Lawrenceville School - Review #6
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2004-2006|
|Sports and Activities:||Team Captain of Varsity Softball. Coached and played House Ultimate Frisbee. Varsity Ice Hockey.|
|College Enrolled:||Amherst College|
|Home Town, State:||EAST WATERTOWN, MA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The location of The Lawrenceville alone is enough to differentiate it from most other competitive boarding schools tucked away in New England. Nestled in a quiet town just 5 miles from Princeton, you get the experience of every other school but have quick and easy access to both Philadelphia and New York City. The campus is also stunning--landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, of Central park fame. Required attendance to a religious ceremony (of any sort for learning purposes) each trimester.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I would have never been prepared for college in the same way had I not attended Lawrenceville.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have attended earlier and joined more clubs. I only attended my final two years of high school.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The sense of community pride is unparalleled.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Chocolate croissants at the Jigger Shop. Amazing.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The small class size and Harkness method of teaching allowed students to dive into material while having access to brilliant professors in an unintimidating environment. The diversity and depth of classes rivals a college course catalog, and the unique tri-mester set-up allows students to easily organize their academic lives in addition to extracurriculars.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Freshman live together in two adjoining dorms. Sophomores and Juniors are divided up into "Houses" like Harry Potter that you live in for two years. You have opportunities for House athletic competition and academic competition that builds a deep sense of community. Seniors live together again in two dorms but you also have the option to serve as a Prefect in a Freshman or House dorm. Great social life with "Feeds" on Saturday (late night food in Houses). Most dorm rooms are doubles on campus.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Cute town with a coffee shop, bagel shop, a number of small restaurants, and a pizza shop. Short bus ride to Princeton, NJ which has a wealth of shopping options.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Very close community with diverse options for clubs, dances, etc.
Alumni Reviews Review School
- Review Description
- New York University The house system is unique to different boarding schools and the dress code.. . .
- University of Pennsylvania What makes Lawrenceville unique from other boarding schools is definitely its house and harkness method. Harkness is especially unique because it allows for students to everyday engage critically with the text they are reading and. . .
- Bowdoin College One of the most notable aspects of Lawrenceville is the house system. It is often compared to Harry Potter. After freshman year all students are sorted into the houses they will live in their sophomore. . .
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