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The Cleveland Jewish News recently spoke with Leighann DeLorenzo Laurel's Upper School theater director, who began teaching a Testimony Theater course this semester after visiting Israel in January 2016. In Testimony Theater, survivors of the Holocaust are paired with young people, and the survivors tell their stories. The students then write the stories in a theatrical framework and perform an original theater piece based off the story. On May 4 the 12 students enrolled in Testimony Theater performed the stories of three survivors for a full house. Leighann was quoted in the story saying, “As we move forward as a community, it’s also about extending that lens forward into the now, into the present, whether that has to do with the current refugee crisis, civil rights, equal rights, any other movement where we’re really talking about people that are marginalized." She said having her students learn the stories of these survivors was an important part of their education. “We can really use these painful stories of yesterday that are also incredibly inspiring and really they can be transformative for our students today and turn them into the upstanders they should be and inspire them in their education at Laurel." Click here to read the full article. 

Playhouse Square announced its Dazzle Awards nominees on April 28 and we are excited to share that Nora Hyman '17 received a John and Patricia Chapman Best Actress nomination for her role as 'Audrey' in Laurel's production of Little Shop of Horrors! The Playhouse Square website states that "The Dazzle Awards aim to inspire and honor excellence in high school musical theater, and to recognize the importance of musical theater and arts education within the Northeast Ohio community. A panel of adjudicators attend one production at each participating school, provide educational feedback on the official evaluation form and determine nominees and awards for participating schools. This regional program culminates at the Connor Palace with the Dazzle Awards, modeled after the Tony Awards®, to recognize outstanding musical theater productions and students. The winners in the Best Actor and Best Actress category will have the opportunity to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City." The Dazzle Award winners will be announced on May 20, 2017. The grand prize winners in The John and Patricia Chapman Best Actor and Best Actress categories will go on to represent Northeast Ohio at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as “The Jimmys,” in New York City, presented by The Broadway League.   

Laurel School's Annella Fernandez '17 is being recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Cleveland (NAMI GC) for her efforts to raise awareness of mental illness among her peer group. Annella will receive the Mental Health Teen Award on May 5 during the NAMI GC Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony. The Awards Ceremony will honor outstanding achievement in promoting and providing mental health services for individuals, families and organizations in the year 2016. Naturally drawn to the study of psychology, Annella has spent time shadowing a pediatric psychologist. In 2016 she wrote What I Learned and What You Need to Know: A Brief Introduction to Behavioral Disorders in Adolescents, a collection of vignettes about the patient cases she shadowed along with factual information about the mental health diagnoses. Congratulations to Annella!

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz recently lent her voice for NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) Member Voices, a new podcast series about the individuals who make up the independent school community. Each Podcast features a discussion with a different staff member at an NAIS-member school about his or her role, challenges, successes, inspiration sources and more. Ms. Klotz was one of the first to launch in the series, which has been very well received within the independent school community. Click here to listen to Ann’s podcast on leadership, empowering girls and the ways in which the Center for Research on Girls fuels our practice at Laurel. 

Laurel School alum Marne Levine '88 was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article highlighting her role as chief operating officer for Instagram. Ms. Levine, a former White House official, arrived in the Silicon Valley in 2015 and "has been helping Instagram mature into a full-fledged business." The article quotes Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s co-founder and chief executive, who calls Ms. Levine "'an efficiency guru' who has helped the app avoid some of the pitfalls of rapid growth."

Prior to joining Instagram, Ms. Levine served as vice president of global public policy for Facebook, where she "grew the policy team, which manages Facebook’s relationship with governments and responds to privacy laws and regulation, from fewer than a dozen people to more than a hundred." The article goes on to state that "once Ms. Levine moved over to Instagram at the beginning of 2015, she dove in with the creation of a formal budget, giving the company a comprehensive view of its spending for the first time. She also pushed to expand the Instagram partnerships team, which manages the app’s relationship with public figures, publishers and others to ensure that they continued to flock to Instagram. She helped hire influential figures such as Eva Chen, former editor of Lucky magazine, to oversee its fashion ties, and Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood, who led Beyonce’s digital strategy, to run music partnerships."

The article details Ms. Levine's path to success at Instagram. Click here to read the full story. 

Northeast Ohio Parent published an article in April highlighting "Ways Kids in Northeast Ohio are Learning to Help the Environment." The story highlights various local organizations that are working to preserve our environment with the support of kids. Laurel's Outdoor Pre-Primary School, which educates students age 3-5 outside year-round regardless of the weather, is detailed in the article. The piece focuses on how students develop an immense respect for living things, learn about habitats and ecosystems, and develop a stewardship and understanding of environmental responsibility through composting and recycling.

