Girl at laptop virtual schooling with teacher

The Global Division FAQ



Our Global Division schedule follows The Lab School of Washington’s 2021-2022 school year calendar.

Our half-day program schedule is created prior to the start of the year based on the needs of the children who are placed together in each small group/class. All three classes (writing, math, reading) are taught by the same teacher so that each subject’s class length is determined by the daily needs of the students. Direct, teacher-led instruction lasts for three hours per day and schedules are created in three-hour blocks of time.  

The other part of your child’s day is spent at your child’s public, private, or home school. We are here to help you construct the other half of your child’s day if needed.  

Classes are formed based on academic needs, grade level, student personality, and specific scheduling needs (such as time zone). 

The virtual setting allows our teachers to create partnerships with families and other teachers that are collaborative, transparent, and mutually supportive. Our Global Division teachers contact your child’s classroom teachers from their traditional school to share information about the Lab Global Division program and the work your child will be doing with us. Our Lab Global Division teachers will invite your child’s teacher(s) from their traditional school or home school program to communicate throughout the year regarding the learning needs of your child. We are available to meet with our families as often as needed to ensure this program is effective and enjoyable for our students. You will always receive personalized attention.

We know that our students' academic achievement is maximized when they are engaged in a complex learning environment that uses the power of the arts. Art, music, and drama are incorporated into daily instruction. Our students develop their writing skills through the art practice of slow looking which helps develop their perspective-taking skills as well as their language skills when they learn to describe in detail. Students develop their reading fluency by practicing their lines for a play; they use scale in a drawing to help them solidify their multiplication facts. The arts empower our students to engage and express themselves.

This program is so successful because we understand not just what our students require academically but also what they need in terms of social-emotional learning. This is why our students are placed in a small group with the same students and the same teacher for the entire half day of classes. Our students are able to take more academic risks after they develop trusting relationships with their peers and teacher. This enhances and accelerates their learning.

As well, working with one teacher and one small group for their classes allows for instruction that is very targeted; students may need to spend more time on reading one week and more time on math another — our program allows for this type of flexibility. 

Our students also receive one-to-one attention in an environment where classroom distractions are eliminated and content delivery is optimized with engaging tasks.

Beyond the daily classes with our expert teachers, the cost of tuition also includes:

  • Family conferences with your child’s teacher
  • Traditional school teacher contact via email and telephone
  • Written progress reports
  • Opportunities for observation by parents and teachers
  • Collaboration with traditional school on goal setting and IEP/504 plan coordination
  • Optional activities posted weekly to enhance your child’s learning
  • Help, as needed, in coordinating with your child’s public, private, or home school program to create a learning plan beyond Lab’s core classes for your child

We are unable to offer financial assistance at this time. However, The Lab School of Washington provides special-education services and therefore, payments to The Lab School of Washington may be considered deductible medical-care expenses under the Internal Revenue Code. The regulations under Section 213 of the Internal Revenue Code provide that:

"While ordinary education is not medical care, the cost of medical care includes the cost of attending a special school for a handicapped individual, if his or her condition is such that the resources of the institution for alleviating such handicap are a principal reason for his or her presence there."

Whether expenses of The Lab School of Washington will be deductible in a particular case, however, will depend upon the facts and circumstances of each individual student’s situation. There are also percentage limitations applicable to otherwise deductible medical expenses, depending on the parents’ income. Before taking a tax deduction for expenses relating to the special education of a student, parents should confer with their tax lawyer or accountant about the rulings and regulations under Section 213 of the Internal Revenue Code and other applicable laws.

Yes, we offer several ways you can pay your child’s tuition.

Tuition Payment Options
A non-refundable enrollment fee of $2,000 is due to the school with the submission of the enrollment contract.  The fee is applicable to the tuition balance.

Payments for tuition charges are made through the school's online payment portal at FACTS. The Lab School of Washington offers several options to pay for tuition:

One payment in full, less a 1% discount, if payment is made within ten days of submitting the enrollment contract.

Periodic payments through a FACTS Tuition Payment Plan

  • Three equal payments payable in May, August and November, or
  • Ten equal payments commencing June, or
  • Twelve equal payments commencing April

Students with overdue balances may not commence classes in the Fall, or return to class after the Winter or Spring breaks.

As this article from Psychology Today puts it: "... not all screen time is the same."

We very much believe this about our program. Our students are engaged at all times with other children and a teacher who knows them well. They are working in a collaborative environment that is specialized to meet their individual needs. This is very different from passive screen time, which involves sedentary screen‐based activities and/or passively receiving screen-based information, such as watching TV or a DVD. 

Please contact Amy Oswalt via email at or by phone at 202-844-2722.