Lawrence Virtual School began as a dream of the Lawrence Public Schools and interested parents in the Lawrence area to create a charter school for students across the state of Kansas to complete their schoolwork from home with the support of a Kansas-certified teaching staff. It was born when a charter grant was written and received, a staff was hired, and a partnership was formed with K12, a national online curriculum provider.
The first year, 2004, began with an administrator, an administrative assistant, and seven staff members, some of whom were only part-time. The hope was to enroll approximately 30 students the first year, but the staff was blown away with an enrollment of 169! It has grown ever since to over 1,200 students across the state of Kansas, serving students in grades kindergarten through high school. We continue to work with award-winning curriculum partners to provide the very best in virtual learning for our students.
While the teaching staff worked from their homes, the administrative staff called an office in the district’s main office “home.” After the first year, LVS moved to Centennial Elementary, a district school that had been closed. LVS called this home for several years
,but has recently moved out to Wakarusa Valley to create a new home base for our administrative staff, office staff, and educational support services. LVS staff members still work primarily from their home offices, but also come together regularly for staff meetings, while enrichment groups use the facilities for events.
Lawrence Virtual School is a great place for students to learn and grow academically. It is a place for students to work one-on-one with their adult learning coaches, along with the support of a fantastic teaching staff. We have become the largest virtual school in the state of Kansas and provide for students with
avarious learning styles and needs. We are proud to provide an educational opportunity that works for so many students in the state of Kansas.