All Summer Scholars belong to a House and take part in two classes, House activities, and meals. Whether you are a residential or day scholar, you will be meeting new friends from around the world! 


Residential and Day scholars will experience the combination of independence and community that makes Lawrenceville a boarding school unlike any other! Students live in houses that feel like homes in every way, both in terms of set-up and people. There are living rooms and kitchens, as well as Heads of House and Assistant Heads of House. Depending on your grade, you will be assigned to an Upper or Lower House.

Day Scholar

Day Scholars spend a full day immersed in challenging and fun collaborative study at Lawrenceville Summer Scholars. Day students arrive for morning meeting and breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Following their two classes, students will experience traditional Lawrenceville House activities and School Meetings.

Residential Scholar

Residential scholars will experience life as boarding students. Residential Scholars select both a morning and an afternoon class to actively engage in during their stay. In addition to the Lawrenceville Summer Scholars program's focus on learning, the residential program offers a variety of recreational activities in the afternoon hours, every evening, and on the weekends. These activities are intended to provide students with fresh air, exercise, social interaction, a bonding-focused community experience, and lots of fun! Activities are designed for a variety of participant interests and give students the opportunity to develop new passions. 

On weekends, residential scholars will travel to places such as the nearby town of Princeton, and take full day trips to big cities such as Philadelphia, New York City, New Jersey Shore, and/or Princeton, NJ.

Evening Activities for Residential Scholars
At the end of each busy day, our entire residential community of students and faculty will gather to enjoy an evening activity. Evening activities give students the opportunity to connect with their peers and teachers in an informal way. Many of these activities encourage students to be free-spirited and silly, with little inhibition, to step out of their comfort zone and really bond with friends around them. It is also an opportunity for faculty and administration to see their students in a very different light than in their classes and programs! Some of the more popular evening activities include scavenger hunts, game shows, talent shows/performances, reality TV competitions, and bonfires!

A Typical Day

7:45-8:00 a.m.
Day scholars arrive on campus
8:00-8:45 a.m.
Breakfast & morning meeting in Abbott Dining Hall

9:00-11:45 a.m.
Class #1
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
House Activity and Advisory
12:15-12:50 p.m.
1:00-3:45 p.m.
Class #2

4:00-5:15 p.m.
Afternoon Activity
5:15-5:30 p.m.
Day scholars depart
5:30-6:15 p.m.
Dinner for residential scholars only
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Study Hall hours in Houses
8:15-10:00 p.m.
Community Evening Activities/Socialize
10:15 p.m.
Lights out

Additional Residential Life Information

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • What should I pack?

    Packing List
    • 8-10 T-shirts/comfortable tops
    • 2 Jeans/Pants
    • 2 Sweatshirts/Sweaters
    • 5-10 Shorts
    • 10 Underwear
    • 10 Socks
    • Pajamas
    • 1 Hat/Visor
    • 1 Lightweight Jacket
    • 1 Raincoat
    • 1 Watch
    • 1 Water Bottle
    • 1 Flip flops/waterproof shoes
    • 1 Casual shoes
    • 1 Sneakers
    • 2 Bath towels (provided)
    • 2 Fitted/flat sheets (provided)
    • 1 Blanket (provided)
    • 2 Pillow cases (provided)
    • 1 Pillow (provided)
    • 1 Laundry bag (provided)
    • 1 Alarm Clock (note: students will be asked to leave their phones with their Housemasters)
    • 1 Nice outfit for end of session banquet
    • 1 Backpack or small day bag
    • Glasses or contact lenses (if needed)
    • Toiletries – brush, comb, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, sunblock, bug repellent
    • Medications (properly labeled with name and dosage)
    • Basic school supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks)
    • Optional: flashlight, batteries, slippers, bathrobes, baseball glove, sunglasses, racquets, books or magazines, musical instruments, Ethernet cable (if bringing a laptop)
  • What are the houses like?

    Girls and boys are housed separately. Houses are air conditioned when warranted and are designed for single, double or triple occupancy. Each House offers common areas for students to gather together to study or relax. Bathrooms and showers are located on each floor.
  • What is included in each room?

    Each room contains a bed(s) (extra-long twin size), dresser, and closet. Some rooms have desks. All necessary bed and bath linens will be provided by school, although you are also free to bring your own. A $35 fee will be charged for lost items.
  • May I bring a TV, refrigerator, game system, or air conditioner for my room?

    No. These items, as well as any heavy electronic equipment or heat producing items, are not allowed in the House rooms.
  • How will I do my laundry?

    We offer a weekly laundry service with wash, dry, and fold services that we recommend residential students to use. 
  • How much spending money should I bring & how can I access it?

    All food and necessities are provided through the program, though some students like to purchase T-shirts, souvenirs, books and extra snacks during weekend travel. Spending habits vary for each student. We suggest that students have access to no more than $25-$50/ week. Most vendors take credit/debit cards, though there are no ATMs on campus.

    Parents may deposit cash (via cash or check) in advance through the family portal. The money is distributed in two equal payouts Saturday morning prior to the weekend trip. At the end of the session, remaining money will be returned to the student.
    Students should NOT bring large amounts of money to campus. The School is not responsible for lost cash.
  • May I request a specific room or roommate?

    No. All rooms are assigned by the faculty and Director of Students. No requests will be accepted. Summer Scholars offers an opportunity to meet new friends and to engage in a new community.
  • What type of activities are offered to boarding students?

    We have many fun events for residential students. Events include talent shows, dances, volleyball tournaments, movie nights, and more. We also organize off-campus activities such as trips to Philadelphia, sports games, amusement parks, and museums. If space allows we will open these trips to Day students for an additional fee.
  • Will I have free time?

    Yes. Along with time for required classes and planned activities, days are structured to allow for individual study and relaxation in study areas, House common rooms, athletic facilities, musical instrument practice, and participation in optional free time activities.
  • Are visitors allowed?

    Generally, students are not allowed visitors from off-campus during the program, including overnight guests; exceptional cases may be allowed by the Director of Summer Academics.
  • Where can I send mail or packages?

    Boarding students receive their mail nightly in the Houses. Mail to boarders should be addressed as follows:

    Student Name
    Summer Scholars Program
    The Lawrenceville School
    2500 Main Street
    Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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.