Lawrence Academy is in Groton, Massachusetts, which is located in the Nashoba Valley region, eight miles south of the New Hampshire border and thirty-five miles northwest of Boston.
A traditional New England town more than 350 years old, Groton has a Main Street lined with maple trees and white Colonials. Among its other charms are majestic old homesteads, faded red barns, apple orchards, centuries-old stone walls, family farm stands, and an abundance of conservation land ideal for hiking, cross-country skiing, and canoeing. It is in this setting that Lawrence Academy was founded by Groton residents in 1793. Governor John Hancock made it official when he put his famous signature on the school's bill of incorporation.
The Academy’s rolling, 100-acre campus, which features its share of maples and colonials as well as Federalist-style red brick buildings, is only a stone's throw from the town hall, the post office, and the bank. Standing in the middle of the campus Quad, one can see the distant outline of Mt. Wachusett to the west, the Angus-dotted pastures of Gibbet Hill Farm to the north, and the sloping fairways of the Groton Country Club to the east. Lawrence Academy’s natural backdrop, which is beautiful in any season of the year, helps to create a setting that is conducive to learning and reflection. Just as they have for over 200 years, students at Lawrence feel secure and comfortable on campus and in town—but close enough to Boston to visit there on weekends.