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K-8
Public charter
Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 439

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800 North Orianna St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

(610) 617-9121
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August 29, 2014
My children goes to LAB 4th Brown. They can't wait until they can go back to school. My first grader is extra happy. She thinks she goes back to her favorite kindergarten teacher . Laboratory Charter is everything in A school I want for my children.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
I applied for my son with special needs and got no reply from labortory charter. Then I called them and they told me that they will get in touch with me but never did that. I know people personally they accepted their kids because the kids were among the top ten percentile at the old school. Labortoary chater tests and hand picks the best kids therefore their test scores are that good. Such a scam !!!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
Nothing in this life is perfect but ...My daughter is at LCS Woodbine and I couldn't be more pleased with the demanding&challenging work. Her teacher was just Golden! I have been kept in the loop about her progress all year and weaknesses also. She loves her school and likes to feel like she is responsible for her learning in some way. They prepare the students on the same level as private school. I transferred my private school student to LCS so she can get the benefit of private school eduction with out the price tag. They have recess. A strong parent committee. If you want extra curricular thats what weekends are for. As a parent with a college student as well I wish i would have sent her to Lab when she was this age. Its a lot of work but my children are worth it! The Lab test scores and reputation speak for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
my school is the Lab Charter 59th and Woodbine. My son is in K1. He was not reading at the start of the school year now he is reading at a third grade level. His teacher is excellent. I am so proud of his progress.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
My son is in 2nd grade , and has been at Lab since K. Lab is very demanding and puts a lot of pressure on the kids. They have about 4 test on testing days, and no recess. A 75 is considered a F at this school. My son is very smart , reads well , and learns French and Spanish. However he has test anxiety , and doesn't like school. I'm not sure if this is the right program for him.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2013
Just a wonderful place for young scholars to learn. Blue Ribbon Status and world class teaching.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2013
My son attended lcs on 4 th and brown until i took him out in 3rd grade. He was having headaches stomachaches etc i listened to him about the harsh treatment of the students and felt this was not the school experience he needed. Yes they are academically great but they run the school like a prison. My son is now 19 and in his 1st year at Penn State. His two best friends who were also taken out of the school also for the same reasons are at georgia and virginia state. This review is for anyone having doubts. Listen to your child! This isn't the only way to help them excel academically! They should like their school and their teachers! Also look up June Brown who was the founder of the school and see what they charged her with and honestly tell me they put your child 1st or is it the $ and test scores that come 1st. If you do a good job people will tell at least one person. If you do a bad job they will tell at least ten people! My honest opinion 10yrs later! anyoo

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2013
My son attends kindergarten at 59 and woodbine. At first i thought it was too much work for them. This is because we underestimate the ability of our kids. He has improved so much. Great work by the teachers. He is now writing his sentence and doing his homework all by himself.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2013
My grandson is in his 3rd year here and I must say He is challenged in areas that I had know Idea a child of his age should be challenged in, I thought this is to disciplined not enough play time, too much homework, to strict ! I am grateful to the teachers who care enough to give there very best! and expect the very best from there students, these kids are brilliant!! And it's because of what it was founded on! Please don't take away our children's dreams by closing LAB CHARTER @59TH & WOODBINE AVE. SINCERELY MRS.J LISTER

