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Location Change for Saturday's WL-EL Basketball Games

The location for Saturday's West Laurens-East Laurens basketball games has been changed. The games will now be played at the OWL gym at 338 West Laurens School Road, Dublin. Girls varsity game starts at 6:00 with boys varsity to follow.

Cap and Gown Ordering Information

Balfour will be here ONE last time on Feburary 6th. They will be located in the lunchroom from 11:30 til 1:30. The cost is $100 cash or check. 

Samford University Bulldog Pharmacy Camp

The camp is open to rising high school Juniors, Seniors and entering college freshmen. See Counselors' Corner for more information. Deadline is Feburary 1st for application.


The Wrestling team went undefeated as they captured the Region Dual Championship last Friday at Perry High School. They will compete at the GHSA State Duals Thursday-Saturday at the Macon Coliseum.  



Baseball Tryouts

Baseball tryouts begin Monday, January 14th after school. You MUST have a physical on file with Coach Thompson before you can tryout.

2019 Distinguished Young Women Program

All Junior girls are invited to participate for the chance to earn scholarship money and develop important life skills. An informational meeting will be held on January 13th at Clark's Health Club at 2:00pm. For more details, pick up a flyer in the office or see Cassie Stancil or Emily Johnson.

Teach Your Heart Out

Congratulations to Tammy Horne and Cathy Floyd for being chosento attend the Teach Your Heart Out conference in Atlanta.


WL FFA at State




Chorus Christmas @ the Theatre

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FFA Kasey Jackson


EOC Testing Schedule

Parents and students please remember these assessments count for 20% of the course grade.


WLHS Softball News

Congratulations to Kendall Morton and Payten Strickland.

Kendall Morton, WLHS Raider softball catcher, signed with The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s softball team on Friday. She plans to study Biology and ultimately become an orthodontist.

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Payten Strickland, WLHS Raider softball pitcher/infielder, signed with East Georgia State College.

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Emily Johnson 2018 Future Scholars Winner

Toccoa Falls College: Admissions

Congratulations to our 2018 Future Scholars winner, Emily Johnson! Emily is the daughter of Jeff and Melinda Johnson, and is a senior at West Laurens High School. Emily is a high achieving woman with a heart to serve in any capacity she can. She currently serves as the Dudley Baptist prayer breakfast leader for middle school girls, she is co-captain of FCA, secretary of SkillsUSA, and sits as the chair for service projects for the Anchor Club. The Anchor Club is a club dedicated specifically to serving the community of Laurens County,Georgia by educating them on brain related injuries and how to prevent such injuries. Emily was also named 2019 Distinguished woman of Lauren County. With all her accolades and positions of leadership, Emily is intentional about weaving in her testimony and boldly sharing her faith.

While at TFC, Emily plans to study Secondary education and she is more than ready for what the Lord has in store for her. With her impressive performance and heartfelt acceptance of this award, we are ever so proud to announce Emily as our newest Future Scholar!



Each year OFTC hosts the PROBE Fair, where Georgia colleges gather to meet prospective students. WLHS students attended and took the opportunity to find out admission requirements for the schools they would like to attend.  The students were also able to discover tour dates, schedule visits, and gather a wide array of information about the schools.

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School Announcements


Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is available and will be open until March 1, 2019. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:


Portrait Retakes

Seniors and underclassmen will take retakes on October, 19th in the library. Seniors, please sign up for a sitting time in room 507.

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

School is Open

All schools now have all utilities restored and we will resume normal operating hours on Monday, October 15. 

School Closed on Friday

As a result of Hurricane Michael, Laurens County has suffered widespread damage including broken power poles, power lines and trees down blocking roadways, and the loss of power for more than 80% of our county.  Therefore, the Laurens County School System will be CLOSED on Friday, October 12, 2018.

Early Dismissal on Wednesday

Administrators with Laurens County Schools have just been provided the most recent weather updates from EMA and Homeland Security.  Severe winds and storms are anticipated to arrive in our area by 2:00 PM tomorrow, October 10. Therefore, the Laurens County School System will dismiss at 12 o’clock NOON on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. 

School Closed on Thursday

Governor Deal has issued an emergency declaration for 92 counties in Georgia, including Laurens County.  We have been closely monitoring this storm over the past 12 hours as central Georgia is in the direct path of Hurricane Michael with the eye of the storm scheduled to cross Dublin, GA early Thursday morning.  Therefore, the Laurens County School System will be CLOSED on Thursday, October 11, 2018.  We will continue to monitor the storm and any conditions that may impact school on Friday.

