Due to challenges of the school closure from March to the end of the 2020 school and Lawrence Public Schools’ reopening plan to begin this school year remote, we at ALA are working to ensure that the application process for this school year recognizes our current health and safety guidelines in this challenging time. Please be advised an adapted application process for the safety of our students and families will be available soon.
Accepting Transfers for the 2021-2022 school year! Only available for students entering sophomore year. Applications will be available January 2021.
Welcome to ALA!
We are thrilled that you are interested in learning more about Abbott Lawrence Academy. The best way to get to know us is to visit our school, situated in the Library at LHS. We offers students in Lawrence an opportunity previously unavailable to most: the chance to experience a rich and rewarding honors education in the tradition of the most prestigious independent schools in the country, free of charge. ALA provides equal opportunity to all students in the city, leveling the playing fields for Lawrence students who want to accelerate their learning. ALA promises a first-of-its-kind experience: the personalization of an accelerated academic program combined with access to the robust enrichment programs available to LHS. The result is a school that challenges its students every day and ultimately prepares them for admission to the nation’s most competitive colleges and universities.
Abbott Lawrence Academy prospective students undergo a rigorous vetting process in the spirit of private school and college/university applications. Our admissions process considers the following aspects within the context of our holistic review and selection:
• Scores on the Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE)
• Short Answer and Essay Questions
• Transcript Review from Grades 6-8
• STEM and Humanities Teacher Recommendations