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Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation
The mission of the Lawrenceville School is to inspire and educate promising young people from diverse backgrounds for responsible leadership, personal fulfillment and enthusiastic participation in the world. Through our unique House system, collaborative Harkness approach to teaching and learning, close mentoring relationships, and extensive co-curricular opportunities we help students to develop high standards of character and scholarship, a passion for learning, an appreciation for diversity, a global perspective, and strong commitments to personal, community, and environmental responsibility.
2500 Main Street, P.O. Box 6008, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA
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Admissions Phone:609-895-2030Toll-Free Admissions:800-735-2030Fax:609-895-2217
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Summary: A Lawrenceville education builds on a tradition of intellectual and civic engagement and prepares students to be responsible leaders in the 21st century. Ever since James Cameron Mackenzie championed the house system in the 1890s and Edward Harkness and Allan Heely implemented discussion based, Harkness teaching in the 1930s, a Lawrenceville education has been marked by close faculty-student interactions and deep intellectual engagement. Lawrenceville faculty members are expert in their disciplines and committed to teaching well. They work closely with students to help them discover and develop their intellectual passions and think critically and creatively about the world around them and about the challenges and opportunities before them.
Department Director: David Laws
Average Class Size: 14
Full Time Teachers: 104
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 90.00%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1
Saturday Classes: Yes
Summer Programs Offered: Offered
Summary: Lawrenceville offers a series of more formal programs addressing issues and topics that fall outside of the classroom. Personal Development classes cover critical topics including time management, sleep, and substance use; in addition, six times per year, all-school presentations and discussions address issues such as honor, sustainability and ethical decision-making. Less-structured opportunities such as house meetings and weekly lunches with faculty regularly address non-academic questions and topics, from current events to everyday ethics.. Through a school culture that deliberately engages these issues, as well as through ongoing discussions with faculty and peers in Harkness-sized groups, students are taught to think critically about personal decisions, encouraging informed and considered choices that foster engaged and meaningful lives.
Department Director: Nancy Thomas
Number of Dorms: 20
No. of Girls Dorms: 9
No. of Boys Dorms: 11
Dress Code: Other
Summary: A Lawrenceville student finds the hours of the day crowded with academic, social, athletic, and community activities. The challenge and goal of a Lawrenceville education is to learn to enjoy the many opportunities available here while managing time in a healthy way. Students are encouraged to choose from a wide range of activities outside their academic requirements, and the daily life of the residential school continues well into the evening as academics and athletics give way to club activities, quiet study, and the many friendships of house life.
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Lawrenceville regards athletics as yet another educational opportunity for students and a necessary and valuable complement to our rigorous academic expectations. The importance of commitment; the satisfaction of selfless teamwork; the hard lessons of failure; the courage to surmount pain, fatigue, and frustration for a common goal; the virtue of physical conditioning; the imperatives of sportsmanship; and the sheer joy of healthy competition are values that our athletic program is uniquely suited to teach.
We explore education through doing by offering courses that challenge students to apply the theory they learn in the classroom, to the practice of art in performance. This requires them to find creative solutions to real-life problems, to develop sophisticated communicative skills in order to convey their ideas effectively, and to work among themselves in close collaboration.
Arts Department Director: Christopher Cull
Athletics Department Director: Michael Goldenberg
Summary: The goal of the College Counseling Office is to support, inform and encourage students and their families as they navigate the exciting, complex and ever-changing process of college admissions. The counselors educate students and families about the nuances of admissions, advise students about appropriate and interesting college options that best suit their individual needs, and support and encourage students as they successfully complete the application process.
Department Director: Holly Burks-Becker
Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%
Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:
Middle Percentile of SAT Scores
Owen Johnson (Class of 1895) Author, The Lawrenceville Stories
Michael Eisner (Class of 1960) Former CEO, The Walt Disney Company
Meredith Whitney (Class of 1988) Founder, Meredith Whitney Advisory Group, LLC
Huey Lewis (Class of 1967) Musician/singer
Horace Porter (Class of 1854) Brigadier General in Civil War, Medal of Honor Winner, Grant's White House Secretary
Dierks Bentley (Class of 1993) Country singer
Jay Carney (Class of 1983) White House Press Secretary
Fox Butterfield (Class of 1957) Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, The New York Times
Joakim Noah (Class of 2004) NBA player, Chicago Bull
James Merrill (Class of 1943) Author, The Changing Light at Sandover
Summary: The Lawrenceville Summer School offers two types of courses: six-week comprehensive courses and three-week electives.
Department Director: Brent Ferguson
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