Lawrence Academy

Lawrence Academy, Helping Students Realize Their Individual Potential

Cultivating Confident, Self-aware, Problem-solving Students at Lawrence Academy

One of the oldest independent, private high schools in the United States, Lawrence Academy, founded in 1793, is situated on 135 acres in picturesque Groton, Massachusetts. Just 35 miles northwest of Boston, in the heart of New England, the academy is home to 400 students, over half of whom live on campus in 10 student residences.

Each day, Lawrence Academy’s bustling community comes alive as its vibrant learners and educators delve into a rigorous academic curriculum, an award-winning arts programchampionship athletics, and an expansive array of extracurricular offerings—each an important facet of a comprehensive college preparatory experience.

Student-centered College Counseling at Lawrence Academy

The College Counseling office’s approach to college counseling adheres well to the academy’s student-centered philosophy. The experienced team of college counselors works to help each student identify colleges that fit his or her individual academic, extracurricular and personal needs.

Collaborating closely with parents during the college process, counselors send home a monthly College Counseling Office Update, which keeps parents informed of important information about the college process.The office also holds college panels, finance workshops, and informal meetings to educate parents and students on the college process.

Taking Ownership of Learning at Lawrence Academy

At Lawrence Academy, the academic program challenges students to take ownership of their learning and develop the confidence to persevere in the face of challenging problems. Prep school students develop skills and gain knowledge with the understanding that their intelligence is not fixed. The academy expects students to become persistent problem-solvers by gaining an understanding of content and thinking creatively about what they examine. Educators ask students to discover what inspires them and to exploit those interests on behalf of others.

Teaching Life Lessons through Athletics at Lawrence Academy

At Lawrence Academy, athletics offer a range of activities for students of all abilities.

From our varsity teams to junior varsity and thirds, students can compete intensely in their favorite sport and are encouraged to branch out and try a sport that might be entirely new to them; and, just as our teachers do in the classroom, our coaches train, motivate, and guide their players to an understanding of the importance of investing your time and energy in the little things.

The academy believes that athletics help students understand the rewards that come with hard work and play, as well as the importance of working with teammates to find both group and individual success.

Take the Next Step

Let Lawrence Academy’s office be your resource as you enter the independent school admissions process. In the meantime, be sure to read the viewbook, fill out the online inquiry form, give the academy a call to set up a visit, and check out #LAadmissions Tweets.

School Details


Groton MA

Exam(s) accepted

SSAT (Standard Online Application), Gateway to Prep School Application

Offers ESL Assistance


English language Exam(s) accepted


Admissions Deadline


Types of Financial Aid available

Need based financial aid

% of students receiving Financial Aid


% of International students


Top Universities of Matriculation

Boston University, Middlebury College,New York University, Northeastern University

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