Graduate Placement

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Middle School Admissions – A Thoughtful, Organized Process

At Laurence, we have a long-standing tradition of matriculating our graduates, whom consistently receive multiple acceptances, to some of the finest, most competitive independent schools in the area. We take pride in our comprehensive, personalized

Middle School Guidance Program

Beginning in May of fifth grade, parents and students receive ongoing support and direction from Laurie Wolke, Head of School, and the sixth grade teachers. In the months that follow, Mrs. Wolke meets individually with each family to thoughtfully determine appropriate secondary school placement, taking into consideration a wide variety of factors.

Laurence Graduates Are Competent and Confident

Readying our graduates for the challenges of secondary school is of the utmost importance to our teachers and administrators. By becoming 21st century, higher-level thinkers and learners, our graduates are well-prepared academically and socially to take on this ever-changing world.

We reinforce skills such as public speaking and interviewing and provide numerous leadership opportunities through innovative and original programming. Our poised and articulate sixth graders lead prospective families on a comprehensive tour through the School as part of our Student Ambassador program. They also pair up with kindergarten children for meaningful social and educational activities and one-on-one mentorship through our Buddy program. In addition, they learn the fundamentals of our legal system and bring the drama of the courtroom to life through Kids’ Court, our nationally recognized, award-winning, interactive mock trial elective, led by Head of School, Laurie Wolke (J.D.)

Our Graduates Are Welcomed by the Finest Secondary Schools

By the time our sixth grade students take the ISEE exam and submit their middle school applications, they are among the most eloquent and confident of the students considered for admission by local independent secondary schools. Year after year, admissions representatives from these schools confirm this to us when they come to Laurence to have lunch with our children and to speak to them about their school’s opportunities and programs.

The results are truly impressive. Our 2016 graduates received multiple acceptances from the finest and most competitive schools in the Los Angeles area. The following indicates the number of Laurence students accepted to seventh grade for the 2016-2017 school year:

2016 Acceptance Results

Archer 4
Brentwood
3
Buckley
7
Campbell Hall
26
Flintridge Prep.
1
Harvard-Westlake
17
Marlborough
9
New Roads
1
Oakwood 11
Pilgrim
1
Sierra Canyon
3
Viewpoint
2
Waverly
1
Wildwood
1
Windward
4
We are very proud of the outstanding accomplishments of our graduates, and we wish them the best as they move on in their educational journey.
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