Curriculum

  • Lawrence Public Schools recognizes the curriculum design process happens in phases and includes planning, implementation, and review process for each content area, with constant attention to culturally sustainable curriculum and teaching practices. Revisions to curriculum scope and sequence typically occur one year after the Kansas Standards are published.

  • Elementary and Early Childhood

    Below you will find contacts and links to curriculum resources for Elementary and Early Childhood in the Lawrence Public Schools.

  • Since the spring of 2020 our teachers and scholars have been challenged to teach and learn in new ways.  We are grateful for our teachers ability to adapt outcomes based on student needs during the pandemic and the learning support our families have provided during these times. To align instruction and support a smooth transition for students, the Elementary Curriculum Leadership Team has identified the most critical standards for each grade level to focus on. As a result, there may be a few standards that have not yet been targeted and may be left blank. We provide this honest assessment and clear communication from teachers to families to help in identifying any learning gaps and assist in creating instructional plans to address those gaps. We thank you for your continued understanding as we ensure each student is making progress toward grade level standards.

    Here is a link to a document identifying the focus of elementary teachers for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year:  Priority Standards of Focus for 2020-21

  • Middle School

    Below you will find contacts and links to curriculum resources for High Schools in the Lawrence Public Schools.

  • Middle School Course Description Book

    This dynamic document provides a listing of the courses available at Billy Mills Middle School, Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, Southwest Middle School, and West Middle School for 2021-22. USD 497 Middle School Course Description Book 2021-22

  • High School

    Below you will find contacts and links to curriculum resources for High Schools in the Lawrence Public Schools.

  • Plans of Study

    USD 497 Programs of Study have been developed around 29 Career Pathways. Programs of Study are aligned with local industry and labor market needs. Certifications and credentials related to pathways are identified in the Program of Study.  Post-secondary credit options are also included.

    High School Course Description Book

    This dynamic document provides a listing of the courses available at Lawrence High School, Lawrence Free State High School, and the Lawrence College & Career Center for 2021-22. USD 497 High School Course Description Book 2021-22

    High School Course Change Request

    Please follow this link to submit a change high school course change request.  High School Course Change Request

    USD 497 High School Course Request - DUE NOVEMBER 5, 2021

    If you have a new course that you would like to propose for the 2022-23 school year please complete the USD 497 High School Course Request.  New course proposals must be submitted by Friday, November 5.