Lawrence High

Summary:

Lawrence High is a public high school serving 1,589 students in grades 9-12 in Lawrence, Kansas, which is part of the Lawrence school district. This diverse school stands out for its strong academic performance, with proficiency rates on state assessments that exceed the state averages.

Compared to nearby schools like Lawrence Free State High, Lawrence High has a more diverse student population, with significant representation of Hispanic, Native American, and multiracial students. The school's academic performance has fluctuated in recent years, ranking between 58th and 98th out of 327 Kansas high schools, but it continues to excel in several student subgroups, including male students, English Language Learners, and Native American students.

While Lawrence High performs well overall, it is interesting to note the differences in demographics and academic outcomes compared to other schools in the region. For example, Lawrence Free State High has a higher statewide ranking and better performance on state assessments, particularly in Mathematics and Science. Additionally, the nearby Virtual Education Program stands out as a small virtual high school with a predominantly White student population and high academic performance.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 1901 Louisiana St
       Lawrence, KS  66046-2999


(785) 832-5050

District: Lawrence

SchoolDigger Rank:
98th of 327 Kansas High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,851 Help


Feeder schools for Lawrence High:

Elementary:    Broken Arrow Elementary
    Cordley Elementary
    Hillcrest Elementary
    Prairie Park Elementary
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Middle:    Billy Mills Middle School
    Lawrence Southwest Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  18.1 Help
Number of students:  1,589

Racial breakdown:

White:
60.7%
Hispanic:
13.2%
Two or more races:
11.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  49.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Lawrence High ranks better than 70% of high schools in Kansas. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 63.56. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (60.7%), Hispanic (13.2%), two or more races (11.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 49.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Lawrence High is 18.1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Lawrence High is $10,851.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Lawrence High:

SchoolDigger ranks Lawrence High 98th of 327 Kansas public high schools. (See Lawrence High in the ranking list.)

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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 High

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Rank History for all students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 43.24 166th 262 36.6%
2007 44.00 173rd 280 38.2%
2008 32.44 207th 267 22.5%
2009 45.51 184th 291 36.8%
2010 24.33 258th 302 14.6%
2011 33.88 239th 298 19.8%
2012 38.32 253rd 317 20.2%
2013 54.54 173rd 323 46.4%
2015 55.94 148th 326 54.6%
2016 79.04 56th 313 82.1%
2017 89.44 29th 316 90.8%
2018 73.27 60th 314 80.9%
2019 75.28 58th 325 82.2%
2021 69.21 71st 320 77.8%
2022 57.10 126th 324 61.1%
2023 63.56 98th 327 70.0%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.00 14th 49 71.4%
2019 48.41 25th 58 56.9%
2021 22.29 47th 55 14.5%
2022 55.36 20th 57 64.9%
2023 36.77 37th 64 42.2%
See the entire list of Best Kansas High Schools for Multi-racial Students!

Rank History for English Language Learner students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.58 2nd 47 95.7%
2019 79.84 2nd 49 95.9%
2021 35.54 23rd 41 43.9%
2022 55.28 6th 36 83.3%
2023 74.20 4th 42 90.5%
See the entire list of Best Kansas High Schools for English Language Learner Students!

Rank History for Special Education students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.65 56th 110 49.1%
2019 44.92 52nd 111 53.2%
2021 42.30 53rd 115 53.9%
2022 35.47 67th 117 42.7%
2023 53.96 43rd 122 64.8%
See the entire list of Best Kansas High Schools for Special Education Students!

Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 61.49 75th 228 67.1%
2019 53.70 91st 229 60.3%
2021 50.38 101st 213 52.6%
2022 46.71 117th 223 47.5%
2023 53.01 104th 250 58.4%
See the entire list of Best Kansas High Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Female students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.76 79th 248 68.1%
2019 66.25 72nd 249 71.1%
2021 58.30 93rd 250 62.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.65 56th 110 49.1%
2019 44.92 52nd 111 53.2%
2021 42.30 53rd 115 53.9%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.98 18th 35 48.6%
2019 71.82 8th 37 78.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.50 43rd 248 82.7%
2019 78.89 32nd 252 87.3%
2021 74.47 47th 258 81.8%
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Rank History for Asian students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.31 21st 29 27.6%
2019 36.85 22nd 32 31.3%
2021 65.76 11th 29 62.1%
2022 17.65 21st 28 25.0%
See the entire list of Best Kansas High Schools for Asian Students!

