Admissions Calendar
  • May 2017
    • WedMay10 Introduction to Laurel - All Divisions (Parents Only) 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz, a graduate of Yale, was recently interviewed by her friend and former classmate Ellen Gibson McGinnis for a Q&A in the March issue of YaleWomenIn the piece she talks about the role Yale played in her career (and how she first aspired to be an actress), the profound influence her early years of teaching in the housing project had on her, and her passion for educating girls, including teaching beyond academics and Laurel's Center for Research on Girls. When asked what her next challenge is, Ms. Klotz replied that she "wants to work on how best to teach our girls empathy. It gets back to diversity, and having a mix of voices in the room or 'at the table.' And it is so important for our society now." Click here to read the full interview.  

Outdoor Pre-Primary Teacher and Outdoor Education Specialist Audrey Elszasz and Abbie Bole, who teaches Kindergarten through Grade 4 science, are both included in a Cleveland Magazine article titled "The Benefits of Nature-based Learning", which looks at area early-childhood programs that use nature to help teach. Ms. Bole was quoted in the piece stating "The best way for children to learn is when they can see it, touch it, taste it, hear it, smell it. That's what makes an impression on their young minds." In the piece Mrs. Elszasz states, "We're answering questions with questions: 'What do you think?' Children interact with each other as they try to figure out the answers on their own." 

In addition to this feature story, Kathryn Marshall, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at Laurel, is featured as the expert in this month's "Ask the Experts" section, which also focuses on how students benefit from receiving an outdoor education. Click here for the story.

In a March Motherwell Magazine piece Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, participated in a Q&A on the topic of dress codes and girls, and the complexities of the cultural reaction to what girls wear. In the article Dr. Damour touches on the supposed benefits of a dress code versus the potential damage it might do to a girl's sense of control. She is quoted saying, "Many of the girls at Laurel School, where I work, use the word "love" to describe their attitude toward the school uniform. That said, many of the girls at Laurel had a hand in the choice to attend Laurel, so they knew what they were signing up for when they came. For students at schools that they did not choose, or schools that have no uniform but enforce a dress code, the situation is likely different, especially if the dress code is enforced in a mean-spirited way. But I would not assume that girls who follow a dress code necessarily feel that they are not in control of their bodies."

Click here to read the full interview. 

On the heels of their Scholastic Art Awards received earlier this year, Caroline Kahn '17 and Katie Dinner '17 each won the Herbert Ascherman Award for Photography, a regional award that is presented to two students each year. Caroline Kahn also received a Gold Key award for her photography and Katie Dinner received both a Silver Key and an honorable mention for her photography.

The Scholastic Arts & Writing Competition is an annual competition open to local students in Grades 7-12. The panel of judges is comprised of professional artists, art educators, writing and writing educators. More than 3,000 entries for both art and writing were submitted this year.

Congratulations to these students for this amazing honor.

On March 7, 2017 six Laurel students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 participated in the Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair (NEOSEF). Maryum Ali '18, Linnea Tyler '19, Katie Chen '20, and Katelyn Shakir '20 all earned 2nd place at the fair. Olivia Wenzel '20 received 3rd place. 

Grade 10 student Priya Khadilkhar earned an impressive 1st place in the regular judging and also walked away with four special awards: American Statistical Association, American Psychological Association, Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and Cleveland State University Department of Psychology.

Many of the students are in Laurel's STEM Research class and while there was no specific topic focus at the event, each of the students chose their own category and had about two months to put their presentations together. Congratulations to all the girls on these incredible achievements!

  

 

Crain's Cleveland Business publisher and editor Elizabeth McIntyre recently attended a panel discussion hosted by Laurel's Entrepreneurship Capstone Students on the documentary film, "Dream, Girl" - a celebration of female entrepreneurs. She highlights that "the young women at Laurel know the power of female leadership because it's front and center in the school's mission to inspire girls to fulfill their promise and better the world. To be living, breathing 'Fearless Girls.'" She goes on to state that Laurel's mission is "what prompted the school to launch its Capstone Experience program last year, which gives students the chance to explore real-world issues while further developing their leadership skills in one of four areas: civic engagement, entrepreneurship, global studies and STEAM (a twist on STEM, "science, technology, engineering and mathematics", that adds "arts" to the mix.)"

