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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 Cleveland.com.  

 

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.

Congratulations to Celeste Bohan '19, Emi Cummings '20, Janaan Qutubuddin '20, and Daania Tahir '19, whose award-winning art and writing won accolades in this year's regional Scholastic Art & Writing Competition, and went on to receive Silver Medals in the National Competition. This year, students submitted more than 330,000 works of visual art and writing to the Scholastic Awards; more than 90,000 works were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. The top art and writing at the regional level were moved onto the national stage, where more than 2,700 works earned National Medals. Congratulations to our students on their amazing achievements. The girls will be celebrated at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The names of the winning art and writing follow below.

  • Celeste Bohan "Reflections" photo
  • Emi Cummings "Growing up with Purseblog" personal essay/memoir
  • Janaan Qutubuddin "My Missing" poetry
  • Daania Tahir "Letter to America" personal essay/memoir

In her latest New York Times Well Adolescence columnLisa Damour, Ph.D., Executive Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, hones in on why demonstrating is good for kids. A new research report published in January in the journal Child Development, found that late adolescents and young adults who voted, volunteered or engaged in activism ultimately went further in school and had higher incomes than those who did not mobilize for political or social change. The study found that civic activity linked to better academic and financial outcomes regardless of early school performance and parental education levels, two factors that usually drive later success. In the article Lisa states that "The research is especially timely as American students consider whether to participate in the National School Walkout planned for Wednesday, March 14."

She goes on to say that "Taking part in a single event may not, by itself, alter the trajectory of an adolescent's development. But the study's authors suggest that positive, lasting outcomes may result if organized civic engagement helps young people galvanize their belief in their personal efficacy, connect to empowering social networks or cultivate professional skills."

Lisa also appeared on CBS Morning News to discuss the same topic. Click here to view her interview.

Laurel Primary science teacher Abbie Bole and her science class was recently featured on Channel 5 for their STEAM work through an innovative program called Level Up Village. The program allows Laurel students to work with student partners in another country to together, design a solution to a global problem. This year Laurel girls are working with partners in Zimbabwe to develop a light box using Tinkercad software and a 3D printer that can provide electricity to those without access. Channel 5 saw the students in action recording videos to communicate with their partners and using tinkering software to design their light boxes. The class also practiced printing their designs on two 3D printers. Click here to watch the full story.
In her February New York Times Well Adolescence columnLisa Damour, Ph.D., Executive Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, addresses how to approach the topic of vaping with teenagers. In her column, Lisa suggests “Instead of leading with facts, consider starting with genuine curiosity. Setting judgement to the side, ask, ‘What’s your take on e-cigarettes?’ or ‘Do you know kids who are vaping?’ or something along those lines.” Lisa states that “asking teenagers what they know about any topic increases the odds that they’ll want to hear what we now about that topic, too.” Lisa goes on to suggest that when talking to teens about vaping, you ask why before suggesting why not. Share your concerns and finally, concede the limits of your power. “Articulate high expectations in one breath and acknowledge the limits of power in the next.”

Lisa was also recently featured on CBS News to discuss the perceived link between gun violence and mental illness.

Laurel's Headmistress, Ann V. Klotz, had the opportunity to sit down with Sue Reid from Currents magazine in January to share the story of how she came to Laurel and her vision for the school and its students. "At Laurel, Ms. Klotz, the School's 10th head of school, is her 'authentic self,' she described, and proudly commits to cultivating leadership in women on a daily basis." The story goes on to highlight Ann's time spent as a student at the all-girls Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA and then onto Yale University and later, New York University. She also highlights her early career in different positions at Chapin School, an all-girls independent day school in Manhattan, where she worked as an English teacher, head of the drama department and director of guidance. It was there that her now late mentor Mildred Berendsen urged her to consider working as a head of school. It was that guidance that ultimately led her to Laurel.

"Her charge at the time of hire, she explained, was to get an academic vision for the school's Butler Campus as well as increase Laurel's attention to social and emotional development of girls in addition to academics. To that end, Ms. Klotz worked to found Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, which now serves as a national model."

The article goes on to highlight Ann's passion for theater, her love for teaching and her typical day. Under Ann's leadership, "Laurel is a place where girls practice developing confidence, their voice, smarts, respect and empathy and understand how to value multiple points of view."

Click here to read the full article.

The Cleveland Jewish News recently spoke to Daniel McGee, Director of Technology and Library Services at Laurel School, to discuss how technology is evolving and being used in the classroom. As the world becomes more digital-oriented, schools are finding ways to integrate technology into the classroom and Laurel is no exception. Daniel is quoted in the article saying "because technology is ever-changing, education is developing along with it. Tech is changing the world and that is something we have to be on top of here to serve our students,” he said. “Technology is embedded in the classroom and the students need the skills to function in a world that we can’t even imagine yet. We don’t know what life will be like. These are foundational skills that will help them be creative and communicate with whoever they encounter.”

Though some people view technology as an “extra” in the classroom, Daniel commented that it’s an old-school view of learning. “Kids don’t see it as something extra or separate, their lives are full of tech and bringing it into the classroom ties it to real life,” he said. “It’s impacting in ways you wouldn’t see. It’s everywhere. For example, we have a few programs where first graders do blogging that develops their writing skills, but also puts their words to a larger audience. They’re learning to share with the world in a safe way.”

Click here to read the full article.

  • July 2018
    • WedJul04 Independence Day - BUILDING CLOSED
  • August 2018
    • FriAug03 Summer at Laurel Ends
    • WedAug22 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES for Grades K-12

Application Process and Timeline

Laurel School Application Process and Timeline

Thank you for your interest in applying to Laurel School. Laurel seeks to enroll students who are prepared to be successful academically and to contribute positively to the school community as a whole.

