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Humanities and Leadership Development Academy

HLD Information


8:00am - 2:45pm

Phone Number

(978) 946-0766


(978) 722-8506


70-71 North Parish Road

Lawrence, MA 01843

Calendar 2016-17

Delayed Opening Policy

Water Testing Results



HLD Last Day of School


Monday, June 19, 2017


We invite you to click here to find all the latest news and events for HLD and PFA parents and students.

Please be aware, Lawrence Public Schools is preparing for weather emergencies. In an effort to safeguard our students and staff, LPS will be implementing two new weather-related policies:
  • 2-Hour Delayed Opening for Students
  • Early Dismissal for Students
If the Superintendent implements either of these policies, staff and students will be notified by:
local media outlets(TV and radio), Connect Ed message to your home, and the LPS website.
Humanities and Leadership Development High School held its Family Holiday Celebration on December 11th with more than 400 people attending. Everyone enjoyed an ice cream sundae bar, children's games, face painting, a visit with Santa Claus, and student performances.  The evening was organized by the HLD student council with the help of the HLD PTO and many others.
Addison Gallery artist in residence, Chris Daze Ellis, began working with Lawrence High School mural painting students last year. They have exhibited their work at the Phillips Academy Addison Gallery of Art and have a new exhibition opening here in Lawrence. The opening reception will be Wednesday, October 15 from 5-7 pm at El Taller Restaurant on Essex Street. 

Did you know that the crash rate of teens escalates whenever their phone comes out of their pockets and into view while driving. This has become a serious epidemic across the state of Massachusetts. The Arbella Insurance Agency and former Lawrence Mayor Michael Sullivan aim to educate teens about this problem in a  fun way.

Recently, they set up the Distractology 101 course in the back lot of the high school campus. The program set up inside the trailer teaches teens the dangers of texting and driving by running simulations of a real road and texting while driving a virtual car. They hope at least 80-100 students per school will be able to take the Distractology challenge.


The trailer will travel to 40 schools in Massachusetts this year. That means at least 3,200 students will get to try this course. Lawrence is only the second school to get a visit from the trailer so far this year. One teen who took the challenge said, “Texting causes accidents.” He thought this was an important cause to spread the word on the dangers of texting and driving. Keep it safe out there Lawrence.


Adapted from an article submitted by HLD students Ricardo Santana and Ruben Lara