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.
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.