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  • Athletics Philosophy

    The Lab School of Washington Athletic Philosophy is one that encourages and allows for participation by all students at any level of competition.
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  • Sports and the Brain

    For many students with learning differences, the classroom can be a frustrating place. The field or court can be a place where they excel. No one is an elite athlete the first time they pick up a basketball, a tennis racket, or a lacrosse stick. Skill building takes time and practice; it’s not a big deal to drop the ball or miss a shot … or two or hundreds of times as they develop their skills. And as the skills of young athletes increase — ones taught using consistent, systematic, and routine approaches — their confidence grows. This confidence makes its way back to the classroom where the students are more willing to take risks, fail, try, and try again until mastery is achievable.

    Not only do sports help students gain self-esteem as an individual athlete and as a team player, but they also offer opportunities for young players to learn and repeat skills, make quick decisions during games and practices, and enjoy the adrenaline of physical exercise. In addition, studies show that exercising and playing sports help memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means. Getting your heart rate up improves blood flow to the brain, which helps boost memory and overall brain function; these chemicals in the brain affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells. Indirectly, physical activity triggers brain chemicals that improve mood and sleep, and reduce stress and anxiety.

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Interscholastic athletics, offered to students in Junior High, Intermediate and High School divisions, are an important part of the educational program at The Lab School of Washington. Through the years competitive athletics have provided hundreds of student athletes valuable opportunities to work, grow, learn, and have fun. Interscholastic activities are voluntary at The Lab School of Washington and we are proud of the fact that each year, approximately two thirds of the eligible student athletes choose to participate. The purpose of the athletic program is to advance the educational philosophy of the school in the arena of developmental and competitive athletics.

The Lab School offers seventeen different programs to our students, including:

High School: Boy's and Girl's Varsity Soccer, Basketball, JV Basketball (for boys), Swimming, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track, and Girl's Varsity Volleyball.                               

Junior High: Boys and Girls Basketball, Soccer, Swimming and Track.

Intermediate: Boy's and Girl's Basketball and Swimming.

Athletic Department Mission

The mission of The Lab School of Washington Athletics is to provide a developmental and competitive athletic program, while promoting and embodying the ideals of teamwork, sportsmanship, hard work, and self-discipline. Developing the student-athlete's character through a positive and supportive environment increases self-confidence and therefore is essential to personal success.


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  • For Intermediate/Junior High/High School - New afternoon Swim Program

    As part of Interscholastic Athletics, The Lab School is pleased to offer a new Fall Swim Program. The program will include a variety of swim activities for students including water conditioning, swim technique, stroke instruction, and fun water games. This program will help students build confidence in the water, develop swim skills, and increase overall fitness. This is a great opportunity for Intermediate, Junior High, and High School students who love to swim, who want to improve their conditioning, or who want to try a new athletic program. Students must be able to swim 2 lengths of the pool to be eligible to participate.

    Instructor: Anne McLindon will be assisted by a Lab School staff member
    Where: The University of District of Columbia (UDC) Natatorium

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday through the end of October (classes will not be held on Lab half-days or holidays). Registration assumes students will attend all three days. Beginning date to be confirmed next week.

    Minimum/maximum numbers apply. Students will be responsible for bringing their own swim gear (details to follow).

    Transportation: Students will take a 3:30pm bus from Lab to UDC. Students are to be picked up by parents or guardians between 5:30-5:45pm at UDC. These times will be subject to adjustment once final details have been confirmed.

    Price: $200

    Contact Angelo Carmina to register. You will be billed through your FACTS account.

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