Frequently Asked Questions

Scheduling an Interview:

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Do you have Open Houses?

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Rather than conduct Open Houses, we prefer to offer families the personal experience of having a guided tour by one of our student tour guides, followed by an opportunity for the applicant and family to interview with an Admission Counselor.

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What can I expect during my Campus Visit?

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We gladly welcome visitors to our campus to experience what makes Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville: the beautiful picturesque grounds, the charming architecture and the warmth of the campus. All of this becomes evident when a family arrives for their two-hour visit. We begin with a one-hour guided tour, led by one of our amazing tour guides. During this journey, you will be taken around campus to see our academic, athletic, and residential facilities. After returning, the applicant will interview with one of our Admission Counselors. Parents will also have the opportunity to speak the Admission Counselor about their child.

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Do both parents/guardians have to be present for the parent/guardian portion of the interview?

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While it would be ideal to have both parents/guardians present for the interview, we do understand demanding schedules, and thus, it is fine if only one parent/guardian attends.

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What should my son/daughter wear to their interview?

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Lawrenceville does not have a formal dress code. We suggest that everyone who is visiting for a campus tour wear comfortable shoes, as there is a lot of walking to be done. Regarding the interview itself, applicants should wear what they feel the most comfortable in and will put them at ease. Please refer to our Student Handbook for more details on our Dress Code.

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How can I request a meeting with the coach?

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When scheduling your campus visit appointment, please notify the staff of your requests and our Visit Coordinator will contact those coaches on your behalf. If the coaches’ schedule permits, they will meet the family in our Admission Rotunda during your two-hour campus visit. If the timing doesn’t work, then we can provide details on how to reach the coach(es) directly.

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Do you offer summer interviews?

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Families have the opportunity for campus visits (tours and interviews) beginning the week of June 13th through August 19th. These appointments are offered at either 9 or 10 AM for the tour, followed by an interview. Please contact our office directly to schedule.

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I am unable to visit Lawrenceville in person. How do I schedule an Alumni Interview in my hometown or a Skype Interview? What is the scheduling deadline?

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To schedule either an Alumni or Skype interview, please visit our website at (need to insert page) and complete either one of the forms presented. Upon submission of either form, a member of the Admission Office staff will respond via email with pertinent details regarding your upcoming interview. Please note that these slots do fill-up quickly and therefore, you are encouraged to schedule as soon as possible. December 1st is the deadline date for scheduling an interview.

Testing

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What test do I need to take?

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The SSAT test is one of the tests we require for an incoming 9th, 10th or 11th grader. The upper level test should be taken during the academic year of the applying year (beginning in September). To guarantee a March 10 admission decision, you must take the SSAT between August 2016 and January 2017. Please let the Admission Office know if you've had to delay testing beyond January. Additionally, the ISEE is an acceptable test in lieu of the SSAT for our 9th and 10th grade applicants. All ISEE test takers are advised to send an email to , with your name as the subject matter of the email, indicating that you have taken this test. Having this information will enable us to expedite the retrieval of your test scores.

Students who would be applying for 11th may also take either the ACT, PSAT, or SAT, in addition to the SSAT.

Please know that there are many factors taken into consideration when evaluating an admission application and thus, we look at the entire child and not just solely on their test performance.

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When and how many times can I take the SSAT?

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The SSAT test is typically given several times throughout the application year per the
schedule listed on the SSAT website (www.ssat.org). The test itself may be taken more than once and all of the scores will be accepted. However, please be advised that we will only accept official score reports from SSAT directly. We recommend candidates sign up for either the November or December test date, thereby leaving January as an additional option if needed. To guarantee a March 10 admission decision, you must take the SSAT between August 2016 and January 2017. Please let the Admission Office know if you've had to delay testing beyond January.

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Do I need to take a TOEFL test?

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Our international applicants, who have not had all of their classes taught in English for the
past four years, are required to complete the TOEFL test and have their scores submitted officially to us by ETS. Lawrenceville does not provide an ESL program.

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How can I submit my ACT, PSAT or SAT scores to you?

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For our applicants in the 11th, 12th or Post Graduate years, you may submit your test scores directly to our Admission Office by either emailing them to admission@lawrenceville.org, with your full name as the subject matter of the email, or by fax to 609-895-2217. Please note, that the applicant can request their school to include these test scores also on their official transcript which is submitted to us as well.

Application Process

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New to the process... how to begin?

