Lawrenceville Schoolreview by Bowdoin College student. Lawrenceville's History department is perhaps its strongest department. I took many history courses and had several of professors. The English department transforms students as writers and critical analyzers. The student body as a whole is quite competitive. With so many students fighting for spots at Ivy League schools and other top institutions the students are eager to compete with each other for higher marks. SAT scores are also very publicly known. I felt incredibly prepared academically for the rigors of a liberal arts college curriculum. The workload and class size helped prepare a work ethic and attitude to approach academic challenges. Class size was usually around 12-15. Teachers had designated hours every day for students to come meet with them, or additional hours by appointment. The work load was heavy, but helpful in preparation for college. Peer tutoring program was very strong on campus and was helpful for students who struggled, being taught by those who were at the top of each class.
WHile not all students love living away from home at such a young age, I loved the quality of life at Lawrenceville. The houses are gorgeous and spacious, nicer than almost any college dorm. Several dorms are national landmarks and are called "houses" and are treated as such. The food is very good and incorporates different meals from different cultures as a way of educating students. There is no concern of safety, and the school employs its own public safety, similar to college campuses. Socially, the school is very involved in students lives and offers opportunities for students to get off campus with faculty supervision and parental permission. While scholarships have increased for less fortunate students, it is a very wealthy and expensive school. Most of the students come from affluent regions and families. Social status is not based on this however, which is refreshing. Housemasters are very interested in the lives of students and the student lead prefect system helps assist those students who struggle at times. All of the faculty have intimate relationships with the students and help to make students feel comfortable in the environment. Over 200 years old there is a great tradition and history that the school celebrates. However, many of the traditions have been altered due to the school being co-educational as of 1987. There are different social groups and not one distinct culture on campus. The school had strict discipline system and had set study hours and rules in place to ensure students spent their time wisely. While it was difficult and frustrating at times, it was beneficial in the long run.
Lawrenceville stresses the balance of a student more than any other message. Mandatory athletics and arts help introduce students to a range of activities they would otherwise not know. For example, I became interested in acting because I had to take a theatre class. The theatre program is especially strong among the arts. I played football and hockey for a school that has traditionally been an athletic powerhouse. Community service plays a huge role in the school. There are days when the entire school goes together on community service trips to represent the schools efforts. Recently Lawrenceville set a world record for largest pie fight by raising money for Trenton area soup kitchens. Each student has a minimum amount of hours they must complete by graduation. Because of the athletic and art requirement, the average student probably spends about 15 hours per week involved in extra curricular activities. Almost all students are well rounded, some of them by force, but most students come to Lawrenceville excited to learn new things and enjoy a well rounded lifestyle.