• The NLCS Community

    North Lawrence Community Schools is located about halfway between Indianapolis and Louisville, in an area rich with limestone. Earlier generations of Lawrence Countians have provided stone for such landmarks as the Washington Cathedral, the Empire State Building, and the Federal Triangle Buildings. Today, limestone remains an important part of the economy, but the economic base also includes automobile manufacturing plants, a federal munitions facility, and various other small businesses and agricultural enterprises.

    The NLCS Corporation

    The Corporation consists of the following schools:

    Bedford North Lawrence High School
    North Lawrence Career Center
    Bedford Middle School
    Oolitic School (Educating Grades K-8)
    Lincoln Elementary
    Needmore Elementary
    Parkview Elementary
    Shawswick Elementary
    Gateway Academy
    Empire Virtual Learning Academy (Educating Grades K-12)
    Playful Pathways Preschool

    Joint Services, working under the auspices of NLCS, provides coordinated special education services to Lawrence County and parts of Greene, Jackson, Martin and Orange Counties. The North Lawrence Career Center, also under the NLCS leadership, provides training to students in Lawrence County and parts of Jackson, Martin and Orange Counties.

    Student enrollment of about 4,700 (K-12) is served by approximately 700 certified and support employees.


    North Lawrence Community Schools provides an educational climate challenging students to work to their potential and offers them an opportunity to succeed within the boundaries of available resources and facilities. Within these boundaries, we provide varied educational opportunities for all individuals, thus encouraging the development of the whole person. The focus is placed upon acquiring basic and advanced academic skills, expansion of creative talent, enhancement of social skills, and physical and character development. The education provided is based on democratic principles and challenges each individual to face and accept the responsibilities and challenges of today's rapidly changing world.


    Recognizing the value of every student and teacher, the mission of the North Lawrence Community Schools is to provide opportunities for the development of personal growth and academic competence, thus enabling them to utilize their full potential for success in an increasingly complex world.