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 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.
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 grades or teachers’ comments.
We do not grant credit or provide grades for course offerings because the courses offered are designed for academic enrichment and are not intended to cover a full semester’s worth of content. At the end of each course, students will receive a written evaluation from the instructor.
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.
With your input, we place students in courses that meet their academic goals, 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 furnish compelling reasons in order to receive approval. Once classes start, no course changes will be made before the Wednesday of the first week of the session.
The Summer Scholars Program accepts applications from academically qualified boys and girls who have completed the 5th, 6th, or 7th grades in its Lower School and 8th or 9th grade for its Upper School. Students must be at least 11 years of age by July 1, 2021. The session expects a serious academic commitment from students, who are held accountable for all requirements.
In order to participate in the program, all international students must have a high level of English proficiency. The minimum TOEFL scores are 600 for the paper-based test, and 80 for the Internet-based test. If a TOEFL test has not been taken, an international student can also show 3+ years in an International School. International students applying must be fully fluent in English, and some students will be asked to participate in a Skype interview.
The Lawrenceville Summer Scholars program is a competitive academic enrichment program. Not every student who applies is accepted into the program. Some students are qualified, but we are unable to accept them due to space constraints, including grade and gender capacity.
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.
Day scholars will experience the combination of independence and community that makes Lawrenceville a boarding school unlike any other! Students spend a full day immersed in challenging and fun collaborative study at Lawrenceville Summer Scholars. Day students will arrive for the morning meeting at 8:45 a.m. Between and following their two classes, students will experience traditional Lawrenceville House activities and School Meetings.
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.
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.
The school strives to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eaters, and to take care of those with allergies. During Summer 2021, the school will continue its "grab and go" meals, so lunches and snacks will all be pre-packed. Lunch is included in the tuition. When possible, students will eat outside in tents. Please report any food allergies on your medical form. Our food service provider will assist the student to select appropriate food choices.
Students registered for tech courses will work in computer/tech labs with the necessary equipment provided. For work done outside of the classroom, Lawrenceville is a BYOD (bring your own device) campus. Therefore, students must provide their own laptops, tablets, iPhones, etc.
Are You In?
Click below to learn more about our Day Scholars Program and our Virtual Scholars Program and find out which one is right for you!