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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.

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Cleveland.com 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."

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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. Cleveland.com 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 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.
  • August 2018
    • SunAug19 Senior Class "Kickoff" Family Picnic 5:00 PM to 7:00 PMButler
    • MonAug20 Eid Al-Adha Begins at Sundown
    • MonAug20 Grade 9 Student Orientation 10:00 AM to 11:30 AMLyman
    • MonAug20 Primary Grades 1-4 Parent Drop-In, Kindergarten by appt. 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMLyman
    • MonAug20 Grade 5 Family Orientation 3:00 PM to 4:30 PMLyman
    • MonAug20 Grades 6, 7 and 8 New Family Orientation 3:30 PM to 4:30 PMLyman

FAQs

Q: What grades does Laurel School serve?

A: Laurel School is an independent day school for girls, Kindergarten through Grade 12, with a coeducational Pre-Primary program.

Q: Where is Laurel School located?

A: Laurel School has two campuses. The main suburban campus, located at One Lyman Circle, in Shaker Heights, OH is home to all four academic divisions and is set on 11 acres. The Butler Campus, which opened in 2002, is our “outdoor classroom” and is located at 7420 Fairmount Road, Russell Township, OH. The 140-acre Butler Campus of woodlands includes world-class athletic fields, a high and low ropes course, several hiking trails, an outdoor pavilion, our Magic Tree House, a yurt for Pre-Primary outdoor education and the 16,000 square foot Butler Center for Fitness and Wellness.

Q: Do the students wear a uniform?

A: All students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 wear a uniform. Laurel girls have worn uniforms since 1907. Wearing uniforms sends a powerful message to the girls that what our students think is more important than what our students wear. This strengthens the feeling of community. The style of uniform varies by division, and the students have a variety of options.

Q: What are the class sizes at Laurel?

A: In the Upper School, class size can range from five students in advanced level elective to twenty students in a foundational required course. In the Middle School, classes typically range from twelve to sixteen students. In the Primary, classes typically have ten to fifteen girls in each.

Q: How does Laurel School tailor curriculum specifically for girls?

A: At Laurel, we know girls: how they learn, what they think and feel, and what they need to thrive. Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls guides all that we do and allows us to educate our faculty on girls’ education and to train our teachers in methods that work best for girls. Our faculty members are experts on girls’ education.

Q: Where do Laurel School graduates attend college?

A: College placement is 100%. The Class of 2017 has 2 National Merit Semifinalists from a class of 68 students. Chosen on the basis of high scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), the semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide. Our Class of 2016 was made up of 65 girls and included 5 National Merit Semifinalists and 6 National Merit Commended. When a young woman graduates from Laurel she has a strong academic background, support from the Laurel community and confidence to go to college and beyond. Our girls attend a wide variety of colleges throughout the country and internationally. Our experienced College Guidance Office has relationships with the college admissions officers and looks to provide our students with the best fit for college, taking into consideration a wide range of factors. View our college acceptance list.

Q: What options are available to students who are interested in more than just academics?

A: Laurel girls are not only smart; they have diverse extra- and co-curricular interests. Many are involved in athletics and the arts. Laurel offers eleven sports in the Upper School and nine sports in the Middle School. Over 70% of students participate in athletics. There are at least two theater productions each year in each of the Upper, Middle, and Primary Schools. In the Upper School, there are also over thirty student clubs and organizations, and each Laurel girl has a community service requirement she must complete before her senior year.

Q: What about educational opportunities outside the classroom?

A: Upper School students have opportunities for research and for internships throughout Protégé Program. Laurel’s signature internship and research assistantship program - Protégé - enables each student to focus on her unique passionate areas of interest and build an internship or a research assistantship in that area of interest. While other schools fit students into pre-developed internships and research projects, Laurel stands alone in starting with the student - focusing on her - helping her follow the future that is calling her. These out-of-school learning experiences occur during the school year in semester or year-long formats, as well as during the summer, and are recognized on the Laurel transcript. Girls in Middle and Upper School travel on domestic and international trips throughout Passport Global Initiatives Program. The Passport Program is the opportunity to explore world curricula with trips, exchanges and community-based learning. Examples of past trips and partnerships include those in Botswana, China, Costa Rica, Honduras, Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada and Tanzania. Laurel has developed partnerships with schools and communities in other countries and Laurel’s curriculum actively cultivates students’ understanding of other cultures. The Passport Program is a way Laurel girls can truly act on our mission statement to “better the world.” In addition to travel, the Passport Program brings international girls to Laurel and partners with sister schools in other areas of the world.

Q: How committed is Laurel School to diversity?

A: Equity, inclusion and diversity are implicit in the mission of Laurel School. In order for each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world, our curricula and learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom are designed to inspire and engage while respecting multiple customs, traditions, values and perspectives. We understand that social identifiers such as gender, race, religion, socioeconomic status, family configuration, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability and age impact our individual and collective experiences. We are, therefore, guided by Laurel’s values of courage, compassion and ethical action in embracing diversity.

 

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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
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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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