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2018 - 2019 School Year Information

The 2018-2019 school year at a Glance calendar is available and details vacation breaks, Parents Weekend, etc. Use this calendar to schedule travel arrangements, vacations, and appointments. Use the full school calendar on the website for up-to-date daily information.

Summary of Registration Dates

Check the 2018-2019 School Year at a Glance Calendar for specific times:

  • Athletic Registration (varsity tryouts/practices): August 31
  • Peer Counselors, Proctors, International Student Leaders: August 31
  • New International Students: September 3
    if the student didn’t register to attend varsity tryouts/practices on August 31
  • New Students: September 4
    if the student didn’t register to attend varsity tryouts/practices on August 31
  • Remaining Returning Students: September 6
    if the student didn’t register to attend varsity tryouts/practices on August 31

Below, please find the answers to many of the questions/concerns you may have about various aspects of our school. Check back often as additional information may be added throughout the spring and summer.

Note: E-mails from LACADEMY.EDU with pertinent information will also be sent throughout the spring and summer.

Fees & Payments

Questions:

1. What are the tuition rates for the 2018-2019 school year?
2. What are the different tuition payment plans for students?
3. If I want to wire money to the school, what do I need to do?
4. Are there other fees in addition to tuition?
5. Please describe the Tuition Refund Insurance Plan.
6. Are there outside tuition funding options that I can explore?
7. How can I get money to my student at school?


1. What are the tuition rates for the 2018-2019 school year?

Boarding student tuition rate is $62,550. Day student tuition rate is $48,950.

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2. What are the different tuition payment plans for students?

The tuition deposit is due April 10 and is 10% of the total annual tuition charge.  Lawrence Academy offers domestic parents either a two-payment plan or monthly nine-payment plan for the remaining tuition due. International parents may choose either a one-payment plan or a two-payment plan for the remaining tuition due.

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3. If I want to wire money to the school, what do I need to do?

Funds are to be transferred in U.S. dollars. If you are transferring funds to Lawrence Academy electronically, please use the following wire transfer instructions:

Name of Bank: Boston Private Bank and Trust Company, 10 Post Office Square, Boston, MA

Swift address #:          BPTCUS33
ABA/Bank Transit #:   011002343
Name of Account:       Lawrence Academy
Account #:                   953182436  
For account of:            Student’s name

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4. Are there other fees in addition to tuition?

  • Books: $400-$800/year for all students (dependent upon courses selected) and are ordered by families. More information will be available once the student’s course list is finalized. Students must have the ability to order and pay for books at any time during the summer or school year for additional purchases.
  • There is a $300 term charge deposit for new domestic students and a $1,000 term charge deposit for new international students. This deposit is a one-time charge, due by July 1, 2018, that is used to cover incidental charges that are billed to the student’s account. Incidental expenses include, but are not limited to, new student orientation, outside music teachers, school store purchases, lost or damaged school property, studio fees, art fees, class trips, athletic supplies, entertainment, transportation, class fundraisers, graduation fees, postage fees, Winterim course charges and Winterim evening activities for on-campus courses. Term charges can average $150-$1,000/term.  Billing statements are issued monthly. Parents will be notified each month when a new billing statement has been created. Billing statements and current account details will be available in your account on My BackPack.
  • $750 International Student Fee: All international students who use any visa to enter the United States, or who pay a SEVIS fee to the American Embassy, are charged $750. This fee assists in covering the costs of complying with SEVIS regulations, maintaining our status as a TOEFL test site, implementing our Orientation and Beyond program, and offering additional activities for international students throughout the year.
  • Tuition Refund Insurance: The premium for the tuition refund insurance plan is 3.3% of the full year’s tuition. For boarding students, the tuition refund insurance premium is $2,064.15. For day students, the tuition refund insurance premium is $1,615.35. Premiums for students receiving financial aid are based on 3.3% of the net tuition amount for the year. See below for more information regarding the tuition refund insurance plan.
  • Winterim: $100 - $3,000 (dependent upon course selected). All students in travel courses will also be required to purchase travel insurance through a group policy offered by the school. Winterim courses are selected with permission from parents in early December. This is an additional cost and will be added to your student account at the end of December with payment due at the beginning of January.
  • Medical Insurance: Lawrence Academy requires that all international students participate in the school’s student medical insurance program. The fee for international students is $1,995 for the period August 20, 2018, through August 19, 2019, and is due July 1, 2018. A waiver for the insurance is granted only to international students with proof of medical insurance coverage provided by a U.S. company. Medical insurance is not available for domestic students.
  • Bus Transportation: This is a voluntary service for day students residing in the Andover, Concord, Acton, or Lexington, MA area. Pricing will generally cost $2400 - $3000 depending upon town pickup. The bus signup form will detail exact pricing for the school year.
  • Academic Support: If a student has registered with the Academic Support Office, they will work with a Learning Strategy Coach once or twice a week. This is an additional cost, and fees are dependent upon the number of weekly sessions elected.  Fees are charged annually or on a term basis.

