Lawrence College & Career Academy
The Lawrence College & Career Academy (LCCA) prepares students for self-sustainability through learning academic, career, social, and emotional skills leading to high school graduation, career path employment, and successful completion of a wide variety of post-secondary education opportunities.
LCCA provides a "full-day" option for students who have completed one school year at Lawrence High School or Lawrence Free State High School. Students who choose to attend the Academy will experience:
- Daily health, wellness, and prevention programming
- Daily academic support programming
- Individualized academic skill development designed to meet graduation requirements
- Career skill development that leads to high-demand, self-sustaining careers
- Integrated courses that identify the relevancy of academic content and provide links to career interests
Students who desire to attend the College & Career Academy must complete an application and a 15-minute face-to-face interview. Students must have at least two (2) adult mentors (parents, guardians, mentors, teachers, counselors) who are willing to support the student's academic, social and career skill development.
Students at the College & Career Academy will enroll in academic or core courses that lead to high school graduation and a wide variety of post-secondary education opportunities. Some courses are paired with career cohort courses. Others may be online, with face-to-face teacher support. Courses include:
English Language Arts
English 1 - Literature; English 2 - Literature
English 1 - Writing; English 2 - Writing
English 1 - Speaking and Listening; English 2 - Speaking and Listening
Math 1 - Real & Complex Number Systems/Quantities
Math 2 - Geometry
Math 3 - Algebra 1
Math 4 - Algebra 2
Math 5 - Functions and Models
Math 6 - Statistics and Probabilities
Food Science I & II
Forensic Science I & II
Some career preparation courses may meet academic or core graduation requirements. All students must complete 23 credits (4.0 English, 3.0 Math, 3.0 Science, 3.0 Social Studies, 1.0 Fine Arts, 1.0 Health and Physical Education) towards high school graduation. Fine Arts and Physical Education options are available as online classes.
Each student who attends the College & Career Academy selects a career cohort comprised of students with similar career interests. These include:
Business and Computer Technology
Design, Production, and Repair (including Automotive Mechanics, Welding, and Construction)
Early Childhood Education
Teaching As a Career
Exploratory (10th Grade only)
For more information on the courses in each cohort, visit our CCA Course Catalog.
Lawrence College & Career Academy Application Process
We receive student referrals from Free State and Lawrence High Schools counselors, social workers, and administrators. If you are interested in attending the College and Career Academy, please speak with one of the school personnel listed above to receive a link to the application.
Part of the application process requires you ask an adult you know through school-- a teacher, administrator, coach, etc.-- to share with us why they think the Lawrence College & Career Academy would better meet your needs than your current school in a Letter of Referral. Here's the link for this referral: https://forms.gle/uvmBrtuU4EXQEN7r8
Applications for referred students are accepted during mid-October for the Spring Semester and during mid-March for the following Fall Semester.
Questions about the application process can be addressed by calling the Lawrence College and Career Academy at (785) 832-5900.