The Lab Way » Rigor & Innovation

Rigor & Innovation

A Rigorous & Engaging Approach to Teaching & Learning

We have a rigorous and innovative approach to teaching & learning. Students are exposed to current events, history and science content, math and literacy skills, and valuable life skills through challenge-based courses, called Quests, that are inherently interdisciplinary and enable students to discuss and collaboratively develop solutions for age-appropriate real-world challenges. Students develop mathematics understanding through solving real-world problems; because students develop mathematical abilities at different paces, our program is highly individualized. 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. Students become fluent in either Spanish or Mandarin Chinese through a partial immersion dual-language program that is supported by students’ language acquisition readiness.