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5. Please describe the Tuition Refund Insurance Plan.

Because the Reservation Agreement is a binding contract obligating you for the full year’s tuition payment even in the event of withdrawal or dismissal, we offer a tuition refund insurance plan for your consideration. The optional plan is offered through A.W.G. Dewar, Inc., and is designed to provide partial tuition payment coverage in the event of withdrawal or dismissal. We strongly encourage families of students that are attending an independent school for the first time to consider purchasing this coverage. The school’s policy regarding no refunds or cancellation of tuition for absences, change in boarding status, withdrawal, or dismissal after July 1 as stated in the Reservation Agreement is firm and not negotiable.  If you elect to participate, coverage begins after the 15th day of school beginning with the first day of class. The tuition refund insurance plan provides 50% coverage of the daily tuition rate for the number of days left in the school year for non-medical withdrawals, absences, or dismissals. The percent of coverage for medical withdrawals or absences varies. Please refer to the tuition refund insurance brochure for a full explanation of the plan. The premium for the tuition refund insurance plan is 3.3% of the tuition. For boarding students, the tuition refund insurance premium is $2,064.15. For day students, the tuition refund insurance premium is $1,615.35. Premiums for students receiving financial aid are based on 3.3% of the net tuition amount for the year.

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6. Are there outside tuition funding options that I can explore?

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) offers information about tuition financing in the Parents’ Guide on its website: www.nais.org

Loan programs available for grades K-12 education are:

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7. How can I get money to my student at school?

Students must have a bank account at a local bank in Groton if they do not already have a U.S. bank account elsewhere. Lawrence Academy is unable to receive funds from students or parents for safekeeping or to cash checks or give cash advances. Representatives from a local bank will be on campus during student registration for those interested in opening accounts. Students will need to have their Social Security number (U.S. citizen) or Visa/Passport number (international students) to open an account and a parent to sign the application form if the student is under the age of 16.

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Before the Start of School

Questions:

1. What forms are necessary for the start of school, and where can I find them?
2. What should I expect during student registration?
3. What laptop should I buy to use at school and what if I have other technology questions?
4. Where can I find information about bus transportation from Lexington/Concord/Acton or Andover?

1. What forms are necessary for the start of school, and where can I find them?

Reservation Agreement: This binding contract must be submitted by the deposit due date on the Reservation Agreement.

Forms required for registration are available in My BackPack and Magnus Health. Use your My BackPack login to access My BackPack to complete the required forms under “Reservation Agreement and Additional Forms” and to access Magnus Health to complete the required health forms. These forms must be submitted electronicallyby July 31, 2018.

My BackPack forms:

  • Student Emergency and Permission Form – all students
  • Athletic Registration Form – all students. Requirements and opportunities for each term and the explanation of credits can be found on the Athletics Requirements page.
  • Publicity Form – new students only
  • Roommate Questionnaire – new boarding students only
  • Bus transportation from Lexington/Concord/Acton or Andover – day students only
  • Student Car Contract – day students only
  • Travel Form – all boarding students
  • International Parent Luncheon RSVP Form – new international students only

Magnus Health forms: All Students

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2. What should I expect during student registration?

All forms (through My BackPack and Magnus Health) must be submitted by July 31, 2018. If all forms were not submitted electronically before registration day, they must be filled out in order to complete the registration process. You will have the ability at registration to log in to access My BackPack and Magnus Health to complete the forms.

