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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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MA Department of Education Board Approves LFDCS Expansion PDF Print E-mail

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, the MA Commissioner of Education, Jeffrey C. Riley, recommended to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (“BESE”) and BESE approved the recommendation for Lawrence Family Development Charter School (“LFDCS”) to increase its maximum student enrollment from 800 to 1,000 students by SY'2029-2030.

By increasing enrollment, the school seeks to serve more Lawrence families and reduce the number of students placed on its waitlist. On average, the school has waitlisted 172 students for its 83 pre-kindergarten spots over the past three years. For the current school year, the school waitlisted 204 students for pre-kindergarten and 108 students for kindergarten. While an increase of 200 students will not address this issue in its entirety, it is a positive response to a community need. This is a controlled growth plan, so it will have minimal, if any, impact on the region and the city’s public schools. This plan includes the addition of 20 students in K-1, K-2 and grade 1 beginning in SY’2022-2023 (a total of 60 students) and the addition of 20 students per year at the K-1 level beginning in SY’2023-2024 and for the next six years until the maximum enrollment of 1,000 students has been reached in SY’2029-2030.

BESE recognized LFDCS’ strong performance as one of the reasons for approving its expansion request. In his recommendation memorandum, dated February 12, 2021, to BESE, Commissioner Riley stated, “In addition to demonstrating successful academic student performance, the Department assesses the organizational and financial viability of the charter school and its performance on various indicators such as attrition, attendance, retention and discipline rates.”

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Thank you to all who supported the 55” Samsung TV and HP Laptop Raffles and purchased tickets.

We raised $3,810 towards our LFDCS Scholarship Fund.

A special thank you to Ms. Castleman and Dr. Earabino for picking the winners out of the tumbler.

The lucky winners are actually parents from the ACADEMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Karelyn and Juan Rozon, parents of a student in Ms. Kearney’s class (K-1) won the 55” Samsung TV!

Vanessa Guzman, parent of a student in Ms. Reeve’s class (K-1) won the HP Laptop!

Update Regarding Instructional Model PDF Print E-mail

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January 28, 2021

Dear LFDCS Families,

As you are aware, our community continues to remain in the High Risk (Red) Zone. Lawrence ranks third in overall case count, first in average daily incidence rate per capita, third in two-week case count, and second in percent positive (17.05%). We want to ensure that our students continue to have access to high-quality curriculum and assignments during this time; therefore, we plan to continue to remain in the current instructional model for Term 3:

  • Academy, in-person with remote option
  • Lower and Upper Schools, remote
  • Remote Learning Academy, in-person at SISU and Quintana

If you have any questions, please reach out to the appropriate Head of School.

Please take a moment to review this letter and talk with your child about the importance of continuing their education during this time. We need your support to ensure the success of our efforts! We understand you have many responsibilities, but please help to:

  • Ensure that your child is logging in daily to attend virtual classes
  • Ensure that your child is completing all required assignments and submitting these to their teacher in a timely manner
  • Encourage your child to reach out to their teacher if they have any questions or concerns or need any extra help

Our teachers are working diligently to support you and your child in the best possible way to be successful during this unprecedented time in history.  We know you are, too.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Wishing you all safety and health,

Ralph Sig

Ralph L. Carrero, Supeintendent

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January 15, 2021


Dear LFDCS Families:


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19. Given the intensive Commonweath-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID-19 vaccination efforts. DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.


Darshan Thakkar, JD, PhD.

Assistant Superintendent


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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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(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