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NYC Lab High School for Collaborative Studies

Public | 9-12 | 579 students

 

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Posted April 27, 2013

I have a junior at Lab, and I couldn't be happier with the education he is receiving. The teachers at Lab are better than my professors in college many years ago. They care about the kids, and do their best to encourage each and every child. Lab teaches the kids to soar bravely in our complex world, which is perfect. Some schools only care about ranking and AP classes. I hope my younger child ends up here also!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2012

My daughter is a freshman at LAB High School. She came from a small academically rigorous private school. She was well prepared, but the high school transition was challenging. She is thriving at LAB. The teachers are engaging, smart, and in-tune.The curriculum is insightful, demanding, yet inspiring. She has made lovely friends and I trust the adminstration 100% with her education and social prowess.I made the best decision I could have!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

I graduated Lab two years ago but I must say I miss it terribly. I entered Lab in 2006 as the only student from my middle school on the upper west side but was welcomed with open arms and am still friends with the same people I met my first day. Though my first two years were utterly amazing filled with projects like learning about social issues in Romeo & Juliet that we later turned into raps, my creative and amazing education came to a halt my junior year when the principal decided to take out the Junior Internship program in which students would gain real world experience and get to know what fields they were interested in and created a curriculum called Junior and Senior Inquiry in which we were supposed to write a research paper (which we were required to do as seniors anyways so that was a waste of time.) All and all I personally believe the school went down hill when former co-principals Rob and Sheila left and I honestly wish they would've stayed longer. I chose to go to Lab because of the creative and fun atmosphere, I actually enjoyed learning in. Instead my final years of high school was probably like any other city school who's reputation isn't as pristine as Lab's.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 28, 2012

I am a student here. I consider Lab to be my second home! However, It is a school where you can easily sink or float. If your child is hardworking and driven, then they will undoubtfully succeed with a rich education and strong support. If your child decides to slack off, then they will suffer. The school will match what you have to offer. Lab's strengths lie in its teachers, particularly those of humanities departments. With emphasis on drawing connections, collaboration, and other life skills, we learn how to really think and comprehend, rather than just memorize. Additionally, Lab's extra curricular programs are stellar. If you participate and hone your personal interests, you'll make fantastic friends, be part of a family. Nearly every student participates in an extracurricular of some kind. Also, if you don't see it there, make it! The fact that creating your own club or program is so easy is really encouraging. It's true, Lab's detriments lie in its size. Classes can vary by the semester, wonderful teachers are laid off due to budget cuts, and we students suffer from the irregularities. But, like anything, you need to know what's right for. Lab is perfect for me!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2012

This school is full of juvenile delinquents. My son has had nothing but problems since his first day at this school and will not be returning next year. I wish we had never applied. Had the academics at least been up to par, it may have made a difference but it seems the teachers have given up because the majority of the kids are just not interested in their studies. The administration spends more time on discipline than the curriculum. Do yourself and your child a favor and do not list this school as a high school choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2012

I graduated from the lab school. I am now a senior in college. Lab is supposed to be one of the better public schools in the city but honestly the education I received was average, if that. Looking at the other reviews here I am surprised to see people claiming discrimination. While it is true that the school is rife with nepotism I never saw anyone discriminated against racially. Type casting is an issue though and if you are perceived as being anything less than a teachers pet you aren't really given much of a chance. The teachers were hit or miss. I had some really great and dedicated ones that left lasting impressions. Others you wondered how they even had a job at all. Ultimately, taking into account the facilities, neighborhood, and student body you are getting your basic NYC public school education which isn't really saying much. Looking back I had a lot a very valuable experiences at Lab but very very few of them came by way of education. I hope this helps future parent's and students. I can only speak from my own personal experience (I know classmates who loved Lab) but I'm being as honest as I possibly can.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2012

I recently got accepted to this school and was wondering if it should be the school that people should go into. From the fact that the students and parents, well most students and parents think this is a bad school but the teachers think this school is a good school. Oh and also I have a question whether or not this school have a masjid or mosque for you to do you religion. Is there a place to do it? Is it planned to be made? Please help.