State Softball Round One Playoffs Game Changes

1st round state softball games have been moved from Wednesday 10/10/18 to Tuesday 10/9/18.

ELHS @ Vidalia 4:30 DH

WLHS home vs Baldwin 4:30 DH


Interested in joining the military? Sign up to take the ASVAB Test with Mrs. Malone. The test will be given on December 14th at 1:00.

WLHS Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Coach Jody Pollock for being named WLHS Teacher of the Year by his peers. Coach Pollock is well respected by his peers and students. He has 17 years experience, teaches science, is the Assistant Coach of the WLHS Lady Raider Softball team, and was voted 'Funniest Teacher' by the 2019 seniors. 

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CTAE Hosts Career Day

WLHS will have Career Day on Feburary 22nd. If you or someone you know is interested in coming to speak with our students please e-mail Ms. Shelly McCoy at shellymccoy@lcboe.net.

Cap & Gown Pictures

Cap & Gown Pictures will be on March 22nd. Please see Ms. Pendergrass in room 507 for details.

Buddy Ball

Buddy Ball will be held on October 13th at Southern Pines.

Senior/Underclassmen Pictures: October 19th

October 19th will be the last day to have your retakes/or original pictures taken for the yearbook.

Student Half-Day /Parent Conferences

Thursday, September 20 is a half-day for students. Students will be released at 12:00. Busses will run their regular routes starting at 12:00.

Dual Enrollment Interest Meeting
GOSA Georgia School Grades Reports

Use the link below to access the Governor's Office of Student Achievement's Annual Report Cards for the Laurens County School System and individual schools:

Report Card - LCSS

HB251 Laurens County School-to-School Transfer Requests

The Laurens County Board of Education, in compliance with House Bill 251 (HB251), has developed a process giving Laurens County parents/guardians the option to request that their children attend any Laurens County school, within the school system, based on space availability.  Information pertaining to the Laurens County School-to-School Transfer Request option is posted to the system web site, www.lcboe.net, and will include the implementation procedures, a preliminary list of schools, with available classroom space, and an application to request a transfer.  The FY19 application deadline is July 27, 2018.  For further information, please review the information listed under parent resourses top tab, posted to the Laurens County Board of Education website, or contact Mr. Kelland Waldrep at kellandwaldrep@lcboe.net or 478-272-4767.

HOPE REACH Scholarship

ATTENTION ALL BUSINESS PARTNERS. We are looking for area businesses to support the HOPE REACH Scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year. Each year, Laurens County can select up to three upcoming 8th graders to receive this honor. The school system is responsible for raising $1500 of the scholarship per student through partnerships with local businesses.The state will fund the remaining $8500 per student. In order for the student to receive the scholarship to pursue post-secondary options upon graduation, he/she must maintain acceptable grades, attendance, and behavior. If you are interested in helping us grow tomorrow's leaders, please complete the form and return by June 30, 2018. As always, thanks for your support.  

Click HERE for Partnership Form


FY 18 Parent and Family Engagement Survey

Laurens County Schools are continually looking to improve ways to engage parents in our programs and schools. Your input is vital in the planning and implementation of the parent and family engagement program and activities in our schools. The focus of all Title I programs is to help eligible students meet the same high academic achievement standards expected of all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status and background. The following survey is confidential and will be used to assist us with future planning for parent engagement activities and events at our schools. We appreciate your feedback, and thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Paper copies are available upon request.

Laurens County Elementary School Parent and Family Engagement Survey

Laurens County Middle School Parent and Family Engagement Survey

Laurens County High School Parent and Family Engagement Survey

Laurens County Parent and Family Engagement Spanish Survey

Important Dual Enrollment Information

Dual Enrollment Flyer for Parents

If you are a 10th grader or an 11th grader and are interested in Dual Enrollment stop by the counselor's office and see Mrs. Malone.  Deadlines are approaching fast to be able to participate for 2018-2019 school year.  Please see dates and deadlines below:


SAT last test date accepted

ACT last test date accepted

WLHS Paperwork Deadline

Middle Georgia

Dec. 2nd

Feb. 10th

Mar. 14th


Mar. 10th

Apr. 14th

Apr. 30th


Mar. 10th

Feb. 10th

Feb. 28th

Community Forum on Transition Services

The Heart of Georgia Transition Alliance is hosting a Community Forum on Transition Services for Individuals with Disabilities on October 20, 2017 at the Heart of Georgia RESA. Click HERE for details.


