The Lab School of Washington

4759 Reservoir Road, NW 20007 Washington, DC
Phone: 202-965-6600
About
Mission & Fast Facts
Mission Statement

The Lab School of Washington is an innovative learning community fostering scholarship and creativity in students with language-based learning differences. In an environment of inquiry and hands-on exploration, Lab School students learn to advocate for themselves as they become engaged and compassionate members of a global society.


For almost 50 years, The Lab School of Washington has been providing an exceptional, college-preparatory academic experience for bright students (grades 1-12) with ADHD, dyslexia, and other language-based learning differences (often referred to as specific learning disabilities). Our innovative, arts-infused curriculum is experiential and multi-sensory, helping young people to overcome difficulties with reading, spelling, writing, and math, while preparing them for a range of rewarding college and career choices.

Watch our video Through My Lens - featuring Lab students and alumni speaking about the Lab School experience.

Our Goals

The Lab School of Washington is an innovative learning community fostering scholarship and creativity in students with different learning styles.  The goals of the institution are to:
  • provide a rigorous, best in class, college-preparatory education;
  • prepare students for a lifetime of learning;
  • provide intensive remediation and teach useful learning strategies;
  • use visual and performing arts to facilitate the education process;
  • bring multi-sensory and experiential learning methods into the classroom;
  • support and educate parents;
  • pioneer research and design new methodologies to remain on the cutting edge of the field;
  • incorporate the latest technology into all Lab School programs;
  • provide a challenging yet collaborative environment for staff and invest in professional development;
  • disseminate the results of our programs to public and private schools that serve students who learn in both traditional and non-traditional ways.

Fast Facts


  • Founded in 1967 by Sally L. Smith
  • Head of School, Katherine Schantz
  • History of The Lab School
  • Independent School, grades 1-12, college preparatory and co-educational
  • Approximately 375 students from Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia
  • Two campuses in the Palisades neighborhood of Northwest, District of Columbia. Foxhall campus: Grades 1-4; Reservoir campus: Grades 5-12
  • 4:1 student teacher ratio, lower grades; 8:1 student/teacher ratio, upper grades
  • Highly trained and experienced faculty and staff; 84% of faculty have advanced degrees, most in Special Education
  • Over 90% of students continue their education at a college or university. (Nationally, 15.9% of public school students identified with learning disabilities attend 4-year colleges. (source: National Longitudinal Transition Study 2, 2009, commissioned by the US Department of Education)
  • On-campus integrated Clinical Services, (speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and psychological services) are available for Lab School students as well as for the public
  • 2014-2015 School Year from August 25, 2014 to June 5, 2015
  • 2015-2016 School Year from August 21, 2015 to June 10, 2016
  • School hours are from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Every Lab School student is supported with an individualized learning plan (ILP) or individualized education plan (IEP) which may include recommendations for clinical services and accommodations
  • Shuttle service to several Metro stops and other suburban MD and VA locations
  • The Reservoir campus boasts one of the finest aquatic/athletic facilities in the area
  • Championship-winning debate team with membership in the DC Urban Debate League and the local Chapter of the National Forensics League
  • Athletic Affiliations: Independent Small School Athletic Conference (ISSAC) Maryland Independent School Athletic League (MISAL); Independent School Athletic Conference (ISAC)
  • Championship Sports Teams: 19 school teams
  • 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-12 Girls Varsity Basketball ISSAC Champions
  • 2009-2010 Boys Varsity Basketball ISSAC Champion
  • 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 Middle School Boys Basketball ISSAC Champions
  • 2014 Girls Varsity Soccer ISSAC Champions
  • After School Program
  • The Lab School meets the requirements of the District of Columbia Public School system as well as the pertinent local jurisdictions
  • Practicing artists teach students in arts-infused curriculum
  • Academic Club Methodology immerses younger students in historic periods
  • Students are ungraded at Elementary and Intermediate Levels
  • Juniors participate in year long internships
  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools
  • Memberships: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS); The Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW); Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS)
The Difference is Extraordinary

The Lab School of Washington

4759 Reservoir Road, NW | Washington, DC 20007-1921 | 202-965-6600