“I feel like I am breathing again at school.”— Elementary student, during her first week at The Lab School
Children need to “learn how to learn” to be successful in the 21st century. This is our philosophy in the Elementary Division at Lab. Our youngest Lab students enjoy their own campus on Foxhall Road in northwest Washington, DC. The large building, with its quiet neighborhood setting, gives children ages 6-10 the freedom to experiment and explore in comfortable, age-appropriate surroundings.
Although the Elementary program is generally the equivalent of grades 1 through 4, there are no designated “grades”; instead students are grouped by age and developmental needs. They move through the curriculum at their own pace, developing the strengths, skills, and confidence necessary for the academic rigors that lie ahead.
Art, music, drama, and dance are core components of Lab’s curriculum at every level, starting in our Elementary program. Reading and language arts are an intensive part of each day’s work. Math, science, physical education, and The Lab School’s ground-breaking Academic Clubs round out the Elementary education at Lab.
In every division, The Lab School offers psychological services, tutoring, and speech-language therapy, and evaluation to ensure each student has the best chances of success.