Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls (LCRG) knows that in order to succeed, girls must be resilient.

Laurel School’s curriculum supports LCRG’s five-part formula for building resilience in girls by cultivating creativity, growth mindset, purpose, self-care and relationships.

LCRG's Five Pillars of Resilience

List of 5 items.

  • Creativity: A Source of Solutions

    LCRG-sponsored research on play and creativity proves that girls who are creative are able to solve a wide range of problems and that all girls can be taught to be creative. Several curricular initiatives - from the Primary’s Creativity Club to the Upper School’s D3 courses and Perspectives programming - develop the creative powers of our girls and our community. Design Thinking helps girls develop their ability to use creativity to solve real-life problems.
  • Growth Mindset: A Source of Motivation

    Laurel draws on the game-changing research by Stanford University’s Dr. Carol Dweck to help girls persist when challenged. Dr. Dweck’s research identifies two kinds of mindsets: fixed mindset and growth mindset. Girls with a fixed mindset believe that their abilities are static and cannot be changed with effort; girls with a growth mindset believe that their abilities can be expanded through hard work. LCRG has given growth-mindset research a definitive Laurel spin: when a girl declares “I’m not good at _____,” the adults in our community leap in with “YET!”
  • Purpose: A Source of Self-Esteem

    Laurel’s mission aims to help each girl “to fulfill her promise and to better the world” because research shows that girls benefit when they contribute to the world beyond themselves. Through the speakers we invite to our campuses and the content of our curriculum, we emphasize the wide variety of valuable contributions girls can make, and we pair example with opportunity through curricular projects that allow girls to have a positive impact on the broader community.
  • Self-Care: A Source of Restoration

    In order to manage stress and maintain their energy, girls need to value self-care. We educate our girls and their families about the research on sleep, nutrition and coping with stressful feelings. Girls who know how to restore themselves and make a priority of doing so can maintain high levels of achievement and well-being.
  • Relationships: A Source of Support

    Original research sponsored by LCRG shows that girls who enjoy authentic, engaged, empowering relationships with peers and adult mentors have lower levels of stress and higher levels of achievement. At Laurel, girls have strong relationships with their peers, and they develop solid and lasting relationships with the adult community.