Guidance and Academics
Lawrence Central is a comprehensive high school with the mission of serving the needs of a very diverse population. This diversity is one of the qualities that makes Lawrence Central a great environment for learning. Lawrence Central is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and by the Indiana Department of Education. It is cited by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the nation’s outstanding secondary schools.
The rich academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs, quality support of the community, and
a caring and highly professional staff are among the many characteristics of Lawrence Central that create an atmosphere that promotes success for all. Award-winning programs abound, not only for the academically gifted, but also for those with gifts in performing arts, athletics, or elective and demand- driven areas.
Lawrence Central offers a multitude of academic programs from which students can choose, including: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Advanced College Project, Core 40, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), English as a New Language, and a comprehensive Exceptional
Career Education, Technology, Biomedical, and Engineering offerings are available in collaboration with the McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology, where students learn skills valued in today’s job market.
Lawrence Central and Lawrence North high schools both offer a wide range of Advanced Placement courses, offering students the opportunity to take courses with more challenging college-level content. Because these are college-level (freshmen) courses they usually require significantly more time and effort than the typical high school level class. Most use college level textbooks. The AP science courses may require additional laboratory work outside of the school day due to the specialized nature of laboratory work. AP courses are weighted.
Students who complete AP courses are eligible to take the AP exams and may qualify for college credit at most colleges and universities.
Distinguished Graduate Program
Beginning with the Class of 2022, the MSD of Lawrence Township will be adopting a Distinguished Graduate Program. This program, beyond the Academic Top 30, seeks to honor more seniors for their academic and co-curricular success in high school.
Those identified as distinguished grads will be selected by a committee and must complete and submit a rubric outlining academic performance and co-curricular involvement.
Click here to access the Distinguished Graduate Program Rubric.
Using the Class of 2020 as a pilot, a point threshold will be determined for the Class of 2022 and beyond. This information will be shared publicly when it is available.
Please contact the building principal with any questions about the Distinguished Graduate Program.