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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.

The Cleveland Jewish News recently spoke with Leighann DeLorenzo Laurel's Upper School theater director, who began teaching a Testimony Theater course this semester after visiting Israel in January 2016. In Testimony Theater, survivors of the Holocaust are paired with young people, and the survivors tell their stories. The students then write the stories in a theatrical framework and perform an original theater piece based off the story. On May 4 the 12 students enrolled in Testimony Theater performed the stories of three survivors for a full house. Leighann was quoted in the story saying, “As we move forward as a community, it’s also about extending that lens forward into the now, into the present, whether that has to do with the current refugee crisis, civil rights, equal rights, any other movement where we’re really talking about people that are marginalized." She said having her students learn the stories of these survivors was an important part of their education. “We can really use these painful stories of yesterday that are also incredibly inspiring and really they can be transformative for our students today and turn them into the upstanders they should be and inspire them in their education at Laurel." Click here to read the full article. 

  • June 2017
    • FriJun30 Online Forms for 2017-18 School Year Due Today!
  • July 2017
    • TueJul04 Independence Day - BUILDING CLOSED
  • August 2017
    • FriAug04 Summer at Laurel Ends
    • MonAug21 Fifth Grade and New Student Orientation
    • WedAug23 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES for Grades K-12 (Half Day for K)
    • WedAug23 Middle School Fall Athletics Begin

Visiting Laurel

Laurel School front doors (Lyman Campus)

The best way to learn more about Laurel is by scheduling time to visit. Meeting teachers and students, seeing classrooms in action and walking through the halls will help you discover why Laurel is the private school that knows girls best.

Our address is One Lyman Circle, Shaker Heights, OH 44122. The main entrance of the school is marked by a flagpole and a low stone wall that says “Laurel School”. There are reserved parking spaces for admissions visitors on the main entrance’s driveway, conveniently located by the front door. After you enter the building through the main double doors, the Admissions Office is located immediately to the right.

To schedule your visit, call the Admissions Office at 216-464-0946 or email Admissions@LaurelSchool.org.

Pre-Primary School Visit

Parent Visit

Parents visiting the Pre-Primary School will tour the Pre-Primary school, which provides an opportunity to meet our phenomenal faculty as well as observe the dynamic, engaging and lively classrooms. We also invite families to spend time touring our Primary, Middle and Upper Schools with one of our Green Key tour guides. This allows you to hear about Laurel from a current student – many of whom have been here since their Pre-Primary or Primary School years. After touring, you will spend time with a member of the Admissions Office to learn more about the admissions process and for us to learn more about your family and answer your specific questions.

Student Visit and Screening

A screening is required as part of the Pre-Primary School application for Preschool, Prekindergarten and Outdoor Pre-Primary candidates. Prospective Preschool and Prekindergarten students and their parents are encouraged to complete their screening at one of our drop-in screening dates, scheduled from 9:30-10:30 am on November 14, December 12, January 23, February 13 and April 10. Screenings for prospective Outdoor Pre-Primary students will be scheduled on Wednesday mornings throughout the school year. Screenings are informal and offer prospective students and their parents a glimpse at the hands-on and age-appropriate fun they can expect in Pre-Primary. Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule your child’s screening today!

Primary School Visit

Parent Visit

Parents visiting the Primary School will spend an hour touring the Primary wing with a member of the Admissions Office. This is a wonderful chance to see our dedicated and inspiring faculty in action, observe students in a classroom setting and see first-hand the amazing work that is being done every day. After touring the Primary School, we invite you to tour the Middle and Upper Schools with one of our Green Key student tour guides. This allows you to hear about Laurel from a current student – many of whom have been here since their Primary School years. Primary parent visits last between one and two hours.

