Why Summer Scholars

Personal Development

Our limited enrollment classes are small, and this low student-to-teacher ratio ensures that each summer scholar receives the individual attention one deserves to flourish in a safe and supportive environment. Our staff encourages scholars to learn and grow, to trust in their abilities, and to believe in themselves so that all reach their fullest potential.

Scholars, from the moment you enter a class at Lawrenceville, the experience is hands-on. We’ll challenge you, guide you, and encourage you to experiment as you engage in self-paced, blended learning. We want you to leave the program with relevant 21st century skills. Balancing class time and outdoor fun, you’ll think critically, problem-solve, collaborate, socialize, and discover what you love doing.


Our Campus

You will have access to much of Lawrenceville’s 700-acre campus, including Father’s Building a.k.a. “Pop Hall” (a state-of-the-art facility with 22 air-conditioned computer laboratory/classrooms), Kirby Arts Center (an 865-seat theater with computerized lighting, and sound systems, acting studios, and a dance studio), Kirby Science Center (includes 12 individual labs, 8 combination lab/classrooms, 15 stand-alone classrooms, 2 computer labs, and a greenhouse), Lavino Field House (a complex of a swimming pool, fitness center, basketball and squash courts), the Joshua L. Miner Ropes Course a.k.a “The Josh,” and numerous athletic fields and facilities.

Harkness Teaching

Since 1936, Lawrenceville has been educating students using the Harkness method, that allows students and teacher to sit together at an oval table to engage in group discussion. This configuration reflects a philosophy of education that values the expression of ideas in a comfortable setting and challenges students to gain in personal and academic confidence as they explore the variety of student perspectives. Central to the success of such pedagogy is small class size, and an expectation of student preparation that allows them to take an active part in their own learning.


Unparalleled Opportunity

Explore your passion. The Summer Scholars Program grants students tremendous freedom to define their own programs of study. With over 30 courses to choose from, scholars learn how to learn by developing their critical thinking skills to become attuned to beneficial learning habits – both universal and personal. Scholars will learn how to assess and monitor their own learning and teachers will actively help students learn how to learn.


Centrally located between New York and Philadelphia, the school affords its scholars unrivaled opportunities to discover two of America’s greatest cities. The School is located on a completely contained campus in central New Jersey, 5 miles south of Princeton, 40 miles north of Philadelphia, and 55 miles south of New York City. Directly across the street from the School’s main entrance is the village of Lawrenceville, a historic district designated on the National Registry of Historic Places, which includes homes on Main Street dating back to the Revolutionary War.


Faculty and Staff

The program’s faculty and staff are experts in their disciplines and are some of the best teachers in the region. Our faculty and teaching interns come from a number of academic communities. Some faculty are staff at The Lawrenceville School, and others from private and public secondary schools and graduate studies programs. All have in common a passion for their work and a commitment to our summer scholars. They are passionate about their subject areas and are excited about helping students learn about themselves and the course content.

Residential Life

Lawrenceville’s House System is unique among independent schools in America and has been an important part of Lawrentian life for more than two centuries. Each House is a small group within the larger School community that fosters pride, responsibility, and respect for the contributions of others. Staff Members live in each House and serve as housemasters and assistant housemasters. They are assisted by other staff members in performing evening supervision on a rotating basis. In this model, students enjoy a high level of attention and guidance.