Lawrenceville School review by Dartmouth College student. Lawrenceville School is an overall amazing experience that starts in the classroom. Average class size is 12 and oftentimes you'll find a multitude of gems with eight people. The teachers are incredible. My worst teachers at Lawrenceville are the quality of my college lecturers. The cream of the crop at Lawrenceville can teach where ever they want to and usually have declined a professor position at a prestigious university (for example, I had an English teacher who was the editor of the Harvard Law Review and declined a faculty position at Harvard in favor of teaching at Lawrenceville). The greatest thing about the faculty is that they really care about their students. No teacher will let a student slide by and their support and encouragement motivates students to maximize their potential. Relative strengths are definitely in the Humanities; however the school is cognizant of this and has worked to find equally fantastic teachers for Math and Science. In fact, my senior year the Science department underwent curricular changes that have definitely increased its strength and quality. The school primarily tries to encourage learning processes over grades and does a very good job overall despite college-driven students. Although the students are college-driven, it is more of a collegiate academic experience in terms of learning and studying. I don't think any other high school in the country can provide the same academic experience as Lawrenceville.
The quality of life at Lawrenceville is better than 95% of the colleges I looked at as potential schools (including most of the NESCAC schools). The house system is amazing at the school and provides the basis of most friendships and faculty connections. The houses really feel like your home and are designed that way. The rooms are very spacious after freshman year and the houses really make everyone's experience at the school unforgettable. The food is good for school food. It is far better than most high schools I have ever seen. Senior year, for lunch at the senior dining hall, the school brings in private chefs who cater lunch everyday which is better than going out in the surrounding area. The facilities are top notch. I felt that a lot of the colleges I looked at couldn't compete with Lawrenceville's campus and facilities. They are simply incredible. Crime is rarely an issue on campus and is always resolved within about two days. The school is very diverse and has kids from every socio-economic class. However, I would say that a significant amount of kids come from affluent families, but it by no means causes exclusion on campus. The town is a nice little town (one street only) around the school and it is located 5 miles from Princeton so students can easily make use of the town. As I described before, the faculty are amazing and really understand class dynamics and help kids adjust when necessary. I love this school and wouldn't trade my experience there for the world.
Every term each student is required to participate in some kind of athletic activity. For me, that was also the most influential activity. Most teams on campus are very close and also develop long-lasting bonds with their coaches. This is the case for me and I still speak to my coach and mentor (who is no longer at Lawrenceville) about once a week. Lawrenceville also provides a wide array of typical extracurricular activities including but not limited to: student newspaper, student government, community service, ethic clubs and almost anything else you can think of. Last year there were approximately 60 clubs on campus ranging from the Christian Student Athletes to the Top Gun club.