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Lawrence Central High School

Public | 9-12 | 2501 students

We are best known for our outstanding IB, AP and Performing Arts Programs
 
 

 
 
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Posted November 21, 2012

My child is a Junior at Lawrence Central. Our Family has found the teachers to be very qualified and caring. There is diversity at the school that we believe will prepare our child for the real world. They offer a great curriculum for college bound students that is challenging. We are happy with our decision to send our daughter there. She feels safe there. When I ask is there bullying at her school she says not really. They have had 3 new principals in the last three years but the teachers continue to do a great despite the change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

I think LC rocks and I like how they teach anad how the teachers are willing to help students are are sincer about it...i may just be a freashman and it may only be a couple of weeks into the 2nd semester but im telling you it's a great school and they really care about our saftey and well-being and our educations....
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2008

I graduated from LC in 1968. My two oldest children graduated in 87 and 93. I have a child in 10th at the present. I have remained living in Lawrence because of the school system. They do their very best to see that EACH student graduates. Some of the parents need to go back to being parents and HELP the schools to see that their children succeed. Sure there are times you don't agree with every teacher, but could you do a better job? Personally I think Lawrence Central is still a first rate school on all counts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2008

Great sport band choir and color guard, clubs and young life
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2007

The counselors made sure my daughter had the best possible chance of succeding through her four years at LC. And she did! She graduated with the IB diploma and went on to Rose-H. Institute!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2007

I attended Lawrence Central from 2003 to 2006, and am glad to be done. Yes, there are good teachers, and the school's curriculum prepared me very well for college, but my overall experience was disappointing. The administration does a very poor job of enforcing safety and discipline. Also, some of the support staff members are very rude. If you are concerned about your child's safety, I wound not recommend LC.


Posted November 22, 2007

I am really happy to have graduated two of my kids from this school. It is a very safe and great place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2005

We are ready to graduate our 2nd child from LC and glad to be finished here. Each year, the experience becomes more disappointing. The teachers have become apathetic and unapproachable. Academics are low, extracurricular activities are poorly attended and school spirit is non-existent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2005

In a school with such a large student body, small % is involved in extracurricular nor is it encouraged. Safety issues are glazed over - there is no such thing as an honest answer in regards to this subject. The quality of education at LC continues to decline every year. It is sad but true that this has become a 2nd rate school. It's an embarrassment to admit this is our school which accounts for the large number of families moving elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2005

Although there are many great teachers there are those that show favortism which hurts overall moral in my child's opinion. I also get the feeling that the administration would rather shove problems under the rug or blame the student. It does seem there is some improvement in the counselor's office this year though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2004

I was a student at Lawrence Central High School from 2000-2002. I can honestly say that Lawrence Central is the best school I have ever attended. The vast majority of my teachers always made sure that their class understood whatever it was they were theaching and always took time out of their schedule to help any student who was have problems whether it concerned school work or not. The school had a very wide selection of subjects to choose from no matter what interested the students and so many extracurricular activities that something was happening at the school almost every single night. I always felt safe in that school where ever I was and most of the students and staff were very friendly. When I moved away and attended a different high school, I found that I missed Lawrence Central and all that it could do for me.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 14, 2004

As a student at Lawrence Central I know first hand about the terrible education I am recieving. Administrators are so focused on protecting the Hispanics it makes my school a haven for bigotry. Ten years ago Lawrence Township was a nice place to be able to say you were a student of. What used to be a social status is now just a disgrace to the community. I am embarrassed of my school. Even though the statistics don't show that whites are the minority, I definitly feel that we are. All of the focus on treating every student the same has caused the educational value to drop dramatically. Hispanics are treated with sympathy because they can't speak English and it disgusts me. I wouldn't recommend Lawrence Township to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 15, 2004

This school is perfect for the student that wants a high GPA to help defray college costs via a scholarship. The counselors are disorganized and not very helpful. I don't think the school is as safe as the administrators want you to think. The mixing of the socio-economic extremes does not work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2004

Ugh! There is major grade inflation at this school! The school can be unsafe and the incidents are usually buried in the paper shuffle. There are a few nice teachers but they have watered down the content too much. Parents need to dig in and find out how they really deal with all the violence. On the surface, the school looks good but once you get passed that, it isn't much to brag about. If you are going to go to a state college, this may be all you need so long as you can avoid getting hurt.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2004

As a student of this school let me explain exactly what goes on at LC. First, the administration is so focused on diversity they have forgotten to unify. The allowance of extreme de facto segregation has caused racism to errupt and politically correct teachers to ignore the problem. The counseling at Lawrence Central is a joke and non-existent with the exception of one, Mrs. Oakes. What once was a decent school about 5-10 years ago, has become political correctness run amuck. Until we can regulate all behavior based on behavior and not race the school will continue to decline into delapidation and further corruption.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2004

We have had 2of 3 children gradurate from LC,class of 98 & 2000.Both went on to college,the oldest is in grad.school the 2nd will grad in June.Third is a sophmore. We really like this school district.Just remeber to keep involved and have your student in activies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I believe the school is doing an excellent job in pursuing challenging cirriculum and shaping the blend of courses for my daughter. She is a top student nationally so it is important for us to provide her with a strong learning environment. We took her out of private school because she was not challengesd academically and it lacked diversity. Lawrence Central is different and offers her more, especially the new IB level courses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2003

We believe that the school offers many 'real' life experience and training for our children. As preparation for college, we feel that our student is receiving a good core of classes and instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

I do not believe that this school has become lazy in its approach to education and safety for the students. I was there from '94 until '97 and had the best time of my life there. I had some of the best teachers there and i still remember their names. Mr. Sturm and Mrs. Granger to name some.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2003

Although there is some scheduling problems, the teachers are great and so are the classes. They offer challenging classes and have several clubs.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

454 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
39%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

513 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
40%
English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

561 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "F".

About the tests


Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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55%
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25%
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SAT participation

71%

Average SAT score

947

Graduation rate

84.1%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of graduates taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Starting College

How many graduates from this school ...


Enroll in college immediately after high school graduation1

This school

 
 
68%

State Average

 
 
64%

Need remediation, or help strengthening basic skills2*

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37%

State Average

 
 
31%

First year

How well prepared for college are these graduates?*


Average first year GPA (out of 4.0)2
2.3
This school
2.6
State Average

Average number of units completed in first year2
20
This school
30
Recommended load

Sticking with it

How many college-going students...*


Enroll in college for a second year3

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78%

State Average

 
 
75%
1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
2Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
* Of those that went to Indiana public postsecondary institutions

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 46% 12%
White 35% 72%
Hispanic 11% 10%
Multiracial 7% 4%
Asian 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A46%
Special education 14%N/A14%
English learners 6%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Belzer Middle School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 19% (2011)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 66% (2011)
Percentage of students going to the military 4% (2011)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 3% (2011)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 8% (2011)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Ball State University
Indiana University
Purdue University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, German, French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:50 a.m.
School end time
  • 3:40 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr Rocco Valadez
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 543-3348

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Individually guided instruction
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Internships
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Construction / building
  • Culinary
  • Engineering
  • IT support
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Project Lead The Way

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, German, French
  • Forensics club
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • Model congress
  • National Honor Society
  • Quill & Scroll
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • maroon, gray
School mascot
  • Bears
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Students typically come from these schools
Belzer Middle School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Ball State University
Indiana University
Purdue University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2011
2 year college - 19%
4 year college - 66%
Military - 4%
Vocational - 3%
Workforce - 8%
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7300 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46226
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