Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

Summary:

Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School is a public middle school located in Lawrence, Kansas, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 422 students. The school is part of the Lawrence school district, which is ranked 97 out of 269 districts in Kansas and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While the school has a more diverse student population compared to nearby schools, with 59.72% White, 8.06% African American, 14.22% Hispanic, and 12.56% two or more races, it consistently underperforms academically. In the 2022-2023 school year, only 25.57% of students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, and 14.42% were proficient or better in Mathematics, significantly lower than the Lawrence district and state averages. The school's performance also varies significantly across different student subgroups, with the school ranking 72 out of 72 Kansas middle schools for African American students and 136 out of 140 for Hispanic students.

The school's academic performance and statewide ranking have been declining over the years, dropping from a ranking of 115 out of 368 Kansas middle schools in 2014-2015 to 242 out of 362 in 2022-2023, with a consistent 2-star rating from SchoolDigger. This decline is in contrast to nearby schools like Lawrence Southwest Middle School, which ranked 43 out of 362 Kansas middle schools in 2022-2023 and had significantly higher academic proficiency rates. The challenges faced by Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School, including a high percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and significant achievement gaps, suggest the need for targeted interventions and support to improve educational outcomes for all students.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 1400 Massachusetts St
       Lawrence, KS  66044


(785) 832-5400

District: Lawrence

SchoolDigger Rank:
242nd of 362 Kansas Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,239 Help


Students who attend Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School usually attend:

High:    Lawrence Free State High

Feeder schools for Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School:

Elementary:    Cordley Elementary
    New York Elementary
    Woodlawn Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  13.1 Help
Number of students:  422

Racial breakdown:

White:
59.7%
Hispanic:
14.2%
Two or more races:
12.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  66.8% Help


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Compare Details Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School ranks worse than 66.9% of middle schools in Kansas. It also ranks 3rd among 4 ranked middle schools in the Lawrence School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 33.43. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School has the smallest middle school student body size in the Lawrence School District. Student population at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (59.7%), Hispanic (14.2%), two or more races (12.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 66.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Lawrence School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School is 13.1, which is the 2nd best among 4 middle schools in the Lawrence School District. (See more...)
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Compare Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School employs 32.1 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School is $12,239, which is the highest among 4 middle schools in the Lawrence School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School:

SchoolDigger ranks Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School 242nd of 362 Kansas public middle schools. (See Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Lawrence:

SchoolDigger ranks Lawrence 97th of 269 Kansas school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

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Rank History for all students at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 18.27 242nd 277 12.6%
2007 7.01 268th 286 6.3%
2008 6.86 276th 296 6.8%
2009 25.18 262nd 307 14.7%
2010 39.04 237th 316 25.0%
2011 39.52 244th 320 23.8%
2012 31.36 292nd 342 14.6%
2013 27.92 295th 355 16.9%
2015 60.48 115th 368 68.8%
2016 47.58 167th 343 51.3%
2017 49.19 163rd 358 54.5%
2018 41.95 196th 350 44.0%
2019 48.58 172nd 368 53.3%
2021 42.32 203rd 367 44.7%
2022 38.03 229th 368 37.8%
2023 33.43 242nd 362 33.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.40 61st 64 4.7%
2019 26.30 61st 70 12.9%
2021 35.51 52nd 79 34.2%
2022 29.65 62nd 83 25.3%
2023 13.02 85th 90 5.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.21 87th 132 34.1%
2019 30.92 122nd 157 22.3%
2021 44.13 81st 160 49.4%
2022 39.52 92nd 171 46.2%
2023 19.00 171st 178 3.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.55 196th 255 23.1%
2019 37.54 176th 270 34.8%
2021 37.08 181st 275 34.2%
2022 35.48 184th 270 31.9%
2023 32.84 224th 300 25.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.01 137th 275 50.2%
2019 42.29 168th 294 42.9%
2021 39.47 190th 313 39.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.21 87th 132 34.1%
2019 30.92 122nd 157 22.3%
2021 44.13 81st 160 49.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.27 179th 280 36.1%
2019 52.47 121st 301 59.8%
2021 45.66 157th 308 49.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 38.19 41st 69 40.6%
2022 14.00 72nd 72 0.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.65 40th 114 64.9%
2019 40.58 65th 128 49.2%
2021 37.32 81st 135 40.0%
2022 28.97 105th 138 23.9%
2023 16.69 136th 140 2.9%
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Rank History for White students at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.43 123rd 333 63.1%
2019 68.25 72nd 344 79.1%
2021 50.72 144th 349 58.7%
2022 47.30 159th 349 54.4%
2023 50.83 143rd 349 59.0%
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Data source: test scores: Kansas State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Reviews:
by a parent
Monday, April 20, 2015

