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.
Lower 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. 

Upper School
Ninth and tenth graders will be in the Upper School and the students will study and work with a team of Harkness teachers, both on and off campus to complete a environmental challenge using design-thinking skills.  In alignment with the Lawrenceville School curriculum, upper 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?

    Yes, boarding students may bring their cell phones in order to stay in touch with their families, but to encourage full immersion in the program, we ask that students, after checking in with their parents on Sunday night after Orientation, hand in their cell phones until Wednesday night. Our policy is to allow students to use their cell phones two evenings each week. We ask that you consider calling your students on these evenings rather than texting so that you may hear each other’s voices. Please write letters! Many of our happiest scholars get letters and write letters to their friends and family.

    Students may take their phones on trips to take pictures.

    One mission of the Summer Scholar program is for students to experience the independence of boarding school life, and that means connecting with and learning to rely on the adults in the program for guidance and help, rather than texting home at any given moment. We have found that students fare better when they can connect with their new environment, friends, and teachers rather than being in frequent (and sometimes constant) contact with home.

    Cell phones must be off during class and group events, including all House activities, and students who are on their phones during these times will have their phones taken away for 24 hours.
  • 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, and Unaccompanied Minor service for students traveling via air.

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.