The Lawrenceville School’s educational support program offers targeted assistance to help students achieve academic success and to build their self-confidence. The goal of our program is to nurture students' academic growth through a deeper understanding of their own strengths and to introduce additional tools and approaches that can assist students with navigating their coursework. We encourage the self-advocacy skills that will help students become independent learners at Lawrenceville and beyond.
Lawrenceville students have an assortment of learning profiles. Our program offers workshops and other means to enhance students’ time management and organizational skills, help strengthen the mechanics, structure, and content of their writing, and bolster their skills in our foundational math courses.
Every student at Lawrenceville has a faculty advisor, who is connected to the student's House community. Students consult with their advisors for course selection each year, and advisors are students' and parents' first point of contact for questions and concerns related to all dimensions of the student experience at Lawrenceville, both within and beyond the academic program. Each faculty advisor has between 4-8 advisees; they connect with advisees weekly at advisory meetings and through regular interactions in the house, and provide guidance, support, and advocacy as needed throughout the year.
Guided by a faculty advisor, Lawrenceville’s peer tutoring program provides a leadership opportunity for seniors to organize fellow students in evening study halls. Students are encouraged to engage with peer tutors for assistance in any academic subject, and are paired accordingly. Peer tutors are approachable and caring, demonstrating an authentic desire to help others learn and grow.
We realize that every classroom reflects a range of strengths and needs, and the educational support team works collaboratively with the medical team in the Health and Wellness Center to oversee accommodations for students with documented disabilities.
The School is committed to creating a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive learning environment for students with disabilities, and providing them with equal access to the School’s programs and services, in accordance with applicable law.
Students with documented disabilities may apply to receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations at Lawrenceville. Specific guidelines regarding documentation vary by the disability and the requested accommodations. When requesting accommodations, a student must submit relevant and current documentation that demonstrates the student has been diagnosed with a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities. A diagnosis of a disorder by itself does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations. Documentation must be provided by a qualified, independent professional, and include: a formal diagnosis, a description of the impact the diagnosis has on the student’s functioning, and the rationale for the requested accommodations. While the School will consider an IEP or 504 Plan as part of a more comprehensive evaluation, they alone are insufficient to establish the need for an accommodation.
The School has an Educational Support Office (ESO) that provides guidance and support to students and parents when they first apply for educational assistance, as well as throughout a student’s tenure at the School. Led by a psychologist with more than 23 years of experience working with students, the ESO can provide families with the contact information of local, independent professionals when a student needs to be evaluated or requires updated testing.
Students or parents with demonstrated financial need who may face challenges obtaining documentation are welcome to contact the Dean of Academics Office for assistance.