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 “Strong families, working in partnership with the school as advocates for academic achievement, will create an environment where every child has the opportunity to acquire the foundation skills and habits of mind that foster life-long learning, citizenship participation, and personal fulfillment.”

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The Leader Reader ACADEMY - October, 2020

The Leader Reader LOWER SCHOOL - October, 2020

The Leader Reader UPPER SCHOOL - October, 2020

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Enjoying the Beautiful Day! PDF Print E-mail

SY'2020-21 is a different year for all of us. We do not know if class pictures will be able to be done this year, so we took advantage of this beautiful October day and made it happen. We took a mask on, mask off class photo outside and then a fun picture on a playground structure. All homeroom teachers will be able to send parents the photos so they can print them out. We hope you enjoy viewing them as much as the children enjoyed posing for them!

Welcome Back K-2 and Grade 1 Students! PDF Print E-mail

We have missed the students so much and were delighted to see so many returning this morning. Our new K-2 desks were a big hit!

Students remembered the rules about walking in the hallways and on the stairs, they raised their hands when they had a question or comment and cleaned up after they had breakfast and lunch. K-2 students danced in Spanish with Ms. Sosa while keeping socially distant.

All in all it was a very successful first day, and we couldn't be happier!

SY'2020-2021 School Opening Plan PDF Print E-mail

Below is an updated letter that was sent home to parents from Superintendent Carrero regarding the SY'2020-2021 Opening Plan for LFDCS. At the end of this letter please click on the link to read this letter in Spanish.

Dear Parents,

I hope this letter finds you and your families well. This letter is to inform you of our plans for opening school in the 2020-2021 school year. You may know that Lawrence has the fifth highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Massachusetts. Because Lawrence has so many COVID-19 cases and is not experiencing a downturn yet, we have decided to start the year in full remote learning for the first quarter of school September - November. We will reassess the situation in November to decide if we can reopen next term. All students except those in K-1,   K-2, and Grade 1 will learn remotely.

Here is what you need to know now. More information to follow:

  1. The Academy (10 Railroad Street) for Grades K-1, K-2 and Grade 1 will be open, and all students in that building will learn in person with all their teachers and support staff! School will open on September 14 at 7:45am for K-2 and first grade. K-1 will begin September 15 at 7:45am. There is adequate space for all the safety precautions we must put in place. Because there is research that children in that young age range do not learn as well remotely as they do in person we will have classes as usual for those children. If you do not want your child to attend school as usual, you must fill out a Remote Learning form so your child can stay home for the first term. Students in K-1, K-2 and Grade 1 are not eligible to attend the Remote Learning Academy.
  2. All students in grades 2-8 will come to school for two days the first week of school, September 14-18.
  3. A Remote Learning Academy is being created in two separate buildings who need more support in learning remotely or whose parents are unable to stay home and supervise them. They are 404 Haverhill Street (Quintana Center) for grades 2-4; and on 417 Canal Street (SISU Center) for students in grades 5-6. The hours will be 7:30am-3:00pm. Support with assignments and projects will be provided along with remote activities for all students. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be included. There is an application form, and the fee is $100 each week. The After-School Program is available to those students at the Remote Learning Academy from 3:00-5:45pm for a cost of $50 each week.

Group A students will attend Monday and Tuesday September 14-15. Group B students will attend Thursday and Friday, September 17-18. They must be dropped off at 7:45am. At that time, they must return any school Chromebooks so they can get an updated Chromebook to use this term. Those two days teachers will explain the routines, expectations and details that will ensure that students will be successful remote learners. Parents will receive information about attendance, grading, participation and other important details. After that week, all classes will occur remotely.

We miss your children and hope that COVID-19 begins to recede so we can all be together again. We are committed to the best educational opportunity for our students. Beginning a school year in remote learning is very different from learning remotely, as we did at the end of last year's school year during March - June. There will be grading, attendance and participation expectations as we have when learning in person, and you will be receiving more information about these things.

As mentioned in the past, parent/teacher conferences will be via Zoom and the same for other meetings including monthly parent coffees. This year these meeting will be done by building so we can efficiently address topics and other important matters pertaining to the grade levels of each building and will try to shift these meetings to accommodate working parents to the late afternoon.

We are all experiencing this new way to teach and learn together and will get through this together because we are family.


Ralph Carrero, Superintendent



Innovative Learning Team PDF Print E-mail

Rising to the challenges of remote teaching & learning in 2019 - 2020 

Lawrence Family Development Charter School's Innovative Learning Team (ILT) was established in the 2018-2019 school year to use digital tools in the classroom thoughtfully, effectively, and efficiently.

Below are two examples of the work LFDCS teachers have done, associated to the ILT. Interested in see more? Click on the Innovative Learning Team in the SPOTLIGHT section.



Academic Program

Our program includes a dual-language model with students learning in both Spanish and English. The goal is to enable students to attain advanced levels of functional proficiency in two languages and to promote understanding of and appreciation for the cultures represented by the languages studied. The primary objective is to teach students language and literacy skills that will allow them to function effectively in both their personal and professional lives. We feel the development of literacy will foster a love of learning to read, and then the competency of reading to learn.


We believe there is a strong link between school success and effective and consistent leadership. As a result, our Board of Trustees, is composed of parents, alumni and community stakeholders who provide valuable oversight and focus on creating and upholding policies that support our students and their families. Our administrative structure consists of a Principal and three Heads of School who manage daily operations and discipline. Leadership from the ranks of the teaching staff is also highly evident, as teachers improve curriculum and serve as mentors to novice educators.

Community Partnerships

Our goal is to work with many individuals and organizations in order to provide the resources necessary to enhance and enrich the lives of our students, both during the day and in our extended day and extended year programs. The quality and breadth of our community partnership program is unique. We work with an extensive array of local private schools, parent and community volunteers and organizations providing on-site programs.

Parent Partners

We believe that when parents are actively involved in their children’s education, students have a better chance of succeeding academically. At LFDCS parents are required to be active participants in the education of their children. Parents serve on our Board of Trustees, participate in training programs designed to help them work with their children at home, volunteer in the classroom and on field trips and assist with fundraising initiatives. All parents sign a contract that places high expectations on their participation both at school and at home.


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(K-1, K2 & Grade 1)
  10 Railroad Street, Lawrence, MA 01841
  (P) 978 258-6210
LOWER SCHOOL (Grades 2-4)
  34 West Street, Lawrence MA 01841
  (P) 978 689-9863  (F) 978 689-8133
UPPER SCHOOL (Grades 5-8)
  400 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA 01841
  (P) 978 738-0609   (F) 978 651-2207