While Lawrenceville is a boarding school for 9th - 12th grade students, we have a long history of admitting postgraduate students each year. A postgraduate - or “PG” - is a student who graduates high school and opts to complete a fifth year before heading to college or university.
Students choose postgraduate years for a variety of reasons. Some are on the younger end of their grade and are looking for an extra year of intellectual, physical, and social maturation before college. Some have not benefited from the caliber of education Lawrenceville offers and hope a postgraduate year will prepare them for greater success in the college classroom. Some believe a postgraduate year will help them expand their athletic recruiting options by providing them with an extra year to showcase their talents and gain exposure. Some hope to improve their academic performances and seek to utilize extra time to boost grades and test scores. Some hope to expand their horizons by living in a different part of the world, meeting new people, and broadening their perspectives before making decisions about the future. The reasons for pursuing an extra year go on, but the “Lawrenceville experience” unfailingly remains a major factor in choosing to do a PG year here.