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  1. Academics
    A-
  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
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Lawrence Unified School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Lawrence, KS. It has 11,957 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 38% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.

Lawrence Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
38%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1340
154 responses
Average ACT
27
656 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
11,957
Free or Reduced Lunch
35.8%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,924
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.8%

Finances

Total Expenses
$116,770,000
Expenses Per Student
$11,409/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    61%
  • Support Services
    35%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$50,429
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$892
National
$949
Median Home Value
$188,100
National
$184,700

Lawrence Unified School District Reviews

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I love the relationships with teachers! The teachers are warm, welcoming, and encourage you to reach your full potential! I remember being excited to go to school every morning- I was extremely proud of my elementary and middle school! Once I was enrolled in 9th grade, that's when I became subject to bullying, as well as micro-aggressions (as an African American). The administration at my high school, Free State High School, truly had great intentions when it came to making students feel safe within the confines of high school; however, there is only so much the administration and teachers can do when the bullying goes on social media and within social circles, or "clicks". I loved going to Lawrence Public Schools!
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I find that a lot of their teachers really value their students and genuinely care about them as people, outside of the classroom. They also work with students to help them better achieve, even if it's outside of classroom norms. On the other hand, the administration is notorious for being ineffective in helping students, and it requires a lot of connections and work to get the help students need. Personally, I have had a lot of luck in earning accommodations through my relationships to social workers and teachers in the schools, but I know far too many people who haven't had the same luck as myself. At the classroom level, I'd give 5 stars any day, but with the administration issues, it brings my overall rating down.
I like how open the school district is to change. I like how they are trying to improve our education in many ways like building a new school, adding more zero hour classes, adding more dual enrollment classes with the University of Kansas, and always asking the students about their school experience.