During the registration process, you will receive your student ID number (new students only), advisor’s name, school email address, network access information, mailbox information, and locker information if you are a day student or dorm assignment and room key/fob if you are a boarding student. Boarding students will pick up their laundry bag if they have pre-registered with E&R Laundry. You can also sign up for laundry service during registration. After completing the registration process, boarding students may move into their room.

Please bring your laptop with you to registration. Our Technology Department must register your laptop to work on the school network.

If you do not have a bank account, there are two banks within walking distance of the campus: Bank of America and Citizens Bank. Citizens Bank will be on campus during registration to open accounts. Students will need to have their Social Security Number (U.S. citizens) or Visa/Passport Number (international students) to open an account, and a parent to sign if under the age of 16. Students must have a bank account at a local bank in Groton if they do not already have a U.S. bank account elsewhere. Lawrence Academy is unable to receive funds from students or parents for safekeeping or to cash checks or give cash advances.

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3. What laptop should I buy to use at school and what if I have other technology questions?

Most Apple- and Windows-based laptops will work on our network, but if you have any questions regarding laptops you currently own or laptops you are considering purchasing, please read the Student Technology Information Booklet. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Burkholz.

NOTE: Please bring your laptop with you to registration. Our Technology Department must register your laptop to work on the school network.

4. Where can I find information about bus transportation from Lexington/Concord/Acton or Andover?

Below is current information about bus stops for the 2017-2018 school year. Please note this information may change for the 2018-2019 school year but this will give you an idea of the bus schedules as they are run currently.

Both bus lines arrive on campus at approximately 7:45 AM. The academic day starts at 8:00 AM.
Return departure from Lawrence Academy in the fall and spring is 6:30 PM (during the winter, the return is at 7:00 PM). The bus leaves from behind the dining hall.

Students who are not able to catch the evening bus due to an away game, late practice or other school commitment must arrange for their transportation that evening; bus service is not adjusted to accommodate late practices or games.

LEXINGTON, CONCORD AND ACTON (SCHEDULED STOPS)
(1) Lexington, Harrington School, 328 Lowell Street 6:50 AM
(2) Alcott House Lexington Rd (AM) Concord, PM drop off at Rte. 2 at Crosby's Corner Mobil Station 7:10 AM
(3) Concord, Rte. 2 at Paparazzi Restaurant 7:20 AM
(4) Acton, Rte. 2A/119 at the Makaha Restaurant (AM) 7:25 AM
Note: PM drop-off is across the street at Donelan's
ANDOVER (SCHEDULED STOPS)
(1) Downtown Andover-across from the CVS 7:00 AM
(2) Route 133 intersection @ the Boston Sports Club 7:10 AM

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Athletic Varsity Tryout/Practice Information

Questions:

1. What is Athletic Registration on August 31 (pre-season), and do I have to come?
2. What must I know for the start of pre-season on August 31?
3. Can boarding students move in and set up their room during pre-season?
4. Can boarding athletes leave anytime during the weekend pre-season camp?
5. What do I need to bring for athletic equipment to pre-season?
6. Other IMPORTANT information for pre-season!



1. What is Athletic Registration on August 31 (pre-season), and do I have to come?

Before the first day of classes, there is athletic registration for tryouts/practices (pre-season). The following student-athletes are required to register on August 31 and to attend tryouts and practices on campus:

  • All Levels Football
  • All Levels Cross Country
  • Varsity Field Hockey
  • Varsity Girls' Soccer
  • Varsity Boys' Soccer
  • Varsity Volleyball

These practices/tryouts run from Friday, August 31 to Tuesday, September 4. If you are not trying out for Varsity level on any of the teams listed here, you should not register on August 31.

If you or your child has any questions about attending varsity tryouts, please contact the appropriate coach listed below:

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2. What must I know for the start of pre-season on August 31?

  • All registration and health forms must be completed and electronically submitted by July 31, 2018, in order to participate in pre-season, which begins on August 31.
  • Athletes must attend all sessions of pre-season, including practices and evening activities. The coaches will distribute practice schedules on the first day of practice.
  • All school rules will be in effect for pre-season. Also, all new students, regardless of sports participation, will attend a new student orientation trip to Windsor Mountain that begins on Wednesday, September 5, and ends on Thursday, September 6.
  • All boarding students are expected to remain on campus for the entire pre-season weekend, which runs Friday, August 31 – Tuesday, September 4.
  • Day students are expected to return home at the end of each day of tryouts/practices.

3. Can boarding students move in and set up their room during pre-season?

Only athletes attending pre-season tryouts and practices can set up their assigned dorm room on August 31 after registration.

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4. Can boarding athletes leave anytime during the weekend pre-season camp?

Only with special permission from your coach and the Dean of Students, because all boarding students are expected to remain on campus for the entire pre-season weekend, which runs Friday, August 31 – Tuesday, September 4.

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5. What do I need to bring for athletic equipment to pre-season?

All pre-season athletes need to bring practice clothing (shorts and t-shirts) and a bathing suit because we do use our pool in between practice sessions to cool down. Additionally, each sport has specific requirements:

  • Football: football cleats, socks (2-3 pair), mouthpiece, sunscreen
  • Cross Country: running shoes, socks (2-3 pair), stopwatch, water bottle, sunscreen
  • Field Hockey: cleats, socks (2-3 pair), field hockey stick, goggles, mouthpiece, sunscreen
  • Soccer: cleats, shin guards, socks (2-3 pair), water bottle, sunscreen
  • Volleyball: shoes, knee pads

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6. Other IMPORTANT information for pre-season!

  • What does the athletic department provide? The equipment room provides towels only. Athletes can buy/charge to their student accounts mouthpieces, water bottles, LA athletic t-shirts, shorts and a laundry loop. All charges will be applied to your student account.
  • Do I need to do my own laundry during pre-season? No, our athletic equipment room staff will issue you a laundry loop, and you can attach all your dirty sports-related practice clothes to be washed and dried every day during pre-season.
  • How long and when are practices? Each day, teams will be scheduled for three sessions: two practices (one morning and one afternoon session) and a third team session after dinner.

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New Student Orientation

New student orientation will begin for international students after registration on Monday, September 3. New student orientation will begin for domestic students after registration on Tuesday, September 4. There will be events to familiarize yourself with the campus and fellow students. Part of new student orientation for all new students and new faculty is to attend an overnight camp orientation, which takes place Wednesday, September 5 – Thursday, September 6, 2018. This part of orientation is conducted off campus at Windsor Mountain International, a summer camp located just outside Hillsboro, N.H. New students and new faculty get an opportunity to meet each other and the nearly 40 student leaders who play important roles on campus.

Pack appropriately. Bring the following items, particularly LOOSE warm clothing, a flashlight, and a good sleeping bag. It gets chilly and dark at night in New Hampshire.

NECESSARY:                
Sleeping bag*
Flashlight
Water bottle
Rain jacket
Comfortable athletic shoes
Two (2) pairs of socks
Long pants (loose)
Two (2) shirts (tee or button-down) (loose)
One (1) sweater/sweatshirt
Toilet articles
Towel

OPTIONAL:
Shorts (recommended)
Pillow
Camera
Swimsuit and second towel**

*It is important that you have a sleeping bag. If you do not own one, try to borrow one. If all else fails, we have a limited number of bags we can lend. Please let us know in advance if you will need to borrow.
**Swimming and boating are available. Everyone is encouraged to participate in an early morning swim on Thursday. These activities are optional but highly recommended!

DO NOT BRING...

  • Money. There is no place to spend it anyway.
  • Electronic Equipment. Orientation is a time to meet new people, to try new things, and to enjoy a natural environment. Headsets also get in the way. No cell phones, iPods, iPads, laptop computers, radios, personal stereos, TVs, etc.
  • Good clothes and jewelry. The program is very active, and much of it takes place outside. Bring only clothing suitable for the vigorous activity. We cannot be responsible for lost or damaged valuables. Please leave them at home.

DO...

  • Bring a positive attitude. You may find yourself doing activities that are a little silly or unfamiliar. Be silly. Try something new. If you come determined to have fun, you will. If you think you won’t have fun, you probably won’t.
  • Challenge yourself. You’ll hear a lot more about this while we’re at orientation. You can learn a lot about yourself and other people if you challenge yourself to do something you’re not sure you can do.
  • Talk to new people. Orientation is a great place to meet classmates and teachers before you have the added pressure of classes and homework. The comfort of the friends you already have is nice, but try to talk to people you haven’t met yet as well. In particular, try to get to know some of the student leaders. They are at orientation to help you and can be a great resource throughout the school year.
  • Know you’re not alone. There are another 120 new students who are probably feeling the same way you are. The student leaders also went to new student orientation when they began at Lawrence. If you’re tired, cold, or homesick, talk to someone. We’re all here to help.

Your bag should be packed and on campus on Wednesday, September 5. Orientation will conclude upon our return to campus at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 6. If you have questions or concerns about orientation, please feel free to contact Ms. Shaikh or Mr. Abisalih.

Dormitory Life

Questions:

1. What should I bring to school for my dormitory room?
2. What will be my mailing address at school?
3. Is there a laundry service for boarding students?
4. When will I find out roommate assignments?
5. How do I sign out if I want to leave campus during the academic day or for the weekend?
6. May I have a car on campus?
7. Where do I stay when the dormitories are closed for Thanksgiving break, winter break, and spring break?


1. What should I bring to school for my dormitory room?

Each dorm room contains a bed, a desk, a chair, a bureau and closet space. Each room also has at least one window, and the windows are supplied with shades. The shapes and sizes of the rooms vary greatly, so new students are advised to delay bringing extra furniture, large rugs, or window curtains until they have lived in the room for a while. Usual Items to bring for your dorm room include an alarm clock, a desk lamp, a wastebasket, an iPod and/or computer speakers for your music, closet hangers, and a trunk with a lock for additional secure storage, if you so choose.

Bedding and Laundry
Students must bring their own sheets, pillows, blankets, and bedspreads. If you are bringing your own sheets from home, please note that you will need extra-long fitted twin sheets (mattress size 36 in x 80 in; flat sheet size 66 in x 102 in or 167 cm x 259 cm; fitted sheet size 99 cm x 203 cm). Students who wish to do their own laundry will find coin-operated machines in several locations on campus. An outside laundry service and linen rental is also available, if that is your preference. You may register online by visiting the E&R website.

Room Decorations
Decorations are limited by good taste, and dorm parents may ask that offensive material be removed. To preserve the paint and plaster, students may not tack, nail or use adhesive tapes to affix anything to the walls. Students must use non-permanent hooks and hangers or special adhesive wall tack, available in the school store, if displaying decorations directly on the walls. Due to the hazard of fire, no fabric wall hangings are permitted.

Clothing
During the academic day, Lawrence Academy expects students to adhere to a dress code designed to allow for comfort and individuality while maintaining a standard conducive to an academic setting. All clothing must be neat, clean, modest, and in good repair. Further explanation of LA's dress code may be found in the 2018-19 student handbook, available in your My BackPack account.

Prohibited Items
For safety reasons, no electrical or cooking appliances may be used in dormitory rooms, except UL-approved stereos, computers, radios, clocks, electric blankets, irons, lamps, and low-power hair dryers. Prohibited items include: halogen lamps, heating coils, hot plates/pots, rice cookers, refrigerators, monitors that exceed 25”, candles or incense burners, any other use of open flame in the rooms, televisions, all types of pets.

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2. What will be my mailing address at school?

Letters or packages sent through the United States Postal Service:

(STUDENT’S NAME)
LAWRENCE ACADEMY
P.O. BOX 992
GROTON, MA 01450

Packages sent through shipping companies (UPS, Federal Express, DHL, Airborne):

(STUDENT’S NAME)
LAWRENCE ACADEMY
26 POWDERHOUSE ROAD
GROTON, MA 01450

Mail is delivered Monday through Friday to the mailroom in the Student Lounge area of the Schoolhouse building. Once the mail is received in the mailroom, it is sorted into individual mailboxes. NO MAIL OR PACKAGES ARE RECEIVED ON THE WEEKEND FROM ANY DELIVERY SERVICE. Overnight mail/packages sent on a Friday will not reach the mailroom until Monday. It will then be sorted into individual mailboxes.

It is the responsibility of all boarding and day students to check their mailbox regularly for mail, packages, comments/papers from teachers, and other school communications.

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3. Is there a laundry service for boarding students?

Students who wish to do their own laundry will find coin-operated machines in several locations on campus. However, there is an outside laundry service, E&R Laundry, which offers a full-service plan to accommodate your clothing. They also rent towels and linens. E&R Laundry will be on site during registration for those students who would like to sign up. You may also register online by visiting the E&R website.

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4. When will I find out roommate assignments?

Roommate and dorm information will be made available to students and families only upon arrival on registration day. The school does not release housing information prior to this time in the event of a need for last-minute changes.

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5. How do I sign out if I want to leave campus during the academic day or for the weekend?

The sign-out system will be reviewed with all boarding students during the first weeks of school. In order for student to leave campus, the student must first submit a leave request through the REACH sign-out program. Parents then receive an email from REACH asking them to approve or reject the travel plan.

Weekday Sign-Outs: Sign-out through the Dean of Student’s Office is required each time a boarding student plans to leave campus during the academic day.

Weekend Sign-Outs: All boarding students who plan to leave campus for a weekend must sign out before 9:30 a.m. on the Thursday before departing campus. For three weekends during the school year, our boarding community will come together for on-campus weekends. No sign-outs are permitted for the on-campus weekends of September 14-16, January 11-13, and April 5-7.

Boarding Student Returns: Sunday evenings are crucial to the boarding life of our school. We ask that families organize their weekends so that students arrive back on campus by 7:15 p.m. for dorm meetings held every Sunday evening, and the first evening after a break at 7:30 p.m.

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6. May I have a car on campus?
 
A boarding student cannot have a car on campus.

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7. Where do I stay when the dormitories are closed for Thanksgiving break, winter break, and spring break?

As stated on the school calendar, the school dormitories are closed during our major breaks. Boarding students must find a family to stay with or have flight arrangements to go home for the breaks. Students cannot stay in the dormitories and parents cannot make hotel reservations for their students without parental presence also being at the hotel.

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Academics

For information regarding choosing classes, book ordering, summer assignments and any other preparations related to academics at Lawrence Academy, please click here to go to the Academics portion of our website.

If you have any questions about any of the emails or anything related to the academic program, please don’t hesitate to call or email us at the contact information below. We are anxious to help and guide you through the preparation of your upcoming year.


Community Service

Community Service at Lawrence Academy

Our commitment to the community service program is reflected in our mission where we call on each other to take action for the common good and to cultivate a personal stake in lifelong learning.
 
Students must complete six (6) hours of community service for each year of attendance at Lawrence Academy in order to graduate. Hours should be completed during the academic year between Sept. 1 through early June. Except for seniors who must complete and submit verified hours by February 22, 2019. Community service opportunities will be offered on the weekends throughout the school year. All sign-ups are online. Students may also arrange their own service opportunities in or near their home communities as long as they do the work during the school year and they volunteer for a non-profit organization or assist a senior citizen or someone with disabilities. (Volunteer coaching is acceptable for town organized youth sports only.)

Whom Do I Contact If I Have A Question Before School Starts?

Rachel Culley
Registrar, Studies Office
978-448-1517
registrar@lacademy.edu

Andrew Healy
Dean of Students
978-448-1532
ahealy@lacademy.edu

Kevin Potter
Director of Athletics
978-448-1590
kpotter@lacademy.edu

Mike Culley
Assistant Dean of Academics
978-448-1606
mculley@lacademy.edu

Tanya Clark
Book Ordering
978-448-1518
tclark@lacademy.edu

Jennifer O’Connor
Director of Int’l Students
978-448-1550
osis@lacademy.edu  

Libby Margraf
Assistant Head of School for Student Life
978-448-1533
lmargraf@lacademy.edu

Cheri Drew, Billing
978-448-1510
cdrew@lacademy.edu

Health Services
978-448-6670

Additional Information for New International Students

Questions:

1. When should I book my flights for vacations? What are the travel dates?
2. Is there an orientation program for new international students?
3. What do I need to be able to enter the United States of America?
4. What happens if I enter the USA as a tourist?
5. What will happen at Customs when I enter the USA?
6. What should I expect during new international student registration?
7. Why am I required to purchase the school health insurance? I already have insurance.
8. Is there an international student fee? Who is considered to be international?

 1. When should I book my flights for vacations? What are the travel dates?

Reference the 2018-1029 School Year at a Glance calendar at the top of the page.

Please Note: Students may not stay in the dormitories during major breaks or have parents make hotel reservations for unaccompanied students.

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2. Is there an orientation program for new international students?

Orientation meetings begin after registration on September 3 for all new international students. The international student orientation continues through Saturday, September 8, which includes the overnight camp on September 5 and 6, plus the weekend of September 7 and 8. You will then receive a schedule so you can order books as part of orientation. Also during orientation, we will go shopping for any necessities.

An optional orientation for parents is held on Monday, September 3 only.

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3. What do I need to be able to enter the United States of America?

You should have the following items with you (not in your luggage):

  • Your passport, which must be valid for at least six months past the date you enter.
  • Your visa (usually F-1) (Canadian citizens do not require a visa but must not enter as tourists. Please use the I-20 and be sure to pay your SEVIS fee.)
  • All I-20s from Lawrence Academy. If you are a transfer student, you should also have the I-20 from your previous school(s).
  • Financial documents that show proof of your family’s ability to pay for the costs of an academic year in the USA. A copy of the documents you gave the embassy should be sufficient.
  • A copy of any payments made to your Lawrence Academy account may also be helpful; please contact the business office if you need the most recent copy of your account transactions.
  • If you have a financial aid award from LA, carry a copy of the letter that states the amount of the award.
  • Proof of payment of the SEVIS fee, Form I-901.

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4. What happens if I enter the USA as a tourist?

Please note that if you use a tourist visa to enter the USA, you will not be allowed to complete the registration process. You will be required to leave the USA and re-enter with a visa that allows full-time study before being allowed to register, move in, or study.

Canadian students must use their I-20 to enter the USA. Students who do not get their passport correctly stamped are considered tourists and will not be able to complete the registration process, move in, or study until they have re-entered the USA using the correct forms.

The warnings above are for your protection as well as the Academy’s. You need to be aware that failure to maintain a legal status while in the United States can affect your future plans for studying, traveling, working, or living in America.

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5. What will happen at Customs when I enter the USA?

At the first airport to which you arrive in the USA, you will undergo the immigration inspection. The officer will ask for the documents above. Please make sure that both you and your parents have signed the bottom of page 1 of your I-20.

He or she should stamp your passport, and then should write on it “F-1” and “D/S”. This writing is important because it shows that you entered the USA for the purpose of studying.

The immigration officer may ask you many of the same questions that the consul asked when you applied for your visa. Even if your papers are correct and valid, this officer can deny you entry to the USA, so please be polite.

All visitors to the USA are fingerprinted and photographed at the port of entry. You may be asked to turn over your cell phone and to open your social media for the inspectors. If you do not wish to allow your social media to be viewed, you should temporarily delete those apps from your phone before entering the USA.

Any problems at the port of entry should be reported to the international student advisor.

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6. What should I expect during new international student registration?

All new international students must present their passports and I-20s at the door. Please bring these items with you. Photocopies will not be accepted. Returning students will then be available to assist you through the registration process as described above.

Please note specific registration dates and times on the calendar posted online and allow plenty of time to get through the registration process. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer O’Connor.

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7. Why am I required to purchase the school health insurance? I already have insurance.

If you purchased a travel policy, these tend to perform best for short-term trips. Often times, these policies do not provide the needed benefits for someone residing in the United States for a period of 9 or 10 months. These policies also tend to have low maximum benefits and exclusions that do not work in an academic/sports setting.

Lawrence Academy requires that every student by covered by a comprehensive injury and sickness plan, one that meets the high cost of medical services and is accepted by local providers and practitioners. The majority of, if not all, local health care providers are not willing to accept/bill a plan that does not have a United States-based address (for claims, submission/questions, etc.).

