only intertribal university to recruit American Indian and Alaska Native students from across the country.
  • Baker, the first university in Kansas, is ranked one of the top private liberal arts universities in the region.  

If you have additional questions about Lawrence Public Schools, please contact our communications office, 785/832-5000.

Last Modified: Jul 08, 2014

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