All-School Calendar
  • February 2018
    • TueFeb27 US Parent Coffee 8:15 AMLyman
  • March 2018
    • ThuMar01 Coffee with Klotz for Accepted Families Pre-Primary and Primary 8:30 AM to 9:30 AMLyman
    • ThuMar01 US Musical: "The Drowsy Chaperone" 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel

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.

Laurel School, as part of a national initiative by Fair Trade Campaigns to engage K – 12 students in issues of global poverty, is proud to announce its official designation as a Fair Trade School. Fair Trade is an economic system that ensures consumers the products they buy were grown, harvested, crafted and traded in ways that improve lives and protect the environment. Fair Trade Campaigns officially recognizes schools in the U.S. committed to educating students about the issues of Fair Trade and sourcing Fair Trade products like coffee, tea and bananas in the cafeteria, offices and at events.

Started by Margaret O’Neill '19, Laurel Fair Trade hopes to educate the Laurel Community about the various social injustices many under-developed countries face on a daily basis. Helping to learn and support Fair Trade will shine a light on the need for a safer, more just work environment leading to a more sustainable way of life. We hope to use funds that we earn towards investing in organizations and or individuals who aspire to better themselves and the world.

Laurel is the 31st Fair Trade School in the U.S., and the 7th in the state of Ohio to earn this designation.

Cleveland.com highlighted the recent work of more than 100 Laurel students and community members who participated in the school's 8th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. In all, volunteers made 16 tie blankets and more than 145 toiletry-stuffed socks, which will be donated to the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. In addition, volunteers assembled Hope Tote Bags for The City Mission. Click here to view the story.

Thanks to all who came out for this important day of service.

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz was recently published in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) blog where she highlights 14 of her top interview etiquette tips. She starts the blog by stating that "January is the time when I, head of Laurel School (OH), feel like Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions. With one face, I focus intently on the remaining six months of the current school year. With the other, my thoughts turn to the complex jigsaw that is staffing." As the school year marches on Ann and her team "Calculate enrollment and next year’s number of sections. We think about who might be ready for a change, and what new staff and faculty we might have the opportunity to bring into our school. Hiring is an exhilarating and exhausting undertaking."

Her interview etiquette tips range from the seemingly simple task of ensuring you submit a resume and cover letter without errors to arriving to an interview early because "If you’re not five minutes early, you’re late." Among other tips, Ann also highlights how being curious and asking lots of questions can set you apart.

To read all her interview etiquette tips click here.

Laurel swimmers continue on their winning streak this season after winning (125-50) the West Geauga Dual Meet on January 4. Laurel won 10 of 11 swimming events and went 1-2-3 in the 200 free as Rose Pophal '19, Rylee Betchkal '18 and Kali McLin '21 swept top spots. Laurel also went 1-2-3 in the 100 breast, with Bella Barragate '21, Rylee B. and Elizabeth Thompson '20 taking top honors. Laurel relays went 1-2 in all three relay events.

This stellar performance was followed by the Perry Invitational on January 21 where Laurel swimmers placed second out of 10 teams and won a total of five events. Morgan Miklus ‘19 was a double event winner in the 100 free and 100 back. Bella B. won the 100 breast and was runner-up in the 200 IM. Katherine Hagen ‘18 won the 200 free and earned third in the 500 free. Rose P. came in third in 200 free. Linzy Malcolm ‘20 earned third in 50 free. Our relay events also dominated when the 200 free relay of Morgan M., Bella B., Katherine H. and Linzy M. won in a speedy 1:47:75 and the 200 medley relay of Morgan M., Kali M., Bella B., and Linzy M. earned runner-up status in a very fast 1:55.93, the fastest time ever by Laurel swimmers in non-tech suits. In all Laurel swimmers had 11 best times and dropped a total of 17 seconds.

Congratulations to all the girls on these achievements!

Classic in the Country (CitC), one of the nation's most highly acclaimed girls basketball showcases, took place over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend January 13-15 and this year the Laurel Gators were invited to participate. Despite prepping for a January 13 game against Kenston, coach Tim McMahon received a last minute invitation to play in CitC when another team backed out. Despite the change in plans and a hasty bus ride to Berlin ahead of expected bad weather, the Gators dominated! Going into CitC the Gators were feeling strong with an 11-0 record and were slated to play Youngstown Ursuline. OhioSportsTicket.com covered the game and reported  that "The Gators came in and put a hurt on Ursuline, grinding out an impressive 55-36 win that was led by freshmen twins Haley and Taylor Thierry and sophomore Giuliana Marinozzi. The Gators played extremely well."

