Elementary Science 4

Teaching Methodology

When our students learn how their brains work and begin to understand the ways they learn best, they become deeply involved in their education, willing to take risks, moving beyond their mistakes, and growing into life-long learners.

Lab students are curious, tenacious, and creative; they are question-askers and self-advocates. As people who see the world differently, their perspectives and solutions are unique and innovative. And because of our inclusive community where being kind and open-minded is the default, our students are engaged and compassionate members of a global society.

At Lab, we teach differently

We have a different set of guiding tenets tailored for our population:

  • Student experience and hands-on learning as the primary driver
  • Arts-centered learning as a pathway for students across all academic subjects
  • Positive psychology as the critical mindset
  • Technology as transformative tools for mastery
  • Expert teachers and specialists as the translators for students finding pathways for success

Read more about our guiding tenets  


Because of the way we teach, our students understand their capacity for creative problem-solving. They learn that it is okay to fail and then try again until they find a solution. In fact, failing is important in order to develop tenacity, resilience, and creative thinking — qualities our students embody. They learn that there is never just one path to a solution; they are encouraged to use their creativity, curiosity, and burgeoning knowledge to find new answers to their questions. These are skills they will bring to college and beyond.

Being at a Lab — a school specifically designed for individuals with learning differences — benefits our students in many ways. They gain and develop:

  • Peace of mind
  • Courage in academic settings
  • Restoration of life-long dreams and aspirations
  • Tools of thinking
  • Opportunities to match their potential

During their time at Lab and through many age-appropriate projects, our students learn to consider different viewpoints, and perspective-taking becomes second nature — crucial skills in our rapidly changing world.


Students in Museum Club
Our highly engaged faculty members are experts in learning differences and are committed to helping students discover themselves and the world around them.
Lower and middle school students bring lessons and historical figures to life in daily themed "Academic Clubs."
The number of Speech-Language, Occupational, and Psych specialists providing integrated services in the classrooms and individually on campus
Teaching Difficult Histories, Academic Clubs
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Academic Club Teachers


“When you are teaching both the negative and positive of history, and through various perspectives, you are also teaching empathy, kindness, and tolerance.”
— Ms. Procopio


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