A pedestrian paradise created by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted - The faculty and students walk across greens to get to Houses, classes, and dining halls. There are more than 140 species of trees on campus. A completely contained campus, those willing to jump on a bike, strap on in-line skates or simply take a stroll, can do so for over a mile without taking the same road twice!
Five minutes from Princeton, 40 miles north of Philadelphia, and only 55 miles from New York City, Lawrenceville's 700 acres in the heart of the Eastern Seaboard is remarkable and gives a wonderful sense of self-containment without being remote.
Lawrenceville is a school and a town that have grown up together. The area comprising the town's main street and the older sections of the School are designated a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The following is from the nomination papers for the National Register:
"It is difficult to find another town of this size so well preserved from the threats of commercialism and development. The steady agricultural prosperity of the town is reflected in many large impressive houses. The large tracts of farm land that trace back to late 17th century transactions have survived intact into the hands of modern residents who have refused to sell off development lots."
As soon as you leave the campus, you step into the village of Lawrenceville. Some of the houses that line Main Street were there when George Washington and Thomas Jefferson passed by. The Village of Lawrenceville has enjoyed a renaissance sponsored in part by the leadership and volunteerism of the faculty who founded Lawrenceville Main Street as a nonprofit, civic improvement organization. The Village has seen design improvements, lower speed limits and formal crosswalks, the dedication of Weeden Park, and has welcomed over thirty new businesses. Students frequent places along Main Street such as TJ's Pizza, Fedora's Café, and the Purple Cow ice cream shop.
Aside from its own extraordinary facilities and local resources, Lawrenceville is ideally situated to partake of a variety of cultural attractions. Just up the road is Princeton University, where our students can, for example, gain access to Firestone Library, one of the great research libraries in the world. McCarter Theatre, Jadwin Athletic Center, and Princeton Stadium are just a few of the venues in Princeton frequented by Lawrenceville students.
Princeton is a popular destination for students and the local bus stops right in front of the Lawrenceville School campus. Students often take weekend shopping and dining trips to downtown Princeton where they can find stores such as Brooks Brothers, Kate Spade, J. Crew, The Bent Spoon, and Witherspoon Grill.
The exciting urban centers of Philadelphia and New York offer a variety of cultural fare. Lawrenceville's "Reach Out to the Arts Program" gives students weekly opportunities to visit world-class museums, attend the theatre, or view art exhibitions with all tickets partially subsidized by the School. In addition, our Student Activities Program routinely organizes trips to see the many professional athletic teams in these cities such as the Flyers, Giants, Yankees, and more. Washington, D.C. is accessible by train in just two hours, putting all that the nation's capital has to offer within reach.
Probably no other national boarding school enjoys such proximity to so much in the way of cultural opportunities, and the School works hard to help our students take advantage of them.