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