Lawrence School’s comprehensive guidance program encourages students to take an active role in exploring and planning for their future. Starting freshman year, each student works closely with the Director of Post-Secondary Guidance to match academic assessments with areas of interest. Both students and parents are encouraged to take an honest look at how affinities, abilities and strengths might complement school and career choices.
FACT: 35% of children with learning differences drop out of high school. This is twice the rate of students without learning differences. (Source: 23rd annual report to Congress).
FACT: 84% of Lawrence graduates attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university.
Lawrence School helps prepare each student for the transition from Lawrence School to post-secondary life. This includes career guidance, financial aid and scholarship assistance, college planning, college application guidance, standardized testing, vocational guidance, essay writing tips, study skill advice, test taking preparation and more.
Throughout the process, each student explores his or her schooling and occupational options while developing strong personal and social development as an individual. The experience is meant not only to prepare the student for the future, but also help the student build confidence and self-worth by exploring strengths and long-term aspirations.
FACT: Only 13% of students with learning differences (compared to 53% of students in general education population) have attended a four-year post-secondary program within two years of leaving high school. (Source: National Longitudinal Transition Study, 1994)
FACT: 66% of Lawrence graduates attend a 4-year college or university.
While 83% of Lawrence students go on to attend a two- or four-year college or university, a percentage of students do elect to go directly to the workplace as an apprentice or intern or join the military to continue their education.
The success of our students is not simply reflected by how they thrive within the walls of our school. We believe that learning is a journey which extends far beyond school, and part of our job is to provide students with the tools they need to become learners for life.
Post-Secondary Guidance Calendar of Events
Financial Aid for College
Dan Symons - 2006 Lawrence Graduate
“I was diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school, and was told from the beginning I would never be an independent adult or read above the fourth grade reading level.
After seven years of being told I was nothing, and wouldn’t be able to learn, I believed them. I felt like I was invisible and gave up hope for my future.
Then, the summer of seventh grade my parents found Lawrence School and immediately enrolled me.
Today, I am a proud graduate – not only from the Lawrence Class of 2006, but from the Notre Dame College Class of 2010, where I received my BA in information technology and business administration, and maintained a G.P.A. of 3.3.
Currently, I am working full time as an IT Administrator with a national health and wellness retail chain. I also enjoy mentoring other students with dyslexia and doing public speaking to raise awareness of learning differences.
Lawrence School’s method is one-of-a-kind and without the individual attention, small class sizes and witty teaching style, I can genuinely say I would not be who I am today. The support from my Lawrence teachers, staff, and peers bolstered my confidence in myself and helped me reach my full potential.”
|Cavaliers/FirstMerit Scholarship Program|
The Cleveland Cavaliers and FirstMerit Bank understand the importance of continued education, and we are pleased to offer high school seniors in Northeast Ohio with the opportunity to receive a college or post-high school education scholarship. Through the Cavaliers/FirstMerit Scholarship Program, we will award ten(10) $2,000 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Graduating high school seniors who intend to pursue a post-high school education are eligible to apply. Students must complete the following:
- Scholarship entry form
- 500-word essay on the following question: "What's the most important lesson you've learned up to this point in your life and how do you plan to apply that lesson going forward?"
- Most current high school transcript
- ACT or SAT scores (if applying to a four year institution)
- One (1) letter of recommendation from a high school faculty member
All materials must be submitted to the Cavaliers/FirstMerit Scholarship Program by February 14, 2014. Please see Mrs. Mattes for a copy of the application.
|Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation|
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is awarding $3 million in scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate....
*Commitment to community
For eligibility requirements and application information visit our website www.coca-colascholars.org
. Click Apply On-line, then Four Year, or call 1-800-306-2653
Deadline - Each year, October 31 of senior year.
The Mensa Foundation scholarship program will award scholarships again this school year, based on an essay competition. Typically, one scholarship of $2,000 in our local area, and qualified entries from our local area will compete for amounts up to $1,000 regionally and nationally.
