Lawrence Public Schools, USD 497

Elementary students and teacher
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    Lawrence Public Schools
    Unified School District 497
    110 McDonald Drive
    Lawrence, KS 66044-1063
    Phone: 785/832-5000
    Fax: 785-596-6546

A Great Place to Teach & Learn!

    With a focus on educational equity and its strategic plan initiatives of Cohesive Curriculum, Student-Centered Learning, Safe and Supportive Schools, Effective Employees, and Data-Informed Decisions, Lawrence Public Schools has 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. 
    • One of the city's largest employers with approx. 1,600 employees. 
    • Serves approximately 11,000 students.
    • Offers early childhood programs, including Parents as Teachers, tiny-k Early Intervention Services, and an Early Childhood Educational Readiness Pre-K Program.
    • Operates 11 elementary schools (Grades K-5), four middle schools (Grades 6-8), and two comprehensive high schools (Grades 9-12). 
    • Provides career and technical educational opportunities to juniors and seniors attending both high schools at the Lawrence College & Career Center and the College and Career Academy.
    • Operates the Lawrence Virtual School serving K-12 students across Kansas.
    • Offers Adult Education Services (adult basic education, English as a Second Language Services, diploma completion, and GED study and testing) at Peaslee Tech. 
    USD 497 is located in Lawrence, Kansas. Read more about Lawrence, its history, and some of the positive things national publications are saying about our city.