Open Quote I find the principal, Jeff Harkin, unresponsive to the needs of the individual child. He is unresponsive to phone calls. He is unresponsive to emails. He is unresponsive to parental requests.
I think a good portion of the teachers are good. There is a teacher there whose native language is not English and is hard for the students to understand. Speech clarity is important to keep kids interested in the topic, is important for them to be able to learn. Hopefully they find a quality principal sometime in the near future.
Also the kids have only 4 minutes between classes in a three-story school building with cement steps, and two hallways. I find this outrageous, and so do other parents I converse with about this. If these kids don't make it to class on time, amid these conditions, they get an dubiously enforced
"intraschool tardy". There is no time for students to go to the restroom or to maintain their hydration. This rule is unhealthful. I have gone to the school nurse about this to no avail. I have gone to the district nurse about this to no avial. They don't care about the unhealthful practice. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 422 73 9 19 19 n/a n/a 0 542
1989 432 67 11 18 21 n/a n/a 0 549
1990 423 74 16 24 20 n/a n/a 0 557
1991 428 76 21 24 22 n/a n/a 0 571
1992 403 87 18 21 21 n/a n/a 0 550
1993 393 102 20 16 23 n/a n/a 0 554
1994 416 96 18 13 38 n/a n/a 0 581
1995 399 77 10 20 34 n/a n/a 0 540
1996 399 77 10 20 34 n/a n/a 0 540
1997 355 74 8 13 30 n/a n/a 0 480
1998 379 70 6 16 31 n/a n/a 0 502
1999 409 72 7 20 35 n/a n/a 0 543
2000 386 74 7 27 35 n/a n/a 0 529
2001 407 84 10 23 38 n/a n/a 0 562
2002 351 87 5 20 42 n/a n/a 0 505
2003 351 87 5 20 42 n/a n/a 0 505
2004 327 93 5 22 41 n/a n/a 0 488
2005 335 65 3 27 44 n/a n/a 18 492
2006 321 58 4 32 37 n/a n/a 22 474
2007 305 70 4 31 35 n/a n/a 0 445
2008 291 77 6 27 30 n/a n/a 0 431
2009 289 81 10 26 38 n/a n/a 1 445
2010 270 41 9 32 39 0 37 0 428
2011 271 41 7 35 34 2 17 0 407
2012 278 38 7 29 36 4 40 0 432
2013 283 42 4 32 32 2 55 0 450
2014 286 30 5 30 21 0 43 0 415
2015 321 22 8 43 18 0 38 0 450
2016 342 25 11 48 19 2 45 0 492
2017 325 20 9 46 24 2 47 0 473
2018 311 25 11 48 23 2 58 0 478
2019 284 40 5 52 29 3 63 0 476
2020 324 42 8 53 30 2 71 0 530
2021 297 32 11 56 24 3 64 0 487
2022 304 38 13 54 17 1 59 0 486
2023 252 34 9 60 14 0 53 0 422

