Lawrence Central High School

At Lawrence Central High School, academic and extra-curricular opportunities are as rich and diverse as the student body. Award winning programs abound, with classrooms striving to meet the needs of all students through varied instructional pathways and strategies.

General Info:

Address: 7300 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, 46226
Phone: (317) 964-7400
Open House Date: Virtual Tour, November 11, 6-8:00 pm

Q&A with Lawrence Central High School:

What makes Lawrence Central unique?

Lawrence Central is a public high school in the MSD of Lawrence Township serving approximately 2,500 students in northeast Indianapolis. At Lawrence Central:
– Students with diverse backgrounds, interests, talents, and goals belong to the same school community without compromising individuality and uniqueness
– Differences are celebrated and respected in a welcoming environment
– Rich programming for all ability levels and aspirations empowers everyone to reach their potential
– Life skills such as cross-cultural collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, effective community, and empathy are valued like test scores
– Achieving academic personal best and developing into well rounded future leaders defines excellence
– Ninth grade students attend a dedicated freshmen “school” within the high school to facilitate a smooth transition to high school.

What is Lawrence Central’s age/grade range?

Lawrence Central High School serves students in grades nine through twelve.
What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?
Enrollment is open at Lawrence Central High School and the school serves approximately 2,500 students.

What are the standard school day hours?

School hours are 8:50 AM – 3:40 PM.

Does Lawrence Central offer afterschool activities?

Lawrence Central offers participation in all IHSAA sanctioned sports and some additional club sports, including Lacrosse. Lawrence Central has a nationally ranked marching band in our Marching Pride of Lawrence Township as well as numerous choral, orchestral, dance, and other performing art ensembles/teams. Through these extracurricular activities students gain valuable experience that they carry with them through high school, college, and beyond.

In addition to our award winning performing arts and athletics programs, Lawrence Central offers numerous opportunities for students to be involved in the school community. Through the student council, Best Buddies, Key Club, LC Dance Marathon, and other clubs students gain experience by participating in and leading different student organizations. 

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Is there a uniform or dress code?

Students at Lawrence Central are not required to wear a uniform.

How many students attend Lawrence Central? How many students are in the average classroom?

Enrollment at Lawrence Central High School is approximately 2,500 students. Class sizes vary depending on course type and subject matter. Lawrence Central aims to keep class sizes low by offering a variety of courses available to all students on both the Lawrence Central and Lawrence North campus, as well as through the career and technical education available at McKenzie Center for Innovation & Technology.

Current 8th graders can also take advantage of our Bear for a Day shadow program and have an opportunity to experience the Lawrence Central classrooms. If interested please contact Robin Kontor at [email protected] or (317) 964-7481.

Does Lawrence Central have a homework policy?

Homework is subject matter dependent, and is generally consistent across a curricular department. Students should expect to be assigned homework. Many students build in a study hall period to allow time for additional support or homework completion.

Does Lawrence Central offer support for students with special needs?

Lawrence Central has a comprehensive program for exceptional learners. Programming promotes the integration of students with disabilities into the district initiatives of the project approach, response to instruction and cultural competency. Every student has accessible schools, educational supports and services including assistive technology to enable the students, their parents and staff to become positive advocates in developing an appropriate educational plan.

What specialty classes / extracurricular activities does Lawrence Central offer?

Available to all students at Lawrence Central High School, the McKenzie Center for Innovation & Technology (MCIT) offers electives featuring state-of-the-art equipment and materials in the classrooms and labs. Offering 15 national certifications, MCIT embraces rigorous academic programs and diverse technological career courses, which prepare its college and career-bound students for post-secondary education, military service, workplace entry, or advanced technical training in a variety of business, medical, and industrial fields. MCIT is also the home of the state and national award-winning Team 1024 Kil-A-Bytes Robotics Team. LINK TO MCIT WEBSITE HERE.


Recognized as a “Best Community for Music Education,” by the National Association of Music Merchants for eight consecutive years, Lawrence Central is a known leader in performing arts education. Emphasizing performing arts education from an early age and culminating with the award-winning Marching Pride of Lawrence Township, show choirs, orchestras, concert bands, drum lines, dance groups, and theater, Lawrence Central High School performing arts boast a reputable staff, exemplary programming, and first class facilities.

A winning tradition in athletics is evident at Lawrence Central High School. Offering 21 varsity sports with state titles, student athletes strive not only to win, but to play with integrity and sportsmanlike conduct, regardless of score.

What are Lawrence Central’s safety policies?

At Lawrence Central High School, keeping students safe is the top priority. During school hours, external doors remain locked and security personnel are stationed at building entrances. Lawrence Central requires that students carry a school ID and submit to random metal detection by full time security officers stationed at the building upon entry as a proactive and precautionary measure.

What extra safety measures is Lawrence Central taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented stressors and restrictions on schools across the country. Through all of this uncertainty, we will remain devoted to our values and our mission of educating all students through innovation and dedication. The district has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols, mandated the wearing of masks, enforced social distancing, and restricted school visitors to help protect students and staff. Students at the secondary level are currently operating a hybrid model per the Marion County Public Health Department, with no more 50% of the student body on campus at any given time. A full virtual learning environment is available to all students K-12. A comprehensive web page dedicated to COVID-19 protocols is available on the district website.

Who should parents contact for more information about Lawrence Central?

Mr. Adrian Gatewood, Freshman School Principal
[email protected]