Local health care providers are also not willing to accept a credit card as the payment method to establish care for the student. Health care providers require insurance so they can ensure all service is pre-approved and collection of payment is guaranteed. Without these assurances, this puts your child at risk of not receiving immediate care and can cause significant delays in treatment. Please review the brochure, which will give details about the coverage offered by Lawrence Academy.

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8. Is there an international student fee? Who is considered to be international?

All students who do not have a USA passport and use any kind of visa to enter the United States or who pay a SEVIS fee are considered international and are charged a $750 International Student Fee, which covers the cost of complying with SEVIS regulations and supports several activities, including special cultural outings held just for international students, the Orientation and Beyond program for all new international students, keeping Lawrence Academy personnel up-to-date on immigration and visa regulations, and maintaining our technological ability to administer the TOEFL exam on campus.

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Information for Returning International Students

Questions:

1. When should I book my flights for vacations? What are the travel dates?
2. What do I need to enter as a returning international student?
3. What happens if I forget my I-20?
4. Can I help out with new international student orientation?
5. May I arrive early to campus even though I am not doing preseason or orientation? My flight doesn’t fit the schedule.


1. When should I book my flights for vacations? What are the travel dates?

Reference the 2018-1029 School Year at a Glance calendar at the top of the page.

Please Note: students cannot stay in the dormitories during major breaks or have parents make hotel reservations for unaccompanied students.

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2. What do I need to enter as a returning international student?

It is important to realize that even with all of the necessary documents, you may be refused entry to the USA, so please be polite to the Customs agent.

You must have the following items with you in order to enter the USA each time you return:

  • Your passport, which must be valid for at least six months past the date you plan to enter
  • Your visa (usually F-1) (Canadian students do not require a visa)
  • Your I-20(s) from Lawrence Academy
  • Financial documents that show proof of your family’s ability to pay for the costs of an academic year in the U.S. A certified letter from your bank showing account balances should be sufficient.
  • A copy of any payments made to your Lawrence Academy account may also be helpful; please contact the business office if you need the most recent copy of your account transactions.
  • If you have a financial aid award from LA, carry a copy of the letter that states the amount of the award.
  • Proof of payment of the SEVIS fee, Form I-901

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3. What happens if I forget my I-20?

If you arrive at the USA airport and have forgotten your I-20, the immigration officer may give you an I-515 form. This allows you to enter for 30 days until you go back and show them your I-20 for Lawrence Academy. If you receive this form, please inform the international student advisor immediately upon your arrival to campus.

Please check that your parents signed the bottom of page 1 of your I-20 last year. If you have other types of valid visas for the United States in your passport, please make sure that the immigration inspector writes “F-1” on the stamp s/he puts in your passport. If the inspector writes “B” or something else, please show the inspector your F-1 student visa. Check this before you leave the inspector’s desk.

If you are bringing electronic equipment with you, such as a laptop, be prepared to answer questions about where you bought it and where it was manufactured. You may be asked to turn over your cell phone and to open your social media for the inspectors. If you do not wish to allow your social media to be viewed, you should temporarily delete those apps from your phone before entering the USA.

Any problems at the port of entry should be reported to the international student advisor.

You must turn in your passport and I-20 to the international student advisor during the first week of school. This will ensure that your file for SEVIS is up to date. Photocopies will not be accepted.

Canadian students: Please remember to go through the proper line at the port of entry. Do not use the expedited entry used for tourism.

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4. Can I help out with new international student orientation?

It is a strength of our school that so many of you are willing to give up your free time to help with orientation. Unfortunately, we cannot use all of the students who wish to help their peers who are coming in as new students. Only students who applied to be ambassadors but were not selected as such will have the option of helping with orientation, and only if they obtain approval from the international student advisor before the spring training starts.

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5. May I arrive early to campus even though I am not doing preseason or orientation? My flight doesn’t fit the schedule.

Please understand that arriving early with nothing to do except move in is not in the best interest of you or the school. We understand that obtaining tickets for specific dates can be difficult, but you are getting this information now so that you can make those arrangements. If you arrive before your expected registration date and time, you will need to find a place to stay off campus until then.

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