• LWA has a 5:1 student to faculty ratio (small class sizes; very individualized and intensive instruction)
  • 1:1 college preparation and placement (4-year college planning)
  • 100% graduation rate and matriculation to College (graduates attend many top universities in the US)
  • Affordable private school education
  • No Mandatory State Testing
  • 90% of our faculty hold Advanced Degrees
  • Global Scholars Program (one of only 25 schools in the US to offer this distinction)
  • A+ school rating on Niche.com
  • 10+ AP courses offered each year
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) based curriculum, partnering with world renowned “Project Lead The Way”
  • Location: Safe and affluent community, 18 miles from NYC, 7 miles from JFK airport and 3 blocks from Long Island Railroad
  • SEVIS approved I-20 granting school grades K-12
  • Accredited by NYSAIS (New York State Association of Independent Schools)
  • Member of NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools)
  • Member of Global Education Benchmark Group (www.gebg.org)

Academy's Narrative

Lawrence Woodmere Academy “LWA” is a co-educational, non-religious, elite private college preparatory school.

LWA comprises Pre-school through 12th grade students with a current enrollment of 275 students and approximately 52 full-time faculty and two part-time teachers comprising three divisions: Lower, Middle, and Upper schools.

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 tag line which bespeaks the school’s global curriculum and philosophy is “at home with the world.”

LWA sits on a highly desirable 10+ acre campus in the very 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.