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I sent both of my daughters to Lauralton Hall and we were very pleased with the academics offered. My oldest daughter went to to a Top Public University and my other went to a smaller college. Both excelled and have graduated from college. So while I have great appreciation for the teachers and the curriculum the other areas of the school are lacking. The finances of the school are a complete mess and jeopardize future students. The school almost closed in 2018. The athletics are a complete mess with parent interference at a disgusting level. The AD has zero control of the coaches and some of them including the softball coach and basketball coach need to be removed along with the AD. The facilities are in desperate need of upgrades that the school seems to lack resources to accomplish. If you're looking for a good catholic girls education send your daughter to Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden we wish we did.
Lauralton Hall is a very special place. I have wanted to attend since I was a little girl. The friends I've made there and teachers I've met are the best people in the world. My education has been advanced and challenged. However, there are some flaws. Students are given no voice. As part of the student council, we want to make the school better, but it is run by a hierarchy and change is not possible.
Freshman year had to be the best year of high school. I was always excited and happy to go to school every morning. It obviously wasn't as stressful as it can be now, but I'm grateful for what I learned and the memories that I have made with friends up to this day. I can't say that it was easy, but I managed to get through it with honors every semester since freshman year.
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Lauralton is an amazing community with dedicated teachers and staff that make it possible for every student to thrive.
I have had a great experience at Lauralton Hall. The teachers and academics are great and I feel prepared for college. If I were to change something it would be the courses offered and the restrictions on course availability.
My experience at Lauralton has been, for the most part, positive. I have made some amazing friends and built great relationships with a few of my teachers. I took 2 AP courses this year, and they turned out to be my favorite high school classes so far. However, the administration is very strict and it can sometimes feel like the school is still run by old-timer nuns!!
Our daughter ranked as a National Merit Finalist and credits the incredibly talented and dedicated teachers at Lauralton. Her ongoing success in college is a tribute to the wholistic approach of educating their students and preparing them for the future.
The teachers really do care and put in the time and effort to help you succeed. There are a lot of opportunities to get involved within the school, but the sports do not generate a big following. The students overall are all very caring, but also high achievers, so you may come across some competitiveness (but it is always healthy).
I love the sense of community in the school. The is no judgement and there’s always someone, whether student, teacher, or administrator, who will have your back.
Intensely challenging--but not competitive. Each girl strives for perfection in the most rigorous of classes, but no one wants success at anyone else's expense. I would describe it like a sorority in the way that we're all sisters--except, no partying lol. Outside of school, everyone has their individual interests that they pursue--most of us play sports, and then it varies person to person whether their on the Engineering Team, Debate Team, theater, Youth and Government, etc. Community service is huge here. The goal is to make you great intellectually and morally.
When I think of going to college I am filled with great excitement, but even more sadness, because I will be leaving the greatest school. Lauralton Hall's stellar academics, teachers, sports, and spirit all combine together to create the epitome of what high school should be. I would not trade my experience at Lauralton for anything else. This academy is not a high school, but a home.
I absolutely loved Lauralton Hall, I wish I could go back and do those four years all over again. The atmosphere, the people, the teachers, were all so welcoming and caring that it is hard to compare it to anything else I have every experienced. It truly built a sisterhood.
I did not like my experience at Lauralton overall. My first two years there were good but as I got older I realized how tough a lot of the teachers are to deal with. I had a handful of bad teachers and very few good teachers. They are a very anti-progressive school and I definitley think they need to make a lot of improvements to keep their rank as a credible, good school.
Graduated in 2016. Not the best guidance department...mostly clueless and did not emphasize the important of standardized testing. Told all the girls to apply to the same, basic, Northeastern Catholic schools which effected the lower percentile of the students applying. Teachers were not amazing/very up to speed. Lots of busy work and APs were a disaster because some teachers felt they were "too good" to teach to the test. Math and sciences need a lot of work...physics was the only subject I felt fully prepared for in college as a Mechanical Engineer. Dumb rules and emphasized many of the wrong things. Female empowerment was a dumb tagline when all the teachers were basically moms turned teacher. Not worth the money for the academics, but a solid sense of friendship and camaraderie among the girls.
The environment of Lauralton Hall is fantastic, all the students and most of the teachers are nothing but encouraging and helpful.
My memories of Lauralton Hall are filled with happy but also frustrating moments. While I feel their curriculum is superb, the school and faculty struggled to let students express different or creative ideas and opinions. Most paper and project assignments were based on a thesis or idea the teacher proposed to their students. When I begin my collegiate career I found it surprising that most of my assignments welcomed creative and taboo ideas. Additionally, the school has a clique problem. The majority of the students are white and live in upper-class families. This created a lot of issues and tension amongst minority students. In sum, I enjoyed my overall experience at Lauralton-- having been a swim captain and winning a state championship, while also making friends that shaped who I am today.
I am a sophomore and I think that Lauralton Hall is a great school. It has many programs ready to help you prepare for your college experience. Although academically it is rich with fundamental programs, it lacks diversity. Few people of color are enrolled here including me. They fail at making diversity known and educating their priveleged commmunity. Overall Lauralton Hall is a great shcool to go to, to prepare for college but not a diverse one.
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The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy has grown me into a woman with tremendous leadership qualities. It has excellent teachers, a rigorous course selection, a multitude of extracurriculars, and a good sports program. There is truly something for everyone at the hall.
Lauralton was very challenging but I was able to get involved and make memories that will last a life time, with my best friends, actually my sisters, who will be with me at my wedding someday. Being apart of something so much bigger than yourself, a magical and inspirational sisterhood, has really helped me grow into who I am supposed to be. I could go on and on praising the academics, but the testimonies of friendship can truly only come from personal stories. At Lauralton, we rise together, and we fall together. You and your friends create a support system to help each other survive the rigorous academic experience. And when we graduated, there was nothing more rewarding than doing it besides the people who helped me get there. I am so proud to say I attended Lauralton, and that is why I am so passionate about advocating for it as an environment to spend four amazing years of your life. Empowering women for life, go LH.
Lauralton is a place where girls can be themselves and earn an amazing education. The staff is focused and driven on preparing their students for success. They prepare you to conquer the world, they allow you to explore your academic and extracurricular interests, and give you the tools you need to shine. I absolutely loved it and it prepared me for everything after I graduated!
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