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" A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. "
Renovation of the Convent provided the space we needed to expand our existing 60-student kindergarten program for five-year-olds into a 120-student program for four and five year olds. Convent renovations also provided the classroom space needed to address the growing demand for adult services such as Citizenship Education and ESOL. A new adult computer lab was included and basic computer training is currently being offered to parents of students and the general population of the City of Lawrence.
This project converted a vacant parochial school and convent in the midst of a low-income neighborhood to a revitalized urban campus, improving academic opportunities for inner city youth and adults as well as the viability and appearance of a visible city block. The savings we have and will experience through this project (leased classrooms, a rented gymnasium at a third location, reduction in bus transportation) provides the funding that we need to make our monthly mortgage payments.
LFDCS opened in 1995 with 178 students enrolled in Kindergarten through third grade. It has grown since then to a Kindergarten-1 through eighth grade institution with an enrollment of 720 students. Admission to the school is based on a yearly lottery to fill 80 K-1 seats that are available every September. Vacancies that exist in other grades when school opens in September are also filled through the lottery system. Over 900 children are currently on the waiting list for admission to LFDCS.
Our educational program features small class size to enhance learning potential. Kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms have a maximum of 20 students. Seventh and eighth grade classrooms have no more than 15 students. LFDCS is committed to providing equitable access to programs that are of high quality and developmentally appropriate, while ensuring that a focus on student learning is maintained through frequent and appropriate assessments of the educational program and students. Our curriculum is standards based and reflects complete alignment with the Massachusetts State Frameworks.