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2021 Guide to Independent Schools: G – L

Glen Urquhart School | 978-927-1064

A rigorous academic program combined with the excitement of discovery makes for an engaging learning environment at the Glen Urquhart School (GUS). Here, students learn through hands-on projects and activities that help foster their innate curiosity while empowering them to become bold, independent thinkers and well-rounded citizens. Established in 1977 on 23 acres in Beverly Farms, MA, the school has long encouraged the concepts of teamwork, diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility. GUS’s progressive education integrates academic skill development, experiential learning and social-emotional understanding. A thematic curriculum allows for integrated study across multiple subjects, providing endless opportunities for hands-on learning. Whether it’s a 4th-grade trip to clean up a local beach and record data as part of a world-wide volunteer effort for the Ocean Conservancy or the 8th-grade musical production that involves the entire class, students are actively engaged in their learning and valued for their participation at every level. Exploration, challenge, and discovery remain guiding philosophies at Glen Urquhart School, where students from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade are taught to be passionate in their pursuit of knowledge. To learn more about Glen Urquhart School and its amazing list of educational offerings, contact [email protected].

Lawrence Academy | 978-448-6535

Lawrence Academy, a co-educational independent boarding school for grades 9 through 12, is located in Groton, MA. Our mission focuses on recognizing students for who they are, inspiring them to take responsibility for who they want to become, and empowering them to take action for the greater good. Our community welcomes 400 boarding and day students to our campus and prides itself on a warm, welcoming, and compassionate culture. Individualized learning and empowerment is a cornerstone of our program, a focus that extends beyond the classroom to athletics, the arts, clubs, community service, and experiential learning (via our Winterim program). Skilled at “teaching for understanding,” faculty use innovative methods to help students learn in the way best suited for them. Each day, our Advisory system uses student interests, needs, and passions to help build pathways to individual goals and aspirations. We seek to see students grow in knowledge, confidence, and empathy, making meaningful contributions to the world once they leave our campus. To learn more about Lawrence Academy and register for our fall admissions events, visit Our virtual events begin on September 17, and LA Admissions will hold our Open House on Saturday, November 6.

Lesley Ellis School | 781-641-5987

Lesley Ellis School serves preschoolers through eighth graders in a community that celebrates diversity and is defined by respect for all. From the moment students enter the iconic orange Lesley Ellis doors, they know what it means to belong, to be accepted, and to be challenged. Every student’s intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth is nurtured and expertly guided at Lesley Ellis. The robust and flexible academic program allows faculty to meet individual needs of students, while simultaneously developing foundational social and emotional skills. The Lesley Ellis School program includes: an arts program that exposes children to the vast canvas of creative expression available to them; a school-wide Spanish program, beginning in the earliest years; robust after school, vacation, and summer programs, along with an award-winning anti-bias curriculum that informs all aspects of the Lesley Ellis experience and reminds students that they are part of a larger global community which requires an ever-growing need for understanding and mindfulness. The faculty at Lesley Ellis are committed and enthusiastic and infuse each student’s experience with meaning and joy. To sign up for a virtual tour of The Lesley Ellis School, just email Director of Admission Tricia Moran at [email protected]. Tours will be held virtually on October 7, 14, and 28. We look forward to welcoming you to our close, supportive learning community.

Lycée International de Boston | International School of Boston | 617-499-1451 | [email protected]

Long known for its excellence in bilingual French and English education, the International School of Boston (ISB) is adding another world language, Spanish, for our students to explore and master starting in Grade 2. Pre-K through grade 1 students will participate in the Éveil aux langues program. Elementary students will have the opportunity to become trilingual, and secondary students will have the option to study Spanish at the novice or fluent level within the English-based International Baccalaureate curriculum. ISB students graduate with an American high school diploma and choose between two internationally renowned diplomas, the French or the International Baccalaureate, giving them the opportunity to thrive at leading universities in the United States, France, and around the world. Offering a rich experience with rigorous programs, ISB prepares its students for a lifetime of learning and service. Priority application is February 15. There is no fee to apply and need-based financial aid is available. No French (or Spanish) is required for admission. Learn more about ISB during our Open Houses. Check our website for details at

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