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2013
My son just started Kindergarten here in September and I could not pick a better school. There are tonssss of homework and as a single mother,there's a LOT to do. I also have a daughter that I hope can get into the Lab next year so I am not sure how I am going to do it. But as hard as it is, I see the progress. The school is really strict and there is so much homework, there really isn't much free study time. But, I won't have it any other way. As a parent, you have to stay on top of this else it will overwhelm you. But if you are committed, you will see unbelievable results. I am seeing those already and he just started. The teacher responds to text messages if I have any questions and I have absolutely no complaints!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
My daughter and I just started our second year at Lab. Last year at the end of the school year she was so happy for the summer to arrive and not have to go back to school. However, my daughter (5 y.o at the time) did not like to be disciplined (testing her boundaries), thus she did not like her teacher. She was happy to learn she was getting a new teacher for 1st grade. She "loves" her teacher. She now looks forward to going to school. FYI, every time she saw her K teacher she gave her a hug. I am able to speak to my daughter in 2 different languages and she is able to complete her homework independently. My daughter and I are satisfied with the school's academic performance and the teachers investment in her future. My only criticism would be in the school building, the directors and CEO NEED to consider a new building opportunity. Please!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2012
This is my sons first year at Lab Charter. He is in the 3rd grade at 4th & Brown. At first it was a struggle for us both because of the work load, but as we got into a routine things went a lot better. Parents and students have to be well organized. This school offers private school education at no cost. My son is a straight A student. He always has been, so I had no doubt he would excell. As far as not having recess, its not an issue. He has never complained of not having recess. Besides he is involved in different activities year round. He socializes with his family and friends outside of school. Some reviews make it sound as if this is some sort of school where peer interactions are frowned upon. It sounds like sour grapes because either the child, the parent or both could not keep up. I have found the staff to be nothing but courteous to me, my husband and our child. As I stated before this is our first year here, and so far so good. My son is proud of himself because he does soo well, so his self esteem is intact. My only criticism is regarding uniforms. I don't understand the need for a total uniform change. Its an unnecessary expense.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2012
I was fortunate to have two children attend The Lab School. As a parent, it was exactly what I wanted for my children. In regards to the lack of recess as one patented stated this school is not for every child. My daughter now attends The University of Pittsburgh and received exceptional SAT scores which she contributes to the test taking skills she was taught at The Lab School. In view of the recent findings regarding some of the administrative staff, my hope is the schools will remain open to continue to provide the outstanding level of academics it provides. I am sure for every school out there, there are challenges with teachers, staff and students. As a parent I am committed to my children's education. After careful research, I found The Lab was the school for us. The Lab does pride itself on exceptional test scores. Failure is not an option at The Lab School. Many of our students have attended private schools with scholarships and have been accepting into the top public schools. I have recommended The Lab School to many of my friends, but I have always provided a disclaimer stating the work is rigorous and sometimes demanding on the parent and child. I love The Lab School!!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2012
My son just completed his first year at the Lab School on 4th & Brown. I absolutely loved it! His teacher was very helpful. She answered emails promptly and encouraged my son during his first year. The Lab School is not for every child. My son completed his first year with all A's. They have a rigourous academic program where your child will be able to compete with students who were given private school education. I have read the complaints from others regarding the lack of recess and shaping of social skills. My son goes to school to learn. We have extracurricular activinties (basketball, football, baseball, and track) after school. As long as you are organized and complete work ahead of time and not last minute you shouldn't have a problem. Best school ever!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
I am a parent of a 2nd grade student and I agree with the sentiments of all the respondents. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by profession and I must admit I still have pause regarding the balance in my son's life. The school is rigorous, doesn't allow recess and gives busy work as indicated by another response. However, the education your child receive's is undeniable, so my husband and I try our best to create the balance. We give our son a break over the weekends, he's a scout, and also in soccer and swimming. After homework is completed, I let him play with his friends outside to create some since of normalcy, then before he goes to be he studies for about 15-20 minutes. Even with the extra-curricular activities to supplement, it still bothers me just a bit because I know and understand child development and children do need to play and be free, not just rote thinking robots with no social skills. We will continue to weigh our options based on my son's development and adjustment to the school and it's demands as he gets older. But for now, it's working.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2012
As a parent of a former student, parents have no voice. Overall, the administration isn't kind. Matter of fact, they are quite rude. They have no respect for what parents have to say. And all the school cares about are test scores. But at the same time, If you are a parent who may want an answer to a legitimate question, Be prepared to receive none. Just to get back at you, they will target your child. They will go as far as falsifying your child's grades. The parent who posted on October 29, 2011 is on point. Yes, they are more concerned with making the school yearly progress look good than meeting the children's needs and parents concerns. If they can falsify grades to force you out, they can do the same to make the school look good!!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2011
This is a GREAT school love everything about this school the staff, teachers, principal are all great works.

