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Admissions Process

At Lab, we want every interaction your child or family has with us to be as stress-less and seamless as possible.

“On day one, my son was apprehensive going to school. In the morning on day two, he said, ‘Mom, I’m going to listen to everything you say so we can get to school on time!  It’s so much more fun than my old school!”
—    New Lab School Parent

Use the information below to review all the steps necessary for application to The Lab School. If you have questions along the way, do not hesitate to reach out to our Admissions staff. We are here to help answer your questions and help you with the process.

Parents unfamiliar with The Lab School should attend one of our Admissions Information Sessions. Please visit our Virtual Information Sessions page for dates and more information about visiting Lab.

We accept applications throughout the year for possible mid-year openings; however, the usual procedure is to submit an application in the Fall for the following school year. Apply as early as possible to allow time for application review, visit scheduling, and completion of the process. Our priority application deadline is January 15; however, we do have rolling admissions, as space allows, after that date.

To initiate the process, please start an inquiry via the button below. If you think you may already be in our database, please email to access the application. Any materials submitted to The Lab School remain part of our confidential records.

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We cannot process incomplete applications. A complete packet consists of the online application and the following items:

  1. The complete report of a current Psycho-educational Evaluation (the testing may not be more than 2 years old, except when a WPPSI is administered, which may not be more than 1 year old)
  2. Report cards, attendance records, and standardized testing from the current and previous year (see link below)
  3. Student Strengths and Needs Profile completed by the current Reading/English teacher and the current Math/Science teacher - younger students who have one teacher for both subjects may submit one profile
  4. Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 if applicable
  5. Speech/Language and Occupational Therapy testing, if applicable
  6. Non-refundable $100 fee
  7. Student Questionnaire for 7th-12th grades (see link below)
  8. If applying for 10th, 11th, 12th grades:
  • Up-to-date official High School transcript
  • Standardized test reports
  • Letter of Eligibility for Accommodations from: College Board or ACT, if previously approved

*Due to the health risks of COVID-19, please send electronic copies only. If you do not have access to a document scanner, please use a smart phone app like Adobe Scan.

Only when a complete application packet has been received will the Admissions Committee review the records. If the Lab School program seems to be an appropriate fit for the student, typical next steps in the process include an Admissions interview with the family and a student classroom visit. Due to the health risks of COVID-19, these steps will be done virtually.

Already scheduled a visit? Please complete the applicable forms in the "Important admissions documents to download" section below.


For application files completed by the priority deadline of January 15, admission decision notifications will be made on the first Friday in March. For application files completed after that date, admissions decision notifications will be made as expeditiously as possible.

If the Lab School program is not appropriate for your child, you will be notified as soon as possible after the Committee has reviewed your application materials.

Please click here for the Statement to Applicants from the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW).

The Lab School’s programs and policies are applied with equal consideration to all of its applicants and students. Lab does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law. It is the policy of The Lab School to provide reasonable accommodation to admitted students who meet the academic and behavioral requirements of the school. Enrollment is conditioned on the student’s ability to participate in the school’s programs, with or without reasonable accommodation. The Lab School evaluates each need for accommodation on a case-by-case basis, considering the needs of the individual students; however, Lab’s programs generally are not designed to support the needs of students with primary emotional difficulties.