The Lab School of Washington

4759 Reservoir Road, NW 20007 Washington, DC
Phone: 202-965-6600

The Admissions Process

The Lab School addresses the needs and fosters the strengths and talents of children with average to superior intelligence who, through evaluation by a qualified specialist, have been determined to have -- or to be at risk for -- a specific learning disability.
  • Parents unfamiliar with The Lab School should attend one of our Admissions Info Sessions, which are offered many times during the school year. Please visit our Admissions Info Sessions & Tours page for dates and more information about visiting Lab.

  • We accept applications throughout the year for possible mid-year openings; however, the usual procedure is to submit an application in the Fall for the following school year. It is to your advantage to apply as early as possible to allow time for application review, visit scheduling, and completion of the process. Our priority application deadline is January 15th; however, we still accept applications after that date, on a rolling basis, as space allows. Complete application packets will be reviewed and decisions will be made on a rolling basis as space allows.

  • We use an online application; to initiate that process please start an inquiry here. If you have already inquired about The Lab School and have not received a link to our online application, or think you may already be in our database, please email to apply online. Please email the supplementary forms and any supporting documents as .pdfs to:  If necessary, hard copies may be mailed directly to the admissions office. Please keep originals for your own files; we are unable to make copies for you. Any materials submitted to The Lab School remain part of our confidential records.

  • We cannot process incomplete applications. A complete packet consists of the online application and the following items:
    1. The complete report of a current Psycho-educational Evaluation (the testing may not be more than 2 years old, except when a WPPSI is administered, which may not be more than 1 year old)
    2. Report cards, attendance records, and standardized testing from the current and previous year (see link below)
    3. Student Strengths and Needs Profile completed by the current Reading/English teacher and the current Math/Science teacher - younger students may have one teacher for both and may submit one Profile (see link below)
    4. Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 if applicable
    5. Speech/Language and Occupational Therapy testing if applicable
    6. Non-refundable $100 fee to cover processing of the application and a review of the records
    7. If applying for 7th - 12th grades, the Student Questionnaire (see link below). If you choose to type or dictate directly into this fillable PDF form, you must print it out and mail it into us or scan it and email it to us as an attachment. If you have a more advanced version of Adobe, you may be able to save the fillable PDF and attach it to an email.
    8. If applying for 10th, 11th, 12th grades:
       – most up-to-date official High School transcript
       – any standardized test reports (HSA, SOL, SSAT, PSAT, SAT, ACT)
       – Letter of Eligibility for Accommodations from: College Board or ACT if previously approved

  • Only when a complete application packet has been received will the Admissions Committee review the records. If the Lab School program seems to be an appropriate fit for the student, typical next steps in the process include an Admissions interview with the family and a student classroom visit.

  • For application files completed by the priority deadline of January 15th, admission decision notifications will be made on the first Friday in March.  For application files completed after that date, admissions decision notifications will be made as expeditiously as possible.  In either situation, your response is due 14 days following notice of acceptance.
  • If the Lab School program is not appropriate for your child, you will be notified as soon as possible after the Committee has reviewed your application materials.

  • Please click here for the Statement to Applicants from the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW).
The Lab School’s programs and policies are applied with equal consideration to all of its applicants and students.  Lab does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law.  It is the policy of The Lab School to provide reasonable accommodation to admitted students who meet the academic and behavioral requirements of the school.  Enrollment is conditioned on the student’s ability to participate in the school’s programs, with or without reasonable accommodation.  The Lab School evaluates each need for accommodation on a case-by-case basis, considering the needs of the individual students; however, Lab’s programs generally are not designed to support the needs of students with primary emotional difficulties.
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The Lab School of Washington
4759 Reservoir Road, NW | Washington, DC 20007-1921 | 202-965-6600