Combat Bullying Tour of Schools

In observance of Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month, Laurens County schoos is hosting “The Combat Bullying Tour” featuring Mr. Willie Raines, of Reclaiming Ground Inc. To forward his message of bullying prevention and awareness, he uses feats of strength to promote a strong and inspiring message of unity in our community against bullying. Please join us on Tuesday, October 17, at 6:00 PM at the Old West Laurens Gym as we come together as a community to combat bullying in our schools. All community members are encouraged to attend this event.

Please click HERE for the Tour of Schools Schedule.

Federal Programs Stakeholder Meetings

The Spring Federal Programs Stakeholders meetings will be held May 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm at the O.W.L. We are seeking input from the different stakeholders of the district. Click HERE for a flyer concerning the meetings.

Parent Cafe on Bullying

Laurens County Schools, in partnership with Community Mental Health and Laurens County Law Enforcement Center, is sponsoring a Parent Cafe on Building Bridges to Combat Bullying. This event will take place at the O.W.L. on March 30, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Click HERE for the event flyer.

2016 Fall Bus Tours

The next bus tour is October 27, 2016. This tour will visit West Laurens High School, East Laurens High School, East Laurens Middle School, and Heart of Georgia College & Career Academy.

Save your seat for the Laurens County Schools 2016 Bus Tour! Click on the registration link below to sign up. Click HERE for more information.

School Flu Vaccination Clinic Dates

The following are dates for the health department school flu vaccination clinics:

Northwest Laurens Elementary – October 20

Southwest Laurens Elementary – October 24

West Laurens Middle and High – October 26

West Laurens High Pre-K – October 26

East Laurens – October 28

School Cancellation

Laurens County Schools will be closed for students and staff on Friday, September 2. The East Laurens High School football game will be held on Saturday at 12:00 noon at Montgomery County. At this time, the West Laurens High School football game is still scheduled for Friday at 7:30 at West Laurens. Please check the Laurens County Schools Facebook page or website for the latest updates.

Centralized Registration Center

As of September 6, 2016, the Laurens County School System will open our centralized registration center at the O.W.L. (Old West Laurens High School) at 338 West Laurens School Road. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


School Nutrition Information for the New School Year

The School Nutrition Department has information available for the new school year. Find out about menu prices, meal charging policy, free and reduced lunches, and much more. Click HERE to visit the School Nutrition page.

HB 251 Information

FY17 Final Space Availability for HB251 information is now available. Information may be obtained by visiting the Parent Resources section.

Special Olympics Cancelled Due to Weather

Due to rain and thunderstorms forecasted for Friday, the local Special Olympics events have been cancelled.

2016 rising 9th grader Parent Night
Letterman Jackets

Letterman jacket fitting will be held Wednesday, March 9th @ 11:15.  Payment in full can be made at fitting or students can order online anytime (www.neffco.com).  Students who turn in order forms with full payment at the fitting will not be charged sales taxes or shipping costs.

2016-2017 PreK Selection Process

The drawings to randomly select students for the 2016-2017 Pre-Kindergarten Program will be held on April 1, 2016. Click here for details.

Move On When Ready

Parents of an upcoming high school student for the 2016-2017 school year have an opportunity to review information about Georgia’s Move Own When Ready dual-credit program. This program allows students to earn high school course credits while taking college courses. For more information, click HERE.

Proposed Revisions to Standards

The Georgia Department of Education has released the drafts of revised K-12 science and K-12 social studies standards for public review and comment for 60 days from January 15, 2016, through March 14, 2016.  Click here to access the drafts of the specific revised standards.

FY16 Parent Input Survey for Non-Title I Schools

Parents of Students at Non-Title I Schools (ELHS, WLMS, WLHS, Diamond): Please use the link below to access the FY16 Parent Survey. The survey will be open until February 29, 2016.

