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Lawrence High School

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4 stars

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Posted September 17, 2013

As a student I attended 10th-12th grade, I found it to be a great school, most teachers were fair and firm, the Administrators were on top of Discipline for both Phisical and non Phisical bullying. Their are so many choices for what to take from choirs to education classes to ASL and Environmental Biolgy. There is after school home work help a couple days a week and a lot of different sports. There is a lot of computers to use a d the new student i hear comming from the middle school all recieve laptops of thier own to use for school. I wish I spent all 4 years their. I came out feeling prepared for college. The down side are some of the less serious students would act rowdy and petty. In one of the years there was a couple thefts and fights right before Christmas. I was never involved in such things so I never saw my safety as an issue. After Christmas there wasn't any more fights so I guess the administration did their job so besides acouple bad teachers who I will name in both Mr Womacks class and Ms Akins class I felt I was bullied on a day to day bases so those are the reasons I gave 4 stars instead of 5


Posted February 6, 2012

Lawrence High is a very good school, and it is getting better all the time. They have created academies: freshman and sophomore academies, and three career academies for juniors and seniors. The school is quite diverse and creates a welcoming environment for students. The teachers are encouraging and helpful to the students. A few years ago there was a significant renovation of the building. Some of the reviews below are out of date.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2011

I am also dismayed by negative comments made by people on these review boards that obviously don't know anything about Lawrence. We moved from Montgomery twp 5 years ago to Lawrence and we are very impressed with the school system. The teachers and admin go out of their way for the students and the programs are excellent. The board of ed is also impressive as they have handled the budget crisis incredibly well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2010

Lawrence High School is bordered by many high achieving school districts in neighboring towns. There are also many fine private schools in the area. At LHS you will get a varied mix of students from all walks of life, more like the real world. Parents and community care about the schools here. This HS has a lot to offer: sports, music programs, theater productions and clubs. There are many AP and honors courses available with wonderful teachers. Your experience in high school is what you make of it. The more you are involved, the better for you. My son has never felt threatened here. He has been pushed to excell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2009

Lawrence is an average school. The problem is that it's situated among some of the best blue-ribbon schools in New Jersey. Montgomery, Princeton, West Windsor Plainsboro North/South, and South Brunswick are all Blue-Ribbon school districts within a 15 minute radius of Lawrence HS. If you are looking to move to this part of NJ, I would strongly consider trying to move to an area where you have one of these Blue-Ribbon school districts as they are far superior to Lawrence HS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2009

I am a Lawrence parent and a Realtor. I am dismayed at the less than favorable view that some, outside of Lawrence, have for our community and schools. A school is more than test scores or sport trophies. It's about the people and the committment to make a great place to live and learn. These 'rating' systems rarely paint an accurate picture of the school. If you're planning to move to this area, visit the school. Talk to a Lawrence parent. Find out for yourself what a great place Lawrence truly is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2008

The school has excellent teachers, but they could definitely work on their disciplinary skills. One of the things that makes the school above average is the great sports program. The school offers golf, cheerleading, basketball, football, baseball, softball, track & field, cross-coutry, soccer, wrestling, tennis, hockey, figure skating, field hockey, swimming, lacrosse, and many others.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 17, 2008

Lawrence High is an amazing school. Teacher quality is amazing, they do the best they can to control classes, teacher, and get to know the student to further their education. Clubs and elective classes are I think what makes Lawrence High the best. There are so many things student can get involved in and if a student isn't sure what to do with their lives the plenty of choices really helps. The school fiddles with things to see what's best for it and i think they are smart for doing it. They see whats wrong with the school and how the problem could be easily fixed. It is in a safe and lovely neighborhood.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2007

Lawrence High School is an amazing school, no doubt about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2005

It's a good school, but as a student, sometimes eight periods seem strenuous. There are plenty of exrtacurricular activities, and if someone wants to get a higher education in something the school outsources. I feel safe, if there is a problem and a student reports it, the problem is resolved as soon as possible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2005

Academic quality is high, but depends on teacher. Music, art, sports, and other extracurricular activities readily available. Sport highly encouraged. Low level of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 12, 2004

LHS is a pretty great school. Though it may be overcrowded and some of the teachers may not be too skilled at their profession, Lawrence High School is focused on making sure that each student has a great experience. -a student
—Submitted by a student


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

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 92% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
94%

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93%

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95%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students95%
Female98%
Male93%
Black89%
Asian97%
Hispanic93%
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Special education76%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant95%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students82%
Female82%
Male82%
Black58%
Asian94%
Hispanic74%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Special education20%
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant82%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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51%

2012

 
 
53%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Students51%
Female45%
Male55%
Black22%
Asian76%
Hispanic40%
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Other ethnicity60%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Special education23%
General education57%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant51%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former23%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

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48%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

81%

SAT college ready

45%

Graduation rate

91%


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, ACT/SAT participation, and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 51%
Black 20% 16%
Hispanic 16% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 9%
Two or more races 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2525 Princeton Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: (609) 671-5510

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