Lawrence High School

Summary:

Lawrence High School is a public high school serving 3,084 students in grades 9-12 in the predominantly Hispanic city of Lawrence, Massachusetts. The school faces significant academic challenges, consistently underperforming compared to the state average on MCAS tests, with only 21.18% of 10th-grade students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 15.78% in Mathematics, far below the state averages.

Despite relatively high per-student spending of $16,935, Lawrence High School has a low statewide ranking, placing 329th out of 347 Massachusetts high schools in the 2022-2023 school year. This trend has been consistent over the past few years, with the school ranking between 260th and 329th. When comparing Lawrence High School to nearby schools within the same Lawrence district, such as High School Learning Center and RISE Academy, the performance and demographics are relatively similar, with a high percentage of Hispanic students and low academic achievement. However, when comparing to schools in other districts, such as Haverhill High, Methuen High, and North Andover High, the differences become more pronounced, with these schools having a more diverse student population, higher academic performance, and higher statewide rankings.

Despite the challenges, Lawrence High School shows some areas of relative strength, such as its performance with homeless students, ranking 18th out of 23 Massachusetts high schools in the 2022-2023 school year, and its performance with English Language Learner (ELL) students, ranking 53rd out of 84 Massachusetts high schools. This suggests that the school may be providing additional support and resources for these student populations. However, the school's overall academic performance remains a significant concern, indicating that factors beyond just funding, such as curriculum, teaching quality, and school leadership, may need to be addressed to improve student outcomes.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 70-71 North Parish Road
       Lawrence, MA  01843


(978) 975-2750

District: Lawrence

SchoolDigger Rank:
329th of 347 Massachusetts High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,935 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  13.1 Help
Number of students:  3,084

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
94.1%
White:
2.3%
Asian:
1.6%
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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Lawrence High School ranks worse than 94.8% of high schools in Massachusetts. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 7.09. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Lawrence High School has the largest high school student body size in the Lawrence School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (94.1%), White (2.3%), Asian (1.6%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Lawrence High School is 13.1. 1 high schools in the Lawrence School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Lawrence High School is $16,935, which is the highest among 3 high schools in the Lawrence School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Lawrence High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Lawrence High School 329th of 347 Massachusetts public high schools. (See Lawrence High School in the ranking list.)

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Lawrence:

SchoolDigger ranks Lawrence 342nd of 356 Massachusetts school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Lawrence High School

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Rank History for all students at Lawrence High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.65 308th 345 10.7%
2019 13.43 307th 351 12.5%
2021 10.18 260th 285 8.8%
2022 7.49 313th 342 8.5%
2023 7.09 329th 347 5.2%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Lawrence High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.07 28th 77 63.6%
2019 34.43 50th 82 39.0%
2021 34.52 37th 46 19.6%
2022 35.36 51st 77 33.8%
2023 38.07 53rd 84 36.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Lawrence High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.16 301st 344 12.5%
2019 23.51 299th 348 14.1%
2021 17.42 234th 268 12.7%
2022 15.19 303rd 339 10.6%
2023 14.04 294th 301 2.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Lawrence High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.60 285th 330 13.6%
2019 22.63 280th 330 15.2%
2021 16.40 218th 253 13.8%
2022 14.01 295th 332 11.1%
2023 11.92 313th 338 7.4%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Lawrence High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 76.74 5th 23 78.3%
2022 46.21 6th 17 64.7%
2023 24.87 18th 23 21.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Lawrence High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.49 307th 339 9.4%
2019 18.42 296th 342 13.5%
2021 11.72 244th 281 13.2%
2022 9.24 306th 340 10.0%
2023 6.02 323rd 339 4.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Lawrence High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 14.08 268th 299 10.4%
2019 18.49 259th 299 13.4%
2021 13.14 191st 202 5.4%
2022 17.01 266th 295 9.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Lawrence High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 8.32 318th 343 7.3%
2019 7.42 324th 346 6.4%
2021 7.79 261st 281 7.1%
2022 6.27 318th 339 6.2%
2023 7.16 322nd 343 6.1%
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Rank History for Asian students at Lawrence High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.59 7th 91 92.3%
2019 54.94 55th 97 43.3%
2022 15.80 78th 93 16.1%
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Rank History for African American students at Lawrence High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.52 91st 134 32.1%
2022 47.64 66th 133 50.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Lawrence High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.31 143rd 193 25.9%
2019 26.80 155th 206 24.8%
2021 23.60 112th 149 24.8%
2022 20.58 174th 217 19.8%
2023 15.97 212th 241 12.0%
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Rank History for White students at Lawrence High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.77 280th 303 7.6%
2019 8.97 287th 302 5.0%
2022 10.18 277th 300 7.7%
2023 2.74 298th 301 1.0%
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Data source: test scores: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary 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.

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Data source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Enrollment information for Lawrence High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2016 25 12 12 700 1 0 3 0 753
2017 120 54 46 3066 2 0 7 0 3295
2018 105 49 58 3082 2 0 8 0 3304
2019 96 40 54 3006 2 1 8 11 3218
2020 94 36 52 3110 0 0 7 22 3321
2021 79 36 54 2946 2 0 7 8 3132
2022 81 48 47 2899 1 1 11 9 3097
2023 70 38 49 2902 1 1 11 12 3084

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

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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 School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 753 66.0 11.4 n/a
2017 3295 225.7 14.5 n/a
2018 3304 252.8 13.0 n/a
2019 3218 255.6 12.5 n/a
2020 3321 266.8 12.4 n/a
2021 3132 246.3 12.7 n/a
2022 3097 239.7 12.9 n/a
2023 3084 234.0 13.1 n/a

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 School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 753 66.0 11.4 n/a
2017 3295 225.7 14.5 n/a
2018 3304 252.8 13.0 n/a
2019 3218 255.6 12.5 n/a
2020 3321 266.8 12.4 n/a
2021 3132 246.3 12.7 n/a
2022 3097 239.7 12.9 n/a
2023 3084 234.0 13.1 n/a

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 School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,250 (8.2%) $13,982 (91.8%) $15,232
2020 $942 (6.1%) $14,404 (93.9%) $15,346
2021 $1,740 (10.3%) $15,195 (89.7%) $16,935

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Lawrence High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 307th of 351 High schoolsRanks 329th of 347 High schools
 7.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence High School)3321.2
 11.8%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence)3020.3
 9.7%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)6158.2
 2.8%
10th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence High School)3315.8
 17.2%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence)3114.7
 16.3%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)5849.7
 8.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students32183084
 4.2%
African American4038
 5%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian5449
 9.3%
Hispanic30062902
 3.5%
Pacific Islander11
White9670
 27.1%
Two or More Races811
 37.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Lawrence High School

Students at Lawrence High School are 94% Hispanic, 2% White, 2% Asian, 1% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 3,084 students attended Lawrence High School.

Lawrence High School ranks in the bottom 5.2% of Massachusetts high schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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