Since 2009, Lawrence Family Development Charter School (LFDCS) has sponsored a High School Admissions Fair by inviting to its campus the admissions representatives from primarily admissions-based high schools throughout New England. On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, preceding the High School Admissions Fair, LFDCS hosted for dinner the recruiting High Schools’ Admissions staff members and also included at the dinner a “Welcome Back” for a number of special alumni who attend the fair as returning LFDCS graduates. LFDCS alumni accompany their high school admissions staff to the High School Admissions Fair and are great “cheerleaders” for their high school.
The High School Admissions Fair is open to upper school students who are accompanied by their parents and becomes an opportunity to learn about the great diversity of secondary school options. Invitations to the 2016 High School Admissions Fair, which this year was held in the gymnasium at Lawrence Family Development Charter School’s Upper School at 400 Haverhill Street, were mailed to primarily admissions-based high schools. For most parents at LFDCS, the High School Admissions Fair is their first look at the diverse and unique characteristics of independent and private New England secondary schools. The Annual High School Fair held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 had the following high schools in attendance: Abbott Lawrence Academy, Lawrence, MA, Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro, MA, Bradford Christian Academy, Haverhill, MA, Brooks School, North Andover, MA, CATS Academy Boston/Braintree, Braintree, MA, Central Catholic High School, Lawrence, MA,Concord Academy, Concord, MA, Governor's Academy, Byfield, MA, Greater Lawrence Vocational School, Lawrence, MA, Groton School, Groton, MA, Holderness School, Holderness, NH, Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA, Milton Academy, Milton, ME, Noble & Greenough, Dedham, MA, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Gill, MA, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School, Lawrence, MA, Phillips Academy Andover, Andover, MA, Pingree School, South, Hamilton, MA, Presentation of Mary Academy, Methuen, MA, St. John's Preparatory School, Danvers, MA, St. Mark's School, Southborough, MA, Tabor Academy, Marion, MA, White Mountain School, Bethlehem, NH, The Winchendon School, Winchendon, MA
The Lawrence Family Development Charter School Placement Office is at the core of a successful high school transition program called “Opening Doors.” Throughout the year, the Secondary School Coordinators, Christine Easton and Shawna Ortega, establish the overall schedule of workshops to be delivered in the classrooms of grades 7 and 8 and are responsible for the outreach to area secondary schools as well as those throughout New England. The Secondary School Coordinators’ office also plans and manages the High School Admissions Fair, coordinates visits to many of the high schools which includes in-school presentations by admissions directors. In addition, the Secondary School Coordinators meet with every eighth grade student and their parent(s) to discuss best options, set the deadlines for applications and complete hundreds of required forms. Each year Christine and Shawna will work with Principal, Dr. Susan Earabino, and Head of the Upper School, Ms. Stephanie Cole, to increase the number of schools in LFDCS’ outreach portfolio and provide new opportunities for students’ consideration. These Secondary School Coordinators and the LFDCS upper school teaching team assist eighth graders to submit applications to one or more admissions-based secondary schools and assist parents in filling out their financial aid forms. In addition, teachers are supported with writing recommendation letters and mailing over 200 applications. To assist with the success of LFDCS graduates once they matriculate into high school Christine and Shawna facilitate LFDCS upper school student workshops which helps students, once accepted, make the transition to high school. To view pictures from the fair, click below: