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About

Laurel at a Glance

Founded in 1896, Laurel is an independent school for girls, Kindergarten-Grade 12, with a coed Early Childhood. Long recognized for its superior academic program, admission to Laurel School is selective. Explore our history.

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  • Mission

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

    Committed to building a just and inclusive world, Laurel girls are courageous, creative, ethical and compassionate.
  • Tagline

    Dream. Dare. Do.

Campuses

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  • Laurel’s suburban-rural advantage gives girls the edge.

    • At our traditional Lyman Campus in Shaker Heights, students thrive as members of a community of Early Childhood-Grade 2 and Grades 6-12.
    • Just seven miles away from Shaker, Laurel's Grades 3-5, Outdoor Prekindergarten and Environmental Justice Semester students immerse themselves in the natural world at our beautiful 150-acre Butler Campus  in Geauga County.
    • 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. For even more, explore Campuses.

Admissions

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  • Enrollment

    578 students.
    68 Northeast Ohio communities and 46 school systems are represented at Laurel.
  • Financial Assistance

    Laurel awards over 4.4 million dollars of Variable Tuition and scholarships annually. Explore more at Tuition and Affordability.
  • Diversity

    A K-12 school for girls with a coed Early Childhood, Laurel School is proud to be an inclusive and equitable school community. We actively seek representation from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and a variety of life experiences to strengthen the Laurel community.

Academics and Student Life

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  • Student:Teacher Ratio

    8:1
  • Student:Computer Ratio (Grade K-12)

    1:1
  • Faculty Profile

    Laurel School employs 96 full-time and part-time faculty members from Early Learners through Grade 12.
    66% of faculty members have a masters degree or higher, including seven PhDs and two JDs.
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  • Honors and AP Courses (39)

    AP English III: Literature and CompositionAP English IV: Language and CompositionAP US History Honors American Democracy and Justice for the ChangemakerAP Government*AP World History-Modern AP Psychology* AP Microeconomics* AP Macroeconomics Honors Geometry Honors Algebra Honors PreCalculus AP Statistics AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC Honors Multivariable Calculus Honors Differential Equations and Linear Algebra Honors Biology AP Biology Honors Chemistry AP Chemistry •  AP Environmental Science AP Computer Science A* AP Computer Science Principles Honors Physics AP Physics C (Mechanics) AP 2D Art and Design - Photography AP 2D Art and Design - 2D Media AP 3D Art and Design AP Music Theory* Honors Chinese IV AP Chinese Language and Culture Honors French III and IV AP French Language and Culture Honors Latin III and IV AP Latin Honors Spanish III, IV, and V AP Spanish Language and Culture AP Spanish Literature and Culture Capstone Honors I Capstone Honors II
  • College Guidance

    College Guidance at Laurel is personalized for each student. Members of the Class of 2023 were accepted into 141 schools across 37 states as well as DC, the UK, and Canada.
    52% will attend private colleges • 48% will attend public institutions • 72% will go out of state • 4% will attend an HBCU • 43% of the class will enter a STEM program • 9% of the class will pursue the Arts • 63% of the Class has been awarded over $5.4 million in merit scholarships to date • 1 is a QuestBridge Scholar • 1 is a National Merit Finalist • 4 are National Merit Commended • 3 will be D1 athletes

    Explore College Guidance and College Acceptances.
  • Standardized Test Scores (Class of 2023)

    SAT Reasoning Test Data (29 of 46 students reporting)
    SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Middle 50%: 620-710
    SAT Mathematics Middle 50%: 580-700

    ACT Data (26 of 46 students reporting)
    ACT English Middle 50%: 25-34
    ACT Mathematics Middle 50%: 24-29
    ACT Reading Middle 50%: 28-35
    ACT Science Middle 50%: 24-31
    ACT Composite Middle 50%: 26-32

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  • Extracurricular Life

    Clubs, organizations: 35
    Total community service hours completed by the Class of 2023: TBA
    Varsity sports offered: 13
    Junior Varsity sports offered: 8
    Upper School sports student participation: 72%
    Middle School sports offered: 9
    Seventh/Eighth Grade sports student participation: 74%
  • School Colors

    Green & White
  • Mascot

    Gator
  • Alma Mater

    “Laurel School, our Alma Mater, join our love to tell.”
    For complete lyrics, sheet music and a recording, visit the Alma Mater page.
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