Resilience & Wellness
In their classes, girls are encouraged to employ a growth mindset as they work toward mastery; they encounter opportunities to develop and practice creativity daily; and they work with faculty and advisors to discover passions and cultivate purpose. These relationships, along with the ones they develop with their peers, lower stress levels and contribute to higher achievement. The coursework below allows girls to practice daily self-care and wellness.
In their Lifeskills class, students develop the skills necessary for overall well-being, demonstrating their growth in these skills through class discussion, written responses to topics and oral presentations. Students identify and define their own personal values, and they use goal-setting and planning to create strategies that will serve them as they make decisions, solve problems, evaluate information and deal with media and peer pressure. Students learn practical skills and think critically about topics including nutrition, relationships, decision-making, psychological and physical well-being, personal safety and contributing to their communities. Lifeskills also includes the first of three speech curricular modules through which students develop proficiency, efficacy, and experience with public speaking, readying them to give their Senior Speech. Students’ success in the course results in a growing ability to build, protect and advocate for their own resilience and well-being and to make positive contributions to their communities. This course satisfies the Health requirement standards for graduation in the state of Ohio and meets the National Sexuality Education Standards.
Sophomore Guidance students continue their work with health and wellness skills and knowledge developed in the Lifeskills class while gaining certification in First Aid, CPR and AED. In this year-long course, students expand their efficacy and experience with public speaking as they complete the second curricular module for speech. Students also formally begin their work with the College Guidance Office in this course, meeting with the College Counselors and completing standardized test preparation sessions.
Junior Guidance is a year-long overview of the college application process. Topics include interviewing skills and practice, campus visits, what colleges are looking for, essay writing, financial aid and scholarships, and the college search and application timeline. Students learn to use Naviance, a college search and application database; work on establishing their personal priorities with regard to where they will apply; consider how to best present themselves in all phases of the application process; and work on the skills necessary to write an effective college essay. Each student and her family meet with a college counselor during the second semester to discuss the steps in the search and application process, and together they create a tentative list of colleges to consider. Later in the spring, the college counselors work with each student to determine which teachers will write their recommendations. The class meets once per week and is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
In the fall, Senior Guidance focuses on the nuts and bolts of the college application process, with a focus on finalizing the college list, meeting deadlines, essay writing, how to appropriately demonstrate interest and the effective presentation of extracurricular activities. Second semester topics include money management, residence hall life, relationships, college campus safety, making appropriate choices as a college student and other issues that are commonly part of the transition to college. Outside speakers include a financial planning expert, Residence Advisors from a local college and an expert on personal health and safety for college women. The class meets once per week and is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
Protégé Internship Program
Protégé is Laurel’s internship and research assistantship program for students in the Upper School. We work with each student in the program to determine her areas of interest then build a Protégé Project around/in that area of interest. Students are placed in one of two types of positions: 1) internships which provide opportunities to learn about a specific field by undertaking actual supervised projects in the workplace; or 2) research assistantships which provide opportunities to work on actual research projects in science, medical and social science research labs (STEM options). These out-of-school learning experiences may occur during the school year or during the summer. Protégé Projects are graded on a Pass/Fail basis and are recognized on the Laurel transcript.
Laurel students must complete one half credit in Speech. Rising Juniors must complete "Principles of Speech" prior to Senior year or through alternate credit earned by participation in Speech and Debate. All other students complete Speech through the modules now taught in Lifeskills and Seminars. The Speech curriculum prepares each student to complete her Senior Speech, which is delivered in her Senior year and is a graduation requirement.
Principles of Speech (offered both semesters) (.5 credit)
Principles of Speech is intended to develop effective oral communication capabilities and to enhance the students’ abilities in analysis and critical thinking. To successfully complete the course, students present information to large or small groups in a well-organized, interesting manner with poise and confidence. Students learn to speak clearly and effectively, with precise diction, engaging vocal variety and appropriate gestures and physical bearing that enhance the spoken presentation. Students also analyze oral communication, distinguishing claim from argument and evaluating validity through the use of appropriate support. Principles of Speech will be entirely incorporated into the Lifeskills and Seminar curriculum after the 2015-2016 academic year.
Two credits of Physical Education and/or interscholastic athletics are required. A student will not receive graduation credit for more than two semesters of Physical Education and/or two interscholastic athletics in a calendar year, although students are in no way prohibited from taking a Physical Education class and/or participating on an interscholastic team. Students can also opt for Alternate Physical Activity credit.
