What’s it like being a student at Lawrenceville? It means a schedule packed full of classes, study hours, athletic practice, rehearsals, friends, special events, eating, and sleeping. Students learn to manage their time, meet their commitments, and enjoy their friendships.
Classes begin at 8 a.m. and meet four times a week for 55 minutes. Science classes and advanced classes in all disciplines are also able to make use of an additional 55-minute period each week for labs, extended discussions, test practice, writing workshops, etc. There are also three 40-minute periods each week for student-teacher consultations, during which no classes or labs are scheduled.
The entire School eats lunch at the same time. This tradition is yet another example of how the House System defines the Lawrenceville experience.
Once a week the entire school also gathers for a community meeting. This gathering features readings, reflections, and announcements from various students and faculty members. School meeting agendas include outside speakers, musical presentations, and opportunities to examine student issues.
Classes end at 3:05 p.m., and then students head down to the field house and playing fields for team practice, if they are on a sports team, or perform community service. Either way, it’s a refreshing change from academics. On Wednesdays classes end at 12:20 p.m., and students have the choice of studying, rehearsing performances, practicing sports, working on publications, or fulfilling their community service requirement. Saturday classes end at 11:30 a.m.
Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All Forms eat in the Irwin Dining Center, except for the Fifth Form, which takes meals in the Abbott Dining Hall, located in Upper House. After dinner, there are a variety of things to do: clubs, activities, homework, and socializing, before evening check-in. On weekends, at least one residential house sponsors an all School social event. These activities range from dances, to theme parties, to festivals.