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1 Lyman Circle
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

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(216) 464-1441
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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 27, 2015
The classes are purposely small, so that teachers can help each and every girl at Laurel School. Teachers ask students how they are doing even by email.

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Amount of homework: Just right
June 27, 2015
I only wrote just write because someday there's none, some days there is a LOT and sometimes there may be homework in just 3 or 4 subjects.

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Develops grit: Neutral
June 27, 2015
I only put neutral because the faculty does not make the girls do what they say, the girls speak freely and with an open mind.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
June 27, 2015
This school respects all students and SHOWS it. They have all students get ice cream come on special days. I love Laurel because it will bring you up when you are feeling down.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 27, 2015
I feel like Laurel is a great school. They do a weekly update on every student. This school develops compassion by working with them to Dream. Dare. Do. They develop empathy, especially in the 6th grade morning shows.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 27, 2015
This school develops these kinds of things because of their honor code. They make sure you will always keep it here. I go to Laurel and I feel like HB girls always underestimate what kind of school Laurel is like. I am in Middle School at Laurel and if someone is moody one day everyone gets over a problem the next. Laurel IS up to date. They always figure out ways to overcome a situation. Computer Problem? Go to the IR (computer experts) department and they will fix it right away. Feelings Hurt? Talk to any teacher and they will help you figure out whatever situation you are in. Even though Laurel's grade system is more laid-back, it can be a good thing. Grades don't start until 7th grade because, I mean, why preasure young kids? I switched to Laurel from another school and I am glad I switched. At my old school we were always pressured, had bad friend relationships, didn't interact as much with the teachers, and didn't include the new girls. At Laurel none of this happens in my grade and I am glad for it. Small classes mean teachers can help everybody. I love Laurel and I will always Be a Laurel Girl. In school, out of school, and on the internet. Dream. Dare. Do.

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June 11, 2015
I looked at all the schools from around the area, and laurel is just ehhh not bad per say just not good either. There academics are good just not great compared to schools like Hawken or HB. they really seem to hover over the kids and baby them which is good for some people. The extracurriculars you would think would be better for the amount you pay for it. I was not pleased by the environment when I visited. I am not trying to compare to HB (one of the rivals), as the two schools are very similar. HB had just better everything than laurel academics, arts, athletics, and more. I also dislike all the drama with laurel, many parents judge HB and tell rumors about it which just makes me dislike the school even more. I have many friends that went to laurel and were successful so I am not saying its not a bad school and compared to others its good just in Cleveland we already have an amazing all girl prep school.

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April 06, 2015
We have two girls at Laurel - one in primary and one in pre-primary. We couldn't be happier. The environment is very nurturing, the curriculum challenging and the overall culture is extremely positive. The facilities are top notch and the Butler campus is amazing and unique. All of the students love their LAB (Laurel at Butler) days - gets them out of the classroom to learn and work as class together. Highly recommend the school!

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March 26, 2015
Laurel has a phenomenal Preprimary program. I have been blown away by the quality and commitment of staff and teachers. I highly recommend it. They go above and beyond. I only wish the school was coed after Preprimary.

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March 10, 2015
I love Laurel!! My parents were never thinking about sending me to HB because of their lack of empowering girls. Laurel has great lunch food compared to most schools (private and public) Laurel enforces no bullying and when there is a situation like this the advisors (homeroom teachers) talk to the girls. There are advisors in 5th through 12th grade to talk and make sure everyone is ok. The middle school and upper school lockers were just put in. The top floor of the upper school part was just transformed into art rooms for students and upper school study areas and lockers. The classes here are very small, so that a teacher can help every student. There is about 10-15 students in every class. (Because there are no boys) Where in other schools they have like 30 students per class. I would definitely recommend Laurel over HB.

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September 14, 2014
Our daughter is now a sophomore high school student at Laurel. We watch with amazement how the school is able to mold her character, really stretch her academically, encourage her athletically, and provide social context to almost everything she does. The school's ability to create a stimulating and challenging environment for all the girls, while sustaining an open, progressive, and nurturing community, where every girl is celebrated for her accomplishments, uniqueness and contribution to society, is truly amazing. While we always expected our daughter to do well academically, we did not expect a school where academic excellence is considered "a given", but an equally important emphasis is placed on ethics, taking care of one's self--physically and emotionally, global citizenship, and contributing to society to better the world. As a result, we have a strong, confident and independent-minded, yet caring and compassionate daughter. Laurel School slowly transformed her from being a cautious academic "perfectionist" to becoming an unafraid "risk taker"; from having a "fixed mindset" to practicing a "growth mindset". And we are so proud of her, and so appreciative of Laurel.

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October 27, 2013
I spent 15 years at Laurel School and everyday I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to attend Laurel. I am now a sophomore and college and the affects of Laurel are truly showing. I have a 4.0, in the honors college and on the deans list, keep in mind that I graduated with simply a 3.4 from Laurel but was admitted to 12 out of 16 schools and offered 4 full academic scholarships and was offered a scholarship at each school I was offered admission. I think what says the most about Laurel though is that everyday I wake up and wish I could spend one more day there. The teachers are amazing, I still keep in contact and frequently get advice from mine. I have study habits unparalleled to those of my fellow students and I have a much better understanding of the world around me. Although Laurel challenged me more each day, what I learned through my experience. I was given the opportunity to travel Europe 3 times through the school, play top varsity sports, develop close friends with whom I talk each day and most importantly find somewhere I will always feel at home. As I write this I only hope that many other girls for years to come can experience what I have had the opportunity.

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May 23, 2013
Our daughter visited both Laurel and HB, and to our surprise she chose Laurel (despite the less impressive campus). She told us that Laurel was more welcoming, and even during her visit, they treated her like one of them. Coming from a traditional school where they were quizzed daily and were given lots of homework, at first we were uncomfortable with the infrequency of tests, emphasis on real world projects, and de-emphasis on grades (at least in Middle School). But you know what, despite all these, she continued to score well on standardized testing, and is now an even more well-rounded girl who knows how to write essays and position papers, do research, prepare powerpoint presentations, defend her positions, properly reference sources, etc. I am most impressed by the visionary Head of School (she is truly ahead of her time), the amazing Director of Center for Research on Girls (we attend all her seminars as we always learn something!), and the amount of attention we have received from my daughter's teachers whenever we had a question or expressed any concern. Our daughter has chosen well and we couldn't be happier with her decision. Good luck to all parents!

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May 09, 2013
LAUREL SCHOOL IS AMAZING. i spent 6 years there and could not be happier. of course some teachers were great and others weren't..just like at any school. there have been a lot of renovations to the building including a totally new lunch room and kitchen. the community and sisterhood built at this school is everlasting. i recommend it to any girl.

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April 20, 2013
The building is old and outdated, the lunches suck, and this is a less prestigious version of Hathaway Brown. The school is definitely second and tier and absolutely DO NOT send your daughter here if she is an athlete. She will waste her good talent at this sub-par school.

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May 24, 2012
I love Laurel! The teachers are so nice, and I could fit in with the girls unlike the ones at HB. Everyone is so nice.

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October 24, 2011
Hated this school. the teachers were horrific, the people were ooook.... the building was not nice.

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October 17, 2010
My daughter left Laurel in 2003. The FIRST consideration in my view is how does the student feel about the school(my daughter loved Laurel) after a visit. Private schools in this area are very competitive and the academics are strong. Laurel is blessed with possibly the best English Lit teacher in the area(and had some other strong teachers in this area). Although in math it was not uniformly strong it had multivariable calculus taught by a strong teacher. I am not aware of this level of math offering at any other school there but it has been some years. One of the best science teachers you could hope for has since left so I'm not up on that now though others were very good. Laurel is gifted with language teachers-phenomenal. But respect your daughter's instincts. She's the one who has to spend the years there. Does it feel good to her?

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September 16, 2010
For high school, I looked at both Hathaway Brown and Laurel. I couldn't be happier that I chose to come to Laurel! Laurel has made me a confident, worldly, and overall well-rounded young woman. Had I chosen to go to HB, I know I would not be half the person I am today!