Audrey Elszasz, Outdoor Pre-Primary teacher and Outdoor Education Specialist at Laurel, is quoted in the story saying “above all, they learn to understand the human impact on the Earth and discover how we can interact with nature and do no harm. These students develop such a love for the planet and learn to think about how to always do right by it.”

Laurel parent Rebecca Coley says her daughter’s experiences with the program include “hiking to base camp and traversing down challenging terrain, being independent and excited to put on her gear and get muddy, catching salamanders with her bare hands, and investigating animal tracks.”

 

Laurel School was pleased to host Frank Bruni, New York Times Op-Ed columnist and author, on April 6. Mr. Bruni spoke to Laurel parents, faculty, staff, trustees and local alumnae on the college admissions mania and how where you go to college does not define you. The talk, based on his best-selling book, Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, was a lively one attended by more than 250 people. 

Your Teen Magazine had a chance to speak with Mr. Bruni prior to his talk at Laurel and the resulting Q&A, titled How to Pick a College And Other Great Advice from Author Frank Bruni, which highlights the bias of early decision, recent changes in financial aid, open-mindedness and more. In this Q&A, Mr. Bruni states that "Education is about so very much more than the onramp to college or than college itself. It’s an ongoing, all-encompassing, lifelong thing."  

Laurel Eighth Grader Isabella (Izzy) A. '21 competed in the 2017 Ohio K-12 Chinese Speech and Essay Contest on April 8, 2017 at Cleveland State University. This annual competition is held for elementary, middle and high school students from Ohio. During the competition, students compete by either composing an essay or giving a speech in Chinese on a selected topic. The contestants are judged by experienced Chinese language teachers, and prizes are awarded during a ceremony at the end of the contests. Izzy competed among 22 students in the intermediate level for Grades 6-8 and placed second in her category! Congratulations to Izzy on this well-earned honor.  

 

A recent EdSurge article titled "What Would Happen if Learning in School Became More Like Working at a Startup?" highlights the abundance of startup and entrepreneurial programs springing up in and around K-12 schools across the country. The article states that "Successful students, like startups, are those who are resilient, constantly absorbing new information and challenging their assumptions. What’s more, an entrepreneurial culture, carefully scaffolded, can help schools transform and unlock learning in ways that more traditional coursework cannot."

Laurel physics teacher Taylor Kaar, who also serves as Director of Entrepreneurship, is included in the story, which highlights both the Capstone Experience and the Veale Venture Challenge, two entrepreneurship programs offered to Laurel Upper School students. Taylor is quoted saying, “At Laurel School, we know that being an entrepreneur is a mindset, one that requires resiliency, problem solving, and passion. These are skills and traits that we feel are universally desirable today, and we know that the skills a girl learns at Laurel School’s entrepreneurship offerings will be transferable to any field.”

Covering four years, the entrepreneurship category of the Capstone Program asks high school students to lead and drive their own learning. The Veale Venture Challenge, through a series of steps—including the development of a business plan and a presentation to investors—aims to help students start a business while they are still in the school.

Laurel students Grace Murphy '17 and Henley Schulz '18 recently earned National Silver Medals in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Grace and Henley have been identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year's contest attracted more than 330,000 works of art and writing. Of these, only the top one percent were recognized at the national level.

Grace received a National Silver Medal for her earrings, titled Squiral. Henley was awarded a National Silver Medal in the Photography category for her color photograph titled Surrounded. Congratulations to Grace and Henley for their incredible achievements! 

  • May 2017
    • MonMay22 Dare Week
    • MonMay22 Gator Golf - Laurel Athletic Booster Golf Outing Mayfield Country Club
    • MonMay22 Grade 7 Archaeology Dig Butler
    • MonMay22 US May Term
    • TueMay23 Grade 7 Archaeology Dig Butler
    • TueMay23 US May Term
    • WedMay24 Grade 7 Archaeology Dig Butler
    • WedMay24 US May Term
    • WedMay24 Grade 9 Picnic for Class of 2021 and Families 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

2016-2017 Admissions Event Schedule

Laurel School Admissions Events Calendar

Admissions Decisions and Financial Assistance Notification Dates

First Round of Admissions (Grades 4-12)

  • December 12, 2016 – Application and Financial Aid Deadline
  • January 13, 2017 – Notification of Admission and Financial Assistance
  • January 27, 2017 – Response due to the School
  • After January 27, 2017 – Rolling Admissions for Grades 4-12

