North Star Collaborative

Laurel School's North Star Collaborative, Center for Research on Girls

The North Star Collaborative is a one-of-a-kind partnership between Laurel School and Warner Girls Leadership Academy, a single-gender school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.  Visit the North Star Collaborative website.



Designed to braid Laurel and Warner together in ways that are collaborative and mutually beneficial, this partnership has three strands:

  1. The NSC Summer Academy, a six-week summer enrichment program for a cohort of Warner girls in the high school graduating classes of 2018 and 2019,
  2. Shared Learning Experiences, which include classroom/grade level exchanges and a tutoring program staffed by Laurel Upper School students, and
  3. Professional Development opportunities for faculty and staff members at both schools.

"Both Warner and Laurel students will benefit by coming to know one another over many years. Laurel girls will learn more about the complexities of urban life; Warner girls will gain skills and will have the incomparable advantage of time spent in the natural world," says Ann V. Klotz, Head of School. "At Laurel, we know girls—how they learn, think and feel. For over a century we have taught girls to claim their voices and develop as leaders. A program of North Star's ambition can transform lives— at Warner and at Laurel."

NSC Director, Holly Moten Fidler, adds "The North Star Collaborative exists to expand the mission of Laurel School, inspiring and empowering all girls, to better the world through socially conscious, action-oriented behavior. Furthermore, through the collaboration between the two school communities and our wide range of Greater Cleveland partners, we have established a model for revitalizing our region through partnership and educational access."


North Star video (2009)


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