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Laurel School at a Glance

Innovators in Girls’ Education Since 1896 At Laurel, our expectations are high; our enthusiasm for highly-motivated girls is boundless. As a nationally respected, academically renowned girls’ school (Kindergarten — Grade 12, with a coed Pre-Primary program for three and four-year-olds), 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.

The Center for Research on Girls (CRG) at Laurel School is a one-of-a-kind center that conducts, disseminates and puts the world’s best research to work for girls. The work of CRG shapes everything we do from developing our curriculum to informing our decisions. CRG connects faculty and parents with well-established, meaningful research on girls and their education, develops progressive educational initiatives and curricula based on cutting-edge academic research and sponsors original research studies on the development and education of girls. 21st Century Athenas: Aligning Achievement and Well-Being, the newest original research initiated and funded by Laurel School, capitalizes on our expertise on girls. Researchers at Boston College and Boston University will investigate high-achieving girls at Laurel and at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, and the factors that allow them to experience success with less stress.

The Online School for Girls is a direct result of our expertise in how girls learn. Laurel and three other nationally respected girls’ schools led the initiative to establish the world’s first all-girls’ online educational resource. The Online School for Girls provides Laurel students — as well as girls around the globe — with a high-quality, 21st -century academic experience and challenges girls through vigorous coursework and exposure to new ideas in a fun, engaging and relevant learning environment. Online courses include Women in Art and Literature, Genetics and Differential Equations.

Passport, Laurel’s global education initiative, provides opportu- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields nities to explore the world through trips, exchanges and community-based learning. Our partnerships with schools and communities in other countries combined with Laurel’s curriculum pave the way for our girls to change the world. Where in the world do you find Laurel students? In the Bahamas, Botswana, China, Costa Rica, France, Honduras, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and Tanzania. Laurel girls also travel throughout the United States on semester-away programs to Colorado, Maine, New York and Vermont.

Our World Language Program reinforces

are woefully under-represented with women. To counteract this, Laurel is the only girls’ school in the country to offer a full progression of coursework (K-12) in engineering. We integrate traditional math and science courses, while introducing students to critical lessons in teamwork and problem solving. Recent STEM initiatives include tinkering stations and a robotics curriculum. And resources from the National Center for Technology Literacy, based at the Museum of Science in Boston, augment a STEM curriculum that focuses on preparing girls to enter a high-tech, global marketplace.

our mission to empower girls to be global citizens and Laurel is the only school in Northeast Ohio to have the FLEX (Foreign Language Exploraour signature Upper School internship program, links tion) proficiency-based program offering Chinese, French and Spanish in an individual student’s interests and passions with real-world experience the Primary. From Kindergarten through Second Grade, every girl is for credit. Not surprisingly, what sets Protégé apart from similar proexposed to each language. Beginning in Third Grade, each girl chooses grams is the focus on student-centered, custom-designed, out-of-school one modern language to study. If a girl starts a world language in Third experiences. Girls conduct scientific research at the Cleveland Clinic, Grade, she will be prepared for the equivalent third-year Upper School University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU); level class by the time she enters Ninth Grade, thereby allowing her the they research capital markets at Longbow Research; they delve into opportunity for more advanced language study in the Upper School. design and engineering at local architectural and engineering firms.


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

throughout all divisions with partnerships with the city’s finest cultural and healthy bodies in young women is the 16,000 -sq.-ft. Alice and educational organizations, including CWRU, The Cleveland Lehmann Butler Center for Fitness and Wellness at our Butler Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, West- Campus. Laurel is committed to giving each girl, regardless of her ern Reserve Historical Society, Great Lakes Science Center, and Holden athletic participation, a healthy respect and appreciation for her own Arboretum, among others. Additionally, Laurel Juniors and Seniors physical capabilities. We want Laurel girls to make physical activity have the opportunity to be mentored by college students in the WISER a life-long priority as there is a powerful correlation between physi(Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable) program at CWRU. cal activity and academic achievement.

Our two campus advantage gives girls an Exceptional college placement edge by offering unparalleled academic and athletic learning experi- goes beyond the fact that Laurel students are routinely accepted into ences for girls. The proximity of our 11-acre suburban Lyman Campus the nation’s top universities and colleges. It begins with the philosin Shaker Heights to the city’s cultural, business and medical institu- ophy that emphasizes personal growth and the right fit for each girl. tions, including our partner in our Synergy and Protégé programs, is a Seminars covering interviews and college essays, the social and perfect counterpoint to our 140 -acre rural Butler Campus in Geauga emotional readiness for college, and money management, help County, where learning happens in a way that cannot be replicated students learn that the college process is as important to student indoors. Thanks to an innovative curriculum, rich with academic and growth as it is a means to an end. For some schools, the right outdoor learning experiences, this one-school, two-campus advantage college is something you win, but at Laurel, girls know the right colgives Laurel girls countless opportunities to master their environment. lege is something you discover.


Thank You We hope you are as excited to learn about Directions and Map To reach Laurel from Interstate 271, exit at Chagrin Boulevard and head west to Green Road. Turn right (north) on to Green and continue to Shaker Boulevard (a divided road). You will cross Shaker Boulevard eastbound and the bridge over the rapid transit tracks. At the intersection of Green Road and Shaker Boulevard westbound take an angled right turn onto Laureldale Road. Continue down Laureldale directly to the front of the School. Turn right and then an immediate left to enter the semicircular front driveway.

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Contact Mary Lisa Geppert, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, at 216.464.0946 or email

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Laurel as we are to tell you about our programs. At Laurel, we meet one-on-one with every applicant and family. This personalized approach allows you to obtain an in-depth look at the opportunities a Laurel education can provide your daughter or young son. Our Admission Office is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays, except holidays. To schedule an individual visit or attend an upcoming admission event, please call the Admission Office at 216.464.0946 or visit our website at

Laurel School


Lyman Circle Fairmount Blvd

15 min. to Fairmount Campus

Laureldale Road

Shaker Blvd (West) Shaker Blvd (East)

Dream. Dare. Do.

Brainard Road

Richmond Road

Green Road

Warrensville Center Road

Laurel School One Lyman Circle Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 216.464.0946

Lyman Blvd

S. Woodland Road

Chagrin Blvd Exit

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Synergy expands educational opportunities for students A centerpiece to our commitment to healthy minds

Laurel at a Glance  
Laurel at a Glance  

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