Posted November 16, 2010

I agree with some of the comments, people are making on here. This school ranks students quite unfairly, as I have noticed students who come well prepared from their old school, including those coming in with honors and scholarships to private schools, yet are given low grades when they arrive to this school. Many people have noticed some form of discrimination, in regards to the way some children are treated, which clearly reflects upon the grade the student receives. It is hard as a parent to see your child working very hard, but finding out that your child is being treated unfairly as opposed to others who perform at a lower standard yet receive higher grades. I hope to see educational authorities taking note of this ongoing situation, and hopefully help resolve this problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

Great Faculty who really care. This school runs because of all their extra work
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 19, 2010

The school is great because of the dedicated teachers and the nurturing atmosphere. Students are encouraged to be thinkers and problem solvers. The school went thru some growing pain when it went from a 6 to 12 school to a 9 to 12 school but that has begun to subside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

Great reliable and supporting teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

The teaching is rigorous, the students are thoughtful and nice, and the tone of the school is learning focused.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

great school, great kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Students that graduate from LAB are among the most ambitious, competitive, innovative of all students. It is often reported from colleges and universities that our students are motivators and ,especially within smaller lecture halls, they lead discussions...Lab has marvelous human rights and history programs and very solid, intelligent math and science teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2010

This school doesn't live up to my expectations. Within NYC this school is rated as being one of the best schools in the city yet it is far from that. I'm currently a 9th grade students and I found this school to be very unsatisfactory. Many of the teachers don't care and there is a lot of favoritism. Teachers often favor wealthier students over others. The school doesn't challenge me, even though academic rigor is apart of the motto. Many of the students at this school are very lazy and don't care about school or learning. I think that the school leadership isn't very strong and should be improved on.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2010

Im a student that left the school after 9th grade to go to boarding school While the middle school was fairly challenging, the high school was filled with students who lacked the ambition to strive and do well in school, constantly skipping class and slacking in terms of homework I found myself becoming one of those students and thats when i decided to take myself out of that school. the school has some good teachers but being at a new school i can now see that lab doesnt have the sufficient grounds(althetics, proper classrooms, etc) to offer a student an education that will truly give them the work ethic and preparation for college that i believe another school could
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2009

It's fun and the teachers are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Lab is a very open-minded school, and they teach student's things that they can use for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

NYC Lab school has a tremendous sense of community as well being surrounded by intelligence & compassion. The teachers & admin make the child feel like they can accomplish anything they want to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

I was the a member of the first graduating class. Although I cannot attest to the current quality of education at Lab, I was very disappointed and frustrated with my experience at Lab (1993-1997). This included the lack of science lab equipment, no Spanish teacher available to teach accelerated Spanish (we were even asked to repeat the Spanish class we already took the year before), high turnover among the math and science teachers, and some subpar teachers that could not teach. To be fair, I did enjoy a history teacher that has taught at Lab since it's beginnings. Thus, I received an excellent education from him.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 64% in 2012.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
69%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
83%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 73% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
78%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

148 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2012.

137 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 72% in 2012.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 78% in 2012.

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
85%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

89 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

136 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students60%
Students with disabilities36%
General population64%

Chemistry

All Students72%
Students with disabilities54%
General population75%

Earth Science

All Studentsn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

English

All Students89%
Students with disabilities64%
General population95%

Geometry

All Students95%
Students with disabilities67%
General population99%

Global History and Geography

All Students91%
Students with disabilities67%
General population95%

Integrated Algebra

All Students97%
Students with disabilities92%
General population99%

Living Environment

All Students97%
Students with disabilities90%
General population99%

Physics

All Students64%
Students with disabilities30%
General population67%

U.S. History and Government

All Students95%
Students with disabilities88%
General population97%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the high school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 48%
Asian 30% 9%
Hispanic 14% 23%
Black 9% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 52%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 3%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents18733%
Students52091%
Teachers2368%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. BROOKE JACKSON

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Humanities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Transportation options
  • Busses - M11, M14AD, M20, M23, M5, M7. Subways - 2, 3, F, M to 14th St; A, C, E, L to 14th St-8th Av; 1 to 18th St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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333 W 17th St
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