Lawrenceville Virtual Scholars
is a program of
The Lawrenceville School
Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about program details, admission and pricing, and student life,to make sure you feel comfortable, confident, and excited to start the summer at Lawrenceville.
Like the school itself, Lawrenceville Summer Scholars and Lawrenceville Virtual Scholars offer a unique blend of House and Harkness. Whether in-person or online, the three-week summer program is designed to be a version of Lawrenceville in the summer. Since it is summertime and the program is designed for middle school students, as well as early high school students, there is a more relaxed academic schedule. But, other than that, the majority of the experience is very much akin to Lawrenceville life. We select students who we feel can contribute to our program academically and socially, and then challenge them with intensive, single-subject courses developed around the instructor’s unique expertise.
A select few of our teachers teach at Lawrenceville during the academic year, while many are from other private schools, public schools, and colleges or universities. We aim to provide an academically global experience for our students by selecting the best faculty from all over the world to teach at Lawrenceville Summer Scholars. All of our summer faculty are experienced educators and deeply committed to our program and the Harkness teaching method.
Yes. Because our classes depend on the contributions of everyone, students are required to attend the full three-week session. Students who leave before the official end of the program will not receive teachers’ comments.
No, students are expected to arrive on time; however, in exceptional situations, students may contact the office to request permission for late arrival. If a late arrival is approved, you should be certain that the program’s office knows when and how you will arrive.
The charge for residential students includes tuition, room and board, and all excursions.
Day Scholars: $3,995
The charge for day students includes breakfast, lunch, two classes, midday recess, and an afternoon House activity.
Virtual Scholars: $2,750
International Student Health Insurance $165. Required for the day program. Proof of full US health insurance is required for all students.
For information on enrollment deposits and changes, see our accepted student page.
The following are not included in the tuition and require additional fees: Elective travel, books, spending money, and required US Health Insurance for International Students, and Unaccompanied Minor service for students traveling via air.
Students must purchase their own books and supplies. We will send the specific requirements for each course, including book titles and ISBN numbers. It is the responsibility of students / families to purchase materials from a bookstore or online vendor (such as Amazon or Abe Books). For residential scholars, materials may be shipped directly to the school, if the student / family prefers.
Lawrenceville is a BYOD (bring your own device) campus, therefore, students must provide their own laptops, tablets, phones, etc. Although the school has computer labs, it is often easier to use your own device. If you are taking a technology-based class, the school will provide computers with the necessary software. Please see Lawrenceville's Computer and Wi-Fi Policies for further information.
Lawrenceville Summer Scholars has partnered with PayMyTuition for international tuition payments. With PayMyTuition, you can pay your tuition payments from any bank, in any country in any currency at better than bank exchange rates. PayMyTuition is fast, simple, and cost effective.
We do our best to place students in their first course choices, but it is sometimes impossible to honor all course requests. After your choice of courses is confirmed, we expect to keep changes to a minimum.
Requests for course changes must be made in writing before May 1st. The request must come from the parent/guardian of the student. Requests for course changes made after the session has begun must receive the approval of the Director of Summer Academics. Students must stay in their class for two days and then furnish compelling reasons in order to receive approval for the class change.
No course changes will be made after the Wednesday of the first week of the session.
We do not grant credit or provide grades for course offerings because the classes are designed for academic enrichment and are not intended to cover a full semester's worth of content. At the mid-way point and at the end of each course, students will receive a written evaluation from the instructor.
Yes, students may bring their cell phones in order to stay in touch with their families.
Our policy is to allow day students to communicate with their parents after school. Residential 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 can hear each other’s voices. 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.
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 part of the Summer Scholars program is experiencing 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. Therefore, 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.
We know that parents often give their children "secret" cell phones and when those are found, they are taken away. We ask you to consider the message that this rule-breaking sends to your children.
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.
If a 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.
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.
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.
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