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In May a reporter from Quartz at Work, a global business news organization owned by The Atlanticvisited Laurel's Butler Campus to observe students in Grades Three through Seven who are part of the school's Adventure Girls program as they participated in their long awaited overnight, representing the culmination of a year of adventures together. The article states that "While this may sound like a run-of-the-mill after-school program or summer camp, there’s an element that sets it apart: Adventure Girls is borne out of research on how girls can build resilience. The program aims to create stress-inducing situations and equip young girls with the tools to get through them. Girls get started young so that they’ll be prepared to handle the pressures of high school, college, and life beyond."

Adventure Girl leaders Shannon Lukz and Chuck Allen are both highlighted in the story, as is Dr. Lisa Damour, Executive Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, who highlights the research initiative Laurel has embarked on in the last eight years to examine the relationship girls have with stress and how to build resilience—the ability to adapt well to adversity. 

The article states that "The research findings that Damour uncovered have been crucial for the framework that underpins Adventure Girls and the broader culture at Laurel School. This framework outlines five elements of resilience: creativity, purpose, growth-mindset, relationships, and self-care. Adventure Girls learn these tools in a variety of ways, often through more subtle cues, including the way the adults structure activities and discussions before and after."

The Adventure Girls program is year-round, and meets 12 times each semester. Girls take two to three field trips that involve adventurous activities like kayaking, climbing, or snowshoeing. The program works hard to get parents and teachers on the same page to work toward the same goal—fostering language and behaviors that teach these girls how to handle adversity.

Click here to read the full story. recently interviewed Trey Wilson, Laurel School's Director of Strategic Partnerships and Megan Pidcock '21 to learn more about the class 25 students took this past semester led by Denny Young and Steve Lindecke of the Elevation Group--Laurel partners with Elevation Group to produce LaureLive.

The article states that "Large-scale rock concerts have become a summer staple over the past few decades, but few, if any, are largely organized by high school students. That's the case, however, with LaureLive, a two-day concert event that was expected to draw 20,000 people to Laurel School's Butler Campus in Russell Township.

In the piece, Wilson states that "The students learn about things like talent acquisition, contract negotiations and emergency thinking and planning. Like, if there are 10,000 people, how many porta-potties do you need to have?" 

Megan said she was aware of the Laurel class that prepares for LaureLive before she applied to attend the school. It was something in which she was eager to take part. "I love music, and I never dreamed of going to a school with this kind of opportunity. The students involved in LaureLive's production can, on show days, work in the VIP lounge, work with youngsters at an educational activities area, or help to make sure the artists are comfortable during their stay, among other tasks."

Click here to read the full article.

In advance of the third annual LaureLive, which took place June 9-10, 2018 at Laurel's Butler Campus, Freshwater Cleveland spoke with Trey Wilson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, to learn more about the important role students play in working with Elevation Group to produce the two-day music festival. The article states that "A festival held at Laurel—consistently ranked as one of the area’s best K-12 schools—couldn’t exist without an educational component. That’s why Denny Young and Steve Lindecke [of Elevation Group] have, since the festival’s start in 2016, co-taught a class at Laurel’s upper school on music management and festival planning."

"They’ve done a terrific job," says Wilson, of the co-teaching team. Students take the class in order to have a role in staging the festival, whether that’s helping stagehands, working the box office, or even providing talent hospitality. "They’re on hand, in the trenches right next to us," said Young.

Students come to the class for the chance to meet big-name musicians, but they stay to learn the intricacies of running a music festival. "What surprises most of the girls is the scope of what goes into creating an event this size and scale,” said  Wilson. The class asks students to consider everything from food vendors to marketing to the number of port-a-potties necessary.

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The Cleveland Jewish News recently connected with Valerie Zborovsky '21, for a story titled, "LaureLive Class on Ground Floor of Two-Day Music Festival." Valerie has been working throughout the semester with Elevation Group to learn about all aspects of event production. In the article she states that "her biggest surprise was learning that little details can make a big difference." Trey Wilson, Laurel's Director of Strategic Partnerships, was also included in the story stating that his favorite thing about the LaureLive class is that "the educators use 'the collective adolescent insight,' or the students' own curiosity to drive the discussion and select topics of conversation." Click here to read the full story.
The Chagrin Valley Times visited Laurel's Butler Campus in May to observe The Dig, an annual Grade Seven immersion unit that aims to replicate the Whittlesey tribe site. Hope Murphy, Director of Curriculum for Grades K-8, was included in the piece and stated The Dig was "brought to Laurel about 15 years ago when the school in Shaker Heights purchased the Butler Campus in Russell Township to promote outdoor activities. They lay out the site in grid lines and use the tools that archaeologists use. They collect artifacts and chart the data to put together a map of the dig site, which then gives them the ability to analyze how the artifacts fell in a meaningful way." The Grade Seven teachers collaborated with specialists from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to prepare the mock site and the artifacts, which display cut marks to indicate that stone tools were used to process them. In preparation for The Dig, this year's students heard from Barbara Brown, a paleontologist and Laurel alum who helped discover Lucy, a female pre-hominin of the species Australopithecus afarensis that dates to 3.2 million years old. Click here to read the full story.
The Alumnae Association honored three graduates of distinction at the Distinguished Alumnae dinner on May 17. recapped the honorees, highlighting the 2018 Distinguished Alumna Award, which was given to Marne Levine '88, COO of Instagram, a position she attained in 2014. Prior to joining Instagram, Levine, for four years, was vice president of global public policy at Facebook. Also being honored with the 2018 Young Alumna of Distinction Award was Tamara Broderick '03, an ITT career development assistant professor at MITThe third honoree was Kathy Chilcote Pender '55, a community volunteer and psychotherapist. Pender picked up the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here for the full recap.