Panelists at the event included Heather Ettinger '79, managing partner at Fairport Asset Management; Stephanie Silverman, publisher and owner of Your Teen Media; Nichelle McCall '01, CEO of Bold Startups; and Laura Bennett, COO and co-founder of Embrace Pet Insurance, each of whom shared their experiences in creating and running their own businesses. 

The editor goes on to highlight many of the inspiring messages shared during the panel discussion. "Persistence is one of the most valuable things," and "shatter stereotypes whenever you can," were just a few.

Click here to read the full story in Crain's Cleveland Business

Kathryn Purcell, Associate Head of School and Director of Enrollment Management at Laurel was recently featured in a Cleveland Jewish News story highlighting the importance of school culture and how it plays a crucial role in school selection.

Many factors can determine which school a child attends. Class size, programs, location and extracurricular activities can impact a parent's willingness to send a child to a particular school. But, parents should also consider a more abstract notion that exists within a school. School culture focuses on how staff members interact and uphold a shared set of values and beliefs and the school’s effect on students – like teaching practices, diversity and relationships within the school. When it comes to school choice, local educators say school culture should impact their choices as well. 

Kathryn is quoted saying, “(A school’s culture) allows a child to feel visible. You don’t want anyone to fall through the cracks,” Purcell said. “The sense of community kind of dictates how valuable a child feels at a school.”

She goes on to say that even though culture is an intangible factor when choosing a school, it’s just as crucial as anything else. A school’s culture encompasses not only the how the school feels, but also how it interacts with itself. These interactions should be a big part of deciding which school is the right fit.

Click here to read the full story.

Congratulations to the Laurel girls from Grades 5 and 6 who competed in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) math competition on February 18, 2017! Laurel sent three teams of four this year--two from Grade 5 and one from Grade 6--and all received Blue Champion ribbons. The competition included 18 Fifth Grade teams and seven Sixth Grade teams. Similarly, teams from Laurel's Seventh and Eighth Grades competed on March 5 where they received the Champion Award and Medal Award respectively. 

The competition was comprised of four events, each roughly 15 minutes in length. Teams were tasked with working together to problem solve and work through mental math, construction and mixed application problems. Laurel students have been preparing since December to compete and their performance did not disappoint! 

Congratulations to all of the girls on their hard earned achievements!

 

Laurel School's eleventh annual Gator Bash took place on Saturday, February 11 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. The theme of the evening was "For the Love of Laurel" and it was clear the more than 500 attendees hold the school close to their hearts. The evening raised a total of $215,000 with $107,000 of that raised during the Call to the Heart paddle raise to support Laurel's new Innovation Fund. This fund will align with the School's new five-year Strategic Roadmap and provide some of the necessary resources to fund innovative education happening throughout Laurel. Highlights from this spectacular evening were included in the Cleveland Jewish NewsCurrents MagazineCleveland Magazine and Cleveland.com

Featured in the photo above is Dan Angelino and Beth Embrescia, Chair of the Laurel Board of Trustees.

Summer at Laurel was recently highlighted in a roundup piece in Cleveland Magazine titled "Summer Camp Guide: Get Out and About." The story included feedback from Summer at Laurel Director Dr. Karen Edwards, who discusses a partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), which opens doors for students to explore drawing, painting, sculpting and printing. CMA and Summer at Laurel will also offer a printmaking camp, where students in Grades 8-12 spend a half-day working with teachers at the museum and the other half at Laurel's Lyman Campus. Dr. Edwards is quoted in the story saying, "The key is to find something that meets your child's interests or passions, and also challenges them."

Click here for the full story. 

