Lawrenceville School review by Georgetown University student. Lawrenceville has an overall very strong academic program, although I will admit that some of the stereotypes of it being more humanities focused are true. In recent years there has been a renewed focus on math/science though, with two of my classmates starting a new science research publication called Lawrencium. We have superb English teachers and an extensive curriculum across the board so that students can pursue their passions. The general atmosphere of the student body is definitely congenial and welcoming for the most part. There are kids who can get competitive about school and leadership positions, but everyone is willing to help you, especially your housemasters and other faculty. The one aspect of Lawrenceville that has most prepared me for college is learning how to manage my time while living with other students. While the enforced study hall and check-in times might seem like a hassle, it definitely helps high schoolers develop good habits that extend through their college careers.
I wholeheartedly enjoyed my experience at the Lawrenceville School. The rules appeared strict at times, but there was more than enough to do on campus and around campus in Princeton. The campus culture at Lawrenceville was pretty diverse, although as with any prep school it was still majority wealthy white kids. I would say the majority of the school was liberal, although we definitely also had conservatives. Everyone was very into contributing to the Lawrenceville community and helping each other, one of my favorite aspects of the school actually. The ethnic and socio-economic background of students was varied, with about a third of the student body on financial aid and I believe somewhere around 15% international. Faculty came from all over the world and have worked at a great variety of schools prior to Lawrenceville. The school's surrounding neighborhood is a small town, Lawrenceville, and we don't interact with its residents much but it's a pretty well-off neighborhood, including the slightly further Princeton area. Student housing was honestly the best part of the Lawrenceville experience. You stay in the same dorm sophomore and junior year, a house that you build loyalty to - sort of like in Harry Potter. In fact, we even had house sports. In the houses, you get assigned a big sister/brother, like in a fraternity/sorority, who is there for you throughout the year. You also have 3 seniors in the house acting as "prefects" (sort of like RAs in college but much more involved in your life) who act as a liaison between the underclassmen and the housemaster/administration. The dining hall was actually better than my college dining hall, in my opinion, with plenty of do-it-yourself options and a few tasty hot food meals. The library served as a social hub during study hall, although there definitely were study rooms and cubicles if you really wanted to concentrate and get work done.
I think Lawrenceville did a great job of balancing student life. We basically had our day laid out for us, something I sort of miss in college. We had classes, then athletics, dinner, club meetings, study hall, and finally lights out. It was definitely an environment that produced well-rounded individuals in that we had an athletic requirement so even if you did dance or a house (intramural) sport, you were engaging in physical exercise. There were hundreds of clubs to join, and students were welcome to start their own clubs if they so wished.