The Cleveland Jewish News was also in attendance for the dinner. Click here for the news coverage.

The News-Herald recently highlighted Jami Morris '21 and her impressive third place finish at this year's Drive, Chip & Putt (DCP) National Finals, which took place on April 1 at the Augusta National Golf Club. Jami competed in the girls 14-15 age division and finished with the best drive of the group, which earned her ten points. She scored an eight in the chip competition and a four in putting. Jami made it through three stages of qualifying to get to Nationals and won her division at the regional at Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Vollage Golf Club in Dublin, OH. See additional coverage highlighting Jami in Northeast Ohio Golf Online and  


In March Morgan Goldstein '18 authored a piece in Crain's Cleveland Business where she highlighted how planning, passion and dedication are critical for anyone looking to start a business. Morgan has been a chef for years and started on a professional path from a young age, appearing on the Food Network's "Chopped" in both 2015 and 2016. She is now the chef and founder of MHG Catering and is currently writing and publishing her own cookbook. Morgan is also a member of the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum. You can read the full story in Crain's here.

Laurel's Director of College Guidance Missy Rose was recently featured in a Cleveland Magazine story titled, "How to Find the Right College for Your High Schooler." In the piece Missy highlights the financial aspect of selecting a college, stating "Don't wait until your child is accepted to her dream college and it's April of her senior year and you say, 'We can't afford this.' The earlier families talk money, the better." She goes on to suggest parents "Have the conversation with your child upfront. There needs to be schools on the list that are highly likely for affordability — and that can be overlooked.” 

In the piece, Missy also discusses how your children are watching. Laurel's Center for Research on Girls conducted a study that showed when parents’ expectations are significantly higher than girls’ expectations for themselves, "self-esteem plummets," she points out. "They are watching for signs of approval or disapproval, and that could mean a raised eyebrow, crossed arms, a tone of voice," she is quoted saying. "Most kids want to please their parents, and if they get a sense that certain schools are not OK, it’s tough for them to deal with."

Missy also discusses the importance of stopping at ten applications. "It’s a lot of work to apply to colleges. It takes a lot of time. They need to balance the application process with their courses, their extracurricular activities and for some families, the cost."

Congratulations to the Grade Five, Six and Seven girls who competed in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) math competition at John Carroll University and at Hawken School this year. The tournament recognizes interest and perseverance in math outside the classroom, encouraging students to challenge their problem-solving skills in a competitive team format.

Of the three trophies available Laurel teams took all three! Congratulations to all the girls for their hard work and positive outcomes.  

5th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Clare H.
  • Sydney M.
  • Jazmin R.
  • Ella W.
5th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Gianna M.
  • Katie I.
  • Eve B.
  • Kelly K.
6th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Kaitlin E.
  • Amelia G.
  • Lexi C.
  • Karma A. 
6th Grade: (Blue Ribbon)
  • Riley O.
  • Grace G.
  • Kate T.
  • Shaliz B.
Grade Seven: (Red Ribbon)
  • Krista C.
  • Veda P.
  • Maria P.

Ann V. Klotz, Head of School

Ann V. Klotz head shotWhen 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.

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

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 everywhere.

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.


Ann V. Klotz
Head of School

About Ann

Ms. Klotz began her tenure as Laurel’s tenth Head of School in 2004. A graduate of Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA, she was graduated from Yale College, where she earned her B.A. in English. Her M.A. is in the individual study of drama from the Gallatin Division of New York University. She has worked in girls’ schools as a teacher and administrator for more than thirty years and is devoted to the social and emotional development of girls.

At Laurel, Ms. Klotz also teaches English in the Upper School and drama in the Primary. Particularly interested in the public purpose of private school, Ms. Klotz is proud that both the NorthStar Collaborative and Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls, founded during her headship, use the School’s resources on behalf of girls at Laurel and beyond.

She serves on the boards of ISACS, the Heads’ Network, the National Coalition of Girls Schools and Lawrence School, and she is President of the Board of Headmistresses of the East. Deeply committed to mentoring women to independent school leadership, she has served on the faculty for the NAIS Institute for Aspiring School Heads and the Heads’ Network Leadership Seminar. Ms. Klotz blogs for the Huffington Post—frequently on topics around the intersection of motherhood and school leadership. Additionally, her work has appeared in Independent School MagazineCommunity Works Institute Journal, and the NAIS Independent Ideas Blog.

