Lawrence Academy

5.00 (1 review)
44 Main Street, PO Box 992
Groton, MA 01450
Lawrence Academy is a coeducational independent school of 395 students located in Groton, Massachusetts.Offering grades 9-12, LA is home to an equal split of day and boarding students, within a welcoming, open educational culture.Immersive, individualized learning is essential to our program, and our knowledgeable faculty teach students how to think, not what to think.Throughout the year, our teachers assess students' interests and needs and adapt to them.Our goal is to see students grow in knowledge, confidence, and empathy.Within Lawrence Academy's healthy environment of rigorous learning, students graduate as well-developed individuals with a mission and a passion for that purpose.

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  • Class of 2004
    5 Stars  
    Emory University
    The ninth grade program is completely unique to Lawrence Academy. It teaches students how to learn and develop thinking skills rather than immediately be immersed in facts and dates. It develops a strong. . .

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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Lawrence AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded17931907
Campus Size140 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment425 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1230* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score25*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size13 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio5:17:1
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$29.6 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$67,875$54,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$40,035$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Average Percentile SSAT55%-
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsMike Polsonetti
Associate Director of AdmissionsRob Olsen

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2216
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations3223
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
A Taste of Groton Club, A/V Communications Club, Admissions Tour Guides, Asian Culture Club, Business Club, Coding Club, Community Service Advisory Board, Consortium (literary magazine), Debate Club, Dorm Proctor, Environmental Sustainability Council, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Girl Up Club, Grilling Club, Judiciary Council, Makers Club, Moral Courage Task Force, Pawsitive Vibes Dog Club, Peer Counseling, Peer Tutoring, Spartan Science, Spoken Word Poetry Club, Student Government, Student/Faculty Senate, Umoja (Unity), Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Dance Program, Jazz Band, L.A. Singers, Lawrencian Chorale, Stage Crew, Theater

College Matriculation

Year: 2015 - 201810 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Connecticut College13
Hobart and William Smith Colleges12
Northeastern University12
Brandeis University10
Elon University9
Trinity College9
Boston College8
Boston University8
New York University7
Bates College6
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Lawrence Academy embraces an individualized approach to learning in a highly collaborative community of 400 boarding and day students. LA features a balanced academic program of intellectual development, self-discovery, wellness, and a desire to serve the greater good. 
  • Our curriculum is supported by LA`s advisory program; daily meetings between adults and a group of 4-8 students. In the classroom, faculty teach students how to think, not what to think. Our Research and Immersive Learning electives allow students to pursue topics independently. Meanwhile, the Omnibus program pursues essential and complex health conversations. 
  • Co-curricular activities are key to the LA experience. Our Dance students are mainstays at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, while the LA Singers frequently grace the stage at Carnegie Hall. LA Spartans compete in the Independent School League and our student-athletes often move on to compete on NCAA squads. Clubs, diversity groups, and leadership roles of nearly every ilk also encourage students to develop in confidence and character. 
  • Winterim, LA`s two-week experiential education program, takes students outside the classroom. Science excursions to the Galapagos Islands, volunteering at a refugee camp in Greece, or exploring the legal system in Boston and Washington, D.C., are just a few of Winterim`s opportunities.
  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • Lawrence Academy accreditations: NEASC, TABS, NAIS, AISNE
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Tim Armstrong - AOL Chairman and CEO
    • Dana Messina - CEO and owner of Steinway Piano
    • Audrey McNiff - Managing Director at Goldman Sachs
    • Page McConnell - Keyboard player for Phish
    • Steve Heinze - '88 Olympian in men's hockey and former NHL player for Boston Bruins and LA Kings
    • Laurie Baker - Three time Olympian in women's hockey
    • Antoine Wright - NBA player for Dallas Mavericks
    • Tyler Beede - Player for the San Francisco Giants

Profile last updated: 06/29/2021

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