Student Visit 

Kindergarten

A Kindergarten Visitation Day is required as part of the application to Laurel’s Kindergarten. Please plan to join us for one of three visitation days where girls will join our team of Kindergarten teachers to engage in interactive and interdisciplinary activities. Parents will have an opportunity to hear from Head of School Ann V. Klotz, meet current parents and learn about the exciting things that await your daughter in Laurel’s Kindergarten. Space is limited. Please RSVP to one of the following Kindergarten Visitation Days:

Friday, December 9, 2016 – 9:00-11:00 am

Thursday, January 12, 2017 – 1:00-3:00 pm

Saturday, February 4, 2017 – 9:00-11:00 am

First – Fourth Grade

Students visiting Laurel’s First Grade will spend the day with their peers observing different classroom activities. Our student visitors are paired with a classroom hostess, whom they will shadow throughout the school day. Laurel will provide everything that visitors may need for the day – including lunch and snack.

What to Wear

Students wear uniforms here at Laurel School; we ask that student visitors wear anything they are comfortable in with the exception of jeans. Second through Fourth Grade students who are visiting the entire school day may go outside for recess after lunch, weather permitting. Please bring the appropriate clothing to go outside.

Academic Screening

Kindergarten

Students entering Kindergarten are asked to complete an academic screening to assess Kindergarten Readiness. Screenings are completed one-on-one with one of Laurel’s Learning Enhancement Specialists and results will be shared with parents. Please call the Admissions Office at 216-464-0946 to schedule an individual screening assessment.


First – Fourth Grade

During the student’s visit, she will meet with one of Laurel’s Learning Enhancement Specialists to complete an academic screening in the areas of math, reading and spelling. Screenings are completed one-on-one with one of Laurel’s Learning Enhancement Specialists and results will be shared with parents.


Middle School Visit

Parent Visit

Parents visiting the Middle School will have an opportunity to tour the Middle and Upper Schools with one of our Green Key student tour guides. This is an amazing opportunity to interact with current students while meeting extraordinary faculty, seeing dynamic classes in action and walking the halls of our Middle and Upper Schools. After the tour, parents will spend time with a member of the Admissions Office to learn more about the admissions process and for us to learn more about your family.

Student Visit

Students visiting Laurel’s Middle School will spend the day shadowing a Middle School student. Girls are paired up based on their academic and extracurricular interests. Visitors will also go on a short tour of the building with a Green Key student tour guide. At the end of the day each visitor will interview with an admissions office director. This gives the student a chance to ask any additional questions and allows us to get to know each visitor better. We will provide lunch and a notebook for the day.

What to Wear

Students wear uniforms here at Laurel School; we ask that our student visitors wear anything they are comfortable in with the exception of jeans or leggings. The girls may go outside for recess after lunch. Please bring the appropriate clothing to go outside.

Upper School Visit

Parent Visit

Parents visiting the Upper School will have an opportunity to tour the building with one of our Green Key student tour guides. This is an amazing opportunity to interact with current Upper School students while meeting extraordinary faculty, seeing dynamic classes in action and walking the halls of our Upper School. After the tour, parents will spend time with a member of the Admissions Office to learn more about the admissions process and for us to learn more about your family.

Student Visit

Students visiting Laurel’s Upper School will spend the day shadowing an Upper School student. Girls are paired up based on their academic and extracurricular interests. Visitors will also go on a short tour of the building with a Green Key student tour guide. At the end of the day each visitor will interview with an admissions office director. This gives the student a chance to ask any additional questions and allows us to get to know each visitor better. We will provide lunch and a notebook for the day.

For the 2016-17 school year, prospective Upper School students are welcome to visit on most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These visits will begin October 1, 2016.  Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule a shadow experience.

What to Wear

Students wear uniforms here at Laurel School; we ask that our visitors wear anything they are comfortable in with the exception of jeans or leggings.

An All-Girls’ Independent College Preparatory School for Grades K-12 and Coed Pre-Primary
Lyman Campus Butler Campus
216.464.1441


Laurel's Mission Statement:


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

 

All-School Open House

October 2017
exact date and time coming soon
Lyman Campus


"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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