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 542 33.0 16.4 0
1989 549 32.0 17.1 n/a
1990 557 29.3 19.0 0
1991 571 36.1 15.8 n/a
1992 550 36.6 15.0 44.9
1993 554 37.9 14.6 36.1
1994 581 41.9 13.9 34.8
1995 540 45.7 11.8 49.8
1996 540 45.7 11.8 49.8
1997 480 38.5 12.5 42.9
1998 502 40.6 12.4 49.6
1999 543 42.5 12.8 53.2
2000 529 40.4 13.1 48.2
2001 562 41.6 13.5 49.5
2002 505 43.3 11.7 45
2003 505 43.3 11.7 45
2004 488 42.7 11.4 47.7
2005 492 41.4 11.9 49.2
2006 474 41.8 11.3 47.8
2007 445 44.6 10.0 49.9
2008 431 40.3 10.7 51.3
2009 445 40.0 11.1 54.7
2010 428 42.1 10.1 53
2011 407 40.1 10.1 48.6
2012 432 39.3 10.9 57.9
2013 450 50.1 8.9 62.9
2014 415 39.5 10.5 59
2015 450 41.0 10.9 58.2
2016 492 46.0 10.6 59.8
2017 473 43.8 10.7 57.9
2018 478 43.0 11.1 57.5
2019 476 41.5 11.4 55
2020 530 44.7 11.8 52.6
2021 487 42.7 11.3 53.6
2022 486 41.0 11.8 49.4
2023 422 32.1 13.1 66.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 542 33.0 16.4 0
1989 549 32.0 17.1 n/a
1990 557 29.3 19.0 0
1991 571 36.1 15.8 n/a
1992 550 36.6 15.0 44.9
1993 554 37.9 14.6 36.1
1994 581 41.9 13.9 34.8
1995 540 45.7 11.8 49.8
1996 540 45.7 11.8 49.8
1997 480 38.5 12.5 42.9
1998 502 40.6 12.4 49.6
1999 543 42.5 12.8 53.2
2000 529 40.4 13.1 48.2
2001 562 41.6 13.5 49.5
2002 505 43.3 11.7 45
2003 505 43.3 11.7 45
2004 488 42.7 11.4 47.7
2005 492 41.4 11.9 49.2
2006 474 41.8 11.3 47.8
2007 445 44.6 10.0 49.9
2008 431 40.3 10.7 51.3
2009 445 40.0 11.1 54.7
2010 428 42.1 10.1 53
2011 407 40.1 10.1 48.6
2012 432 39.3 10.9 57.9
2013 450 50.1 8.9 62.9
2014 415 39.5 10.5 59
2015 450 41.0 10.9 58.2
2016 492 46.0 10.6 59.8
2017 473 43.8 10.7 57.9
2018 478 43.0 11.1 57.5
2019 476 41.5 11.4 55
2020 530 44.7 11.8 52.6
2021 487 42.7 11.3 53.6
2022 486 41.0 11.8 49.4
2023 422 32.1 13.1 66.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $682 (5.6%) $11,558 (94.4%) $12,239

Data source: Kansas Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 172nd of 368 Middle schoolsRanks 242nd of 362 Middle schools
 20.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School)40.629.4
 11.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence)44.141.1
 3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Kansas)38.433.7
 4.7%
6th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School)27.413.4
 14%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence)34.329.5
 4.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Kansas)31.929.9
 2%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School)36.529.3
 7.2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence)40.532.6
 7.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Kansas)31.831.7
 0%
7th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School)23.920.6
 3.3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence)33.427.8
 5.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Kansas)27.927.5
 0.4%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School)2618
 8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence)31.420.5
 10.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Kansas)25.220.8
 4.4%
8th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School)19.68.6
 11%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence)30.220.6
 9.6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Kansas)25.922.8
 3.1%
8th Grade Science (Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School)29.822
 7.8%
   8th Grade Science (Lawrence)38.825.5
 13.3%
   8th Grade Science (Kansas)30.722.7
 8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students476422
 11.3%
African American4034
 15%
American Indian2914
 51.7%
Asian59
 80%
Hispanic5260
 15.4%
Pacific Islander30
 100%
White284252
 11.3%
Two or More Races6353
 15.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients55%66.8%
 11.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School

In the 2022-23 school year, 422 students attended Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School.

Students who attend Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School usually go on to attend Lawrence Free State High

Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School ranks 242nd of 362 Kansas middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School are 60% White, 14% Hispanic, 13% Two or more races, 8% African American, 3% American Indian, 2% Asian.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Kansas State Department of Education.

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