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Lawrenceville School

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2500 Main Street Lawrenceville NJ 08648 United States
9th to PG
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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

College Counseling was great. They started the process spring of Junior year by helping us....

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

The admission process for Lawrenceville is very similar to the admission process for college. There....

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

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....

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