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Though Julia Saltzman '17 graduated in early June, she still managed to wow speech and debate judges on behalf of Laurel in Birmingham, Alabama where, as one of 250 qualifiers, she competed at the National Tournament in late June. As a member of Laurel's Speech and Debate team for four years, Julia was a three-time State qualifier. She capped off her Speech and Debate career at Laurel with six rounds of speeches at the National Tournament. Her stellar performance propelled her into the quarter finals, making her one of the top 60 Extemporaneous speakers in the country. Cleveland.com recently highlighter her accolades in its Chagrin Falls Community Blog. You can read the update here.

Ann V. Klotz was recently quoted in Crain's Cleveland Business regarding the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a group that wants to rebuild how high schools record their students abilities and achievements and, in turn, upend how colleges and universities evaluate their applicants. Laurel School is a member of the consortium and Ms. Klotz is quoted saying, "It's been a long time coming in this country for significant education reform. We want to be on the ground floor with something that has the potential to make real lasting change for our kids." The article states that "How this transcript of the future might look is still in the works, but the idea is to develop one that signifies the complete "mastery" of a specific skill. Rather than be organized around a specific academic department, the mastery transcript model is organized around performance areas — like leadership, communication, ethical decision-making, etc. The performance areas and credit standards would be tailored to the individual crediting school, but the idea is to create a consistent format across schools." Read the full story here.
Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, authored two pieces featured in the New York Times this month. The first, titled "Asking Girls and Boys, What Would Wonder Woman Do?" highlights the importance of "making Wonder-Woman a full-family experience." In her column Lisa states that the film "can open conversations with our children about how they might use their own influence. Would our daughters and sons stand passively by if they saw someone being bullied? Or would they use their own power to stick up for those who have less of it?" Her second column, titled "No, Your Teen Doesn't Hate You. It's Just Summer," explains how teens need to have alone time. She states that "Teenagers are charged with the impossible project of becoming independent while still sleeping under our roofs. To accomplish this paradoxical task, they distance themselves psychologically in order to prepare to part physically." Her column goes on to state that complaining isn't unusual, teens generally do hear their parents despite eye rolls, and the quirks don't generally last.

The Top Workplaces 2017 was recently issued by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Laurel was included among the top 50 companies (150-499 employees) on the list! In addition, Ann V. Klotz was included in a story that accompanied the list, which offered advice on leadership versus "just being bossy." Ann is quoted saying, "Not everybody needs to be a stand-on-the-table leader who gives orders and makes a lot of noise. What I try to do is set an example that everybody needs to really choose their abilities, and not be afraid of or apologize for the abilities that don't come naturally. We put a lot of pressure on kids to do everything well, to check all the boxes, when they can excel in different ways." She goes on to say that "Leadership isn't always about being the boss; leadership is about shining the light on other people." Click here to read the full story.

Laurel Seventh Graders took a field trip back to the year 600 A.D. when they spent their last two weeks of the school year on a simulated archeological dig that took place at the Butler Campus. It was there that the students made discoveries about the Whittlesey  tribe -- Paleo Indians who lived along the Cuyahoga River from 600-1000 A.D. Reporter Lynn Ischay with the Plain Dealer paid a visit to the site to learn more about The Dig and what they were uncovering. Her resulting story, "Laurel School Students Dig Archeology" featured an album of photos that helped show readers how impactful outdoor learning can be for students. 

Carrie Ruhrkraut, Grade Seven team leader and Middle School math teacher was included in the story stating, "This is the culmination of their Humanities program. We debated the use of Native Americans as mascots, from their perspective as seventh graders. After they unearth this Whittlesy site, we'll talk about whether or not their perspectives have changed." The reporter commented that "While on the site, the girls were in constant motion, kneeling on the wet sand, carefully scraping or brushing layer after layer, in search of clues to the Whittlesy lifestyle. They worked with their partners, screening bucketsful of sand, then running to help another student plot the location of her find on the 2x2 grid." Click here for the full story.


When the Chagrin Valley Times visited LaureLive on June 11 reporter Ryan Dentscheff noted that "unlike many multi-day music festivals across the county, a noticeable portion of the guests were children." When he sat down with Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz to discuss the two-day festival and Laurel's involvement in the event, Ms. Klotz stated that "We did not want to be Bonnaroo. We wanted to be something that you could bring your primary school aged children to. That was important to us and important too that there be things for little kids to do because it's a drag if you come to something and there's nothing for your children." Ann also commented on the variety of the vendors at the event, all of which are local. "I believe that each of us in this region of the country needs to invest in Cleveland and in Northeast Ohio, and this is part of our making a contribution -- bringing great music, a cool event that we don't have anything quite like it and showcasing our incredible campus." Click here to read the full article. The Cleveland Jewish News also paid a visit to the festival and spoke with Rachael Grossman '17 who worked closely with Elevation Group, who partnered with Laurel to produce the event. The story titled "Student Help with Production of LaureLive 2017" can be found online.

