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From the Superintendent

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Mission Statement

 “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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“Lawrence Family Development is so grateful for the support from the community which we receive. 
We are pleased to announce the donation of seeds for our school-based, raised bed gardens.
Thank you to Johnny’s Seeds of Maine for helping us start our gardens!”


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" Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. "
Albert Einstein
LFDCS Offers Movie Night to K-1 through Grade 4 Families... PDF Print E-mail

On Friday, November 20, Lawrence Family Development Charter School families enjoyed watching the movie, Inside Out, in the school’s gymnasium, 400 Haverhill St. 300 children and their parents enjoyed a fun evening with refreshments and raffle prizes.  Board members also joined the merriment for this third annual event which the school offers to its families at no cost.  “We see this event as a way, during the Thanksgiving season, to say “thank you” to our wonderful families”, said Ms. Zori Davidovich – the school’s Parent Liaison.  In partnership with staff members, who volunteer their time for this special evening, Ms. Davidovich developed this activity as a way to bring the school’s families together for an evening that celebrates the school’s commitment to academic achievement and parent involvement.

LFDEF, Inc. & LFDCS Host STEM Center Ribbon Cutting PDF Print E-mail

On Thursday, October 22, Lawrence Family Development Education Fund, Inc. and Lawrence Family Development Charter School celebrated the ribbon cutting for the new LFDCS STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Center. This event marked the official opening and unveiling to donors, parents and community stakeholders. Attendees, in awe of the new facility, expressed gratitude to:

  • Holt & Bugbee Foundation - a family-owned, socially-responsible company in Tewksbury impressed by its Hispanic workforce. With a STEM Center donation, the company is eager to contribute to the workforce of tommorow…….
  • Mr. & Mrs. Kingman Webster - who donated their STEM gift to fund some of the STEM Center’s technology resources……
  • Ms. Cynthia Alekel Mohr & Family – a close friend of Lawrence Family Development Charter School and one of the first donors to the STEM Center. Her gifts to the Center were made with love for the students of Lawrence, where she was educated……
  • The Stevens Foundations – an ongoing supporter of Lawrence Family Development – the Foundation shows special concern for creating opportunities for new immigrant populations in the Merrimack Valley……
  • Webster Family Fund of Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) – a Fund which invests in Capital improvements.The funds awarded to Lawrence Family Development are from ECCF where Lawrence Family Development’s endowed high school scholarship fund is managed…..
  • Lawrence Family Development Facilities Team - attendees celebrated the tremendous skills and dedication of Lawrence Family Development’s Facilites staff members, who labored many hours to create a fabulous STEM facility for the school community…….

Student Ambassadors gave tours to benefactors, while also finding time to experiment with some of the new technology features of the Center. Students, faculty and guests marveled over the new 3D printer and flew one of the two drones available for student use. The STEM Center will be primarily used by students in the 5th through 8th grades. The Student Ambassadors that participated in welcoming guests and providing tours were: Grade 7 - Arianna Munoz, Albert Reyes, Kasey Bisono and Kelvin Lopez, Grade 8 - Adrian Rodriguez, Shamil Diaz, Ashley Lara and Samantha Hernandez. In addressing those gathered, the newly-hired LFDCS STEM Coordinator, George Masterson, quoted Sir Isaac Newton: "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."

Click below to see pictures of the STEM Center Opening

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LFDCS Annual High School Fair Attracts 27 Schools PDF Print E-mail

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 and boarding schools throughout New England. This year’s High School Admissions Fair was held on Wednesday, October 14 at the Upper School gymnasium at 404 Haverhill Street and was open to Upper School students accompanied by their parents. This is a great opportunity for parents and students to learn about the diverse and unique characteristics of independent and private New England secondary schools. Preceding the fair, LFDCS hosted for dinner the recruiting high schools’ admissions staff members and included a number of “Welcome Back” special alumni who also attended the fair. Many of our former LFDCS graduates accompany high school admissions staff to the High School Admissions Fair and are great “cheerleaders” for their new high school. Along with LFDCS students, invitees included Lawrence public schools’ students who are excellent students and members of area youth development organizations.

This year’s fair had the following high schools in attendance: Abbott Lawrence Academy (MA), Austin Preparatory School (MA), Academy of Notre Dame (MA), Berkshire School (MA), Bradford Christian Academy (MA), Brooks School (MA), Cambridge School of Weston (MA), Central Catholic High School (MA), Concord Academy (MA), Ethel Walker School (CT), Foxcroft Academy (ME), Fryeburg Academy (ME), Governor’s Academy (MA), Holderness School (NH), Milton Academy (MA), Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA), Northwood School (NY), Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School (MA), Phillips Academy Andover (MA), The Pingree School (MA), Pomfret School (CT), Presentation of Mary Academy Academy (MA), The Taft School (CT), The White Mountain School (NH) and Winchendon School (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 Placement Counselor, Carlos Cedeño, establishes the overall schedule of workshops to be delivered in the classrooms of grades 7 and 8 and is responsible for the outreach to area secondary schools as well as those throughout New England. The Placement Office plans and manages the High School Admissions Fair which includes in-school presentations by admissions directors and coordinated visits to many of the schools. In addition, the Placement Counselor meets with every eighth grade student and their parent(s) to discuss best options, sets deadlines for applications and completes hundreds of required forms.

Each year, Mr. Carlos Cedeño, LFDCS Placement Counselor, and Ms. Amelia Hernandez-Marinez, LFDCS Alumni Coordinator, work with Principal Dr. Susan Earabino and Head of School, Ms. Stephanie Cole, to increase the number of schools in LFDCS’ outreach portfolio and provide new opportunities for students’ consideration. These counselors and the LFDCS Upper School 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, full-time Alumni Coordinator, Ms. Hernandez-Marinez, also supports LFDCS Upper School students by providing workshops which helps students, once accepted, make the transition to high school. In addition to helping prepare upcoming graduating classes, she is responsible for meeting with all LFDCS alumni—LFDCS Classes of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015—and to follow-up on high school grades, monitor community service requirements and help alumni solve personal issues in order for them to focus their efforts on academic excellence.

Click below to view photos of this year's fair.

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K-2 Field Trip to Cider Hill Farm PDF Print E-mail

K-2 has been studying all about apples and the unit culminated in a field trip to Cider Hill Farm, in Amesbury. The students were taken by hay wagon up to the apple orchards where they each picked six apples to take home and one more to enjoy right there! They were driven back down the hill to a corn maze they went through to reach the picnic area. While they were having lunch, students enjoyed observing the chickens, pigs, and goats and riding the recycled tire swings that looked like horses. They were even allowed to jump on the hay bales.

It was a wonderful experience for the students and the chaperones!

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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, composed of parents and community leaders, provides valuable oversight and focuses on creating and upholding policies that support our students and their families. We also have initiated a new administrative structure with a principal and heads of upper and lower schools, who manage daily operations and discipline. Leadership from the ranks of the teaching staff is also highly evident, as teachers improve curriculum, serve as mentors to novice educators and work to attain National Board Certification.

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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