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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  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 Free State High School is a highly rated, public school located in Lawrence, KS. It has 1,841 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 33% of students are at least proficient in math and 50% in reading.

Lawrence Free State High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
50%
Percent Proficient - Math
33%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1360
105 responses
Average ACT
28
380 responses
AP Enrollment
31%

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Living in the Area
  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

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
79%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 111 responses
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  • Spirit week
    20%
  • Football games
    18%
  • Any sports activity
    11%
  • Encore
    11%
  • Bon fire
    9%
  • Dances
    8%
  • Plays
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,841
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.40 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.40 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.40 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,924
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.2%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.59 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.59 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.59 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$11,409/ year
National
$12,239
97%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.62 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.62 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.62 responses
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I came here as a junior from an out-of-state, 300 student high school. During the first week of school, I was immediately welcomed and made tons of friends. The energy and devotion towards school spirit, sports, and music/theater is unmatched when compared to other high schools in the area or state. Academic wise, I noticed that the courses at Free State were challenging compared to my old school, but they were quite manageable. The teachers truly want you to succeed and are devoted to get to know you as an individual and not by face. I have connected with all of my teachers on a deeper level. Even though I do not attend Free State anymore, I can say that I still keep in contact with all my teachers and miss it everyday. It is an absolute shame that I cannot graduate from the best high school I have attended (I have attended plenty from various states and they do not come close)!
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I'm currently a freshman and so far, I'm enjoying myself. The teachers are very supportive of their students and want to see their students thrive! What stood out to me is that the teachers of this school are also understanding when something occurs to a student. Many courses are available to students and many are involved in clubs and/or sports! They even have dual classes with the colleges around for students to earn college credit while in high school! This is a great school and I look forward to spending my next four school years here!
Free State High School is one the best high schools in the state of Kansas. The participation, tradition, and compassion amongst students and adults rivals all the other schools. Free State is known to have some of the best students who also excel in other extracurriculars activities. For a student to go to Free State there is no doubt they will have good experiences and memories by the time they graduate. Free State is a quality school despite being very young!