Lawrence Public Schools, USD 497

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    Lawrence Public Schools, USD 497
    110 McDonald Drive
    Lawrence, KS 66044-1063
    Phone: 785/832-5000
    Fax: 785/832-5016

A Great Place to Teach & Learn!

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    With a focus on its Excellence, Equity and Engagement goals, Lawrence Public Schools have earned a reputation for offering students an excellent educational experience. Keys to our success: high-quality staff, bright and talented students, actively involved parents, supportive business/community partners, and a resource-rich university community, where education is valued.
     
    Lawrence USD 497 Facts:
    • Consolidated by the state of Kansas in 1965.
    • Conveniently located on I-70 between the state capital, Topeka, and Kansas City.
    • The seventh-largest school district in Kansas. ( Boundary Map )
    • One of the city's largest employers with approx. 1,800 employees. 
    • Serves approx. 12,000 students.
    • Supports a Parents as Teachers program (serving families of infants and toddlers to age three).
    • Provides a PreKindergarten 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).
    • Offers career and technical educational opportunities to juniors and seniors attending both high schools at the Lawrence College & Career Center.
    • Operates the Lawrence Virtual School serving K-12 students throughout Kansas.
    • Offers Adult Education Services (adult basic education, ESL, diploma-completion, GED study and testing) at Centennial Adult Education Center.
       
    USD 497 is located in Lawrence, Kansas. Watch this video about our hometown, courtesy of the Economic Development Council and The Chamber, great partners to our schools.
     
     
    Read more about Lawrence, its history, and some of the positive things national publications are saying about our city.