Rank History for African American students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 89.51 6th 47 87.2%
2019 63.35 11th 46 76.1%
2021 68.01 9th 48 81.3%
2022 31.27 34th 50 32.0%
2023 59.26 19th 53 64.2%
See the entire list of Best Kansas High Schools for African American Students!

Rank History for Hispanic students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.26 22nd 89 75.3%
2019 76.66 17th 92 81.5%
2021 65.89 24th 99 75.8%
2022 39.17 63rd 102 38.2%
2023 55.44 45th 110 59.1%
See the entire list of Best Kansas High Schools for Hispanic Students!

Rank History for Native American students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 90.83 1st 3 66.7%
2019 35.04 3rd 3 0.0%
2021 84.13 1st 2 50.0%
2022 70.90 1st 4 75.0%
2023 16.38 3rd 3 0.0%
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Rank History for White students at Lawrence High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 73.52 48th 296 83.8%
2019 82.27 31st 306 89.9%
2021 72.72 55th 302 81.8%
2022 69.38 70th 307 77.2%
2023 75.98 50th 309 83.8%
See the entire list of Best Kansas High Schools for White Students!

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.

Lawrence High Test Scores
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Data source: Kansas State Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Lawrence High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1514 121 35 50 84 n/a n/a 0 1804
1989 1517 133 43 52 51 n/a n/a 0 1796
1990 1451 146 56 50 46 n/a n/a 0 1749
1991 1524 147 50 61 50 n/a n/a 0 1832
1992 1505 136 47 53 56 n/a n/a 0 1797
1993 1514 154 59 57 65 n/a n/a 0 1849
1994 1513 161 61 45 69 n/a n/a 0 1849
1995 1530 152 63 52 51 n/a n/a 0 1848
1996 1530 152 63 52 51 n/a n/a 0 1848
1997 1632 145 75 66 61 n/a n/a 0 1979
1998 1023 95 59 37 47 n/a n/a 0 1261
1999 969 90 65 33 58 n/a n/a 0 1215
2000 1003 106 60 34 59 n/a n/a 0 1262
2001 1026 113 57 35 58 n/a n/a 0 1289
2002 1024 112 51 49 57 n/a n/a 0 1293
2003 1024 112 51 49 57 n/a n/a 0 1293
2004 1010 115 52 54 61 n/a n/a 1 1293
2005 1019 142 48 58 73 n/a n/a 2 1342
2006 1029 132 48 61 72 n/a n/a 9 1351
2007 1007 148 67 61 73 n/a n/a 0 1356
2008 984 131 57 78 53 n/a n/a 4 1307
2009 939 123 61 89 53 n/a n/a 4 1269
2010 929 127 57 21 53 0 55 0 1242
2011 860 144 54 53 56 1 37 0 1205
2012 1034 160 68 111 74 5 72 0 1524
2013 1004 113 61 137 56 4 115 0 1490
2014 963 109 54 141 62 7 134 0 1470
2015 978 113 55 114 61 6 133 0 1460
2016 1041 112 55 156 68 4 155 0 1591
2017 1052 110 65 151 78 3 150 0 1609
2018 1048 104 64 178 64 7 149 0 1614
2019 1032 104 55 172 60 8 145 0 1576
2020 979 114 57 168 71 8 141 0 1538
2021 1004 115 56 178 67 7 148 0 1575
2022 991 115 48 183 69 3 175 0 1584
2023 964 116 46 209 72 0 182 0 1589

