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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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Girl Scouts and New Lego Robotics in the After School STEM Program PDF Print E-mail
In the spirit of engaging female student participation in the sciences, LFDCS recently hosted an event for our 4th grade students on computer programming. This coding program was a joint effort between Comcast, the Girl Scouts and the LFDCS After School STEM Program. Each computer the girls programmed was on devices called Raspberry Pi's, which is an introductory device used for coding. During the program, students were supervised by a team of experts who guided our students to successfully program the computers to make an audible signal, a visual signal and even construct their own Ms. Packman game! The Raspberry Pi mini-course is just one of the many offerings of curriculum that LFDCS and the Girl Scouts provide for the After School STEM Program. LFDCS also has a new program for Upper School students. Every Tuesday after school LFDCS students in grades 6-8 participate in a Lego Robotics Program at the STEM Center. The Lego Robotics program is the result a joint effort between the Latino STEM Alliance (LSA) and the LFDCS STEM After School Program. The robotics program teaches students the benefit of collaborative problem solving, computer coding and engineering skills. Beyond assembling and programing robots, the curriculum focuses on content learning for the engineering design process, collaborative practice and 21st century skills. All students keep a journal throughout the year to document their experiences in the program. Documenting individual and team learning in the form of written expression is crucial for recording, measuring and documenting our success with the robotics program in its first year. With this in mind, LFDCS and the LSA measures each team members’ success in problem-solving, leadership, teamwork and communication during every session. The Lego Robotics Program runs throughout the entire school year. Students will partake in field trips, have parental engagement events and compete in a robotics competition against other schools from across the state.
Practicing Their Computer Skills PDF Print E-mail

Massachusetts is quickly headed toward all standardized testing being done online. 

LFDCS is up to the challenge and making sure that our students at the Academy are practicing computer skills. The Academy recently received an iPad cart and K-1 teachers and students could not wait to try them out.

Dr. Kim and Ms. St. Jean worked together to find some child-friendly apps that would help the students with letter recognition and letter formation as well as some reading programs that will help them with letter sounds and word recognition!

LFDCS Hosts 8th Annual High School Admissions Fair 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 12, 2016, 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.

The High School Admissions Fair is open to upper school students who are accompanied by their parents and becomes an opportunity to learn about the great diversity of secondary school options. Invitations to the 2016 High School Admissions Fair, which this year was held in the gymnasium at Lawrence Family Development Charter School’s Upper School at 400 Haverhill Street, were mailed to primarily admissions-based high schools. For most parents at LFDCS, the High School Admissions Fair is their first look at the diverse and unique characteristics of independent and private New England secondary schools. The Annual High School Fair held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 had the following high schools in attendanceAbbott Lawrence Academy, Lawrence, MA, Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro, MA, Bradford Christian Academy, Haverhill, MA, Brooks School, North Andover, MA, CATS Academy Boston/Braintree, Braintree, MA,  Central Catholic High School, Lawrence, MA,Concord Academy, Concord, MA, Governor's Academy, Byfield, MA, Greater Lawrence Vocational School, Lawrence, MA, Groton School, Groton, MA, Holderness School, Holderness, NH, Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA, Milton Academy, Milton, ME, Noble & Greenough, Dedham, MA, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Gill, MA, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School, Lawrence, MA, Phillips Academy Andover, Andover, MA, Pingree School, South, Hamilton, MA, Presentation of Mary Academy, Methuen, MA, St. John's Preparatory School, Danvers, MA, St. Mark's School, Southborough, MA, Tabor Academy, Marion, MA, White Mountain School, Bethlehem, NH, The Winchendon School, Winchendon, 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 Secondary School Coordinators, Christine Easton and Shawna Ortega, establish the overall schedule of workshops to be delivered in the classrooms of grades 7 and 8 and are responsible for the outreach to area secondary schools as well as those throughout New England. The Secondary School Coordinators’ office also plans and manages the High School Admissions Fair, coordinates visits to many of the high schools which includes in-school presentations by admissions directors. In addition, the Secondary School Coordinators meet with every eighth grade student and their parent(s) to discuss best options, set the deadlines for applications and complete hundreds of required forms. Each year Christine and Shawna will work with Principal, Dr. Susan Earabino, and Head of the Upper School, Ms. Stephanie Cole, to increase the number of schools in LFDCS’ outreach portfolio and provide new opportunities for students’ consideration. These Secondary School Coordinators and the LFDCS upper school teaching 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 Christine and Shawna facilitate LFDCS upper school student workshops which helps students, once accepted, make the transition to high school. To view pictures from the fair, click below: 

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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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