Lawrence USD 497
|Lawrence Unified School District 497|
|Students and staff|
Lawrence Unified School District 497, commonly referred to as USD 497 or Lawrence Public Schools, is the governing body of the Lawrence, Kansas public school system. It was organized in 1965 and currently serves approximately 11,000 students from pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 and maintains 15 elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, a K–8 virtual school, a virtual high school, an adult learning center and a diploma-completion program. The district covers most of north central Douglas County, a small portion of Leavenworth County and a few square miles of Jefferson County.
District headquarters are located at 110 McDonald Drive in Lawrence.
USD 497 is currently served by seven elected officials who serve a four-year term without salary.
- Broken Arrow
- Kennedy (pre-K through 6)
- Langston Hughes
- New York
- Prairie Park
- Quail Run
- Sunset Hill
Until 2011, all middle school were called junior highs and had grades 7–9. As of 2011, middle schools have grades 6–8 and high schools have 9–12.
- Liberty Memorial Central Middle School
- South Middle School
- Southwest Middle School
- West Middle School
- Lawrence Virtual Schools, a K–8 and high school program located in former Centennial Elementary School
- Adult Learning Center, helps adult obtain a GED, located in the Lawrence High School annex
- Lawrence Diploma-Completion Program, helps adult obtain a Lawrence High, Free State or Perry-Lecompton high school diploma, located in the Malls Shopping Center