Welcome from the Head of School

Happy summer!  While summer camp is in full operation on our beautiful historic campus, we hope that our students and faculty are enjoying a fun-filled and carefree summer.  Our youngest alumnae, the Class of 2022, as highlighted in the Hallmarks Squared that should have just arrived in your postal mail, are excited to be matriculating to the finest colleges and universities. We are grateful for the many ways that our students are applying their God-given talents and abilities; for a glimpse at our entire student body’s recent accomplishments, including the upcoming Teen to Watch in Westport Living Magazine Anna Zahrah ’22, please visit our website.

As I look back at my first five years serving as President & Head of School at Lauralton, I am incredibly proud of the warm and welcoming community that we enjoy.  Lauralton continues to be accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) and during the past year has completed its Mission Accountability process with the Mercy System of the Americas (MESA). Lauralton has been commended by the United States Senate for our "extraordinary and longstanding tradition of academic excellence preparing women leaders in the Mercy tradition." Together with the Board of Trustees, the Leadership Team, and the Academic Team, we have focused on the student experience, including launching new signature programs over the past five years. The academic curriculum is even stronger, having added additional coursework on campus including AP Statistics, AP Calculus BC, AP Psychology, Discrete Math, Popular Music and Diversity, Financial Intelligence, and First-Year Experience. The co-curricular program is enriched by service trips such as to Panama with School the World (February 2023) and concert tours to Italy (April 2023). Please visit our website for updated content on our athletics and art offerings and follow us on social media. It is a pleasure to share our School's celebrations.  

We have retained and attracted top educators with increased salaries and improved benefits such as a 403(b) plan with an increased match.  While we may be weary of seeing construction crews and cranes on campus, we can now enjoy our newly refurbished science labs, the rejuvenated Chapel, the new roof on Mercy Hall being installed this month, the nearly 200 new windows along the front façade, the updated air conditioning in the Athletic Center, the retrofitted Otis elevator, and the fresh pavement on campus. All of this has been done while eliminating almost all fees and with the most modest tuition increases in LH’s 118-year history! In fact, the School has its lowest debt, highest reserves, a larger endowment, and best financial profile in decades. Thank you!

With record student retention, we look forward to opening the 2022-2023 academic year.  We are still shaping the incoming Class of 2026 so if you know a young woman who would benefit from Lauralton's mission, please contact the Admissions Office. Of the many memorable milestones in a Lauralton lady’s student experience, we begin with the Matriculation Ceremony.  Many questions can be answered in the  “back to school” packet or in the updated Lauralton At A Glance.  As Bishop Caggiano celebrates, our entire student body, faculty, and staff will be at our Opening Mass on Wednesday, September 7 in our Chapel.

In Mercy,

Elizabeth A. Miller
Head of School