The Laurel School District enrolls over 2600 students in grades Pre-K through 12 and employs 304 educators, staff members, nutrition workers, and administrators. The last five years has seen much change within our district, as we have built two new school buildings in Laurel Elementary School and Laurel Middle High School. Additionally, we have made major renovations to our North Laurel Early Learning Academy, ensuring all of our students have first-class facilities in which to learn and thrive.
In addition to physical changes, The Laurel School District has implemented cultural and social changes of late as well. October 2016 saw the creation of the 1st Annual Homecoming Saturday, in which we celebrate our town’s heritage in a day-long event, complete with a parade, vendors, reunions, the football game, homecoming courts, and, of course, the homecoming dance wrapping up an eventful, community-centered day for all! Additionally, the 2017-2018 school year saw the districtwide implementation of a school uniform policy, which we believe helps to promote learning and equity in all of our classrooms.
The Laurel School District has recently been lauded for its academic turnaround. Five years ago, Laurel trailed the State in both English and Mathematics by nearly twenty percentage points. Today, the achievement gap between Laurel and the State has been nearly erased in both subject areas. Additionally, The Laurel School District remains the only district in the State to have a school successfully exit priority school status early as Laurel Middle School did in 2018. Laurel Middle School achieved four-year growth targets in only three years. This feat is so monumental that former United States Secretary of Education, Dr. John King, visited our district during the 2018-2019 school year to applaud our work and to glean how we were able to have such a quick academic turnaround and close achievement gaps.
Our Vision is to Prepare All Students for Success in the 21st Century (PASS 21). And we believe that if we remain committed to our dual Missions of People, Practices, and Performance & Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships our vision will be fulfilled.