Coach McMahon was quoted in the story saying, "It was everything we could have hoped for. It’s hard to appreciate the scale of this event until you actually get here. Our girls were a little unsure with the change of plans and the bus ride and with that weather coming in, but then we walked in, and there are all of these fans and the music, and they take care of you so unbelievably well. I just want our kids and our coaching staff to soak this experience in as much as possible. I am so thrilled that we had this opportunity to experience this.”

Click here to read the full story. 


 

The Cleveland Institute of Art recently announced the 2017 winners of its Scholastic Art & Writing Competition and 24 Laurel students received accolades. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Open to students in Grades 7-12, applicants can submit in 29 different categories of art and writing.

In 2017, students submitted more than 330,000 works of art and writing. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Visions & Voices Nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies.

The Chagrin-Solon Sun, Sun Press, and Sun Messenger all highlighted local winners in their coverage. Congratulations to the following Laurel students who won.  

ART AWARDS

Gold Keys:

  • Celeste Bohan '19, Photography
  • Madison Cope '18, Photography
  • Zoe Halpern '18, Mixed Media
  • Caroline Megerian '18, Photography
  • Tristan Whitt '19, Jewelry

Silver Keys:

  • Caroline Abbey '19, Photography
  • Celeste Bohan '19, Photography
  • Zoe Halpern '18, Drawing & Illustration
  • Audrey King '18, Photography
  • Bridget Napoli '18, Digital Art
  • Elizabeth Rivera '21, Ceramics & Glass 
  • Henley Schulz '18, Photography

Honorable Mentions:

  • Julia Bowman '21, Jewelry
  • Lily Chapman '19, Jewelry
  • Madison Cope '18, Photography
  • Phoebe Hatch '19, Photography
  • Abigail Knetig '20, Mixed Media
  • Dahlia Kost '19, Mixed Media
  • Melanie Nance '19, Sculpture
  • Caroline Vlastaris '18, Jewelry

WRITING AWARDS

Gold Keys:

  • Emi Cummings ’20, two Gold Keys for Poetry & Personal Essay/Memoir
  • Nadia Ibrahim ’21, Short Story
  • Janaan Qutubuddin ’20, Poetry
  • Dannia Tahir ’19, Personal Essay/Memoir

Silver Key:

  • Jane Jusko ’21, Short Story

Honorable Mention:

  • Margot Luria ’20, Flash Fiction
As a follow up to her Cleveland Magazine feature as one the magazine's most interesting people in 2015, Morgan Goldstein ’18 was highlighted in a “Where-Are-They-Now” story (hint: for much of the last two years she was interning and working as a prep cook at Jonathan Sawyer's restaurant Trentina)! Currently, Morgan is setting her sights on college where she hopes to major in food science. In the article she states that her dream job is to lead a recipe test kitchen. She says her "ultimate goal is to develop a crop that would help end world hunger,” she says. “Something along the lines of a sustainable food that would help developing countries." She also discusses her partnership with a local food writer to develop a cookbook of her own recipes. Click here for the full story.

The 2018 LaureLive lineup was announced in December and the Chagrin Valley Times took this opportunity to highlight how Laurel students will once again be working to help produce this year's event, which will take place June 9 and 10 at Laurel's Butler Campus. Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz was quoted in the story saying "The commitment our students have shown to making this annual festival a success has been contagious. Our students look forward to spending the next six months working with Elevation Group to help execute what we know will be another successful, family friendly event for our school and our community."

Trey Wilson, director of strategic partnerships at Laurel, was also included in the piece highlighting the opportunity as a great learning experience for the students. In addition to working and specific planning for the event, there is also a class where various professionals are brought in to engage with the students. In the past, for example, a lawyer visited with students to discuss the operations of contracts. The students also met with a local radio station and Skyped with a few bands performing at the festival. "The girls have been given different lenses to see what it's like to plan and be a part of a music event like this, and Elevation Group also regularly incorporates many of the girls' ideas and feedback," said Mr. Wilson. 

Click here to read the story in full. 

 

  • February 2018
    • TueFeb27 US Parent Coffee 8:15 AMLyman
  • March 2018
    • ThuMar01 Coffee with Klotz for Accepted Families Pre-Primary and Primary 8:30 AM to 9:30 AMLyman
    • ThuMar01 US Musical: "The Drowsy Chaperone" 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
    • FriMar02 US Musical: "The Drowsy Chaperone" 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
    • SatMar03 US Musical: "The Drowsy Chaperone" 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
    • MonMar05 Grades 10 & 11 Class Trips
    • MonMar05 MS Spring Sports Begin
    • MonMar05 US Track Practice Begins
    • MonMar05 MS Spring Sports Parent Meeting 5:15 PMLyman
    • MonMar05 US Track Parent Meeting 6:00 PMLyman
    • TueMar06 Grades 10 & 11 Class Trips
    • FriMar09 No Classes for Pre-Primary & Primary (Parent Conferences)

Why Laurel?

