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Lawrenceville School

School rating 4 / 5 by

2500 Main Street Lawrenceville NJ 08648 United States
9th to PG
9th to PG


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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.

College Counseling

College counseling at Lawrenceville is strong. However, it is not perfect (although it seems that....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • 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

Lawrenceville prefers the SSAT, but also accepts the ISEE. The average score for incoming freshman....

Sample insights on admissions

  • 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. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • 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 transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

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....

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