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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 425 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $54,350
  • Acceptance rate: 37%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling

Top Rankings

Lawrence Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
ADD/ADHD, Executive Functioning, ESL
Year Founded
1793

Student Body

Total Students
425 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
Students by Grade
Lawrence Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
82 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
65%
Average Class Size
13 students
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
1230
Average ACT score
25
Average Percentile SSAT
55%
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Boarding tuition is $67,875.
% on Financial Aid
32%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$40,035
Acceptance Rate
37%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Mike Polsonetti
Admissions Associate
Sara Gillis
Endowment Size
$29.6 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
34 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
A Taste of Groton Club, A/V Club, Admissions Tour Guides, Asian Culture Club, Business Club, Coding Club, Community Service Advisory Board, Consortium (Literary Magazine), Current Events Club, Debate Club, Dorm Proctors, Environmental Sustainability Council, Girl Up, Grilling Club, GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance), Judiciary Board, Makers Club, Moral Courage Task Force, Peer Counseling, Peer Tutoring, Spartan Science, Spoken Word Poetry Club, Student Government, Student Government Committees (Community Life, Food, Special Events, AAA-Academics, Arts & Athletics), Tour Guide, Umoja (Unity), Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Jazz Band, LA Singers, Lawrencian Chorale, Performing Artists Series, Private Vocal or Instrumental Instruction, Spring One Act Play Festival, Technical Theater

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.
  • 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

School Reviews

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My son is at Lawrence and we couldn't be happier. Very supportive environment, caring teachers and accepting student body. My son is not involved in sports at all, is a member of the computer club but has still found friends and acceptance at this school. Very helpful advisors and rigorous academic program.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 425 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $54,350
  • Acceptance rate: 37%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling

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