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Lawrenceville School

School rating 4.6 / 5 by

2500 Main Street Lawrenceville NJ 08648 United States
Boarding
9th to PG
Day
9th to PG
Gender
Coed

Academic

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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

Students are first introduced to the college counseling process midway through the IV form (Junior....

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, like most highly secondary schools, requires the SSAT for admission, in addition to welcoming....

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

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....

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