"There are glamorous aspects to putting on a music festival—like booking bands—and some less-than-glamorous aspects—like determining how many Porta Pottys you’ll need," reported Andrew Cass of The News-Herald, who visited with a few Laurel students and staff on day two of this year's LaureLive. The story highlight's the partnership Laurel established with The Elevation Group, whose owners taught a semester-long elective where students took away lessons that go far beyond music. Antonina (Nina) Schubert '17 states in the piece that she has "Always had a passion for music. Seeing how something like this is put together is really cool. It’s a behind-the-scenes look.” Doing her Senior Project with The Elevation Group, she was able get an even closer look at the process, working side by side with the owners. Olivia Savona '19 shadowed the stage manager during the festival. That job gave her a better appreciation for what goes into a concert. She had the opportunity to speak to someone working the lights, getting an inside look at what they do. “It’s a lot more than just music. There are bits and pieces that can interest anyone," she was quoted saying.

The Plain Dealer also paid a visit to the festival. Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz is quoted in the piece stating, "Music with a Mission ties into Laurel's mission to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. I love what LaureLive offers our girls, who are given the opportunity to learn about and participate in the process from start to finish and take that experience with them once they leave the walls of Laurel."


WOIO paid a visit to LaureLive on Saturday, June 10 and saw firsthand how Laurel students played a role in the production of the two-day music festival taking place at Laurel's Butler Campus. Danielle Vinokur '17 was interviewed about her experience and was featured saying, "We saw press releases being written, we went to interviews with radio stations, so it was really cool seeing everything going on." Rising Junior Brynn Pierce '19 was also interviewed about what she has learned. "I've learned everything, from how much it costs to put on something like this to all the little details we have to pay attention to, to make everyone happy at our concert. It's awesome. I think that this is a good way to see whether or not you might like the music industry."

Trey Wilson, Laurel's Director of Strategic Partnerships, and Headmistress Ann V. Klotz were also on camera for the story. Ms. Klotz stated, "I am so excited that this festival gives the opportunity to put real-life learning into action for our girls. For them to be both entrepreneurial and think about their creative side is a pretty amazing opportunity at Laurel." View the full story online here.

The buzz around the second LaureLive, taking place June 10-11, 2017, started early this year when the Chagrin Valley Times wrote a story titled, "Laurel Students Behind Scenes of Music Fest." The article highlights the elective roughly 25 students chose to take that kicked off in January where they met each week with the owners of Elevation Group, the production company Laurel partnered with to put on LaureLive. The class focused on all aspects of producing an event of this magnitude--from securing and working with talent to merchandising, insurance and permitting. The class looked at all aspects of production and LaureLive weekend is the culmination of those efforts, where the students all will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on way. The article quotes Trey Wilson, Laurel's Director of Strategic Partnerships, who states that "This isn't happening in a vacuum. They're not just jumping in and doing one weekend without thinking of the preparation that went into it. They get a broad overview from people that have genuine expertise and during the weekend, they will have a way to engage in the event itself. From where I sit, that's a really effective model." Molly Easly '17 and Rachael Grossman '18, both of whom have been working closely with Elevation Group outside of the class, are also featured in the article talking about their role in the event and their take on the overall experience. 

Additional media highlights of Laurel students and their participation in LaureLive appeared in Cleveland.com, where Peighton Taylor '18 was interviewed and the Cleveland Jewish News.

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz sat down with Micki Byrnes, President and General Manager of WKYC Channel 3 - Cleveland, for a “Square Talk” segment that aired on May 14. Ms. Klotz addressed the topics of girls and math, women and STEM careers, and the growing strength of all-girls’ schools throughout the country. View the full interview here.

