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    Lawrence Academy ::: Groton, Massachusetts ::: Northeast U.S.

    Lawrence Academy 

    • 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

    Founded

    1793

    Climate

    Four seasons, snow in winter

    Student Body

    401 students (grades 9-12); 16% international

    Average Class Size

    13 students

    Faculty

    84 faculty; 65% with advanced degrees

    Student/Faculty Ratio

    5:1

    College Placement

    100% university placements include Brandeis University, Columbia University, New York University, University of California - Berkeley, University of Michigan among others

    Honors & AP

    Advanced: Functions & Applications, Intergrated Algebra & Geometry 2, Physics, Statistics

    Honors: Band, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dance 1 & 2, Digital Media, Environmental Science, French 3, 4 & 5, Junior English Seminar, Latin III & IV, Literature, Math 2: Integrated Algebra & Geometry 2, Math 3: Functions & Applications, Music 1 & 2, Pre-calculus, Physics, Senior History, Spanish 3 4, 5, & 6, Theater Ensemble, US Government & Politics, US History, Visual Arts 1 & 2, Writing 1, 2, & 3

    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.

    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.

    Programs of Study

    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)

    World Languages offered: Chinese, French, Latin, Spanish

    SAT Scores:  Average SAT score = 1735

    Accreditation

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

    Athletics

    Sports (A credit): Alpine Ski Racing, Baseball, Basketball, Competitive Squash, Cross-country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Outdoor Track & Field, Outdoors (Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Camping, Utlimate Frisbee), Soccer, Softball, Stage Crew, Team Manager, Theater, Volleyball, Wrestling

    Sports (B credit): Advanced Strength & Conditioning, Independents, Intramural Golf, Intramural Squash, Intramural Tennis, Intramural Yoga, Recreational Skiing/Snowboarding, Sports Waivers (available to juniors and seniors with challenging academic programs)

    Arts

    Acting, Studio Arts, Band, Ceramics, Dance, Digital Photography, Filmmaking, Improvisation, Multimedia, Music Performance, Musicianship, Photography, Theater

    Extracurricular Activities

    Actvities and Clubs: Admission Tour Gluides, Community Service, Cultural Coffeehouse Series, Dormitory Porctors, 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

    Facilities

    Academic Complex with 30 classrooms and 6 science labs, Athletic Center, 4 Athletic Fields, Dance Theater, Dining Hall, Faculty Residences, Ice Hockey Rink, Library, Music Technology Lab, Performing Arts Center, Student Center, Radio Station, Recital Hall, Recording Studio, 10 Residential Halls, Tennis Courts, Theater

    ESL

    Students entering Lawrence in the ESL program are expected to spend only two years in the program if they enter at the ESL intermediate level.  ESL Literature and ESL Skills count as English credits.  ESL Sociocultural Studies and ESL Bridge History count as History credits.  After students are placed in the mainstream curriculum, they must meet the department requirements whenever possible.  Non-native English speakers will not be given foreign language credit for their native language.