Lab sign in front of entrance for The Lab School

Location and Region

The Lab School of Washington is situated in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC. Located minutes from historic Georgetown, the Potomac waterfront, and a short drive to the museums, monuments, and other local historic sites, The Lab School spans two campuses, just a half-mile apart from each other.

At The Lab School of Washington, students learn through experiential learning. This model is enriched when the learning is out in the world.

The Washington, DC area and its environs are prime locations for “place-based learning” — a method of instruction that engages students in learning by connecting them with their existing environment, the place and location in which they live or go to school.

Elementary Field Trip, Williamsburg

Washington, DC has more than 70 official museums and art galleries, more than 175 embassies and cultural centers in addition to countless parks, theaters, places of worship, and not-for-profit organizations. And that doesn’t even include the surrounding areas brimming with learning opportunities like Baltimore, Maryland’s American Visionary Art Museum or Virginia’s Mt. Vernon.

Out and About

Like the freedom Lab teachers are afforded to create their own curricula, they are also encouraged to implement place-based learning within their units of study. Examples of these rich learning experiences range from Intermediate Museum Club’s visits to various places of worship including a synagogue, church, mosque, and Buddhist and Hindu temples when learning about the world’s religions to the High School Physics’ trip to an amusement park to use video to measure, test, and calculate a rollercoaster ride’s “g force.”

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