Acceptance Rate: 21%
Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
School Type: Coeducational, boarding school
Church Affiliation: Non-denominational
Number of faculty: 139
Tuition: $42,350 for boarders, $34,680 for day students
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 31%
Admissions Deadline: January 31
School Website: The Lawrenceville School
The Lawrenceville School was founded in 1810 as The Maidenhead Academy and operated under several names until 1883 when The Lawrenceville School name took effect.
A Brief History:
While The Lawrenceville School officially was founded in 1810, it really spread its wings in 1883 when it was established as The Lawrenceville School. Frederick Law Omstead who designed New York City's Central Park among other major landscaping commissions, designed the the school's circle in conjunction with Boston architects Peabody and Stearns.
As is the case with top prep schools, Lawrenceville's teachers hold degrees in their primary subject. 63% have advanced degrees in their subject area. The school offers academic courses in 10 departments:
Performing Arts - Music
Performing Arts - Theater and Dance
Religion & Philosophy
The School offers 22 AP courses. It uses Harkness Tables as part of its instructional method.
The Lawrenceville School has a field house with basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts; a 200 meter indoor track; indoor ice hockey rink; wrestling room; fitness center; and a competition pool. It also has a nine-hole golf course and a host of other superb facilities including a boathouse and 18 athletic fields.
The Lawrenceville School has an endowment of $200 million. In 2008-2009 it allocated $8 million to financial aid for 31% of its students.
The Lawrenceville School sends its graduates to colleges and universities both at home and abroad.
Writing about The Lawrenceville School brings back happy memories spent during Royal School Of Church Music summer courses in Wade and Jean Stephens' home on campus. And what a campus it is. That Olmstead designed circle is simply magnificent. The school is a remarkable institution in so many ways. It was late admitting girls, doing so only in 1987. Now the school has a female Head Master. If you have the right stuff to get into this grand old school, do it. The location midway between Philadelphia and Newark affords several travel options as well. Princeton University is only a few miles up the road too.