College and Career Planning

Lawrence School's comprehensive guidance program encourages students to take an active role in exploring and planning for their future.

Starting freshman year, each student works closely with the Director of College and Career Planning to match academic assessments with areas of interest. Both students and parents are encouraged to take an honest look at how affinities, abilities and strengths might complement school and career choices.


The success of our students is not simply reflected by how they thrive within the walls of our school. We believe that learning is a journey which extends far beyond school, and part of our job is to provide students with the tools they need to become learners for life.

Lawrence School helps prepare each student for the transition from Lawrence School to post-secondary life. This includes career guidance, financial aid and scholarship assistance, college planning, college application guidance, standardized testing, vocational guidance, essay writing tips, study skill advice, test taking preparation and more.

Throughout the process, each student explores his or her schooling and occupational options while developing strong personal and social development as an individual. The experience is meant not only to prepare the student for the future, but also help the student build confidence and self-worth by exploring strengths and long-term aspirations.

At the same time, a percentage of students do elect to go directly to the workplace as an apprentice or intern or join the military to continue their education.

Jennifer Mattes

Jennifer Mattes

Director of College & Career Planning
Upper School
Lindsey Riley

Lindsey Riley

College & Career Planning Associate Director
Upper School
Lisa Brogan

Lisa Brogan

College & Career Planning Administrative Coordinator
Upper School

Defying The Odds

Since 2005, 86 percent of Lawrence School students have matriculated to a 2 or 4-year college or university, compared to the national average of just 67 percent for students with LD. The disparity is even greater when comparing the matriculation to a four-year institution with 68 percent of Lawrence students attending a 4-year institution, compared to the national standard of 21.

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