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We want the application process to be as intuitive as possible and we want you to know that we are here to help. Feel free to call our office at either 1-800-735-2030 or 609-895-2030 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday or Wednesday from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm to ask us questions about navigating the application process. Additionally, if you have specific questions pertaining to your child, our Admission Counselors are on-hand to assist as well, just contact our office and ask to speak with one of them. If you prefer to email your requests or questions, you may do so to .

Our website can be a helpful resource tool as well. For example, we outline the entire application process under our Apply page.

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How many years of past grades do you need?

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In addition to the applicant’s current school year grades, we do also require two years of past grades as well. For example, a 9th grade applicant should submit grades from 6th, 7th and 8th grade.

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What if I am not taking English or Math this year, may I ask another teacher to provide a recommendation?

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We require recommendation letters from the applicant's current English, Math, and Principal/Counselor. If English or Math is not being taken, then a recommendation letter from either the current History or Science teacher may be substituted.

Supplemental Material Submissions

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How do I send copies, examples, etc. of my child’s interests—whether it be art, writing, music? Can I upload a sports video to be included in my child’s application?

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We encourage you to use our Athletic Inquiry Form or Art Inquiry Form to submit supplemental materials pertaining to those interests. In an effort to be sustainable, please submit any supplemental materials by emailing PDF files or HTML links to publicly available sites (such as YouTube) to . Please include the applicant's full name and a brief description of the file (eg. John Smith-artwork.pdf). If we feel the submitted material adds value to your application, it will be added to your file. Examples of supplemental pieces are:

-personal recommendations
-artwork
-videos (via link)

Please know that most applicants do not submit any supplemental materials. The application provides the Admission Committee with the information for the basis of the admission decision. We can only accept PDF attachments or links to publicly available sites. Materials submitted in any other format will not be reviewed as part of the application process.

Financial Aid

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Do you offer scholarships?

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We are fortunate to have the means to provide Financial Aid to those families who qualify on a need-based basis. In 2015-2016, we awarded $11.7 million in aid to families who applied for assistance and were qualified by NAIS. The deadline for submitting a Financial Aid application is February 1st.

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Do you provide Financial Aid to international students?

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Financial Aid is limited for our international students.

Admission Office Travel Schedule

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Will a representative from the Admission Office be traveling to my area?

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Our Admission Counselors travel frequently both domestically and internationally to school fairs and other events throughout the year. To see if a representative from our office will be in your area, please visit our Travel Schedule.

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Will you be interviewing during your international travels?

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Please refer to our Travel Schedule, for more information on interview availability.

Athletic Exemptions

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When do you apply for an exemption?

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Third, Fourth, and Fifth Form students interested in applying for an athletic exemption must complete and submit an application to the Director of Athletics by late May of the preceding academic year for review by a faculty committee. Applications are available through the Athletics Office in the spring term.

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What is the criteria to receive an athletic exemption?

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Students must have experience playing at the varsity level and demonstrate the potential to continue the sport at the college level. You must have earned a varsity letter in the sport of interest during the previous academic year and must participate on the school interscholastic team during the academic year of the exemption request.

Exemptions can only be used to participate in an approved, high-level, adult-coached athletic activity off-campus. Students must provide evidence that they will meet with their team and/or coach at least four times per week.

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Does every student get an exemption after applying?

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No, not every student can be guaranteed an exemption after applying. Each exemption is granted on a case-by-case basis and will be reviewed each year by a faculty committee. The committee includes the Director of Athletics, Dean of Students, Dean of Campus Life, and members of the Athletic Department. If a student’s request for an exemption is denied, the athletic department offers several other options each season through our House Sports and Lifetime Sports programs.

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What are Lifetime sports and activities at Lawrenceville?

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Lawrenceville’s lifetime sports/activities program is offered to those students in the Second and Fifth Forms who do not make or wish to go out for the School’s interscholastic teams. Conditioning, golf, dance, ice skating, spinning, ultimate disc, soccer and yoga, as well as Second Form instruction in a variety of activities including ice skating, personal conditioning, volleyball, and Outdoor Programs are offered. House sports are available to Third and Fourth Form students.

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What is the school’s policy on missing Saturday classes for outside athletic commitments?

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Students are permitted to miss a maximum of three meetings of any class over the course of the term to play in athletic contests. This includes classes missed either playing on Lawrenceville interscholastic teams or in athletic contests outside of the School. Any exception to this policy must be approved by the Dean of Academics, Dean of Students, and the Athletic Director.

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Does the school provide transportation to outside commitments?

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No, students applying for an exemption need to plan transportation on their own. The school cannot be responsible for transportation to and from activities outside of school.