At Laurel, our expectations are high and our enthusiasm for highly motivated girls is boundless. As a nationally respected, academically renowned girls’ school (Kindergarten – Grade 12 with a coed Pre-Primary), we take a student from where she is to where she wants to go.

Our commitment to innovation and the best practices in girls’ education, informed by data-driven research, as well as to interdisciplinary, experiential and community-based learning, is what sets us apart. What do parents and students tell us over and over? That no one is invisible at Laurel School: we know our girls well – socially, emotionally and academically. Below is just a sample of the many reasons Laurel is the private school that knows girls best.

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Laurel's Mission and Values

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

Values Statement:
Committed to building a just and inclusive world, Laurel girls are courageous, creative, ethical and compassionate.

Laurel's Center for Research on Girls

Established in 2007, Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls (LCRG) influences every aspect of the Laurel community: the faculty’s professional development centers on research about how girls learn; Laurel’s parents benefit from research-based advice about how they can help girls grow; and Laurel students reap the academic rewards of curricula based on cutting-edge research.

In addition to putting the best research to work for teachers, parents and girls, LCRG sponsors original research studies on topics relevant to girls’ development and education. LCRG’s collaborations with researchers from around the country have resulted in numerous presentations at academic conferences and publications in respected research journals. Our most recent study, 21st-Century Athenas: Aligning Achievement and Well-Being — conducted in partnership with Dana Hall School (Wellesley, MA), Dr. Belle Liang of Boston College and Dr. Renee Spencer of Boston University — addresses a significant gap in research literature on stress, well-being and achievement in adolescent girls.

LCRG knows that in order to succeed, girls must be resilient. Laurel School’s curriculum supports LCRG’s five-part formula for building resilience in girls by cultivating creativity, growth mindset, purpose, self-care and relationships.

Two-Campus Advantage

Laurel’s two-campus advantage gives girls an edge by offering unparalleled academic and athletic learning experiences.

Our Lyman Campus in suburban Shaker Heights was built in 1928 and covers 11 acres. Our entire Pre-Primary through Grade 12 community shares one complex and our faculty and students delight in cross-divisional activities. Our younger students find role models not only in the adults who guide and encourage them, but also in the older girls. There is joy, energy and a sense of being a part of something larger than oneself that comes from being in an environment where curious three-year-olds look up to their Primary reading buddies, where an Upper School “cyber-safety” team works with Middle School girls on appropriate Internet behavior and where Kindergarteners sit in the laps of Seniors at assemblies.

Just seven miles east from our Lyman Campus, Laurel students immerse themselves in the natural world at our beautiful 140-acre Butler Campus in Geauga County. The interdisciplinary possibilities at Butler are limitless. In this vast outdoor classroom, students discover scientific and mathematical concepts, create nature-inspired art, poems, dance and music and practice stewardship of the environment. They challenge themselves on our superb Project Adventure Course, compete on our world-class athletics fields and work with Laurel’s strength and conditioning coach in our state-of-the-art fitness center.

While we benefit from being a two-campus school that provides flexible indoor and outdoor learning spaces, we are one school when it comes to our philosophical approach to our students.

Capstone Experience

Laurel School’s Capstone Experience, by design, will cultivate purpose, relationships and leadership using one of four lenses— Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Studies, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics). Capstone Candidates will explore issues through guided research, intellectual discussion, relevant internships and purposeful travel. Using expert guidance from mentors and support from cohort peers, each Capstone Candidate will create a Research Focus based on her individual interests and agency. This innovative program provides committed, interested students with opportunities to approach real-world issues with interdisciplinary, experiential and community-based strategies while building mentor and peer relationships. In developing a sense of purpose, meaningful mentor and peer relationships, and skills of leadership, Capstone prepares a Laurel girl “to fulfill her promise and to better the world.”

More information is available on the Capstone Experience page.

STEM and STEAM

One of the hallmarks of Laurel’s interdisciplinary learning program includes the highly interconnected STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum and research program. Our STEM Research class offers the opportunity for girls to learn and practice “the habits of the scientific mind” as they conduct their own scientific research project at Laurel or off-site. Students present their work at the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF), The Ohio Academy of Science District competition and other national competitions.

Our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Initiative helps to further break down the walls between disciplines by explicitly integrating the arts and design into STEM learning.

More information is available on the STEM & STEAM at Laurel page.