Contestants do NOT have to be members of Mensa. Winners will need to pvode proof of enrollment in a degree program at an accredited institution of post-secondary education for the 2014-2015 school year (they do not need to know in advance what school they will attend).
To get an entry form, go to http://www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships
. Click on the "Scholarship Application" link on the left side of the page. On this page, click on the link labeled "Determine eligibility and begin the US process here." Here you will enter your zip code and click on the "Find Available Scholarships" button. If your zip code is in a participating area, you will be provided a link to the correct scholarship application for the local Mensa group in your area. Go to this page and read the rules of the competition carefully. Then write your essay, return to this page, complete the application, and type or paste the essay into the block provided. You may then click the button to submit the application.
Applications must be submitted online on or before 11:59.pm, central time, on January 15, 2014.
Each year ADDA awards a number of scholarships ranging from $1,000-$5,000 based on donation funds available to students with ADHD. We are looking for students who have found ways to meet the challenges of ADHD in order to succeed.
To apply, please visit: http://www.add.org/?page=NovotniScholarship
|P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship|
Criteria for eligibility for the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship include:
- Graduating high school senior
- Verified specific language-related learning disability
- Verified financial need
- Visual arts talent
- Acceptance to accredited four-year college or university or two-year community college
- Intent to pursue career in a visual arts field
Please click here
for the application
|The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships|
The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships offer financial assistance to two graduating seniors with documented learning disabilities (LD) who are pursuing post-secondary education. The Anne Ford Scholarship was first awarded in 2002; in 2009, with a generous donation from Anne’s daughter, Allegra, the award was renamed the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship and granted to two students.
We now offer two separate scholarships, the Anne Ford Scholarship
and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship
Please click here
for more information and the application. The deadline to apply is December 31st.
|The Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools|
In cooperation with legislative members of the Ohio General Assembly and 52 participating career colleges and schools, is offering over 340 schoalrships. The primary objective of these scholarships is to provide students withthe education and training necessary to obtain a job in an Ohio business or industry.
For more information, please see Mrs. Mattes for an application packet.
|The colleges and universities on this list all have comprehensive support services available for students with learning differences.|
|Holden Junior Volunteer Program|
Holden Junior Volunteers are students, age 14-17, that commit to volunteering regularly at Holden for six weeks during the summer (June 17-July 26, 2013). Jr. Volunteers learn new things, have fun and develop leadership skills while sharing their time and talents with others and the environment. Jr. volunteers may volunteer one to three 2-4 hour shifts/week in an area that interests them, whether it is working with plants, children, or a computer! Prospective Jr. Volunteers will be interviewed by staff and each student will be matched with a staff supervisor who will oversee their day to day work and provide guidance as needed.
Deadline to apply for Summer 2013 is Friday, March 15, 2013. Please see Mrs. Mattes for a copy of the application.
|Teen Career Exploration at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo|
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offers a wide variety of programs for teens to explore dynamic careers in the zoo field.
Zoo Crew: The Zoo Crew teen volunteer (ages 13-17) program focuses on conservation and encourages teens to learn responsibility, develop job and career skills, and nuture a personal conservation ethic.
Keeper for a Day: An exciting new program that gives teens a firsthand look at working at a zoo. Experience a day of food preparation, cleaning, and animal care and training.
Career Day: Learn about the many tasks that go into veterinary care, horticulture, education, animal training, and much more at the Zoo's career day.
For more information please call: 216-635-3391 or visit http://www.clemetzoo.com/education/teens/
|The Senate Page Program|
The Senate Page Program has developed into one of the most prestigious public service programs. Its roots date back to the 19th Century. Since then, pages have been a cornerstone of the operations of the United States Senate. Pages have the opportunity to see the inner workings of the Senate up close. Their responsibilities range from delivering correspondence to Senators to helping prepare the floor for the legislative workday.
|*Emerging Writers Workshop in Creative Nonfiction|
*Hiram Genomics Academy: Genomics + Spanish = Why Language Matters
*Hiram Robotics Academy
*Hiram Fine Arts Workshop
*Hiram Institute of Theatre