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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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The classes are small, and the history and English classes are taught around the historic Harkness tables to foster discussion and equality between the faculty and the students. It is easier to enter as a freshman, than as a sophomore because there is more time to fulfill the requirements and more opportunity to take electives for fun, but many sophomores find the time for fun classes. Freshman year is mostly requirements that all freshman will take, history, English, biology, math and language, which allows the freshman to work together and develop high-school leveled skills. More autonomy is allowed after freshman year. Lots of lecturers visit, some are alums, some are Nobel laureates, often they are the authors of books read by the community.

College Counseling

They are very good with the logistics, making sure people fill in their applications on....

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

There's an interview. Don't worry about it. Be yourself and carry out a....

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 a little skewed. The boys houses are typically nicer as they were built one at a time and out of wood and brick as opposed to all in one summer and cheap concrete as the girls houses, but this applies only for sophomore and junior years, and the girls houses will be renovated soon, and a new house is coming in 2009. The houses for freshman are more or less the same for boys and girls, better furniture and lounge space, but the plumbing can be an issue. The dining is great for seniors, okay....

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