Lawrenceville School

2500 Main St, PO Box 6008, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

The school was founded when Isaac Van Arsdale Brown, a Presbyterian minister, began to teach lessons to nine local boys in his front parlor. Initially known as the Academy of Maidenhead, for the town's original name, and run under such names as Lawrenceville High School and the Lawrenceville Classical and Commercial High School for some 70 years thereafter, it was not until 1883 that it became the Lawrenceville School. The center of the 700-acre campus is the Circle, which was landscaped and designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and has been designated a national historic landmark. Two noteworthy features are the house system and the conference plan. The first is a dormitory system that follows the example of such English public schools as Rugby and Eton. House identity is maintained through separate dining rooms in the dining center and athletic teams that compete intramurally. Each house has its own student government and traditions and, as students move through different levels, they assume increased responsibility for management of themselves and their house. The conference style of teaching allows for approximately a dozen students, along with the instructor, to sit around an oval Harkness table, thus challenging students to be well prepared and to participate in the discussion. Based on a traditional approach to education, Lawrenceville's program exposes its students to courses in many disciplines through electives and departmental requirements. The comprehensive curriculum prepares students to take AP examinations and is complemented by an array of opportunities in the visual and performing arts. Other options include off-campus projects, independent study and Island School, a semester-long, intensive marine science program open to sophomores and juniors that utilizes the resources of the marine environment in Eleuthera, Bahamas. In addition, pupils who have completed their second year of Spanish or French may spend a term at an affiliated institution in either Alicante, Spain or Angouleme, France. Students must participate in an approved athletic activity at least four times a week until the senior year, when they are required to take part three times a week. Among the choices are interscholastics, a comprehensive intramural program and instruction in any of a number of lifetime sports (such as aerobics, cricket, golf, karate, kayaking, riding and tennis). All students who spend more than one year at Lawrenceville perform at least 40 hours of cumulative community service; those attending for only one year satisfy a 20-hour commitment.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-PG
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address2500 Main St, PO Box 6008, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Toll-Free Telephone800-735-2030
Year Established1810
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorElizabeth A. Duffy
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment819
Boarding Students560
Day Students259
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