Ann V. Klotz, Head of School
When I first crossed the threshold of Laurel School’s Lyman Campus, I knew this was the school I wanted to lead. Sunlight streamed through the stained glass window at the top of the stairs; girls of all ages greeted me—friendly, authentic. "This school knows who it is,” I remember thinking. Elegant but progressive, steeped in tradition, but innovative, this school felt right for me and for my family, for Laurel is a community.
Each day, I feel inspired and privileged to lead Laurel, to know our girls, to work among brilliant colleagues, to teach, to learn. I have spent most of my life in girls’ schools—13 years as a student, 20 years as a young teacher and administrator and more than a decade at Laurel. We are a school deeply committed to the success of every single child. While superb outcomes are key, so is the learning process.
For over a century, we have offered selective admission to girls who seek challenges. Laurel girls are ambitious, eager to claim their voices and reach their goals. Our superb faculty and college-preparatory program promote critical thinking, intellectual risk-taking, problem solving and creativity. Our school culture prizes outcomes and emphasizes resilience. Learning at Laurel is active, interdisciplinary, noisy and joyful. In the classroom, on the athletic fields, in a stream at the Butler Campus, in the Collaboratory—girls learn by doing.
Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls (LCRG) substantiates our claim that we know girls—how they learn, think and feel—better than any other school. LCRG’s original research, professional development for faculty—our own as well as at schools around the corner and across the country, and parent education ensure that we put the world’s best research to work for girls.
Because women who lead must possess a strong moral compass and have experience in discerning what is essential from what isn’t, we cultivate courage, respect and empathy.
Girls matter at Laurel. Every girl, every day. In the context of the swiftly changing educational landscape, we produce graduates who are confident and capable, leaders and learners, dreamers and doers.
Laurel girls dive in, explore, immerse themselves in learning. We invite you to do the same. Come learn more about Laurel.