Families, Friends, and Prospective Families,
If you knew nothing about The Lab School of Washington and met a teacher, parent, student, or anyone else whose life had been touched by the school, you would hear words and descriptions like creative, life-changing, nothing else like it, innovative, the leader in its field, transformative, the place that saved my child’s life.
I see these words and descriptions played out every day at The Lab School; even after six years as the Head of School, I am continually awed by the caliber, capacity, and character of our students. Not a day goes by without a student teaching me something I never knew before, challenging me to think in new ways, and approach my work with new insights.
Through small classroom settings and multi-sensory, arts-infused learning, the teachers at Lab teach to transform our students’ differences into advantages. And before the learning even starts, students quickly come to understand that they are not broken. At Lab, they feel safe and are given the freedom and guidance to flourish into their best selves.
Now, almost 50 years later, The Lab School continues to be a leader in the field of learning differences (often referred to as learning disabilities) education. It has a history as a pioneer in the field and a determination to continue to boldly trail blaze. Lab’s untiring innovation and groundbreaking methodologies have not only lifted our own students, they have inspired better teaching across the globe.
Focusing on students with dyslexia, ADHD, and other language-based learning differences, The Lab School has two campuses: the Elementary division on Foxhall Road and the Intermediate, Junior High School, and High School divisions on the Reservoir Road campus. In 2016, the school will have a new, inspired High School building designed specifically for the needs of students with learning differences followed by a renovated and reimagined Middle School and an expanded Theater and Arts Wing.
Our students learn differently and that means that some skills like reading and spelling are harder to acquire. You may worry that this puts them at a disadvantage. I, on the other hand, believe that learning differently can be an advantage. My greatest joy is seeing each student’s advantages flourish into highly valued strengths with the help of Lab’s extraordinary education.
Head of School