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 High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1804 110.0 16.4 0
1989 1796 111.0 16.1 n/a
1990 1749 104.4 16.7 0
1991 1832 106.6 17.1 n/a
1992 1797 111.5 16.1 21
1993 1849 104.1 17.8 15.6
1994 1849 115.8 16.0 13.8
1995 1848 123.0 15.0 20.5
1996 1848 123.0 15.0 20.5
1997 1979 121.0 16.4 18.6
1998 1261 83.2 15.2 18.3
1999 1215 85.3 14.2 22.9
2000 1262 82.3 15.3 24.2
2001 1289 86.3 14.9 24.6
2002 1293 87.5 14.8 21.5
2003 1293 87.5 14.8 21.5
2004 1293 87.3 14.8 25.3
2005 1342 87.3 15.4 24.6
2006 1351 88.2 15.3 25.6
2007 1356 93.8 14.5 28.8
2008 1307 83.0 15.7 29.5
2009 1269 86.0 14.8 34.5
2010 1242 74.7 16.6 38.6
2011 1205 87.9 13.7 37.4
2012 1524 117.8 12.9 40.7
2013 1490 n/a n/a 39.5
2014 1470 110.3 13.3 40.3
2015 1460 112.0 13.0 41.7
2016 1591 110.0 14.4 42.9
2017 1609 107.5 14.9 42.3
2018 1614 104.5 15.4 42.7
2019 1576 102.7 15.3 40.5
2020 1538 102.1 15.0 39.5
2021 1575 97.3 16.1 36.6
2022 1584 91.0 17.4 36.6
2023 1589 87.5 18.1 49.5

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 High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1804 110.0 16.4 0
1989 1796 111.0 16.1 n/a
1990 1749 104.4 16.7 0
1991 1832 106.6 17.1 n/a
1992 1797 111.5 16.1 21
1993 1849 104.1 17.8 15.6
1994 1849 115.8 16.0 13.8
1995 1848 123.0 15.0 20.5
1996 1848 123.0 15.0 20.5
1997 1979 121.0 16.4 18.6
1998 1261 83.2 15.2 18.3
1999 1215 85.3 14.2 22.9
2000 1262 82.3 15.3 24.2
2001 1289 86.3 14.9 24.6
2002 1293 87.5 14.8 21.5
2003 1293 87.5 14.8 21.5
2004 1293 87.3 14.8 25.3
2005 1342 87.3 15.4 24.6
2006 1351 88.2 15.3 25.6
2007 1356 93.8 14.5 28.8
2008 1307 83.0 15.7 29.5
2009 1269 86.0 14.8 34.5
2010 1242 74.7 16.6 38.6
2011 1205 87.9 13.7 37.4
2012 1524 117.8 12.9 40.7
2013 1490 n/a n/a 39.5
2014 1470 110.3 13.3 40.3
2015 1460 112.0 13.0 41.7
2016 1591 110.0 14.4 42.9
2017 1609 107.5 14.9 42.3
2018 1614 104.5 15.4 42.7
2019 1576 102.7 15.3 40.5
2020 1538 102.1 15.0 39.5
2021 1575 97.3 16.1 36.6
2022 1584 91.0 17.4 36.6
2023 1589 87.5 18.1 49.5

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 High

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $731 (6.7%) $10,120 (93.3%) $10,851

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Lawrence High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 58th of 325 High schoolsRanks 98th of 327 High schools
 12.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence High)36.333
 3.4%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence)40.533.9
 6.6%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Kansas)28.526.7
 1.7%
10th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence High)33.425.1
 8.3%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence)34.626.5
 8.1%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Kansas)24.521
 3.5%
11th Grade Science (Lawrence High)38.230.2
 8%
   11th Grade Science (Lawrence)42.837.9
 5%
   11th Grade Science (Kansas)32.428.9
 3.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students15761589
 0.8%
African American104116
 11.5%
American Indian6072
 20%
Asian5546
 16.4%
Hispanic172209
 21.5%
Pacific Islander80
 100%
White1032964
 6.6%
Two or More Races145182
 25.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients40.5%49.5%
 9%


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Lawrence High ranks 98th of 327 Kansas high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Lawrence High are 61% White, 13% Hispanic, 11% Two or more races, 7% African American, 5% American Indian, 3% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,589 students attended Lawrence High.


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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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