Second Round of Admissions (Pre-Primary-Grade 3)

  • February 14, 2017 – Application and Financial Aid Deadline
  • February 24, 2017 – Notification of Admission and Financial Assistance
  • March 10, 2017 – Response due to the School
  • After March 10, 2017 – Rolling Admissions for all grades

Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

Laurel Test Dates (Grades 5-12)

  • October 29, 2016
  • November 19, 2016
  • February 11, 2017
  • March 11, 2017
  • April 22, 2017

October 14, 2016 - Bring Your Friend to School Day--Prospective Students Grades K-7

Friday, October 14, 8:00 am-3:00 pm – Lyman Campus

It's North Eastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA) day for public schools.  Current students in Kindergarten through Seventh Grade are encouraged to bring a friend to school on this day.  Students will spend a typical day in the classrooms, including lunch, recess and specials with their Laurel friends.

October 16, 2016 - All-School Open House

Sunday, October 16, 1:00-3:00 pm – Lyman Campus & Butler Campus

You won’t want to miss this exciting event for families considering Laurel School for their daughters or young sons! Open House features a presentation by Head of School Ann V. Klotz, student-led tours and a resource center with information on special programming. Students will be engaged in classroom activities and have a chance to hear from student leaders, classroom teachers, current students and parents. The Director of Financial Aid will present a financial aid seminar for parents of prospective students.  Laurel’s 140-acre Butler Campus, including the 16,000-square-foot Alice Lehmann Butler Center for Fitness and Wellness, will be open for prospective families to enjoy nature, hike the trails, visit the athletic fields, have fun on the playground and explore the Magic Tree House.

November 3, 2016 - How Can I Finance a Laurel Education?

Thursday, November 3, 7:00-8:00 pm – Lyman Campus

The Director of Enrollment Management and Director of Financial Aid will present a financial aid seminar for parents of prospective students. This is an opportunity to learn how to apply for financial aid and how financial aid awards are calculated.

November 5, 2016 - Outdoor Pre-Primary Preview

Saturday, November 5, 10:00-11:30 am – Lyman Campus

Our Outdoor Pre-Primary School offers children the opportunity to spend their days learning in the forest and in our state-of-the-art Yurt.  It's the first and only program of its kind in Northeast Ohio! Come learn how our master teachers, with specialized training in outdoor education for young children, guide the young explorers through their discoveries and explorations while preparing them for Kindergarten.

November 14, 2016- Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, November 14, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

This event also takes place on: December 12, January 23, February 13 and April 10.

November 15, 2016 - Grade 9 Preview for Grade 8 Families

Tuesday, November 15, 7:00-9:00 pm – Lyman Campus

During this engaging evening, parents, current Laurel Eighth Grade students and prospective Ninth Grade students will hear from the Upper School leadership team, Department Chairs and a student panel about what sets Laurel apart. Current Upper School students will share information about life at Laurel in the Upper School, including course options, athletics, arts, global learning opportunities, internships, entrepreneurship and service learning.

December 1, 2016 - Grade 5 Preview for Grade 4 Parents – For Parents Only

Thursday, December 1, 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Lyman Campus

Current Laurel Fourth Grade parents and prospective Fifth Grade parents are invited to learn about Laurel’s interdisciplinary approach to Middle School, including its curriculum, arts, athletics and the transition into a new division. Parents will hear from the Middle School leadership team and teachers about the exciting things that await students in the Fifth Grade.

December 9, 2016 - Kindergarten Visitation Day – For Girls and Parents

Friday, December 9, 9:00-11:00 a.m. – Lyman Campus

A Kindergarten visitation day is required as part of the application to Kindergarten. Please schedule one of these dates where girls will join our team of Kindergarten teachers to engage in interactive and interdisciplinary activities. Parents will hear from Head of School Ann V. Klotz and the Primary School leadership team to learn about the exciting things that await your daughter in Kindergarten.

This event also takes place on: January 12, February 4 

December 12, 2016- Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, December 12, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

This event also takes place on: January 23, February 13 and April 10.

January 7, 2017 - Pre-Primary and Primary Open House

Saturday, January 7, 9:00-11:00 am – Lyman Campus

You won’t want to miss this fun-filled morning for children and parents to learn about Laurel’s Pre-Primary and Primary School. Discover how our Pre-Primary’s signature Eco!Wonder curriculum, Healthy Snack Initiative and World Languages Program will build on young girls’ and boys’ sense of wonder and provide the foundation for a lifetime of joyful learning. Explore the Primary School’s extraordinary programs in math, science, engineering, world languages, language arts and the visual and performing arts. Prospective students will engage in classroom activities with teachers and discover what makes Laurel so dynamic.

