We will expand experiential learning and sustain educators of the highest caliber—preparing our students for success in college and in life.
To achieve this, we will continue to grow S.T.E.A.M., our intentionally interdisciplinary approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics. Through our Harkness Travel and immersive Scholars programs, we will take students out of the classroom and engage them in real-world applications of knowledge.
Enhanced programs and facilities equip our gifted educators with the tools they need to elevate learning, creativity, and student agency. Attracting and retaining a distinguished faculty requires the provision of competitive salaries, on-campus faculty housing, and novel instructional opportunities. With these assets in place, our instructors can bring out the best in bright minds and empower students to exceed their own expectations.
of faculty hold advanced degrees
makerspace and creative design center
academic disciplines with immersive Scholars programs
Supporting Faculty and Students
Audrey and Martin Gruss '60
The inspiration for the latest investment in Lawrenceville by Martin Gruss '60, and his wife, Audrey, began 3,000 miles from campus. The School was studying a plan for a dedicated makerspace and innovation hub, a major step forward in the vision for experiential education and hands-on learning presented in Head of School Steve Murray’s strategic plan. In January 2017, Lawrenceville's Board of Trustees traveled to California’s Silicon Valley for innovative ideas.
A trustee emeritus, Martin had more than passing interest in the topic. The School administration was envisioning a program rooted in S.T.E.A.M. learning, the deliberate intersection of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Martin and Audrey are avid art collectors, and had earlier funded the construction of the Gruss Center of Visual Arts at Lawrenceville and the Gruss Sculpture Garden, among other gifts to the School. They were intrigued by the possibilities a makerspace offered for expanding the creative potential of students across multiple disciplines and impressed by their visits to San Francisco's Autodesk Gallery, Google, and the Stanford Design School.
The Gruss Center for Art and Design (GCAD), a 15,000-square-foot creative design center and makerspace, opened in February 2020. Linking the Hutchins Galleries on one side with the existing art studios on the other, this massive rebuild has given Lawrenceville students a state-of-the-art workspace for everything from metal sculpture, to computer-assisted design and construction, to robotics.
Martin and Audrey were involved in the project from beginning to end, and their hands-on commitment is reflected in the aesthetics and functionality of this hands-on facility. GCAD is at the center of a revolution in experiential education at Lawrenceville, and its impact is only beginning to emerge.
Audrey and Martin Gruss '60
"Lawrenceville's plan to blend the principles of technology and design to create a center for innovation offered a thrilling opportunity."
Scholarships have the power to change lives. We will continue to bring the most promising students to the table, providing access and support to tomorrow’s leaders.
Between House and Harkness is a vibrant community we call home. We will continue to improve facilities, practice sustainability, and maintain a campus that enhances relationships and learning.
Transform the Way Forward
At this pivotal moment in our history, we are collectively called to lead. The Lawrenceville Fund and the School’s endowment sustain a culture of learning and integrity that will shape, engage, and inspire future generations.
Enriching the Student Experience
Transform Learning Now
With your support, Lawrenceville can do more—awaken more potential, unlock more creativity, and provide the world with more thoughtful and capable leaders.
We know our fundraising goals are ambitious, but we are confident that your gift has the power to change lives and transform the way our students learn.
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