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April 22, 2010
Laurel School has a nice facility, a warm inviting environment, and some quality teachers. However, Laurel School is lacking when it comes to student safety and taking legitimate student concerns seriously. At times the teachers treat the students very well and at other times they neglect the students significantly (physical and academic). They do not help the individual student reach their full potential, they do not provide more challenging material when the student is ready for it - they let them coast. Laurel School offers a full after school program but the teachers are not required to know the material before teaching the after school class and there are times when there is not enough student supervision. The head of the school speaks eloquently, but not necessarily genuinely.

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September 17, 2009
Laurel School provides an incredibly diverse and nurturing environment to girls from all walks of life who want to 'Dream, Dare, Do'. The faculty is first-rate, and they take pride in their ability to work with girls with academic challenges, as well as the brightest of the class. I can't say enough about how much it helped my ADHD daughter thrive in the kind of learning environment it provided.

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April 05, 2009
I am extremely impressed at how each girl is allowed to be herself, be that as quirky of conservative. I feel the other private schools in the area have more of a cookie cutter approach. Its hard to believe but each girl gets individualized attention, and competes with herself and is never compared to a 'norm' which I dont believe exists.

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January 15, 2009
My daughter is in her second year at Laurel and in the upper school. She absolutely loves the school. It is extremely demanding and challenging, with very rigorous course offerings, but at the same time relaxed and nurturing. Each girl is looked at as a whole person and balance is emphasized between academics and the rest of life. The teachers are very supportive and available, and the school is flexible in meeting each students individual needs. The school is very well resourced and the girls have many opportunites not available elsewhere such as the Butler campus. In addition, the people there are just nice, from the students, faculty and staff. My daughter has felt very welcomed, even being a new student last year. Also as a parent, the atmosphere is very welcoming. We are very pleased with our choice to send our daughter to Laurel.

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October 25, 2008
The Head of School is an inspirational leader. It is a very diverse community with a very dedicated faculty. The academic rigor is paired with a support system to ensure that the girls' work at their optimum potential.

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October 23, 2008
We relocated to Cleveland 3 years ago and enrolled our daughter in Laurel. The people in this community are so welcoming. The academics are top-notch and the faculty understands all aspects of girls' education. The students are kind and accepting of those not from the Cleveland establishment. This was very important to us as a family. Our daughter is thriving and is receiving a superb education. Thank you, Laurel!

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October 04, 2008
This is my second year at Laurel. The students and teacher are great. The environment is great. There has been an increase in the variety of athletics and arts being offered. I looked at almost all of the other highschools in the area, and I am greatly pleased with my decision to attend to Laurel.

- submitted by a student

September 11, 2008
Laurel school is absolutely out of this world great...yep, the cost is hard on us, but our daughter is worth it...Down to earth environment that reaches out to ALL the young ladys.

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November 07, 2007
I have two children attending the Primary School at Laurel School. It is an awesome school with a nurturing environment, excellent educational teaching, and top-notch leadership. If you are considering a private school in the Shaker Heights area, there's not a better school than the Laurel School.

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May 20, 2007
There has been a lot of administrative turnover, current one is fairly weak. Does not seem to be a lot of leadership. It seems that teachers are leaving left and right. Not sure if it is so much better to warrant the cost...not sure if it is better at all. Our daughter loves it. We are torn every year. Envirnonment is great for the students just not the parents.

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May 20, 2007
Laurel had always been the leading school among the private girl's schools in the cleveland area as well as the state of ohio. It's students went on to dizzying heights in academia. However, under the new head mistress, the school has fallen precipitously in virtually all areas.

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February 26, 2007
I love Laurel so much! It is a great environment for learning, but in a way, lacks a little bit in athletics.

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October 22, 2006
Laurel is an amazing place for girls. My daughter has grown so much here.

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We know girls: how they think, learn and feel. All Laurel girls are smart, but they are smart in lots of ways and, just as we cherish our racial, religious and ethnic diversity, we respect that learning is different for every student. With tradition as a cornerstone, we continue to innovate and build curricula specifically designed for girls. Laurel is the real world -- for each girl, every day.

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Laurel School
1 Lyman Circle, Shaker Heights, OH  44122
(216) 464-1441
Last modified Laurel School is a Private school
Laurel School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top