2017-2018 Admissions Event Schedule

Laurel School Admissions Events Calendar

Admissions Decisions and Financial Assistance Notification Dates

First Round of Admissions (Grades 4-12)

  • December 11, 2017 – Application and Financial Aid Deadline
  • January 12, 2018 – Notification of Admission and Financial Assistance
  • January 26, 2018 – Response due to the School
  • After January 26, 2018 – Rolling Admissions for Grades 4-12

Second Round of Admissions (Pre-Primary-Grade 3)

  • February 13, 2018 – Application and Financial Aid Deadline
  • February 23, 2018 – Notification of Admission and Financial Assistance
  • March 9, 2018 – Response due to the School
  • After March 9, 2018 – Rolling Admissions for all grades

Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

Laurel Test Dates (Grades 5-12)

  • October 28, 2017
  • November 18, 2017
  • February 10, 2018
  • March 10, 2018
  • April 28, 2018

October 13, 2017 - Bring Your Friend to School Day--Prospective Students Grades K-7

Friday, October 13, 8:00 am-3:00 pm – Lyman Campus

It's North Eastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA) day for public schools.  Current students in Kindergarten through Seventh Grade are encouraged to bring a friend to school on this day.  Students will spend a typical day in the classrooms, including lunch, recess and specials with their Laurel friends.

October 15, 2017 - All-School Open House

Sunday, October 15, 1:00-3:00 pm – Lyman Campus & Butler Campus

You won’t want to miss this exciting event for families considering Laurel School for their daughters or young sons! Open House features a presentation by Head of School Ann V. Klotz, student-led tours, information on special programming and what sets Laurel apart. Students will be engaged in classroom activities and have a chance to hear from student leaders, classroom teachers, current students and parents. Financial Aid information will also be available.  Laurel’s 140-acre Butler Campus, including the 16,000-square-foot Alice Lehmann Butler Center for Fitness and Wellness, will be open for prospective families to enjoy nature, hike the trails, visit the athletic fields, have fun on the playground and explore the Magic Tree House.

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November 2, 2017 - Grade 5 Preview for Grade 4 Parents – For Parents Only

Thursday, November 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Lyman Campus

Current Laurel Fourth Grade parents and prospective Fifth Grade parents are invited to learn about Laurel’s interdisciplinary approach to Middle School, including its curriculum, arts, athletics and the transition into a new division. Parents will hear from the Middle School leadership team and teachers about the exciting things that await students in the Fifth Grade.

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November 4, 2017 - Outdoor Pre-Primary Preview

Saturday, November 4, 10:00-11:30 am – Butler Campus

Our Outdoor Pre-Primary School offers children the opportunity to spend their days learning in the forest and in our state-of-the-art Yurt.  It's the first and only program of its kind in Northeast Ohio! Come learn how our master teachers, with specialized training in outdoor education for young children, guide the students through their discoveries and explorations while preparing them for Kindergarten.

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November 13, 2017- Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, November 13, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

This event also takes place on: December 11, January 22, February 12 and April 9.

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November 14, 2017 - Grade 9 Preview for Grade 8 Families

Tuesday, November 14, 7:00-9:00 pm – Lyman Campus

During this engaging evening, parents, current Laurel Eighth Grade students and prospective Ninth Grade students will hear from the Upper School leadership team, faculty and a student panel about special programming and strategic partnerships. Current Upper School students will share information about life at Laurel in the Upper School, including course options, athletics, arts, global learning opportunities, internships, entrepreneurship and service learning.

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November 30, 2017 - How Can I Finance a Laurel Education?

Thursday, November 30, 7:00-8:00 pm – Lyman Campus

The Director of Enrollment Management will present a financial aid seminar for parents of prospective students. This is an opportunity to learn how to apply for financial aid and how financial aid awards are calculated.

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December 8, 2017 - Kindergarten Visitation Day – For Girls and Parents

Friday, December 8, 9:00-11:00 a.m. – Lyman Campus

A Kindergarten visitation day is required as part of the application to Kindergarten. Please schedule one of these dates where girls will join our team of Kindergarten teachers to engage in interactive and interdisciplinary activities. Parents will hear from Head of School Ann V. Klotz and the Primary School leadership team to learn about the exciting things that await your daughter in Kindergarten.

This event also takes place on: February 3

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December 11, 2017 - Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, December 11, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

This event also takes place on: January 22, February 12 and April 9.

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January 6, 2018 - Pre-Primary and Primary Open House

Saturday, January 6, 9:00-11:00 am – Lyman Campus

Don't miss this fun-filled morning for children and parents to learn about Laurel’s Pre-Primary and Primary School. Discover how our Pre-Primary’s signature Eco!Wonder curriculum, Healthy Snack Initiative and World Languages program build on young girls’ and boys’ sense of wonder and provide the foundation for a lifetime of joyful learning. Explore the Primary School’s extraordinary programs in math, science, engineering, world languages, language arts and the visual and performing arts. Prospective students will engage in classroom activities with teachers and discover what makes Laurel so dynamic.

