Lawrence Academy, an independent school for grades 9 through 12, is located in Groton, Massachusetts. Our mission focuses on recognizing students for who they are; inspiring them to take responsibility for who they want to become, and empowering them to take action for the greater good. The LA community welcomes an even split of 400 boarding and day students and prides itself on a warm, welcoming, and compassionate culture. Individualized learning and empowerment is a cornerstone of our program; a focus that extends to athletics, the arts, clubs, community service, and experiential learning (via our Winterim program). Skilled at “teaching for understanding,” faculty use innovative methods to help students learn in the way best suited for them. The daily Advisory system uses student interests, needs, and passions to help build pathways to individual goals and aspirations. We seek to see students grow in knowledge, confidence, and empathy; able to make a meaningful contribution to the world once they leave our campus.
Learning Support: LA recognizes that all students learn differently and have a variety of academic passions and needs. At LA, 25 percent of LA students have a diagnosed learning disability. For students who need assistance beyond what their teacher can provide, however, LA offers a learning coaching program to enrich student learning.
Winterim: LA embraces the idea of experiential education through Winterim, a two-week mini-term in March in which students are encouraged to open their minds to new experiences. Winterim courses fall into one of five areas: cultural immersion, academic field study, service-learning, crafts and skills, or outdoor adventure.