January 12, 2017 - Kindergarten Visitation Day – For Girls and Parents

Thursday, January 12, 1:00-3:00 pm – Lyman Campus

A Kindergarten visitation day is required as part of the application to Kindergarten. Please schedule one of these dates where girls will join our team of Kindergarten teachers to engage in interactive and interdisciplinary activities. Parents will hear from Head of School Ann V. Klotz and the Primary School leadership team to learn about the exciting things that await your daughter in Kindergarten.

This event also takes place on February 4.

January 18, 2017 - Coffee with Klotz for Parents and Revisit Day for Students Accepted to Grades 4-12

Wednesday, January 18, 8:30-10:00 am – Lyman Campus

Parents of accepted students are invited to meet Head of School Ann V. Klotz, administrators, members of the faculty and current Laurel parents while students have the option to revisit the school prior to making their decision.

January 22, 2017 - Brunch at Butler for Accepted Families

Sunday, January 22, 12:00-2:00 pm – Butler Campus

See our two-campus advantage! Before accepted families make their decision, we invite you to join us for brunch at our Butler Campus in Russell Township. Learn more about how we use this 140-acre campus for athletics, STEM and STEAM initiatives, leadership development on our Project Adventure course and more! Laurel administrators, teachers, coaches, parents and students will be on hand to share their perspectives of life on both campuses.

January 23, 2017 - Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, January 23, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

This event also takes place on February 13 and April 10.

February 4, 2017 - Kindergarten Visitation Day – For Prekindergarten Parents and Students

Saturday, February 4, 9:00-11:00 am – Lyman Campus

A Kindergarten visitation day is required as part of the application to Kindergarten. Please schedule one of these dates where girls will join our team of Kindergarten teachers to engage in interactive and interdisciplinary activities. Parents will hear from Head of School Ann V. Klotz and the Primary School leadership team to learn about the exciting things that await your daughter in Kindergarten.

February 7, 2017 - Planning an Upper School Education

Tuesday, February 7, 7:00-8:30 pm – Lyman Campus

During this evening, families of rising Ninth Graders new and old will gain a more in-depth look at the Upper School curriculum and hear about the variety of courses available to students. Current students will describe their individualized paths through the Upper School in order to give families an idea of how their daughter’s entire Upper School experience will progress.

February 13, 2017 - Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, February 13, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

This event also takes place on April 10.

March 2, 2017 - Coffee with Klotz for Parents and Play Date for Students Accepted to Pre-Primary and Primary School

Thursday, March 2, 8:30-10:00 am – Lyman Campus

While students engage in classroom activities, parents of accepted students are invited to meet Head of School Ann V. Klotz, administrators, members of the faculty and current Laurel parents prior to making their decision.

April 8, 2017 - Middle and Upper School Open House

Saturday, April 8, 10:30 am-12:30 pm – Lyman Campus

Prospective families for Grades 5-12 are invited to attend our spring open house. Whether you are still considering a new school for next year or getting a jump start on the process for high school, this event will include information about academic and student life as a Laurel girl! Families will have the opportunity to go on student-led tours, meet our amazing faculty and learn more about our rich curriculum and dynamic programs.

April 10, 2017 - Pre-Primary Screening – For Preschool-Prekindergarten Families

Monday, April 10, 9:30-10:30 am – Lyman Campus

A screening is required as part of the application to Pre-Primary. Please schedule one of these dates with our Admissions Office to join us for a fun-filled morning exploring Laurel’s Pre-Primary. Prospective students and their parents are welcomed into our classrooms to see our dynamic teachers in action while enjoying a story and other theme-based activities.

May 10, 2017 - Introduction to Laurel School (All Divisions) – For Parents Only

Wednesday, May 10, 7:00-8:30 pm – Lyman Campus

Parents of newly enrolled students joining Laurel in the fall of 2016 will gather to hear from our Head of School and then split into groups by division to receive information on curriculum, arts, athletics, uniforms and their daughter’s or young son’s transition to Laurel School. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents who are also joining the Laurel community.

May 24, 2017 - Ninth Grade Picnic - Class of 2020 and families

Wednesday, May 24, 5:00-7:00 pm – Lyman Campus

Laurel families will gather to enjoy a light dinner and a chance to socialize. Class t-shirts will be distributed and a class photo will be taken. Kick off the summer with classmates new and old!

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

 

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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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