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Lawrenceville School

Student rating 4.4/5 by MIT student
PO Box 6008 Lawrenceville NJ 08648 United States

Academic

Lawrenceville School review by MIT student. The classes are small, and the history and English classes are taught around the historic Harkness tables to foster discussion and equality between the faculty and the students. It is easier to enter as a freshman, than as a sophomore because there is more time to fulfill the requirements and more opportunity to take electives for fun, but many sophomores find the time for fun classes. Freshman year is mostly requirements that all freshman will take, history, English, biology, math and language, which allows the freshman to work together and develop high-school leveled skills. More autonomy is allowed after freshman year. Lots of lecturers visit, some are alums, some are Nobel laureates, often they are the authors of books read by the community.

College Counseling

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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…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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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

Housing is a little skewed. The boys houses are typically nicer as they were built one at a time and out of wood and brick as opposed to all in one summer and cheap concrete as the girls houses, but this applies only for sophomore and junior years, and the girls houses will be renovated soon, and a new house is coming in 2009. The houses for freshman are more or less the same for boys and girls, better furniture and lounge space, but the plumbing can be an issue. The dining is great for seniors, okay for sophomores and juniors and not so good for freshman. Crime isn't much of an issue. Social events-Lawrenceville could use a little more, or a lot more. The neighborhood is nice and quiet=not much of one really as many of the people who live around the school either go there or work there.

There are many things from sports to performing arts to robotics to do at Lawrenceville. Within the first week, the president and faculty adviser of every group is available for students to visit, learn about, and potentially join the group. I built robots for three years and loved it. The school is very generous in paying for parts and travel for competitions.