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Lawrenceville School

Student rating 4.2/ 5 by Amherst College student
2500 Main Street Lawrenceville NJ 08648 United States

Academic

Lawrenceville Schoolreview by Amherst College student. The class sizes at Lawrenceville are very small, so I found that the teachers and students had a very solid relationship. It was easy to talk to teachers outside of class and consultation hours were offered daily for student who needed extra help. The school didn't have many outside people coming in for lectures, but when they did, it was worth while. The school facilities are amazing (I found myself a bit spoiled when I got to college). Lawrenceville's workload os extremely intensive, but it is a good balance of exams, essays, and problem sets. The students leave with a very good literary background and writing sensibilities. I found that Lawrenceville has prepared me extremely well for college, and the more you take advantage of the opportunities offered, (like study abroad) the more you will get out of the school.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

Dining is acceptable...choices get a bit boring, but it's better and more varied than the stuff I get at college. Housing is amazing; Lawrwnceville houses sophomore/junior girls in 4 dorms known as "houses"(like in Harry Potter). This creates a tremendous sense of community on campus. The neighborhood is great. It is small, but within 10 minutes of shopping in any direction. There is a bus system that runs between towns. Social life on campus is pretty lame though.

I played both club and varsity sports at Lawrenceville. Both were positive experiences in my life. They require students to do some sort of sport each term, but it isn't burdensome. Playing house Frisbee helped me jump into things as a new junior and I would recommend it to anyone.