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Baltimore Lab School5
Posted January 15, 2014
- a parent
As a former parent and longtime trustee of The Baltimore Lab School, I can attest that this gem in Baltimore City is a place of warmth and welcome to a child needing a specialized learning environment. Art and color fill the halls and classrooms, inviting the child inside to see that there is finally a place where school can be a positive, happy space, one that begins where each student is ready to start and sets an individualized pace for a journey to the future. My child attended the Baltimore Lab School from first through twelfth grade. Despite significant learning challenges, he flourished during his time there, steadily growing to become a college freshman on the Dean s List . Baltimore Lab School offers an arts-infused path to academic skill, personal confidence, and success.
In our case, BLS has more than lived up to its advertising. Our language-challenged daughter was at home in the Lower School there the first day she visited. Now thriving in every way, she's brimming with self confidence. Regarding the administrative team, they've been responsive every time we've needed them. I've been involved professionally with world recognized international schools for over 20 years, and I feel Baltimore Lab is a rare find. The entire teaching-leading team display daily a genuine level of concern for and support of children who simply learn differently. That's just plain impressive.
Baltimore Lab School is truly an amazing place, our daughter has been there for 2 years and we have seen a transformation in her skills and abilities. She now is on grade level in math, reading and has gained that much needed confidence kids with learning disabilities need to be successful. The teachers are caring and experienced educators that are passionate about teaching. Its been a wonderful experience.
Although the school has gone through leadership changes over the years, it remains true to its mission of providing an arts based, experiential learning environment for students who are bright, but a traditional classroom setting gets in the way of their learning. The results truly speak for themselves. Not only have students moved on to some top High Schools in the area (including Calvert Hall, Seton, and Carver Performing Arts), graduates are doing well in college and life. Grads are attending a variety of colleges, including McDaniel, Goucher, St. Mary's, and UMBC locally. For my child, Baltimore Lab was the perfect place to understand strengths, weaknesses, and develop a strategy with the confidence to execute it and achieve success. Students for whom Baltimore Lab is the right place don't fit neatly in any box, neither does the school. The Academic Club process delivers amazing results that serve students from their elementary years into college. Creativity, Creative Problem Solving, Self-Awareness, and Self-Advocacy are welcomed, developed, and enhanced at every grade level. You have to visit the school and/or talk with alumni to truly understand the gem it is.
The Baltimore Lab School teachers know how to teach. They are passionate about their subject matter and students. I really appreciate how they made learning fun, challenging, relevant, and experiential for my son Mark.
This was a great school that has declined due to constant changing of administration and staff. Enrollment and staff is at its lowest point in 5 years. They have lost the original mission of the school. It is no longer arts based.
The reviews stating that staff are high quality while the leadership is disorganized, unhelpful, unaccountable, and out of touch are accurate. The review from a "teacher" was most likely submitted by one of those administrators. I found interacting with those in charge to be extremely frustrating.
The Lab School has a great arts program and for kids that are struggling it can be a great place. However many students there, like myself, only needed a little help in certain areas. The curriculum tended to cater to the kids who were having the most trouble learning in a normal school setting which caused students like myself to be held back from moving forward. The school's management is quite disorganized and was not helpful when my parents wanted to secure State Financial Aid. Dealing with administration was very difficult honestly on a host of separate issues as well.
Wonderful teachers. I work for an outside company so I can say that as a professional and without bias. No school is perfect, and naturally there will be problems here and there, but overall it's a fabulous place. The faculty is what makes the school and almost every single one I've encountered has been so passionate about their work. The teachers are so creative and know how to engage their students. The specialists are really impressive- some of the best I've seen in the field. Having come from another unnamed public school classroom in which the days felt 12 hours long and I often wondered why some of those teachers chose their their profession, the Lab School is such a breath of fresh air.
My son tried so hard in the public school and Charter schools only to fail. He had such low esteem. My child only had thoughts of giving up on his education as soon as he possibly could. The Lab school made all the difference in a child that only had thoughts of quitting school become a confident young man When all our hopes were almost gone, the Lab school gave my son everything he needed. We found out he loves art , school and friends. He even became a peer leader for the younger children. He has become a successful, witty and confident young man. He now accepts that he just could not learn the same way as most other children. The Lab school did this for him. During the last year, my son has only thoughts about college. He plans to pursue a degree in Education of all things. He wants to give other children struggling the hope that he always needed. I am without a doubt grateful to the Baltimore Lab School and the proudest mother ever!