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Lawrenceville School

Student rating 4.6/ 5 by Smith College student
2500 Main Street Lawrenceville NJ 08648 United States


Lawrenceville Schoolreview by Smith College student. Lawrenceville School has dedicated its curriculum to not only preparing for exams, but learning useful information for later on in academia and in the modern world. One of my favorite attributes of Lawrenceville's classes is the Harkness table format, where students and their teacher(s) sit around an oval shaped table to hold class. Not only does it facilitate discussion, but it enables everyone to keep their attention on their classmates when they speak. As a result of this, the learning is especially enhanced because often discussions turn into heated debates.

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

Lawrenceville's on-campus social life isn't great, from what I remember, but there were ample opportunities to leave campus if you so desired, as long as permission was secured(minors!). Lawrenceville does force you to find alternative outlets than what one would normally find at home, because chances are, incoming students haven't lived with 800+ other students their own age before. Food was always great, not always the best, but it definitely better than all high schools, public and private that I know, and infinitely better than college food. One of my favorite things about meals was that there were so many options by allowing students to stir fry or cook various things for themselves in the dining halls.

Sports is an important part of Lawrenceville's culture. There is an athletic requirement every trimester, but in order to fulfill that, you don't need to play a sport. I was an athlete, but I also was a student athletic trainer for a few seasons. Students can also manage teams, take dance or yoga, or play house/lifetime sports. Lawrenceville's traditional rivals are the Hill school, whom we play every year at homecoming, and the Hun School of Princeton. Other than sports, there are a number of clubs students join for every interest, goal, and identity. The great thing about these are, students can be newcomers to anything and pick it up. Just because it is what you think you were interested in before, doesn't mean you have to limit yourself to it now.