Fundamentals of Fitness at Butler (.5 credit)
This class offers a basic understanding and development of personal fitness through weight training, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning drills, flexibility and plyometrics. Students learn how to improve or maintain their fitness levels, set goals and design a personal fitness program. As students progress through the course, they use their individually designed programs to reach their personal fitness goals. This is an after-school option only and students participating in this course will need to complete 25 workouts by the end of the semester to receive credit. Grading is Pass/Fail.
Alternate Physical Activity (.5 credit)
Students who participate in an Alternate Physical Activity may receive credit toward their P.E. requirement if they spend at least 2.5 hours a week engaged in this activity. To gain credit in this way, students must seek approval from the Physical Education Chair before the semester begins, and the physical activity must be supervised by a professional who will also document attendance and sign the required attendance sheet. Both the Physical Activity Waiver Form and the attendance form are located online or in the Upper School office. Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis.
Modern Dance I (1st semester) (.5 credit)
Designed for students who are interested in solidifying their understanding of the fundamentals of dance, this course is perfect for beginners and suitable for experienced dancers looking to polish their technical skills. Over the course of the semester, students strengthen their understanding of dance, starting with basic modern technique, and expand their range of movement as they dance their way to greater levels of strength, flexibility and precision. Students engage with relevant videos, articles and written responses in order to deepen their understanding of modern dance and their awareness of themselves as modern dancers. This class may be taken to fulfill one semester of Physical Education OR one semester of Art credit.
Modern Dance II (2nd semester) (.5 credit)
Designed for students who have reached a higher level of dance proficiency, this class develops more complex modern technique, seeking to bring students to higher levels of performance and understanding of their dance work. Students engage in conversations and exercises that focus on the intention that drives dance. Through self- and peer observation, students reach higher levels of musicality and expressivity. Students are expected to work rigorously and imaginatively to expand in new directions. This class may be taken to fulfill one semester of Physical Education OR one semester of Art credit.
Improvisational Dance (1st semester) (.5 credit)
Improvisational dance is all about finding your own unique style of movement. This course draws on students’ ability to be spontaneous, to move creatively and to work together. Girls work to find their individual style while challenging themselves to do new, interesting things. Improvisational dance helps students to hone their awareness, flexibility, creativity and collaborative abilities. Through constant movement and with ever-changing objectives, students dance their way to a greater understanding of space, time, energy and musicality. Students are evaluated on their focus, creativity and growth; they deepen their understanding of improvisation with writing assignments, reading assignments from Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones and video-viewing assignments. Students complete the course with confidence in their own creative style and better responsiveness to whatever new situation comes their way. This class may be taken to fulfill one semester of Physical Education OR one semester of Art credit.
Dance Composition (2nd Semester) (.5 semester)
Dance Composition is a class for students who are interested in creating their own dance choreography. Students work individually and collaboratively to find inspiration and to build dance material. This course challenges students to think about how a dance is created, edited and presented. Students move from creating dances that focus on the fundamentals to dealing with props, music, expressivity and theme. Articles, videos, writing responses and discussions all challenge students to understand their creativity and inspiration through different lenses. This class may be taken to fulfill one semester of Physical Education OR one semester of Art credit.
Voice and Movement (1st semester)(.5 credit)
Expand your range, increase your acting potential and acquire the tools needed to play the roles you want to play! This course provides young actors with a strong foundation in voice and movement technique specifically designed to increase vocal range as well as to increase your physical ability to perform a wide range of characterizations. Students will pursue a dynamic and physically demanding exploration of Laban’s principles of movement for the actor and Bogart’s Viewpoints, as well as unarmed hand-to-hand combat. These exercises are designed to connect the thought to the voice and to the body and to build skills that will elevate the student actor to the next level of her potential. This class may be taken to fulfill one semester of Physical Education OR one semester of Art credit.
- Cross Country - Varsity
- Field Hockey - Varsity and Junior Varsity
- Golf - Varsity and Junior Varsity
- Soccer - Varsity and Junior Varsity
- Tennis - Varsity A and B and Junior Varsity
- Volleyball - Varsity and Junior Varsity
- Basketball - Varsity and Junior Varsity
- Swimming and Diving - Varsity
- Fencing - Club
- Lacrosse - Varsity and Junior Varsity
- Fast Pitch Softball - Varsity and Junior Varsity
- Track - Varsity