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Lawrence, MA
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LFDCS will be closed until Monday, May 4, 2020

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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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Update on COVID-19 PDF Print E-mail

Dear LFDCS Families,

Due to Governor Baker's restrictions, Lawrence Family Development Charter School will be closed until Monday, May 4, 2020.

K-1 through Grade 3 parents and students can access at-home resources on this webpage. At the top right of this page, scroll over to Resources and scroll down to Online Programs and click on Clever. Grades 4-8 parents and students can access at-home resources through Schoology.

It does appear that we will be able to complete the school year before the end of June and this will not effect summer vacation.

We will continue to provide updates via email and on our website.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility during this fluid situation and will continue to communicate with you throughout this period.

Please click the Google Translate button in the top right corner of the website to read in Spanish.


Ralph L. Carrero, Superintendent

25th Anniversary Fundraiser/Gala Postponed PDF Print E-mail

I am sorry to let you know that the twenty-fifth Anniversary of Lawrence Family Development Charter School Fundraiser/Gala, scheduled for Saturday, March 28, has been postponed. We are unsure when we will reschedule this event, and those who bought a ticket will receive a refund by mail.

Thank you,

Ralph Carrero, Superintendent

Makerspace Comes to the Academy PDF Print E-mail

K-2 and First Grade now have a Makerspace class, incorporating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Music) into the Specials day, along with Music, Art and Physical Education.

Ms. Shrivastava has been planning activities that get the children working cooperatively in groups to solve problems like how to create the longest paper chain from one piece of paper, how to build a stack of empty crayon boxes strong enough to support a heavy book and how to get apples to stand on top of each other.

Students are encouraged to use their imaginations and creativity and are learning to share their thoughts and ideas and listen to others share their ideas as well. Students learn by trial and error, finding that their mistakes enable them to inevitably succeed as they learn from each one how to improve their original plan.

Ms. Shrivastava has been collecting cardboard, empty egg cartons, boxes and any recycled materials she can find. Feel free to contact her with anything you think she may find useful in her projects at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

LFDCS Holds its 11th Annual High School Fair on Thursday, October 10 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 throughout New England. On Wednesday, October 10, 2019, 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.

This year thirty-four local, parochial and independent high schools attended the fair and talked with LFDCS seventh and eighth grade students and local community organizations students about the benefits of attending their school.

The following high schools were in attendance at the fair: Berwick Academy*, Abbott Lawrence Academy, Belmont Hill School, Berkshire School, Bishop Fenwick High School, Bradford Christian Academy, Brooks School, Cambridge School Weston, Central Catholic High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Clark School*, Concord Academy, Cushing Academy, Deerfield Academy, Greater Lawrence Vocational School, Groton School, Holderness School, Hotchkiss School, Lawrence Academy, Marianapolis Preparatory School*, Middlesex School*, Milton Academy, Miss Hall’s School, Noble & Greenough, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School, Phillips Academy Andover, Phillips Exeter Academy, Pingree School, Proctor Academy, St. John’s Preparatory School, Tabor Academy, Walnut Hill School for Arts*, Waring School*, White Mountain School.

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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, 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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  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
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  400 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA 01841
  (P) 978 738-0609   (F) 978 651-2207