FY16 Parent Input Survey for Non-Title I Schools

FY16 Parent Input Survey for Non-Title I Schools - Spanish

Laurens County SkillsUSA Chapters Attend Fall Leadership

SkillsUSA Chapters from East and West Laurens High School attended Fall Leadership Conference at Jekyll Island on October 22-24, 2015. SkillsUSA Georgia hosts a Fall Leadership Conference each year to train students and teachers in leadership skills that will allow them to go back to their school and lead their local chapters through a successful school year. SkillsUSA Georgia advisors were encouraged to bring their local officers and any other students interested in learning how to demonstrate their leadership abilities. This year’s event had 900 attendees from all over the state.  Students participated in sessions that guide them in developing team building, public speaking, communication and community service skills, just to name a few. While at the conference the students also participated in a STEAM race challenge where students from each chapter built a soap box derby style car and competed against other chapters.


Georgia has its very own free text service for parents of 4 and 5 years olds!  Thanks to the Georgia Department of Education and Stanford University, parents can receive tips, facts and resources to help get their child ready for kindergarten.  Joining is easy- parents just text "GAready4K" to 313131.

Georgia Schools' Parent Survey

State of Georgia mandates that a school must have its PARENTS complete an online climate survey.  It's that time of year and we NEED your help! The survey is below. Please click the link and take the survey for each child you have enrolled in an LCSS school. The survey should take no more than about ten minutes. If you do not have internet available at  home, please come into our school one day this week  before Thanksgiving holidays to complete the survey. The results of this survey impact our annual CCRPI score that replaced AYP. Thank you in advance for your help with this!


Attention Athletes!

The NEFF jacket fitting will be Tuesday, September 22nd during lunch.  Order forms are in the office.

2015-16 School Flu Campaign

This season we would like to help protect our student body from the flu by providing flu vaccinations during school hours. The Health Department will be offering influenza vaccinations with one of two kinds of vaccine. Forms must be returned to the school by September 18. Click HERE for more information.

Senior Parent & Student Information Night

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 6:00PM in WLHS gym

Parent Notification Newsletter

Click HERE for the 2015-2016 Parent Notification Newsletter.

Mandated Reporter Training

Click HERE for information on the Mandated Reporter Training for Educators online course for Laurens County School System Employees and Volunteers.

Horne's Gym Schedule


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Graduation Diploma Petition Form

Click HERE to access the Graduation Diploma Petition Form.

WLHS Letterman Jacket Fitting

Our NEFF representative will be at WLHS this Wednesday to size for letterman jackets in the cafeteria during all lunches. This is the last fitting of this school year!

Letterman Jacket Order Form

Job Fair - Middle/High School Applicants

Click HERE for Job Fair details.


Visit the link below to register to take the GHSGT:


Laurens County Welcomes AdvancEd

This week Laurens County Schools hosts an AdvancEd External Review. This review is part of our inaugural accreditation process. We look forward to showing off our schools and sharing with our guests our improvement process. In Laurens County, we live our mission, "Rigor, relevance, relationships... Every Teacher, Every Student, Every Day."

Education Summit at LCBOE

Congressman Rick Allen would like to invite parents, teachers, and faculty of all 12th District Schools to join him in a round-table discussion regarding upcoming education legislation. The summit will be held at the Laurens County Board of Education office on February 17, 2015 at 5:00 P.M. Click here for more details.

Superintendent-elect Woods Seeks Student Advisers

State School Superintendent-elect Richard Woods is accepting applications for the 2015 Student Advisory Council.

Link to application

The members of the Student Advisory Council meet three times during the school year with the State School Superintendent to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia. Members are advisers and act as liaisons between the Department of Education and the students of Georgia. Superintendent-elect Woods will be conducting the meetings, which will also feature various DOE personnel providing further information.

"Meeting with students and getting their advice will be a top priority of mine as State School Superintendent," said Superintendent-elect Woods. "I am committed to making decisions that are in the best interests of our students, and hearing from them directly is how I can ensure that happens.”

All students in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply. Meetings will be held in February, March and early May (dates are subject to change). Applicants should be able to attend all meetings.

To be eligible for the Council, applications must be received by Friday, January 16, 2014

Letterman Jacket Information
Raiders advance to the AAAA quarterfinals

The West Laurens Raiders defeated Stephens County High School this past Friday night 30-14 to advance to the Quarterfinals of the GHSA AAAA playoffs. The Raiders will travel to play the St. Pius X Golden Lions in Atlanta this Friday at 7:30 pm. Please make plans to travel and continue supporting our Raiders! Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Tickets will be sold on Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the West Laurens High School Gym. Per the GHSA: all tickets will be $12.00 (only babies in arms are admitted for free) and the only passes that will be accepted are GHSA or GAOA passes.


