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The Lab Way

The approach to all instruction at the Lab School is focused on authentic learning experiences, enabling students to learn content and skills through logical contexts and applications. Such authentic learning experiences occur through the following:

  • Real-World Challenges. Students are exposed to current events, history and science content, math and literacy skills, and valuable life skills through challenge-based courses that are inherently interdisciplinary and enable students to discuss and collaboratively develop solutions for age-appropriate real-world challenges, called "Quests."
  • Problem-Based Mathematics. Students develop mathematics understandings through the solving of real-world problems; because students develop mathematical abilities at different paces, the mathematics program will be highly individualized.
  • World Languages. Students will become fluent in either Spanish or Mandarin Chinese through a partial immersion dual-language program that is supported by students’ language acquisition readiness.
  • Reading and Writing Workshop. Students develop reading and writing skills by reading authentic literature and writing original work as part of the Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop model approach.
  • Personalized Learning. Students receive individualized support through a personalized plan and Learning Lab time designed to provide opportunities for them to work on the skills they need to work on.
  • Student Advisory Program. Students develop a deeper understanding of themselves, each other, and the community through an Advisory Program reflective of the needs of the students at each age.
  • Enrichment Programs. Students have the opportunity to explore new areas of interest through Enrichment opportunities that provide exposure and a well-rounded curriculum
  • Area of Focus. In preparation for high school, eighth grade students develop an Areas of Focus enabling them to develop expertise in a chosen area of interest
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