Follow her on Twitter: @AnnKlotz

Ann in Print

The Lead Writer: Modeling the Habits of Writing for Students - Independent Teacher - 5/2018

Birds of a Feather: For My Headmistress Flock - Ann V. Klotz's personal blog - 03/05/2018

Fighting the Gray - Ann V. Klotz's personal blog - 02/25/2018

Invisible Legacy: On Longing After Infertility, Even When Babies Grow Up - Mutha Magazine - 01/30/2018

A Head of school's 14 Tips on Interview Etiquette - NAIS Independent Ideas - 01/22/2018

Rules of Thumb for School Leaders - The Heads Network - 09/11/2017

Summer's Lease - Topology Magazine - 08/21/2017

Because it is My Name - Ann's Blog - 07/28/2017

Not Pompeii - Feminine Collective - 05/22/2017

My Maths Anxiety - Independent Schools Victoria (Australia) - 02/17/2017

Cured - Coffee & Crumbs - 01/13/2017

The Head’s Assistant: More Precious than Rubies - The Head's Letter - 01/2017

Wondrous - Mothers Always Write - 12/19/2016

Celebrating My Inner Sloth - Huffington Post - 12/17/2016

Nonfiction by Ann Klotz - The Grief Diaries - 12/12/2016

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Game Six of the World Series - Huffington Post - 11/06/2016

Pioneer Daze - Mothers Always Write - 10/17/2016

Luckier Than I Deserve - The Manifest-Station - 07/28/2016

Kindred Spirits: In Praise of Online Classes - Brevity - 07/25/2016

After Page One: Why I Write - Literary Mama - 07/01/2016

W-A-T-E-R: Annie and Helen in the Theatre - Huffington Post - 06/30/2016

A Working Mother's Take on 'Hamilton' - Huffington Post Parents - 05/13/2016

Work-Life Balance, Ha! - Mothers Always Write - 04/18/2016

Love the Words - NAIS Independent School Magazine - 03/2016

Ailments - The Good Mother project - 03/20/2016

The Care and Feeding of a Carnival Goldfish - Literary Mama - 3/2016

Soapsuds - Mamalode - 03/06/2016

Gloria, Arianna, Kakenya and Me - Huffington Post Education - 02/17/2016

Senior Night - Huffington Post Education - 02/05/2016

Mom's Math Anxiety - NAIS Independent School Magazine - 01/26/2016

Before Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes - Mothers Always Write - 01/18/2016

For the New Year, Nine Mantras and Mottoes - NAIS Independent Ideas - 01/04/2016

Dog Whisperer - Huffington Post Parents - 12/22/2015

Lighting the Darkness - Cleveland Jewish News - 12/03/2015

The Baby We Didn't Adopt - Mothers Always Write - 11/16/2015

Voice and Vision: How Girls Learn to Lead and Resist Leading - NCGS Raising Girls' Voices - 10/01/2015

Violins of Hope - Huffington Post Arts and Culture - 10/01/2015

Goat's Adventures Abroad - Mothers Always Write - 09/21/2015

A Booster Shot on Parents' Night - NAIS Independent Ideas - 09/08/2015

Some Rules of Thumb for School Leaders from My Experience as Head of School - NAIS Independent Ideas - 08/17/2015

On the Mend: Grappling With Resilience - Huffington Post Education - 07/30/2015

Collateral Sorrow - Huffington Post Impact - 05/20/2015

April Cruelty - Huffington Post Women - 04/13/2015

Nurturing Resilience: Reminding Ourselves What Kids Need - NAIS Independent Ideas - 03/17/2015

Morning Meditation - Huffington Post Healthy Living - 03/04/2015

Double Sixes: What Backgammon and My Daughter Taught Me About How to Lighten Up - Huffington Post Parents - 02/03/2015

Better Together: Parenting a Child in an Independent School - Huffington Post Education - 12/11/2014

Keep On Chewing - Huffington Post Women - 11/25/2014

Taking Comfort - Huffington Post Parents - 09/02/2014

Stand on the Table! - Huffington Post Education - 08/20/2014

In the Time That a Blueberry Ripens - Huffington Post Parents - 08/01/2014

Girl Power! - Huffington Post Education - 07/18/2014

This Land Is Our Land - Huffington Post Post 50 - 07/03/2014

28 Things I Want Girls to Know... - Huffington Post Education - 06/07/2014

Post Mother's Day Blues - Huffington Post Parents - 05/13/2014

The Better Late Than Never Seder - Huffington Post Religion - 04/21/2014

Hummingbirds on Holiday - Huffington Post Parents - 04/11/2014

My Daughter, Jo March - Huffington Post Parents - 03/14/2014

Growing Up With Curly Top - Huffington Post Women - 02/18/2014

What's in a Name? - Huffington Post  - 02/04/2014

Strength vs. Stressors: Building Resilience to Help Girls Manage Stress - NAIS Independent School Magazine - Summer 2013

Reunions: Remembrances of Girlhoods Past - NAIS Independent School Magazine - Winter 2013

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. 


Open House

Saturday, October 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lyman Campus

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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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