Parking is very limited at the school. The school's Athletic director says most fans use the shuttle service, so please plan accordingly.

Raider Cheer

Congratulations to the West Laurens High Competition Cheer team and coaches for their 6th place finish in the state finals on Saturday! 

Raiders advance to 2nd round of State Playoffs

The West Laurens Raiders defeated Bainbridge High School this past Friday night 23-14 in overtime to advance to the 2nd round of the GHSA AAAA playoffs. The Raiders will play host to Stephens County this Friday at 7:30pm. Please come out and support our Raiders! 

Per the GHSA: all tickets will be $10.00 (only babies in arms are admitted for free) and the only passes that will be accepted are GHSA or GAOA passes.

Links for SACS surveys
Raiders are Region Champions

Congratulations to the West Laurens Raider football team for capturing the 2014 Region 2AAAA championship this past Friday night. West Laurens will play host to Bainbridge High School this Friday night at 7:30pm in the first round of the state playoffs. Please come out and support the Raiders!

SACS Surveys

The Laurens County School System and all of its schools are engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which all stakeholders are an integral part. Please click on the link below to access the AdvancED surveys to provide your input.

West Laurens High School Surveys

Parents' Right to Know Teacher Qualifications

Click on the link below to view information about parents' right to know about teacher qualifications.

Parents' Right to Know - Teacher Qualifications

HGRESA Banquet Rescheduled

Due to the predicted weather conditions, it is necessary for the Heart of Georgia RESA to reschedule the Academic Awards-Serving Learning Collaborative Event that was scheduled for Tuesday, April 29.  The new date is Monday, May 5th at 6:00 PM.  The event location will remain the same - DuBose Porter Building in Dublin.


For information on CCRPI, visit The Governor's Office of Student Achievement website at http://gosa.georgia.gov.

WLHS Drama Presends "Alice in Wonderland"
Pre-K openings

Pre-k has several openings left.  Please call WLHS for details.

Summer credit recovery
Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy

Calling all 8th Grade students and parents. Come gain firsthand knowledge of the exciting opportunities offered by the Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy.

2013-2014 Young Georgia Authors Winners
Congratulations to the system winners from the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition for 2013-2014.
2014-2015 Pre-K Selection Process Information

The Pre-K selection process will be held on March 21, 2014. For more information, click on the Parent Resources link at the top of this page, and select the FY15 Pre-K Selection Process Information link.

2014 Summer Programs
NWLE Community Forum

The community forum at NWLE will be held on Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 P.M.

Schools Closed

Laurens County Schools will be closed for students Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29 due to forecasted wintry mix of snow/sleet/rain. Staff will report to work Tuesday morning.

The community forum scheduled for Tuesday, January 28 will be rescheduled. More information will be available soon.

SWLE Community Forum Rescheduled

The community forum at Southwest Laurens Elementary School has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:00 P.M.

Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships
Schools Closed

Due to extreme cold conditions, all Laurens County Schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 for all students and staff.

January 2014 Senior Newsletter
Teacher of the Year Video and News Footage

Click on the link below for Laurens County Schools' Teacher of the Year video and news footage of the banquet from TV-35.


Parent reminder

We have Senior Financial Aid Night Tonight at 6:00 in the cafeteria.

Senior Newsletter
Georgia Student Health Survey II
Senior Ad Information
  • Senior Ad submission deadline is September 30th

Senior Ad Form

Please see Mrs. Leigh Moore for more information cool




Senior Newsletter

The Senior Newletter gives 12th graders valuable information covering college admissions, visitation days, scholarships and more.

School Closing

All students and school personnel  will not report Friday, August 16, 2013. We will not have school tomorrow due to impassable road conditions. Our officials have ask us to avoid our dirt roads as much as possible for our safety.

School Flu Clinic Consent Form Packet

South Central Health District has announced school flu clinic datesThe school flu clinic consent form packet may be accessed by clicking here. Only the one page consent form will need to be returned to the school. All other pages in the packet are for informational purposes.

Back to School Flyer

Click here for the Laurens County Schools Back to School flyer. This flyer contains the school calendar, open house calendar, contact information, and other valuable information.

Welcome Back!

Summer break is drawing to a close! The first day back for students is Tuesday, August 6th. Grab your copy of the 2013-2014 school year calendar by clicking here.

Free and Reduced Price Application

To access the Laurens County Free and Reduced Price Meal Application click here.