  • May 2017
    • MonMay01 AP Exams
    • MonMay01 Dream Week
    • MonMay01 Senior Exam Week
    • TueMay02 AP Exams
    • TueMay02 Senior Exam Week
    • TueMay02 Primary Parents "Looking Ahead" 6:30 PM
    • WedMay03 AP Exams
    • WedMay03 Senior Exam Week
    • WedMay03 MS Parents "Looking Ahead" 6:30 PM
    • ThuMay04 AP Exams

2016-2017 Admissions Event Schedule

Laurel School Admissions Events Calendar

Admissions Decisions and Financial Assistance Notification Dates

First Round of Admissions (Grades 4-12)

  • December 12, 2016 – Application and Financial Aid Deadline
  • January 13, 2017 – Notification of Admission and Financial Assistance
  • January 27, 2017 – Response due to the School
  • After January 27, 2017 – Rolling Admissions for Grades 4-12

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

  • February 14, 2017 – Application and Financial Aid Deadline
  • February 24, 2017 – Notification of Admission and Financial Assistance
  • March 10, 2017 – Response due to the School
  • After March 10, 2017 – Rolling Admissions for all grades

Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

Laurel Test Dates (Grades 5-12)

  • October 29, 2016
  • November 19, 2016
  • February 11, 2017
  • March 11, 2017
  • April 22, 2017

October 14, 2016 - Bring Your Friend to School Day--Prospective Students Grades K-7

Friday, October 14, 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 16, 2016 - All-School Open House

Sunday, October 16, 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 and a resource center with information on special programming. Students will be engaged in classroom activities and have a chance to hear from student leaders, classroom teachers, current students and parents. The Director of Financial Aid will present a financial aid seminar for parents of prospective students.  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.

November 3, 2016 - How Can I Finance a Laurel Education?

Thursday, November 3, 7:00-8:00 pm – Lyman Campus

The Director of Enrollment Management and Director of Financial Aid 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.

November 5, 2016 - Outdoor Pre-Primary Preview

Saturday, November 5, 10:00-11:30 am – Lyman 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 young explorers through their discoveries and explorations while preparing them for Kindergarten.

November 14, 2016- Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, November 14, 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 12, January 23, February 13 and April 10.

November 15, 2016 - Grade 9 Preview for Grade 8 Families

Tuesday, November 15, 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, Department Chairs and a student panel about what sets Laurel apart. 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.

December 1, 2016 - Grade 5 Preview for Grade 4 Parents – For Parents Only

Thursday, December 1, 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.

December 9, 2016 - Kindergarten Visitation Day – For Girls and Parents

Friday, December 9, 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: January 12, February 4 

December 12, 2016- Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, December 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: January 23, February 13 and April 10.

January 7, 2017 - Pre-Primary and Primary Open House

Saturday, January 7, 9:00-11:00 am – Lyman Campus

You won’t want to 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 will 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.

January 12, 2017 - Kindergarten Visitation Day – For Girls and Parents

Thursday, January 12, 1:00-3:00 pm – 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 4.

January 18, 2017 - Coffee with Klotz for Parents and Revisit Day for Students Accepted to Grades 4-12

Wednesday, 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 22, 2017 - Brunch at Butler for Accepted Families

Sunday, January 22, 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 23, 2017 - Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, January 23, 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 13 and April 10.

February 4, 2017 - Kindergarten Visitation Day – For Prekindergarten Parents and Students

Saturday, February 4, 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.

February 7, 2017 - Planning an Upper School Education

Tuesday, February 7, 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. Current students will describe their individualized paths through the Upper School in order to give families an idea of how their daughter’s entire Upper School experience will progress.

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

Monday, February 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 April 10.

March 2, 2017 - Coffee with Klotz for Parents and Play Date for Students Accepted to Pre-Primary and Primary School

Thursday, March 2, 8:30-10:00 am – Lyman Campus

While students engage in classroom activities, 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 8, 2017 - Middle and Upper School Open House

Saturday, April 8, 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.

April 10, 2017 - Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, April 10, 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.

May 10, 2017 - Introduction to Laurel School (All Divisions) – For Parents Only

Wednesday, May 10, 7:00-8:30 pm – Lyman Campus

Parents of newly enrolled students joining Laurel in the fall of 2016 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 24, 2017 - Ninth Grade Picnic - Class of 2020 and families

Wednesday, May 24, 5:00-7:00 pm – 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. 

 

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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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