There are 21 schools in the Lawrence School District in Kansas. The rules for education in Kansas state that a child can attend any school outside of the district, as well as ones within the district – as long as the school district that you wish to send your child to has an agreement allowing this with your current school district. This is known as interdistrict choice.
Students in Kansas are allowed to attend charter schools. There is a federal law, relating to ensuring that no children end up being left behind academically, which says that a student that attends at school which has been designated as having need to improve has the right to choose to move to another school in the district which is rated as performing better.
The district is one that is highly rated. The Lawrence Unified School District has 11,839 students who are attending grates PK to K-12, and the averate student-teacher ratio is 13 to 1. State test scores show that 40% of the students are proficient or better at math, and 50 percent have achieved that standard or higher in reading. The schools have A or A- ratings for diversity, college prep, teachers, and clubs and activities, B for Academics and B for health and safety.
Some of the top rated elementary schools include Langston Hughes Elementary School, Hillcrest Elementary School, Cordley Elementary School, Quail Run Elementary School and Sunset Elementary School.
There are some good high schools. At Lawrence High, for example, students can take the Advanced Placement course work and sit the exams. A total of 27 percent of Lawrence High students participate in AP studies. Lawrence High is a diverse school with 33 percent minority enrollment. The demographics of the school are 52 percent males, and 48 percent females. There are two other high schools in Lawrence.
Lawrence high is not ranked nationally based on state required tests, but 80 percent of the students that take part in the AP program pass, and the high school is rated highly for English and Mathematics proficiency. The school has 112 full time teachers, and 1,460 students, of which 42 percent are classed as economically disadvantaged. That the school does so well with such a high percentage of disadvantaged students could be seen as a testament to the quality of the tuition and the dedication of not just the students but the teachers at the school too.