Engineering

As a leader in STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) education, Laurel is committed to exposing girls in all grade levels to engineering curriculum.

Primary School science includes the “Engineering is Elementary” curriculum designed by the Museum of Science, Boston and the National Center for Technological Literacy. Engineering challenges underpin many Middle School units of study, including designing better seed dispersal mechanisms in Fifth Grade science or assistive technologies in Seventh Grade science.

Laurel was one of the first girls’ schools in the country to offer an Upper School engineering program. The program offers four innovative courses, each of which allows girls to learn by doing. As a result of the program, more Laurel graduates have gone on to undergraduate and post-graduate engineering programs.

World Languages Program

Our World Languages Program reinforces our mission to empower girls to be global citizens. Laurel is the only school in Northeast Ohio to have the FLEX (Foreign Language Exploration) proficiency-based program offering Chinese, French and Spanish in the Pre-Primary and Primary schools. In Pre-Kindergarten, students have one trimester of each Chinese, French and Spanish. From Kindergarten through Second Grade, every girl is exposed to each language. Beginning in Third Grade, each girl chooses one modern language to study. If a girl starts a world language in Third Grade, she will be prepared for the equivalent third-year Upper School level class by the time she enters Ninth Grade, thereby allowing her the opportunity for more advanced language study in the Upper School.

One Schoolhouse

One Schoolhouse is a direct result of our expertise in how girls learn. In 2009, Laurel joined with three other girls’ schools to found One Schoolhouse (at the time, it was known as The Online School for Girls); today, over 100 schools have joined our consortium. Our position with One Schoolhouse offers our girls a wide array of course offerings and prepares them for online academia that they will likely encounter in their college careers and beyond. In the last six years, Laurel girls have studied AP Psychology, AP Computer Science, AP Macroeconomics and AP Statistics among others.

Design Thinking

For almost a decade, Stanford University has been teaching graduate school courses in Design Thinking; Laurel faculty began an exploration of the methodology in 2010, and as an institution, we’re committed to Design Thinking pedagogy. Students unleash their creativity as they solve problems using empathy, critical thinking and collaboration. Design challenges are geared to the specific abilities, areas of study and student interests found at each grade level. Our Collaboratory provides an exciting space for students to become engaged in Design Thinking, as well as to tinker and innovate.

Technology and One-to-One Program

Students in grades Five through Twelve participate in Laurel's One-to-One Program. This program provides students with their own computer, a learning tool enabling them to acquire and employ 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, research and information literacy, design thinking, and self­ direction. These skills and more combine to prepare Laurel girls for the complex world of the future.

Fifth and Sixth Graders are issued Chromebooks®, while students in grades Seven through Twelve are issued MacBook Air® laptops. Primary Students use iPads®, and laptops, and Chromebooks®.

College Guidance

Our curriculum and commitment to academic excellence prepares Laurel girls for the top colleges and universities in the nation. The Ninth through Twelfth Grade college guidance curriculum guides students through applications, interviews and essays; we also address social and emotional readiness for college, money management and adjusting to life changes. The program emphasizes personal discovery and finding the best fit. Students learn that the college process should not be a means to an end, but rather part of a larger personal growth process.

Protege Internships

Protégé is our signature Upper School internship program. Students build an internship or a research assistantship in an area of strong, personal interest. These out-of-school learning experiences occur in semester or year-long formats, as well as during the summer or over MayTerm. They are recognized on the Laurel transcript. Examples include internships in architecture, research at the Cleveland Clinic or Case Western Reserve University and analysis at financial firms.

Passport Global Initiatives

Laurel’s Global Education Program supports cultural competence through trips, exchanges and curriculum. Educated global citizens bring a broader perspective to their studies and learn to interact with their peers in a global arena. Recent Passport trips have included destinations like France, Spain, Italy, New Orleans, China and Australia.

Service Learning

Intrinsic to Laurel’s fiber, service learning happens naturally and often. Primary School projects have included cleanup of a Lake Erie beach. The Middle School Service Learning Initiative allows girls to find like-minded peers and mentors: affinity groups have worked on projects in support of cancer research, facilities for disabled Americans, children’s issues, animal welfare and more. Upper School girls complete their community service requirement at a variety of local, national and international organizations.

Collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History and Ourselves is an international organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of identity and history in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. In 2014, Laurel became one of over 40 institutions, and the only Cleveland Counsel of Independent Schools (CCIS) school, that make up the Facing History Innovative Schools Network.

 

To speak with a member of our admissions team, contact us today.

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Laurel's Mission Statement:


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

 

Middle and Upper School
Open House

Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lyman Campus

More information and RSVP here

 


"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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