Lawrence Academy

  • 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedADD/ADHD, Executive Functioning, ESL
Year Founded1793

Student Body

Total Students409 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Lawrence Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers82 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
65%
Average Class Size13 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1230
Average ACT score25
Average Percentile SSAT55%
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$65,925
Tuition NotesDay $52450
% on Financial Aid
32%
Average Financial Aid Grant$39,890
Acceptance Rate
35%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorPhil Blood
Admissions AssociateSara Gillis
Endowment Size$29.6 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered23 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, WrestlingAlpine SkiingBaseball,
BasketballCrew,
Cross CountryCycling,
DanceField Hockey,
FootballFreestyle Skiing,
GolfIce Hockey,
LacrosseMountain Biking,
SnowboardingSoccer,
SoftballSquash,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWeightlifting,
Wrestling

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.

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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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