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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 has an overall very strong academic program, although I will admit that some of the stereotypes of it being more humanities focused are true. In recent years there has been a renewed focus on math/science though, with two of my classmates starting a new science research publication called Lawrencium. We have superb English teachers and an extensive curriculum across the board so that students can pursue their passions. The general atmosphere of the student body is definitely congenial and welcoming for the most part. There are kids who can get competitive about school and leadership positions, but everyone is willing to help you, especially your housemasters and other faculty. The one aspect of Lawrenceville that has most prepared me for college is learning how to manage my time while living with other students. While the enforced study hall and check-in times might seem like a hassle, it definitely helps high schoolers develop good habits that extend through their college careers.

College Counseling

I think Lawrenceville is incredibly successful in placing students in not only the colleges of....

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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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  • 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

I wholeheartedly enjoyed my experience at the Lawrenceville School. The rules appeared strict at times, but there was more than enough to do on campus and around campus in Princeton. The campus culture at Lawrenceville was pretty diverse, although as with any prep school it was still majority wealthy white kids. I would say the majority of the school was liberal, although we definitely also had conservatives. Everyone was very into contributing to the Lawrenceville community and helping each other, one of my favorite aspects of the school actually. The ethnic and socio-economic background of students was varied, with about....

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