With the girls’ basketball season beginning today, Cleveland.com released its list of the top 50 players to watch this season. Laurel’s Alex Cade ’17 was named to the list.  Last season Cade averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. In the video posted by Cleveland.com, she talks about her strategy for the season—working on her shot and taking a leadership role on the team. Cade is a tri-captain this year with teammates Paris Taylor ’16 and Caitlin Cronin ’16. Good luck to Alex and all the Laurel Gators!

See Cleveland.com's top 50 here.

Congratulations to Yui Ishihara ’18 and Deepal Nadar ’17 for their success at the regional VEX Robotics competition. The regional competition, hosted by Brecksville High School, included 45 teams from Northeast Ohio. Yui and Deepal’s performance at the event advanced them to the VEX Robotics State Tournament to be held in Columbus in March.

In preparation for States, the girls will continue to work with their faculty advisor, Dr. Regina Campbell-Malone, and compete in local competitions from now through March.

More about VEX Robotics: In the VEX Competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state and national levels. Each year, more than 10,000 teams from 32 countries play in over 750 tournaments. 

Last month, Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls (CRG) Director, Dr. Lisa Damour, debuted her first of many monthly columns for the New York Times. Dr. Damour will now be the exclusive writer for the "Adolescence" column of the NYT's parenting blog “Motherlode.”

In September, “Motherlode” published her piece, “Gossip: The Best Gift Your Teenager Can Give You” which provides advice to parents on how to make the best of the gossip they hear from their teenagers. Her October piece, “When Tragedy and Adolescence Clash, Helping Grieving Teenagers Cope” enlightens parents on the differences between grieving as an adult and grieving as a teenager.

Congratulations to Dr. Damour!

Laurel’s Head of School, Ann V. Klotz, recently shared her direct experience as a school leader and educator of girls as well as the research of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls in a piece for Community Works Journal, an online magazine for educators. Her piece “Voice and Vision: How Girls Learn to Lead and Resist Leading” was also published by the National Coalition of Girls Schools on their blog “Raising Girls Voices.”

Congratulations to Laurel Senior Kata Lamb for her perfect score on the ACT! 

Kata took the ACT in June and scored a perfect 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. 

Read more about Kata in her interview with Cleveland.com.


Congratulations to the 11 Laurel Seniors recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation!

The following members of the Class of 2016 were named as National Merit Semifinalists:

Amelia Delzell
Kata Lamb
Hannah Lauster
Serena Shapard
Caroline Werner

These remarkable students are five of 16,000 Semifinalists who have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. 

The following members of the Class of 2016 were named as Commended Students:

Isabella DeSantis
Grace Murray
Olivia Shao
Arianna Starkman
Monique Yen
Alexandra Zborovsky

These students have been recognized for their outstanding academic promise, but they will not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships. However, some of these students may be candidates for Special Scholarships provided by corporate and business sponsors.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2016 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 315,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title. 

Last school year, many Laurel Middle School students qualified to participate in Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS). On September 12, two of them, Izzy Atzemis '21 and Sarah Goraya '21, were presented with Outstanding Achievement Awards and medals at Northwestern University's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Evanston, IL campus for having achieved the highest level of distinction in the competition. Over 15,000 students participated in the talent search and Sarah and Izzy placed in the top two percent among participants in their grade level (Grade 6, at the time). Congratulations, Izzy and Sarah!

Click here to read more about NUMATS.

With millions of teenagers heading back to school this month, the Chicago Tribune sought expert advice from Laurel’s Head of School, Ann V. Klotz, on how parents can best help teens manage the stress of the high school years.

The levels of anxiety and stress felt by teenagers seem to grow with each passing year—full academic loads, athletics, internships, preparing for standardized testing and the myriad of other stressors teenagers tackle as they finish high school and prepare for college often become overwhelming for teens.

In the article, “Teen stress: What parents can do for high schoolers under pressure.” Ms. Klotz uses her 30+ years of work with adolescents to coach parents on how to give their teens a little perspective.

Read the entire article here via the ChicagoTribune.com.

With over 11 years of headship under her belt, Ann V. Klotz mentored a group of educators at the Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads in Atlanta this past July. Discussions from the group inspired her to write “Some Rules of Thumb for School Leaders from My Experience as Head of School.” The piece was published in Independent Ideas—the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) blog. Ms. Klotz’s rules of thumb range from lofty to practical.

Read the entire article in Independent Ideas.

Last week, the Gund Foundation announced that Jennifer Coleman '81 was appointed senior program officer for the arts, effective August 10. She replaces Deena Epstein who held the position for 25 years and retired earlier this summer. 

In addition to being a Laurel alum, Ms. Coleman has been president of her own design firm, Jennifer Coleman Creative LLC, and founded CityProwl.com, a company that creates and distributes digital audio walking tours of Cleveland. She has also been a member of the board of trustees of many organizations including the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Cleveland International Film Festival, LAND studio and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. 

Coleman was identified and selected for the position through a national search.

Read more about Coleman and her new role via Cleveland.com.


  • November 2015
    • ThuNov26 Thanksgiving Holiday: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
    • FriNov27 Thanksgiving Holiday: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
    • SatNov28 MS Homework-Free Weekend
    • MonNov30 Dream Week
  • December 2015
    • TueDec01 Junior Chapel and Reception (US Formal Uniform) 8:00 AM
    • ThuDec03 Primary Winter Celebration 1:30 PM
    • FriDec04 Primary Winter Celebration 9:00 AM
    • SatDec05 Artisan Bazaar 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • SunDec06 Hanukkah Begins at Sundown
    • SunDec06 Artisan Bazaar 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • MonDec07 Dare Week
    • TueDec08 Bodhi Day
    • WedDec09 Kindergarten Visitation Day 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM


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

Laurel's Mission Statement:

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



Pre-Primary & Primary School Open House

Saturday, January 9, 2016
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Lyman Campus

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"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


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