The Lawrence School, Sanawar, is a private boarding school in Himachal Pradesh, established in 1847, whose history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious schools in Asia.
It is located in the Kasauli Hills, District of Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India. Sanawar is about an hour drive from Chandigarh and six hours from New Delhi. The school was founded by Sir Henry Lawrence and his wife Honoria, is one of the oldest surviving boarding schools.
As the school is located in Sanawar, the school is popularly called “Sanawar”. It is situated at a height of 1750 metres and spread over an area of 139 acres, heavily forested with pine, deodar and other conifer trees. The school has been ranked among the best residential schools of India. In May 2013 Sanawar created history by becoming the first school in the world to send a team of seven students to climb Mount Everest.The motto of the school is “Never Give In”.
Sanawar is affiliated to India’s Central Board of Secondary Education. Children are admitted to Sanawar in February each year, at the age of nine and ten years. Class Five (Lower III) is preferred as the entry point. Admission is based on a competitive entrance examination, held the preceding November, followed by an interview.
In the school’s name, “Sanawar” is the name of the hill on which it stands.The nearest railway station is now usually spelt “Sonwara”.Sanawar is believed to be the oldest mixed-sex boarding school anywhere in the world. On the 2nd 3rd & 4th of October, The Lawrence School Sanawar celebrates its founders day when the old students get together and cherish their school time memories.HCL founder Shiv Nadar, who was the chief guest, exhorted the students to “dream big, dream global but never dream about money. Big dreamers are the ones who make the world move ahead”.