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Lawrenceville School

Student rating 4.2/5 by Cornell University student
PO Box 6008 Lawrenceville NJ 08648 United States


Lawrenceville School review by Cornell University student. Lawrenceville School is amazingly well-rounded, it has a wonderful program in all areas, and it especially excels in its humanities. The student body is extremely competitive. Very little collaboration occurs but when it does people can work together pretty well. I think the school really prepares you well for critical thinking skills and just how to learn the material for learning's sake, really basing your focus on understanding concepts over rote memorization. Class size averages around 12, the faculty are amazingly accessible and really do care about their students and their job. The work load is extremely intense, which I also feel has helped for college tremendously. The school focuses on exams but it really does stress more on continuous knowledge throughout, so that is why there are lots of small tests/papers along the way, helping us to have several checks in our knowledge and learning to make sure we thoroughly understand the subjects.

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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…"

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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

The quality life is very, very good -- with regards to dorm living and dining. The place is very safe, despite the occasional townie mischief that might happen. The dorms are very well-kept, and the facilities/maintenance people are very nice, do a very good job, and are very fun to talk with as well. The cafeteria is great because it gives you a chance to cook food for yourself using the ingredients that they give out to you. They also have traditional lines and variety lines that are good too. They don't give out soda which is good for the students' health. A lot of the food is produced well and avoids a lot of the bad stuff that sometimes goes into food. You can also order from a variety of places nearby. I just have a bit of concern about the social environment of the school. The students can be very elitist, which is, however, expected of a preparatory school. Nevertheless, it is a much better experience overall than most other high schools. There are classes that form within the student body, but generally no one feels uncomfortable talking to other people if they talk to you. The ethnic and socio-economic background is very well mixed, though still largely white. The faculty is largely white, very little mix there, but still it is pretty decent.

There are several activities at the school. They range from the varsity athletics to house athletics, community service to Science Olympiad, ropes course to anime club. Also, if a club is not implemented in the school, as long as you can find a faculty member as a club mentor, you can even form your own club. The school is pretty strong in some of its competition, especially lacrosse. It is also strong in Science Olympiad, consistently making it to 2nd place in states, and sometimes placing into nationals. I think the most rewarding activity that I participated in was community service. It was completely amazing how much it opened my mind up to the world, and how it helped me to understand people and have compassion for others more. The program is very strong and well-run, so I would definitely recommend getting involved in it.