Lawrenceville School review 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.
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.