The application process and timing varies depending on the applicant’s grade level. Please choose the appropriate division for your student below.

Pre-Primary School (Early Learners, Preschool, PreK, Outdoor Pre-Primary)

Laurel School accepts applications for our Pre-Primary School throughout the year. 

Admissions Timeline

  • February 13, 2018 – Application deadline
  • February 23, 2018 – Notification of Admission
  • March 9, 2018 – Response due to the School
  • After March 9, 2018 – Rolling admissions as space allows

We will be happy to work with you every step of the way to make this a positive and comfortable experience for your family. Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office at 216-464-0946 or Admissions@LaurelSchool.org with any questions.

There are two ways to apply for admission:

Admissions Checklist -- Early Learners

A complete application consists of the following:

Admissions Checklist -- Preschool and Prekindergarten

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Application (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
    • $40 non-refundable application fee
    • Parent/guardian questionnaire (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
    • Teacher recommendation, if applicable (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
  • Parent visit to Laurel
  • Student screening

    • Preschool and Prekindergarten Screenings are scheduled for Mondays: November 13, December 11, January 22, February 12 and April 9from 9:30 – 10:30 am. RSVP required. If you are unable to attend a scheduled screening session, please contact the Admissions Office at 216-464-0946 to schedule an individual screening.

Admissions Checklist -- Outdoor Pre-Primary

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Application (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
    • $40 non-refundable application fee
    • Parent/guardian questionnaire (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
    • Teacher recommendation, if applicable (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
  • Parent visit to Laurel
  • Student screening
    • Outdoor Pre-Primary Screenings are individually scheduled for Wednesday mornings at 8:30 am at Laurel's Butler Campus.  Please call the Admissions Office at 216-464-0946 to schedule a screening.

All items above must be completed before the Admissions Committee will review your application.

Primary School (Kindergarten-Grade 4)

Laurel School accepts applications for our Primary School (Kindergarten – Grade 4) throughout the year.

Admissions Timeline

Grade 4

  • December 11, 2017 – Application and Financial Assistance deadline
  • January 12, 2018– Notification of Admission and Financial Assistance
  • January 26, 2018 – Response due to the School
  • After January 26, 2018 – Rolling admissions as space allows

Kindergarten – Grade 3

  • February 13, 2018 – Application and Financial Assistance deadline
  • February 23, 2018 – Notification of Admission and Financial Assistance
  • March 9, 2018 – Response due to the School
  • After March 9, 2018 – Rolling admissions as space allows 

We will be happy to work with you every step of the way to make this a positive and comfortable experience for your family. Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office at 216-464-0946 or Admissions@LaurelSchool.org with any questions.

There are two ways to apply for admission:

A complete application consists of the following:

All items above must be completed before the Admissions Committee will review your application.

Middle School (Grades 5-8)

Laurel School accepts applications for our Middle School (Grades 5–8) throughout the year.

Admissions Timeline

  • December 11, 2017 – Application and Financial Assistance deadline
  • January 12, 2018 – Notification of Admission and Financial Assistance
  • January 26, 2018 – Response due to the School
  • After January 26, 2018 – Rolling admissions as space allows

We will be happy to work with you every step of the way to make this a positive and comfortable experience for your family. Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office at 216-464-0946 or Admissions@LaurelSchool.org with any questions.

There are two ways to apply for admission:

Admissions Checklist

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Application (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
    • $40 non-refundable application fee
    • Parent/guardian questionnaire (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version
    • Student questionnaire (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
    • Teacher recommendation to be completed by a math teacher (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
    • Teacher recommendation to be completed by an English teacher (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
    • Records from candidate’s current school (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
  • Student visit and interview
  • Parent visit to Laurel (recommended)
  • Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
    ISEE tests are offered in the fall, winter and spring. Students may test at any of the locations. The location options and more information on ISEE testing may be found through their website at www.ISEEtest.org. Laurel School’s ISEE code is 361305.

All items above must be completed before the Admissions Committee will review your application.

Upper School (Grades 9-12)

Laurel School accepts applications for our Upper School (Grades 9–12) throughout the year.

Admissions Timeline

  • December 11, 2017 – Application and Financial Assistance deadline
  • January 12, 2018 – Notification of Admission and Financial Assistance
  • January 26, 2018 – Response due to the School
  • After January 26, 2018 – Rolling admissions as space allows

We will be happy to work with you every step of the way to make this a positive and comfortable experience for your family. Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office at 216-464-0946 or Admissions@LaurelSchool.org with any questions.

There are two ways to apply for admission:

Admissions Checklist

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Application (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
    • $40 non-refundable application fee
    • Parent/guardian questionnaire (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
    • Student questionnaire (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
    • Teacher recommendation to be completed by a math teacher (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
    • Teacher recommendation to be completed by an English teacher (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
    • Records from candidate’s current school (complete online through the above link or print the pdf version)
  • Student visit and interview
  • Parent visit to Laurel (recommended)
  • Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
    ISEE tests are offered in the fall, winter and spring. Students may test at any of the locations. The location options and more information on ISEE testing may be found through their website at www.ISEEtest.org. Laurel School’s ISEE code is 361305.

All items above must be completed before the Admissions Committee will review your application.

 

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.

 

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An All-Girls’ Independent College Preparatory School for Grades K-12 and Coed Pre-Primary
Lyman Campus Butler Campus
216.464.1441


Laurel's Mission Statement:


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

 

All-School
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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