We challenge students to learn in powerful new ways, engage in active inquiry and develop a life-long commitment to personal, environmental and community responsibility.

Our Mission

Lawrenceville Summer Scholars provides an educational summer program that engages emerging innovative leaders, breakthrough thinkers, and imaginative problem solvers. The classes and boarding school experience challenge middle school and early high school students to learn in powerful new ways, experience active inquiry and discussion-based classes and the skills to develop a commitment to personal, environmental, and community responsibility.

The Summer Scholars Difference

With limited enrollment and the low student-to-teacher ratio, each student receives individual attention in order to flourish in a safe and supportive environment. 

The school day balances class time and outdoor fun, but in all activities, students will be encouraged to think critically, problem solve, collaborate, socialize, and discover their passions in order to leave the program with 21st century skills.
Middle School
Sixth through Eighth Graders are in the Lower School together. Students choose two classes (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) and they take those classes for the three-week summer program session. 

High School
Ninth and tenth graders will be in the High School and the students will study and work with a team of Harkness teachers, both on and off campus. In alignment with the Lawrenceville School curriculum, high school students will take a required Humanities course (expository and creative writing, public speaking, reading) and a STEAM course.

Additional Program Information

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • How does this program differ from other programs?

    Like the school itself, Lawrenceville Summer Scholars offers a unique blend of “House and Harkness.” The three-week summer program is designed to be “Lawrenceville in the summer.” Performing arts and sports are incorporated daily in the afternoons.
  • Do I have to live on campus in order to attend the Summer Scholars Program?

    No. We have many students who attend the program as day students. If you do not live locally, you are responsible for your own housing and transportation to campus.
  • May I bring my cell phone?

    The Lawrenceville Summer Scholars program works to encourage both independence and interdependence within a living community. To succeed in this area, we have a cell phone policy for both residential and day students. Our goal is to model and encourage a balanced use of cell phones with the ability to be present in a physical location. We want students to enjoy making new friendships and experiencing a boarding school way of life.

    Please see our policy, along with key dates, listed below:

    Sunday, July 7, 2019: After saying goodbye to their parents, all residential students will turn in their cell phones to their Housemasters for safekeeping. Phones will stay secured with the Housemaster until Wednesday night.

    Mondays-Fridays: If students are in classes that require cell phones, such as video production, an LVSS adult will transport the phones from the House to the class. We will use the honor system and ask that students not use their email or social media (except as part of schoolwork) during class time. Phones will be returned to the Housemaster immediately after class. 

    Day students, while on campus, should follow the cell phone policy set out above. If parents need to contact students about pick-up, they should call the LVSS office number, (609) 620-6683, and staff will relay the message. Students will be permitted to use their phones during carline and pick-up.

    *Wednesdays after study hall, students will be given their phones for one hour to contact their families. If a student’s parents are in another time zone, we will coordinate with parents to find a time for students to talk with their parents. Students will return their phones to their Housemasters after their phone calls. We encourage this call to be audio and not texting, so that you may all hear each other’s voices.

    Saturday, July, 13, 2019: Students will have access to their phones to take pictures on the school trip. Photographs may not be posted, shared with the public, or shared on social media without permission from those in the picture. Students may also feel free to call their parents. Phones will be returned to the Housemasters after the trip.

    Saturday, July 20, 2019: Same policy as Saturday, July 13, 2019. However, at this point, we will allow students to have access to their phones for the rest of the program so that they can take pictures of their friends and classes (if a teacher allows this during specific times) and the evening activities. Phones should be turned off during classes, meals, and meetings, unless permission is granted.

    Thank you for your cooperation!
  • What is the dress code for the program? What should I wear?

    Dress is informal, but clothing should not be distracting to classmates. This includes statement clothing. Shorts or slacks are usually worn to class. Hats are prohibited indoors. Students must wear shoes in all academic buildings and the dining center.
  • Whom can I talk to if I need help?

    Your classroom teacher or your residential advisor. He or she will refer you to the Director of Summer Academics if needed. Parents can reach us anytime at (609) 620-6683 or summerscholars@lawrenceville.org.
  • What if I get sick during the program?

    Nurses are available at all times during the program.
  • What type of food is served in the Dining Hall?

    A variety of both hot and cold food choices are available at each meal. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices are always available, as well as a salad bar and sandwich bar. Lunch is included in the tuition. Students will eat in Irwin Dining Hall.

    Please report any food allergies on your medical form. Our food service provider will assist the student to select appropriate food choices.
  • May I leave campus?

    Students are not allowed to leave campus during class time unless accompanied by a designated summer staff member and after permission has been granted by the Director of Students.
  • What do I do about medication?

    If your scholar will be taking medication while in the program, his/her health care provider must complete the medication consent section of our health form. Medication can only be dispensed by our health professionals with this consent form. Medication must be in its original container with the scholar’s name on the prescription label.
  • What is included in the Summer Scholars tuition?

    The charge for boarding students includes tuition, room and board, and all excursions.

    The charge for day students includes breakfast, lunch, and two classes, as well as a midday recess and an afternoon House activity.

    The following are not included in the tuition and require additional fees: Elective travel, spending money, and required US Health Insurance for International Students.

Contact Information

Lawrenceville Summer Scholars
(609) 620-6683
At Lawrenceville Summer Scholars, we provide an educational summer program that produces innovative leaders, breakthrough thinkers, and imaginative problem solvers.