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Lawrenceville School

Student rating 4.6/5 by Yale University student
PO Box 6008 Lawrenceville NJ 08648 United States

Academic

Lawrenceville School review by Yale University student. Lawrenceville's academics are outstanding, especially the humanities departments. All the classes are small (capped at about 15) and most are taught in a seminar style. Most of the teachers love teaching there and are really devoted to it. The style of teaching and small classes also allows for more meaningful student teacher relationships to evolve than in a public school setting. When it came time to get teacher recommendations for colleges, I had no shortage of teachers to chose from who knew me well enough to write a meaningful recommendation. Most of the science and math classes are taught in lecture format, although they are still small classes. Lawrenceville has very well equipped labs for science classes, which are used often. However, I often felt that the science and particularly the math faculty were weaker than other departments.

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 done very well at Lawrenceville. All the freshmen live together on one part of campus, which allows them to bond as a class. Then, sophomore and junior year everyone is sorted into houses, which are smaller dorms that have about fifty or sixty students in them, along with two faculty members and their families, who live there. The house system provides a good base for making friends and meeting people in different grades. Then, senior year, the class is brought together again, as in freshmen year. The Lawrenceville campus is amazing. It is on something like 700 acres and is really beautiful, especially in the spring. It has a great gym facility, as well as tennis courts, a golf course, many playing fields, indoor swimming pools, a hockey rink. It basically has everything that you would expect a college campus to have. There are three dining halls which correspond to the housing system: one for freshmen, one for sophomores and juniors, and one for seniors. The quality of the food increases as you go from one to the next. Lawrenceville is a very safe place, and there have never been any serious problems on campus. It is located in a very good neighborhood. Lawrenceville also has its own Public Safety which patrols the campus.

Lawrenceville has many many extracurriculars that vary in their seriousness. The biggest thing is sports. Everyone is required to do a sport every term. Again, these can range in their seriousness from very intense varsity teams to dance classes or intra murals that require a lesser time commitment. Community service was what I was most involved in at Lawrenceville. The community service office at Lawrenceville runs numerous programs in local communities, ranging from working with small children to senior citizens, painting, giving music or computer lessons, tutoring, etc. Lawrenceville has a requirement that each student must do 40 hours of community service during their time there, but many end up doing much more. My experience with clubs at Lawrenceville, is that they are mostly a joke. Many of the clubs rarely meet, and rarely accomplish anything. However, there are a select few that are worth joining and do interesting things. Additionally, anyone with an idea and a faculty supporter can start a new club, which perhaps explains the long yet underwhelming list of clubs.