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Headmaster’s Message

Thank you for having an interest in learning more about Lawrence Woodmere Academy. As the only non-sectarian independent school on the south shore of Long Island, we are extremely proud of our 106 year history. Throughout these many decades, we have always remained focused on the relationship between educating both the mind and the heart. Our academic program is defined by college preparatory goals. In our curriculum you will observe both the depth and the breath of what is necessary to graduate exceptionally well-educated young people who also understand the responsibilities of citizenship and high character; two qualities that we believe are crucial to their future success. 

As our guiding principles describe, we are fully committed to our culturally diverse student body. At the core of this commitment is our focus on global education. We know that our students benefit from the global program of studies that we have developed. This signature program provides our students with the skills we feel are necessary to excel in a rapidly changing world.

In addition, our faculty works diligently to create a learning environment where developing empathy and understanding becomes as important as excelling academically. At Lawrence Woodmere Academy, we customize our teaching so that every student is challenged according to what they most need for success. Our 6:1 ratio of students to teachers makes this possible. There is a positive energy one can feel on our campus that flows from outstanding teaching and an engaged student body, fueled by the extraordinary support of parents and alumni. This synergy represents the very essence of a healthy and successful independent school. I feel privileged to lead such a community.

Recent research from the National Association of Independent Schools has indicated that the vast majority of families across the country who choose independent school education, do so for one or more of these four reasons: to help their  child overcome obstacles, to help fulfill their child’s potential in a values-aligned community, to help their child develop into a well-rounded person who will impact the world, and to help their child realize his or her special talents. At Lawrence Woodmere Academy we believe that our mission and guiding principles align with these goals and we are confident that we can create these outcomes for our families.

 To set the tone each day I make it my habit to greet every student with a handshake when they enter the school. We make eye contact and my greeting lets them know that it is time to have a focused and positive day for learning. For me, this is an act of respect and caring. We see our school community as a large family devoted to shared goals and aspirations, committed to academic excellence fostered by the act of giving one’s best effort in all endeavors.

I hope you will contact us to learn more about Lawrence Woodmere Academy. Please visit our campus to see first hand the value of our educational experience.

Alan Bernstein

Headmaster