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History of LWA

Lawrence Woodmere Academy, fondly known as LWA, is a co-educational, non-religious, elite private college preparatory school educating students from 3K through 12th grade.

The history of the school began more than a century ago with the founding of Lawrence Country Day School in 1891 and Woodmere Academy in 1912. The 1990 merger of these two respected schools resulted in the strongest source for independent secondary education on the south shore of Long Island.

The school culture is marked by a commitment to a global perspective within a school community that is racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse. There is a deliberate effort focused on addressing the individual needs of students through a flexible curriculum and a devoted faculty. There is a pro-active pursuit of support and input from parents and alumni in shaping the goals of the school.

The school’s mission is distilled into three core values: truth, integrity, and service, and the tagline which speaks to the school’s global curriculum and philosophy is “At Home with the World.”

LWA sits on a highly desirable multi-acre campus in the affluent and safe community of Woodmere, NY. LWA is centrally located only 18 miles from New York City, 7 miles from JFK airport and 3 blocks from the Long Island Railroad station.