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January 18, 2018 - Coffee with Klotz for Parents and Revisit Day for Students Accepted to Grades 4-12

Thursday, January 18, 8:30-10:00 am – Lyman Campus

Parents of accepted students are invited to meet Head of School Ann V. Klotz, administrators, members of the faculty and current Laurel parents while students have the option to revisit the school prior to making their decision.

January 21, 2018 - Brunch at Butler for Accepted Families to Grades 4-12

Sunday, January 21, 12:00-2:00 pm – Butler Campus

See our two-campus advantage! Before accepted families make their decision, we invite you to join us for brunch at our Butler Campus in Russell Township. Learn more about how we use this 140-acre campus for athletics, STEM and STEAM initiatives, leadership development on our Project Adventure course and more! Laurel administrators, teachers, coaches, parents and students will be on hand to share their perspectives of life on both campuses.

January 22, 2018 - Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, January 22, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

This event also takes place on February 12 and April 9.

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February 3, 2018 - Kindergarten Visitation Day – For Prekindergarten Parents and Students

Saturday, February 3, 9:00-11:00 am – Lyman Campus

A Kindergarten visitation day is required as part of the application to Kindergarten. Please schedule one of these dates where girls will join our team of Kindergarten teachers to engage in interactive and interdisciplinary activities. Parents will hear from Head of School Ann V. Klotz and the Primary School leadership team to learn about the exciting things that await your daughter in Kindergarten.

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February 6, 2018 - Planning an Upper School Education

Tuesday, February 6, 7:00-8:30 pm – Lyman Campus

During this evening, families of rising Ninth Graders new and old will gain a more in-depth look at the Upper School curriculum and hear about the variety of courses available to students. This evening will preview the course selection and registration process as families begin to envision a girl's path through the Upper School.

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February 12, 2018 - Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, February 12, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

This event also takes place on April 9.

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March 1, 2018 - Coffee with Klotz for Parents and Play Date for Students Accepted to Pre-Primary and Primary School

Thursday, March 1, 8:30-9:30 am – Lyman Campus

Parents of accepted students are invited to meet Head of School Ann V. Klotz, administrators, members of the faculty and current Laurel parents prior to making their decision.

April 9, 2018 - Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, April 9, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

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April 21, 2018 - Middle and Upper School Open House

Saturday, April 21, 10:30 am-12:30 pm – Lyman Campus

Prospective families for Grades 5-12 are invited to attend our spring open house. Whether you are still considering a new school for next year or getting a jump start on the process for high school, this event will include information about academic and student life as a Laurel girl! Families will have the opportunity to go on student-led tours, meet our amazing faculty and learn more about our rich curriculum and dynamic programs.

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May 9, 2018 - Introduction to Laurel School (All Divisions) – For Parents Only

Wednesday, May 9, 7:00-8:30 pm – Lyman Campus

Parents of newly enrolled students joining Laurel in the fall of 2018 will gather to hear from our Head of School and then split into groups by division to receive information on curriculum, arts, athletics, uniforms and their daughter’s or young son’s transition to Laurel School. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents who are also joining the Laurel community.

May 23, 2018 - Ninth Grade Picnic - Class of 2022 and families

Wednesday, May 23, 5:00-6:30pm – Lyman Campus

Laurel families will gather to enjoy a light dinner and a chance to socialize. Class t-shirts will be distributed and a class photo will be taken. Kick off the summer with classmates new and old!

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Laurel's Mission Statement:


To inspire each girl to
fulfill her promise and
to better the world. 

 

All-School Open House

Sunday, October 15, 2017
1:00-3:00 p.m.
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"Laurel transforms students into strong women through an exemplary education and an atmosphere built on growth." Caitlin Cronin '16


"During my time at Laurel, I developed the mental aspect of my tennis game -- staying focused and staying in every match. The support that I've gotten from my team and my coaches has really helped me to do that." Danielle Buchinsky '15


"Laurel encourages its girls to try things they think they can do, things they don't think they can do, and even things they never thought about doing." Jazlynn Baker '16


"Laurel is a place where almost every girl can find a home. The community here is extremely accepting and diverse, and every student has her own ideas and opinions that are valued by everyone."Rebecca Brichacek '16


"Confident, independent, open-minded, fearless. That's what comes to mind when I think of what Laurel has given to my daughters." Laurel Parent

 

“The greatest gift Laurel gave me was the gift of lifelong friendships with classmates, teachers and parents of classmates. We have a special bond based on our shared experiences.” 
Betsy Sweeney Backes ‘78

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