Why Lawrence Woodmere Academy?

The Students’ Perspective

Students from Mr. Cruz’s “Video Production for Marketing in Social Media” course created the video below to share their perspective on what it means to be a part of the Lawrence Woodmere Academy community.

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The unique experience that students have at Lawrence Woodmere Academy is unmatched anywhere else in the New York City area. Here are some of the highlights of what we offer:

Global Studies and World Experiences

Our global studies program begins in preschool and culminates in an Upper School The Global Scholar Certificate program.

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Our World Language Instruction begins in Pre-School. Throughout the Lower School, we offer a six-week interdisciplinary course of study on a specific country at each grade level, culminating in a presentation by each of the Lower School classes. They perform culturally resonant songs and dances in the traditional costumes of their country. The students set up booths displaying their research, projects and authentic cuisine so that their families and fellow classmates can take a “world tour” as the students teach the visitors about their country.

By 6th Grade, students have a high level of proficiency in Spanish. They will then have the option to begin learning French, or to continue with Spanish.

Once students reach the Upper School, they can opt in to our The Global Scholar Certificate program, which complements the LWA Diploma Requirements. Students in this program engage in a course of study designed to develop their global diplomacy, negotiation and conflict management skills. The distinction students earn by electing to complete this program will be noted on their transcripts and diplomas.

Across all three divisions, LWA boasts a broadly multi-ethnic and multinational student body, with students from regions including Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The Upper School also provides opportunities for both educational world travel and foreign exchange.

Other features of our global studies program include:

  • The Connected World Seminar
  • Domestic and International Service Learning
  • Proficiency in Two World Languages
  • Global Issues Case Studies
  • Global Speakers Series

Service Learning

It is our mission to graduate students who are committed to giving back to society. As such, our service learning curriculum spans all divisions and all subject matters.

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Service Learning starts in the Lower School. During the annual Caring and Sharing project, Lower School classes combine in mixed-grade groups to create decorations that are delivered to the emergency room of an NYC hospital.

Middle School engages in a variety of service learning experiences, including organizing the school’s donation to a local soup kitchen.

Arts and Athletics Programs

At Lawrence Woodmere Academy, we believe that a well-rounded education includes more than just academics. Our outstanding arts and athletics programs both help boost confidence in students, and enrich the experience of the entire school community.

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Our arts and athletics programs span all three divisions. Beginning in the 3rd grade and continuing into the Middle and Upper Schools, students complete required instrumental and/or choral instruction and perform for their families and the school community twice each year. The Middle School also prepares a musical as part of its electives program and the Upper School puts on two productions each year, one play and one musical.

Students in all divisions receive formal studio art instruction. Their work is exhibited in the community at large.

In addition to physical education classes beginning in the Lower School, our Middle and Upper Schools offer competitive, no-cut athletics programs in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Under the direction of Jeff Weiss (Newsday’s 2006 Coach of the Year, Basketball Coaches Association of New York’s Hall of Fame Inductee, and seven-time Coach of the Year) our Upper School athletics teams have won over 30 championships over the past two decades.

Career Services Supported by a Strong Alumni Network

Our Career Services program serves our students not only while they attend but also throughout their lives, leveraging our 3,000-strong network of distinguished alumni in order to provide:

  • Student externships
  • Networking events
  • Professional development opportunities

Fast Facts

  • Only NY school within 300+ miles offering a Global Scholar Certificate in addition to the diploma
  • Maximum Class Size: 16 students
  • Student : Teacher Ratio – 6:1
  • 88% of faculty hold advanced degrees
  • 61% of students in the Middle and Upper Schools participate in interscholastic sports
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Other highlights include

100% of students:

  • participate in Visual or Performing Arts
  • perform on the stage in Hessel Hall by graduation
  • attend Global Concerns workshops in Middle and Upper Schools
  • engage in service projects
  • 30% of Upper School students travel abroad
  • 80% of Upper School students join academic and interest-based clubs including: Model UN, French, Spanish, Italian, Math Team, Science Bowl, Student Senate, Global Awareness
  • Students from 50+ zip codes, 15+ school districts and 6 countries
  • 54% of Juniors and Seniors are currently taking at least one AP course

100% of graduates attend college