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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.”



Five LFDCS Students to Attend UNH STEM Camp

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This July, five middle school students from the Lawrence Family Development Charter School will be attending UNH Tech Camp where they will participate in a summer enrichment program focused on science, technology, engineering and math. Thanks to financial assistance from the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, these students will attend the weeklong residential program in Durham, NH, at no cost. The students attending are Azul Cabrera, Mikayla Cisneros, Xalix Jaquez, Rodnelfy Paulino and Adriana Reyes.

Since 2017, 37 students from the Lawrence Family Development Charter School have attended UNH Tech Camp thanks to financial assistance made possible by the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund.

"UNH Tech Camp has provided our students with access to a dynamic summer STEM program that emphasizes collaboration, creative thinking and problem solving,” says George Masterson, M.Ed., STEM Coordinator at Lawrence Family Development Charter School. “It’s a great growth opportunity on many levels. Not only do the students make new friends and gain valuable skills but they also get a glimpse of what their secondary education could look like."

Introducing students to new pathways that exist within the world of STEM is central to the Tech Camp mission, says Carmela Amato-Wierda, Director of Tech Camp and a professor at UNH.

“Tech Camp empowers students, regardless of their background or experience level, to gain a better understanding of numerous STEM concepts through fun, hands-on activities,” she explains. “They also get to work with teachers, graduate students and STEM professionals in a supportive environment on a vibrant college campus. It can really be life changing. Founded in 2007, UNH Tech Camp offers students in grades 5-12 the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities focused on subject areas that range from rocketry and computer coding to environmental science and regenerative medicine. An important component of the Tech Camp philosophy is to foster a diverse and inclusive community, providing STEM education to students from all ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.  

The Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation, is focused on closing the opportunity and achievement gap for thousands of youth in Greater Lawrence each year by providing enrichment activities during out-of-school time. For 30 years, this fund has supported high-quality summer programs that enhance social, academic and emotional abilities; discourage unhealthy behaviors by providing safe alternatives; and reduce summer learning loss.

Picnic Table Scholarship Fundraiser Raises $3,675 for LFDCS Graduates PDF Print E-mail

Congratulations to Hector Marquez, this year's Picnic Table Scholarship Fundraiser Raffle Winner!

Hector is a co-worker of one of our parents. The student who sold the winning ticket was Ideth Matos, a grade 5 student.

Two students pulled the winning ticket:  Scarlett Henriquez from Ms. Doulames's class and Adiel Vargas from Ms. Clark's class.

Thank you to all who participated in this fundraiser--we raised $3,675 for LFDCS graduates to attend the high schools of their dreams!

LFDCS Poetry Club PDF Print E-mail

On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, the LFDCS Poetry Club had its Poetry Celebration to celebrate its months of poetry learning.

Every week seventh and eighth grade students in the club read, wrote and discussed poetry. Students learned about different forms of poetry and wrote within the rules of different formats. The vocabulary specific to poetry was also a weekly topic.

The culminating project was creating a The Color of Poetry, a coloring book for young children. After reading poems written for young children, students tried writing one and found that it is not so easy! The coloring book consists of a poem written by each student and a poem selected from collections of young children’s poetry books. Each poem was accompanied by a line drawing for children to color.

They were excited to see the book published with enough copies to give one to each child at the Academy.


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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