I am a former student of Lawrence, and I can tell you the school has changed a bit since I first came there. Although the staff says they strictly enforce many rules (such as the one way hallway and backpack policy), I was surprised that at the end of my last year there that they begun to become a little sloppy and let a few of backpacks in classrooms (then again no one's perfect), but aside from that, the staff was friendly, despite being strict, and the principal was very kind too, always supportive of our sport teams and our great music department. The counselors are all nice and they can help you if their not busy. Other than that, Lawrence seems like a great school, but be careful of those bad kids with failing grades.
My son has been at Lawrence for 2 years. The teachers were surprised by me showing up and asking how things were, but it was more because most parents don't show up and check in or they just hear from parents who's kids have bad grades. I volunteer regularly and now most staff know me. They are very strict and quick with zero tolerance. I have never felt my child was in any danger. I feel one way hallways is a great idea. This alleviates the kids getting trampled as one comment above noted. The no back packs in class rooms does work very well. The class room size is limited and when you have 30 back packs laying all over, there is no walk room. And it also eliminates a child from bringing any unwanted threats into the rooms. I have been very pleased with this facility.
My son has been at Lawrence for 2 years and is now being shoved over to Fertitta so rich kids can be re-zoned to this school. However, it may be a good thing as any 10 second tardy results in missing the entire class (now that's good education!) and many other nit picking things has given my student a very poor attitude to school and authority. The band was great, but the second year, raw beginners were placed in advanced classes making it boring for any students with experience. The back pack rule seems paranoid and it weighs 23 lbs. My summary seems the staff is too frightened of what could happen and it just seems like prison.
As a former Lawrence Junior High student, I must say that I was very surprised by the other comments. I thought my three years at Lawrence were great, and never experienced any negativity. Behavior issues and poor grades are not the fault of the school, but the fault of the student and quite possibly his home life/values. Entering middle school can cause people to fall into peer pressure and want to 'be cool.' It has nothing to do with the school. The teachers and administrators are wonderful, and as a recent graduate [graduating with a 4.05 GPA] I think it's safe to say that with the proper motivation, Lawrence is a great learning environment. Go lions!
As a parent of a former and current student I am shocked to read all of the negative comments posted by parents. My children and I have had a wonderful experience at Lawerence. Mrs. Mead is the most caring and attentive administrator I have ever encountered. I am a parent volunteer and I strongly disagree with the comments concerning the disrespect of the students. I have found the majority of the students kind and respectful and as far as the students that are disrespectful- they may be students at Lawerence by they are products of their parents homes-respect and any other virtue needs to be taught at home
This school is doing a bit better they now have internet access and also have a new principal. One way hallways are now in effect in the school and enforced.A new no backpacks on campus rule is not enforced often,but for good reason that the rule is thought to be unnessary.The school has inproved on communication with parents but the students barely have any respect of the deans and teachers.Overall the school is getting much better academically and discipline.All the school needs to work on is the students respect of the staff at lawrence.
I don't know why it seems that only negative remarks get posted and hopefully someone has experienced something positive. My son attended this school for one year. He was an A student. After attending this school I started to experience not only behavior issues, but poor grades as well. I tried to be an involved parent and found that the teachers were surprised when I was interested in my son's behavior and grades, but there was still no communication after my phone call to them. The school does not have any online communication and stated they are one of the schools unable to afford it. This caused great concern to me and my son continued to perform poorly. My son is now in private school where they have enough time to call me when there is an issue of behavior or grades. My son is held accountable. We are working together.
My child was trampled,walked on by other kids while walking through the hallways to get to his next class, I called the school and nothing was done about this even though it has happened to other kids and is clearly a safety issue.
Not real impressed with the administrators. After 3 kids attended this school. Kids seem to fall between the cracks.
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