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8:00am - 2:52pm


(978) 975-5917


(978) 722-8531


70-71 N Parish Rd

"D" Building Floors 3 and 4

Lawrence, MA 01843

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High School Learning Center Entrance

The High School Learning Center offer various pathways towards credit attainment, providing rigorous instruction to student learners who want to pursue their high school education in a small, alternative setting that prepares them for college or career readiness.


The High School Learning Center uses a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) system to help students learn and practice essential skills needed for success in high school and beyond. We believe that by teaching and recognizing students' positive behaviors we can minimize disciplinary issues (negative behaviors that interrupt learning) and build a successful school culture. This PBIS system is rooted in our HLC CARES slogan, which stands for the school's key values of Communication, Accountability, Resilience, Effort, and Support.



Credit Recovery: This model targets students who have previously taken the class and have demonstrated proficiency in some standards, but did not pass the class. All students are provided a course pre-assessment to determine which “power standards” students will work towards to master in the half year, five (5) credit course.

Online Classes: HLC offers students the ability to have a hybrid or fully online schedule. With these options we are able to work with our students’ educational needs and work schedules.



Each classroom has at least three computers. HLC also has a computer lab that will fit one or two classes at a time. There are Google Chromebooks that are available for student and staff use in the classroom. Every class has a MIMIO projector and a white board. HLC staff utilizes a shared drive so that teachers have real time access to documents and information about students.



Guidance Counselor: The HLC guidance counselor sets students’ schedules, keeps track of credits, and monitors what each student individually needs to graduate. The guidance counselor also helps students with the college or trade school application process, FAFSA, career preparation and job seeking, and creating a post-graduation plan for students.


School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor: The HLC social worker/counselor helps students navigate through obstacles in their lives that may interfere with their education through individual school-based counseling, outreach to students’ home and families. The social worker/counselor also connects students with community agencies, such as daycare providers, state services, housing and shelters, food and clothing resources, and community based health and mental health services. There are also small support groups offered as needed for students who are parenting, and to support students in developing coping skills for issues such as grief, anxiety, depression, and anger.


Family Engagement: The HLC is partnered with the organization 1647: Connecting Families and Schools in order to build relationships with our students’ families. One of the ways we engage with our students and their families is through positive home visits. Staff at the HLC go to the homes or an agreed upon location in the community to meet and discuss ways in which they can work together to support the student in the classroom. The purpose of the visit is to learn about the family members’ hopes and dreams for their child and to use this information to create a connection with HLC students and families beyond the classroom. HLC also hosts family and community nights several times a year, where students and staff members have the opportunity to get to know one another.



The High School Learning Center is located at the Lawrence High School main campus on the 3rd and 4th floors of the "D" Building. 



Robert Cayer , Principal

Robert Cayer has worked for the Lawrence School Department for 24 years. He received a Bachelor of Science from Bridgewater State College, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Salem State College.  He began his career as an elementary and middle school counselor at the Arlington School.  During his thirteen year tenure, Mr. Cayer worked concurrently in the Adult Education Evening Program where he taught ESOL, Family Literacy and served as a GED /ESOL counselor. After leaving the Arlington School, Mr. Cayer worked as a full time facilitator in the Adult Education Program. From 2010-2013, Mr. Cayer served as the Assistant Principal at the Guilmette Middle School. He has served as Principal of the High School Learning Center since 2013.

Melanie Roche-Laputka , Dean of Instruction and Assessment 
Rikelma Vargas , Dean of Instruction and Student Engagement