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Academics & Arts
Upper School (Grades 9-12)

Protégé Program

Laurel School’s Protégé Program creates opportunities for students in Grades 9-12 to explore career paths in which they have interest. No matter the interest, the Protégé Team individually mentors students along the Protégé Pathway, allowing them to observe individuals in their interested field, explore the various branches of specific professions, research and reflect on academic journals, documentaries and books and conclude with a presentation to the Laurel community.

The Protégé Pathway

Once accepted to the Protégé Program, students will be paired with a Protégé Mentor (member of the Protégé Team) who will guide and support them through their Pathway Requirements. The Pathway Requirements are as follows:
  • Inquire & Observe: Students will connect with Protégé Sponsors (members of the local, national and global community) both in-person and remotely, to learn about the individual’s specific role and/or field of study. Students can be paired with a Protégé Sponsor in which they already know, or ask the Protégé Team to make a connection.  
  • Explore: Students will broaden their understanding of the field they are interested in by subscribing to a podcast series, watching documentaries or choosing to read a book that pertains to their Protégé topic. Protégé mentors and sponsors will also assist students in the selection of resources to pursue.
  • Research: Students will read academic journals or news articles that discuss their possible career interest and write a summary of what they have learned. Additionally, they will write about what it takes to pursue a career in their chosen field (i.e. type of schooling required, licensures, typical work/life balance, salary averages, etc.)
  • Journal: Alongside their mentor, students will keep a journal of the things they are doing. This is a great way for students to reflect on the people they have met, things they have read, conversations had, etc.  
  • Present: The final piece of the Protégé experience is a presentation. Students will present their Protégé journey to members of the Laurel community (Protégé Team, peers, sponsor/s, advisor, etc.). 

Previous Protégé experiences have included:

  • US Attorney’s Office [Law]
  • Case Western Reserve University [Scientific Research]
  • The MetroHealth System [Neurologic Physical Therapy]
  • Luna Bakery [Baking]
  • The Young Team [Real Estate]
  • USCRI Cleveland [Immigration] 
  • Boyd Watterson [Business and Investing]
  • NASA [Electrical Engineering]
  • Universal Creative [Theme Park and Attraction Engineering] 

As well as...

Adcom • Agnon School • AON Risk Solutions • Art of Papermaking Conservatory • BASF: The Chemical Company • Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP • Care Corp • Chagrin Valley Veterinary Clinic • Cleveland Clinic • Cleveland Council of World Affairs • Cleveland Museum of Art • Cleveland Museum of Natural History • Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court • Cuyahoga County Council • Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works • Cyprium Partners • Decker Equipment Company • Earth Day Coalition and North Shore Energy • Elizabeth Park Capital Management • Greater Cleveland Film Commission • Green Road Pediatrics • Hillcrest Pediatrics/Cleveland Clinic • Howard Hanna • Judson Retirement Home • Key Bank • Laufer Film • Longbow Securities • Louis Stokes Cleveland V.A. Hospital • LRMR Marketing and Lebron James Family Foundation • Nahigian Strategies and Cyveillance, Inc • Nottingham Spirk • Parker Hannefin • Saks Fifth Avenue and Chanel • Shaker Heights City School District • Shaker Heights Nature Center • Squire Sanders • Stewart BNY Mellon • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society • United States Congress • University Hospitals • Vanderbilt University • Yelp.com • Your Teen Magazine

Protégé Primer (prerequisite requirement)

In the fall semester, all Ninth Grade students will complete a series of learning modules with a focus on life skill development, effective communication strategies and career assessments. The modules being taught will support students in their educational journey, both during their time at Laurel and beyond. Students must complete the Protégé Primer course in order to participate in the Protégé Program.
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