A coed boarding and day school situated on a 135-acre campus in the center of Groton, Massachusetts, Lawrence Academy provides approximately 400 students in grades 9 to 12 with a college-preparatory curriculum that ensures individual attention and fosters personal growth. Established in 1793, it enjoys its heritage as one of the oldest independent schools in the country while embracing a contemporary student-centered approach that supports its mission: “Lawrence Academy recognizes you for who you are and inspires you to take responsibility for who you want to become.” All students begin a challenging academic curriculum with the Ninth Grade Program, which centers on intellectual skill-building and interdisciplinary course work. The 10th-grade Combined Studies Course provides a coordinated approach to its English and history classes, and a wide range of electives and independent study options enhance traditional core course offerings during the junior and senior years. Daily meetings with faculty advisors provide each student with consistent mentoring and support. In 1972, the school pioneered an innovative experiential learning program known as Winterim. The two-week session in March continues to send students overseas, around the country, into the local community, or into workshops on campus to dedicate themselves to focused projects and endeavors. Participants might join an archaeological dig in Italy, study the environment of the Arizona desert by mountain bike, volunteer at a local HeadStart program, or make a movie or a kayak right on campus. An Independent Immersion Program allows several qualified students each year to pursue special interests with a self-designed curriculum of study that includes internships, traditional course work, and intensive sessions with on- and off-campus teachers. LA belongs to the 16-member Independent School League, whose hallmark belief is that athletic competition builds sportsmanship and character and promotes healthy values. LA coaches provide excellent instruction in a wide range of sports at several levels, so students can compete intensely in their favorite sport or try an entirely new one. Robust dance and theatre programs, extremely popular on their own merit, also provide engaging and rewarding options for students.