Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and the dining center opens one hour before that for breakfast. Classes meet four times each 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 also are 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. Most students choose to sit in their own House dining rooms. This tradition is yet another example of how the House System defines the Lawrenceville experience. On Monday students take lunch with their academic advisors. Each advisee group shares a table and time is spent discussing both individual and group concerns. During these meetings, students often schedule a private meeting with their advisor if needed.
The entire school assembles Thursday mornings for community meetings. These gatherings feature 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., when the focus of the day shifts. 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 12:35 p.m., and students have the choice of studying, rehearsing performances, practicing sports, working on publications, or fulfilling their social service requirement. Saturday classes end at 11:35 a.m.
Dinner is served cafeteria style 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, attached to Upper House. After dinner, there are a variety of things to do: clubs, activities, homework, and socializing. Check-in is at 8:00 p.m. for Lower School, and Crescent and Circle Houses, and 9:00 p.m. for the Fifth Form, Sunday through Friday. Permission to leave the House after check-in to go to the library, rehearsals, club meetings, or to meet a teacher for consultation is granted after check-in time, but students must check back in with the master on duty by 10:00 p.m. (11:00 p.m. on Saturday).
On weekends, at least one House sponsors an all-School social event. These activities range from dances, to theme parties, to festivals. Each house tries to outdo the other by offering the best event with the best attendance. The Student Council Vice President for Social Life is responsible for the planning of the all-School events that may include carnivals, concerts, and formal dinners and dances. Faculty members are on hand to take trips to local shopping areas and movie theaters. Reach Out to the Arts is a faculty led club that takes weekly trips to cultural events in New York and Philadelphia. Day students are invited to attend all campus activities. Princeton is a popular destination and the local bus stops right in front of the Lawrenceville campus. Students may sign out for the weekend with permission of their Housemaster.