Lawrence School

Lawrence School Photo #1 - Families travel from all over Northeast Ohio to join a K-12 school community where learning differences are both understood and embraced. We know great minds don't think alike!
Lawrence School Photo #1 - Families travel from all over Northeast Ohio to join a K-12 school community where learning differences are both understood and embraced. We know great minds don't think alike!
Lawrence School Photo #2 - Lawrence learners build a solid literacy foundation through Orton-Gillingham based multisensory instruction. We're experts at teaching kids to read!
Lawrence School Photo #3 - With only 8-10 learners per classroom, being "invisible" isn't an option. This is how we ensure every student feels supported and gets the personalized instruction and attention they need.
Lawrence School Photo #4 - Technology is woven into Lawrence's curriculum through thoughtful K-12 integration. For students with learning differences, these tools can bridge skill gaps, unleash independence, and level the academic playing field.
Lawrence School Photo #5 - Our faculty are educational experts. They skillfully implement diverse teaching strategies to help every learner reach their "a-ha" moment.
Lawrence School Photo #6 - Lawrence's robust athletic and extracurricular offerings help students discover passions, gain leadership skills, feel a sense of belonging, and make new friends. Go Lions!
Lawrence School Photo #7 - Students visit a variety of off-campus sites and cultural institutions. We believe these experiences build the background knowledge that leads to a true understanding of concepts taught in the classroom.
Lawrence School Photo #8 - When students are in an environment where their learning style is accepted and celebrated, they are free to be themselves and begin to believe in their abilities. This self-confidence can change their whole life trajectory.
Lawrence School Photo #9 - Conveniently located in Broadview Heights, the Lower school serves grades K-6. The building also houses the Schafer Center for Learning Differences, which offers guidance for families seeking solutions for their child's learning challenges.
Lawrence School Photo #10 - Lawrence School's Sagamore Hills Campus, home to grades 7-12, offers more than 50 acres of outdoor space and features a lake, theater, art studio, science labs, wooded running trails, athletic fields, and a greenhouse.
For more than 50 years, Lawrence School has delivered academic excellence to students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and executive function challenges. Often called learning disabilities, we prefer the term learning difference. Disability implies a person can't learn, but that's not true at all--our students simply learn differently!
Through small classes, evidence-based instruction, and a culture of empowerment, Lawrence learners close academic skill gaps and are prepared for success in college and beyond.
Lawrence School's K-12 curriculum and multisensory instructional approach is based on the well-known Orton-Gillingham philosophy. All lessons are presented using a combination of visual, tactile, auditory, and kinesthetic activities, making concepts easier to understand and retain.
Lawrence's on-site Ethan D. Schafer Center for Learning Differences serves as a comprehensive resource for all Northeast Ohio parents. The staff psychologists evaluate learning needs, offer resources, and direct families to appropriate services.

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and Executive Function Challenges.
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
346 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade
Lawrence School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
63 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
9 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Students wear clothing from Lands End School Uniform catalog

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
$20,000-$35,000; scholarships available
Summer Program Cost Notes
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Bill Musolf
Admissions Associate
Kristin Averell


Total Sports Offered
7 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
13 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Beta Club, Bowling, Cooking Club, Drama, Fishing, National Honor Society, Rock Climbing, Ski Club, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Choir, Rock Band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Esports Club

School Notes

  • Students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia are at their best when their learning differences are understood and accepted, when appropriate accommodations are available, and most importantly, when their strengths as learners are defined, affirmed, and cultivated.At Lawrence School, this is our way of life--built on the foundation that school is a safe place for students to engage in their own unique way.
  • Our faculty are engaged lifelong learners who areexperts in learning differences.
  • Our programfeatures personalized instruction,executive function coaching, encouragement of self-advocacy, integrated assistive technology, frequent progress monitoring, and an evidence-based multisensory curriculum.
  • Lawrence School is widely considered to be among the best schools in the United States for students who learn differently, because we know great minds don't think alike!
Source: Verified school update

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  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
Hello I am a psychologist I have a bachelor's degree in psychology from Egypt and a certificate of Master's in special education from the University of Eaton US and a lot of specialized in the field of rehabilitation of people with special needs courses in addition to that I have five years experience in working with autism and years of experience in working with the blind all of them in Qatar I will go to live in America within six months and look forward to working with you pest regarding
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Lawrence school has a very good support system. It is nearly impossible to fail. The teachers are very helpful. I was originally very behind accordance to old school when I entered but I was eventually able to catch up and excel in school. My goal was to eventually go back to a mainstream school and after three semesters I was able to start transitioning back. With the skills I learned I was able to take honors level courses and keep a B average at Shaker and I am looking forward to college and without Lawrence my academic success would have never been possible.
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