Lawrence Academy

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  • 135-acre (54 hectares) campus in lovely New England village located 35 miles (56 kilometers) northwest of Boston
  • 401 students; 16% international; average class size 13 students; student/faculty ratio 5:1
  • Coeducational boarding school with no religious affiliation
  • Special Programs include a Ninth Grade Program, an intensive Winterim session and an Independent Immersion Program
  • University placements include Brandeis University, New York University among others
  • ESL program

What's special?

10th-oldest boarding school in the US |Student radio station | 31 miles from Boston | Dual-enrollment available | Ice-hockey rink | Winterim: A few weeks out of the school year students select from course offerings that include on-campus experiences, local and international education trips, independent study projects and networking opportunities throughout the US

100% including: Brandeis University, Columbia University, New York University, University of California - Berkeley, University of Michigan

Fast facts

4 seasons, snow in winter
Coed 401 (9-12) students
16% international students
13, Student/faculty ratio: 5:1
84 , 65% with advanced degrees
Boston, MA (BOS)


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Marking System:

Lawrence utilizes the standard grading system: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=0-59. Progress reports are issued halfway between the quarters and grades are issued on a quarterly basis. Students meet with their advisors each weekday in morning and as needed.

Graduation Requirements:

The minimum graduation requirements for grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

  • English - 4 credits
  • Mathematics - 3 credits
  • History/Social Science- 3 credits (US History )
  • Science - 3 credits (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Foreign Language - 2 credits (2 years of same language)
  • Arts - 2 credits Winterim - must complete a two-week Winterim for every year at Lawrence Academy
  • Community Service - must complete 6 hours each year
  • Athletic requirement: Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors must participate in 2 terms of category A sports and 1 term of category B sports; Seniors must participate in 1 term of category A sport and 2 terms of category B sports. (Note: The requirements apply even when a student is restricted for medical reasons. In such cases, a student may participate as a manager or as a scorekeeper)
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Special Programs

Ninth Grade Program : students learn to think for themselves in science, history, the arts, and English and to see that success in each discipline requires mastering a common set of skills. Teachers help prepare students, one skill at a time, to design and complete a six week mastery project in May on a topic of their choice. The NGP is all about students both learning how to walk on their own intellectual legs and then better knowing where they want to go.Winterim: for two weeks in March, the entire Lawrence Academy community shifts its attention from the regular academic routine to intensive courses of study that are dedicated to experiential learning. In small groups of eight to sixteen, students and teachers plunge together into the world outside the classroom. Each year, about half the school's population leaves the campus to explore the people, art or environs of an American or international location, while others choose to remain on campus to devote themselves to community service or a specific skill or project in the Greater Boston area. On the final dayof Winterim, groups reunite to display their handiwork and recount their adventures with teachers,friends and parents in an atmosphere that engenders pride and celebrates personal achievement.Independent Immersion Program: a one or two year independent study program that encourages students with a strong interest in a specific academic area to pursue their passion under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Now at Stanford and Johns Hopkins, an 8 week program of independent Scholarship while enrolled in no more than two independent undergraduate courses offered at Stanford University for college credit. For 5 weeks in a similar program at Johns Hopkins University.

ACT Scores

Average ACT score: N/A

SAT Scores

Average SAT score: 1735


Lawrence Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

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Studio Arts, Band, Ceramics, Dance, Film, Multimedia, Music, Photography, Theater
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Campus features

The 135 acre (54 hectare) campus includes 10 dormitories, 30 classrooms, 6 science labs, the McDonald Library, the Madigan Student Center, The Grant Rink, The Stone Athletic Center, upper and lower tennis courts, the Shumway, Spaulding Sterns and Murbach athletic fields. The Academy's teaching and performance facilities include a recently renovated 525-seat theatre, a Black Box dance theatre, a 100-seat recital hall, a music technology lab and adjacent recording studio and a digital photography/video lab. WRLA is the student radio station.

Extracurricular activities

  • Admission Tour Guides
  • Community Service
  • Cultural Coffeehouse Series
  • Dormitory Proctors
  • Jazz Band
  • LA Singers
  • Literary Magazine
  • Multicultural Alliance
  • Outdoor Club
  • Peer Counselors
  • Peer Tutors
  • Photography Club
  • Student/Faculty Senators
  • Student Government
  • Student Newspaper
  • Theater Productions
  • WRLA Radio
  • Yearbook Staff
Chinese, French, Latin, Spanish

Admissions Requirements


65 iBT



Feb. 1 Rolling

ETS 8021

Estimated Costs


ESL is included in tuition
$750 International Student Fee
$2,000 Student Account
$2,064 Tuition Refund Insurance (optional)
$2090 Health Insurance
$1,000 Term Charge Deposit

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