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Lawrenceville School

Student rating 5/ 5 by Yale University student
2500 Main Street Lawrenceville NJ 08648 United States

Academic

Lawrenceville Schoolreview by Yale University student. All classes at Lawrenceville, with the exception of most science and math classes, are taught around Harkness round-tables with the capacity to hold at most fifteen students and a teacher. So class sizes at Lawrenceville are small, and courses are discussion-based. Math and science classes, though they rely more heavily on lectures, are nonetheless very interactive and demand student participation. "Consultation" periods are scheduled twice in every day for those students desiring extra help. Teachers are enthusiastic to teach and enthusiastic to help. A few distinguishing academic programs at Lawrenceville are its humanities program, where freshmen stay with the same history and English teachers all year, studying historical periods that contextualize their literature readings, and its Capstone lecture series for seniors, which combines a weekly lecture by an expert on that year's theme and a weekly discussion section that addresses the lecture. Lawrenceville also offers a wide range of APs, all of which are well taught. I am an English major at Yale but scored fives on APs ranging from BC Calculus to Chemistry to European History. Lawrenceville teachers can be counted on to provide the best preparation for these tests.

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

Most freshmen at Lawrenceville get singles, so that they can adjust more comfortably to life away from home (as opposed to trying to move away AND learn to live with someone they had never met before). The dorms at Lawrenceville have all been recently renovated and tend toward the beautiful. The boys' Circle houses (sophomore/junior dorms) are especially gorgeous. Classroom buildings are equipped with ethernet access (probably wireless since I left!) and great Harkness tables. Science labs are fully stocked. Each department has its own building, and so the campus really feels like a small college. Since I've come to Yale, I've realized how great Lawrenceville food is. The most notable feature is the availability of skillet stations to cook omelets, stir fry, quesadillas, and pancakes. Along with hot food and a pasta bar, a salad and yogurt bar are always available. Lawrenceville is a really safe little village. It's a bit remote but nothing a bus ride into Princeton or a train to NYC can't solve. Administrators do their best to offer movie and bowling trips on Saturdays, along with dances, concerts, and movie showings.

I was a Lawrenceville tour guide and freshman prefect, a Stephens house treasurer, and I edited the journal Prize Papers (a compendium of juniors' work). I frequently participated in community service projects, most notably spending each Wednesday of my last two years knitting with women at a nearby apartment building for seniors. The house system especially (the houses where sophomores and juniors live) allowed me to blossom. I felt so comfortable with my housemates that I ran for Stephens house treasurer and led our campus-wide Valentine's Day rose sale. This was a great experience. In other environments, I might have been too nervous to run for office.