Laurel at a Glance
Founded in 1896, Laurel is an independent school for girls, Kindergarten-Grade 12, with a coed Pre-Primary. Long recognized for its superior academic program, admission to Laurel School is selective. Explore our history.
To inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world.
Committed to building a just and inclusive world, Laurel girls are courageous, creative, ethical and compassionate.
Dream. Dare. Do.
Location and Campuses
Laurel’s suburban-rural advantage gives girls an edge. At our traditional Lyman Campus in Shaker Heights, students thrive as members of a community that spans Pre-Primary through Grade 12 all under one roof. Just seven miles away from Shaker in Geauga County, Laurel students immerse themselves in the natural world at our beautiful 140-acre Butler Campus. While we benefit from being a two-campus school that provides flexible indoor and outdoor learning spaces, we are one school when it comes to our philosophical approach to our students. For even more, explore Campuses.
642 students. 62 Northeast Ohio communities are represented at Laurel.
An all girls’ school, K-12, with a coed Pre-Primary, Laurel School is proud to be an inclusive and equitable school community that welcomes students without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, handicap or disability or sexual orientation. Additionally, we actively seek faculty and staff without regard to these identifiers or gender.
Laurel awards 2.9 million dollars of financial assistance annually. Explore more here: Affording Laurel
Student Teacher Ratio
Student Computer Ratio (Grade K-12)
Laurel School employs 87 full-time and part-time faculty members from early learners through Grade 12. 56 faculty members (64%) have a masters degree or higher, including 6 PhDs.
Honors, AP and KAP Courses
|AP English III: American Literature|
KAP English IV
AP US History
KAP European History
AP Art History
Honors Algebra II
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
Honors Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations
AP Environmental Science
AP Computer Science
AP Physics C (Mechanics)
AP 2D Design
AP Chinese Language and Culture
Honors Chinese IV
Honors French III
AP French Language
Honors Latin Literature – Epic Poetry
Honors Latin Literature – Lyric Poetry
Honors Classical Studies
Honors Spanish III
AP Spanish Language and Culture
AP Spanish Literature and Culture
National Merit (Class of 2016, enrollment 65)
National Merit Semifinalists: 5
National Merit Commended: 6
Standardized Test Scores (Class of 2015)
SAT Critical Reading Middle 50%: 550–700
National Mean, Females (2013): 494
SAT Math Middle 50%: 550–680
National Mean, Females (2013): 499
SAT Writing Middle 50%: 580–710
National Mean, Females (2013): 493
ACT Composite Scores (Class of 2015)
Middle 50%: 26–30
National Mean, Females (2014): 20.9
Clubs, organizations available: 27
Total community service hours completed by the Class of 2014: 5,385
Varsity sports offered: 11
Junior Varsity sports offered: 8
Upper School sports student participation: 75-80%
Seventh/Eighth Grade sports offered: 9
Seventh/Eighth Grade sports student participation: 85%
Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Ohio State Department of Education
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS)
Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS)
Cleveland Council of Independent Schools (CCIS)
The Independent Curriculum Group (ICG)
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Cum Laude Society
The College Board
Online School for Girls (founding member)
Educational Records Bureau (ERB)
Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA)
Green and White
“Laurel School, our Alma Mater, join our love to tell.” For complete lyrics, sheet music and a recording, visit the Alma Mater page.