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Accelerate your academic work, experience new fields of study, and discover new areas of interest through halfday, full-day or residential enrollment. Our Harkness pedagogy and interdisciplinary courses will challenge you to think deeply and broadly about the subject material and to work closely with your classmates to design, build and perform your culminating class project. You will become a member of one of Lawrenceville’s historic Houses as you learn to succeed on a residential campus, engaging in house competitions, talking with your housemates and teammates, and enjoying socializing with the community.

We’ll challenge, guide, and encourage students to experiment.

Welcome prospective summer scholars. Join us and ignite your love of learning by becoming a Lawrenceville Summer Scholar!


The goal of Lawrenceville Summer Scholars is to provide an educational summer program that produces innovative leaders, breakthrough thinkers, and imaginative problem solvers.We challenge you as students to learn in powerful new ways, engage in active inquiry, and develop a life-long commitment to personal, environmental, and community responsibility.


Our low student-to-teacher ratio ensures that each summer scholar receives the individual attention to flourish in a safe and supportive environment. From the moment you enter a class at Lawrenceville, the experience is hands-on. We’ll challenge, guide, and encourage you to experiment. With a balance of class time and outdoor fun, you’ll learn to think critically, problem-solve, collaborate and socialize – and along the way, discover what you love doing!




You will compete with your House for the coveted “House Cup” award.


The program’s faculty and staff are experts in their disciplines. Some faculty are staff at The Lawrenceville School, and others from many prestigious private and public secondary schools and graduate studies programs.

HARKNESS Since 1936, Lawrenceville has been educating students using the Harkness method that allows students and teacher to sit together at an oval table to engage in group discussion. This configuration reflects a philosophy of education that values the expression of ideas in a comfortable setting and challenges students to gain personal and academic confidence as they explore a variety of student perspectives. Central to the success of such pedagogy is small class size, and an expectation of student preparation that allows them to take an active part in their own learning.

HOUSE Lawrenceville’s House System is unique among independent schools in America and has been an important part of Lawrentian life for more than two centuries. Each House is a small group within the larger School community that fosters pride, responsibility, and respect for the contributions of others. Throughout the summer, you will compete with your House for the coveted “House Cup” award.

PROGRAM OPTIONS Residential Scholar Join us for a three or six week stay as a Residential Scholar. You will select both a morning and an afternoon class to actively engage in during your stay. In addition to the Summer Scholars program’s focus on learning, the residential program offers a variety of recreational activities in the afternoon hours, every evening, and on the weekends. These activities are intended to provide students with fresh air, exercise, social interaction, a bonding-focused community experience, and lots of fun! Activities are designed for a variety of participant interests and opportunities to develop new passions.

DAY STUDENTS Monday – Friday Full-Day: 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m Half-Day: Morning 9:00 a.m. – 1:15pm or Afternoon 11:30am – 3:45pm Enroll in morning and afternoon courses and spend a full day immersed in collaborative study at Lawrenceville Summer Scholars. From 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., all day students will experience traditional Lawrenceville House activities and school meetings followed by lunch in Irwin Dining Center.


Our 700-acre campus is centrally located between New York and Philadelphia. The school affords its scholars unrivaled opportunities to discover two of America’s greatest cities.

Each course culminates with a final project and requires some element of independent work.


Online Course catalogue at


With over 30 courses to choose from, you will learn how to learn by developing your critical thinking and social skills and by becoming attuned to beneficial study habits – both universal and personal.

GRADES & COMMENTS The grading system at Summer Scholars enables students to focus on learning for the sake of learning and enrichment. All courses are graded Pass or Fail. Faculty will provide descriptive and detailed comments about your success and challenges in the course at the conclusion of the term. Comments may not be issued if you miss classes due to vacation, late arrival, or early dismissal.

IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION Arrival and Departure Dates Session 1 Arrival Day: Sunday, July 2, 2017 Session 1 Departure Day: Saturday, July 22, 2017 Session 2 Arrival Day: Sunday, July 23, 2017 Session 2 Departure Day: Saturday, August 12, 2017

Please note: Classes will be in session on July 3. On July 4th, classes will not be held, though students will be participating in a fun community activity.

CLASS ATTENDANCE Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. Students may not receive grades or comments if classes are missed due to vacation, prolonged illness, late arrival, or early dismissal.

TRAVEL INFORMATION We offer free bus shuttle service to The Lawrenceville School campus for students arriving and departing within our travel timeframe from any of the following three airports: JFK International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, or Trenton-Mercer Airport. Please refer to our website for more detailed travel instruction. We cannot accommodate unaccompanied minors departure without prior arrangement. Please contact the summer scholars office to discuss this service.













QUESTIONS? For more information about the Summer Scholars program, visit our website at or call us at (609)620-6683. APPLICATION & ENROLLMENT The online application is available on our website at Below is a quick checklist of the items required for application. Please check our website for decision timelines and any updates. • C  ompleted 2017 Application and $150 non-refundable application fee • U  nofficial school transcript • R  ecommendations from a Math/Science Teacher and an English/ History Teacher • S tudent writing sample (one paragraph, typed or handwritten, required of day students and boarding applicants): Who would be your ideal roommate and why? In a second paragraph, please tell us what you hope to contribute to the Summer Scholars community. • N  on-native speakers of English must submit a TOEFL score of >80 or proof by transcript of at least three years in an English speaking International School. Students applying to Lawrenceville Summer Scholars must be fluent in English. The Lawrenceville Summer Scholars Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, hiring practices, or athletic and other administered programs. Note: We are not handicap accessible.

EWR – Newark Liberty International Airport JFK – John F. Kennedy International Airport LGA – LaGuardia Airport PHL – Philadelphia International Airport

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2017 Lawrenceville Summer Scholars