An Educational Consultant’s Notes on Lawrence Academy

An Educational Consultant's Notes on Lawrence AcademyEach time I visit a school, I sketch notes that captures what I saw & my impressions. I’m sharing my notes from my recent time on Lawrence Academy‘s campus.

One quick item before you dive in: to give some context to the school’s Winterim Program, I grabbed a descriptive paragraph from LA’s website.


Lawrence continues to be an eqaul mix boarding and day school with a 50% boarding 50% day population.

Parents were arriving for parent’s weekend so I saw much energy. Campus looks great.

I still love their Winterim program.

“For two weeks in March, the entire Lawrence Academy community shifts its attention from the regular academic routine to intensive courses of study that are dedicated to experiential learning. In small groups of eight to sixteen, students and teachers plunge together into the world outside the classroom. Each year, about half of the school’s population leaves campus to explore the people, art, or environs of an American or international location, while others choose to remain on campus to devote themselves to community service or a specific skill or project in the Greater Boston area. On the final day of Winterim, groups reunite to display their handiwork and recount their adventures with teachers, friends, and parents in an atmosphere that engenders pride and celebrates personal achievement…”(LA)

This past spring LA students ventured forth working and participaing with the following programs: Andes & Amazon Adventure, ARC Volunteers, The Bahamas, Casa Cayuco, Chess, Costa Rican Adventure, Digital Photography Boston to Maine, The Dominican Service Project, Food for the Health of it, Going Green in the French Alps, Headstart in Lawrence and Lowell-Community Center, International Partners in El Salvador, Iron Chefs, LA, Mountain Biking in the Sonoran Desert, Peru: A Jorney of the Heart, Quilting is Sew Easy, Rafting in Tropical Mexico, RUaDgtalNativ? 21st-Century Social media Tools, The Rugged Leprechaun,The Something for Nothing Players Touring Children’s Theater, Sports Journalism, Stained Glass Creations, The System, Talk with Your Hands-learn to Communicate in ASL, The Total mountain Experience: Skiing, Boarding, and Beyond, Turn Baby Turn, Underwater Discovery, Who Goes There?, Yellowstone: Ecosystem Exploration and Nature Photography, Yoga Beyond the Mat.

The LA Winterim program provides great opportunities for LA students to gain off-campus, ‘real-world experience’ as they begin to get handle on their futures. Please go to and check LA out!

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Marylou Marcus

Marylou Marcus draws on 25+ years as an independent school educator & Director of Admission & Financial Aid when working with a family to find the best private school fit for their child.

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