A-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Lawrence Unified School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Lawrence, KS. It has 11,989 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 40% of students are at least proficient in math and 50% in reading.
Address
110 Mcdonald Drive
Lawrence, KS 66044
Telephone
(785) 832-5000
Website

Lawrence Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
50%
Percent Proficient - Math
40%
Average Graduation Rate
84%
Average SAT
1310
101 responses
Average ACT
27
413 responses
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Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
11,989
Free or Reduced Lunch
39.8%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,215
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$116,770,000
Expenses Per Student
$15,487/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    62%
  • Support Services
    34%
  • Other
    4%

Lawrence Unified School District Reviews

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Lawrence school districts are both fantastic and horrible. Teachers are eonderful and caring about their students. Resources available to students are numerous and in close reach. However, there are large amounts of bullying, racism, and unfair treatment between schools. Free state High is better quality and more advanced than Lawrence High. LHS is lacking in sanitary safe conditions. At both schools students feel unsafe. Both schools care more about sports than other activities. The arts, music and journalism are ignored by a majority of the school and administration. Lawrence schools do have a great community and social life.
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A public school district experience is pretty standard, USD 497 is no different. From firsthand experience, I can tell that the district is serving its purpose, but is in need of dire reconstruction.
I enjoyed my experience with Lawrence public schools. I spent my whole K-12 experience with USD 497, and I am very pleased. I feel like I was challenged and pushed to be the best student and young man I could be. The teachers has a vested interest in my success, and they still recognize me around town. I felt safe going to school, and I'm thankful for the comfortable learning environment that was created for me