We have been a Laurel Hill family for the past 9 years. During the time that our 2 daughters have been at the school we have seen them grow into confident, organized, independent and inquiring thinkers. At Laurel Hill you are encouraged to be yourself, to learn ‘why’ not just memorize facts. Students challenge themselves and become self motivated and creative thoughtful learners. The emphasis on critical thinking and advanced writing and research skills allow students to delve deep into topics. Laurel Hill students are academic achievers who enjoy learning. Frequent presentations help young people become skilled public speakers. Middle School can be a very difficult time socially and emotionally. At Laurel Hill the culture of the school creates an environment of respect and tolerance, where the close personal relationships that the students have with each other and the faculty foster a ‘family’ feeling and the bonds of friendship and belonging run deep. What we have noticed as parents is that each of our daughters grew confident and strong, embracing their intelligence, indviduality and skills. Kids can get really lost in Middle School, but at Laurel Hill problems get caught and resolved before they evolve or escalate. Learning to talk it out and listen to others is a life skill that we know our daughters will take with them throughout their lives. Laurel Hill fosters both independence and a sense of belonging, it challenges students to become better people with empathy, ethics and compassion. Our oldest daughter is top of her class at a very competitive high school, she is poised to enter one of the country’s elite colleges. She credits Laurel Hill for giving her the solid academic foundation and love of learning that she carries with her.