- submitted by a community member
October 29, 2011
My child has been at this school since kindergarten and is in 3rd grade now. I think this is a good school academically but they are more concerned with making the school yearly progress look good than meeting the children's needs and parents concerns. Parent partner's meetings is never to address parents concerns or even allow us a voice in our children's education, so how are we partner's. This meeting is to hand out papers on what to expect this school year. We the parents need a forum to meet to express our concerns parent to parent, offer support to each other, and be heard collectively when needed by adminstration with proper respect. Removing your child from the school has no affect on Lab as to how they lack in parent partnership. They don't care about your reasons for removing your child they just keep filling in the empty seat. We need to work together, that's what makes a team and partner.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2011
My child has attended the Lab School since Kindergarten and will be in 4th grade this year. I agree that this school is not for every child and not for every family. I believe that this is true for all schools. My child has done very well at Lab and has not had a problem academically. My child has also never had a problem with the structure and discipline that the Lab School values. I believe this has much to do with her personality as she is a very serious child when it comes to schoolwork and learning. I had a concern about lack of recess before enrolling my child and after careful thought I decided that recess is something that my child can do without especially when I remembered that this was the time when most of the bullying between children occurred. If your child is more of a free spirit the rigid environment may not work for him. If you don't have much time to assist your child with schoolwork and do not have a support system to help with this - then this may not be the school for you. That doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you or your child. Find the school that fits best for your child and your family. For me and my child, Lab Charter is a great fit.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2011
As a parent of a former student, I agree with all the comments about a well rounded education. This school, while academically superior 2 most schools, is harsh. The staff isn't kind, overall. And all the school cares about are test scores. My child is a STAIGHT A+ student so the work wasn't an issue. However, the lack of recess, activities, music, etc... was problematic. Children needs to be able to be children. This school doesn't allow that. Your child will spend most of his/her time studying& doing busy work. I'll just say to future students' parents know yor child's tolerance level BEFORE you enroll in this school. I've known children who had a meltdowns and left.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2011
I was a working single mother of two, one of which attended the Lab. After two years of hard work I pulled my daughter out, because I was getting burned out, I felt like I was in school all over again. That same year most of the 6th, and 7th grade students were held back because of their low PSSA scores, which reflected negatively against the school (yes they can do it, because they did). Of course they would be there the following year to retake the test and redeem the school. Good teachers came and went, even during the school year. True, lack of recess is not a predictor of future success, but self esteem is. And yes, the school does offer an A+ education, but at what cost. These are children, not mini adults; they need balance as well as structure. If you have a good support system by way of family, friends, or spouse, then the Lab may work for you, just be prepared to deal with a lot of unnecessary homework, frustrated kids, ignorant staff, and angry parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2011
Two of the biggest problems cited on this page by parents were lack of recess and lack of self-esteem training. Are either of these predictors of future success in life or on the job? Please. This school is academically superior, #5 in the state in PSSA scores. If you want a private school education for your child, are motivated and can motivate your child to work hard, but don't have $20,000 a year, this is the school for you. If your child works hard and succeeds in this school, they can succeed anywhere and that will give them plenty of deserved self-esteem.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
We took our child out of this school. The academics were good, but we felt our child was not receiving a well-rounded education. No play time, no emphasis of socialization. Everything is very rigid. We felt our child was experiencing burn out, already!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
I was not sure about this school at 1st but im so happy i sent my child here. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
This school has a wonderful learning environment. Two of my children graduated from Lab and felt ahead of the other students in high school. My daughter s reading and writing is exceptional. She is almost fluent in French. For her senior year at a prominent all girls school, she exceeded in all her classes. My son s math, science and history grades were great in high school as well. This school is not for every child. My third child is struggling, however the concerns and support I receive from her teacher and the site director means so much to me. If you are considering this school for your child, you must first look at your child s learning style and what are your own personal philosophies about education. If you think a holistic approach (mind, body and spirit) then I will not recommend this school for your child. They are academically driven!! This can be too much for some children, while some may need this kind of focus all the time. I have no complaints about this because the rewards were evident when both of my children were accepted to great universities! Thank you Lab School

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2010
The Lab School has a very good curriculum however they fall short on another very important component of educating children and that is reinforcing positive self-esteem in the children that they deal with daily. Children are people too and they deserve respect and the opportunity to express themselves respectfully; even in the midst of a teacher's challenging day. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." ~ William A. Ward

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2010
My grand daughter graduated this past June. She now attends Central and loving every moment of it. The school really prepare these children for a successful and rewarding life. They are able to compete with the best and the brightest, without any frustration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 24, 2010
I am an eighth grader at the Laboratory Charter. I have been a student since 3rd and grade. We have tons of homework everday. It is hard work, but once you get used to it you'll do just fine. The staff and students at the lab are very friendly. As long as you do your work and keep up with assignments you will have nothing to worry about. One problem the lab school has is that there aren't many activities. However, other than that I would say my school is great!

- submitted by a student
December 14, 2009
This school can be harsh. They give you tons of homework, carry heavy bookbag, walk up and down the halls and don't have any manners.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 30, 2009
I am the parent of a 2nd grader who attends the school at 4th and Brown. My daughter has been a student since Kindergarden. Personally, I couldn't be happier with the quality of education my daughter is receiving. If you're commited to your child's education and are willing to work with them, then what you'll find is the amount of home work some people may complain really pays off in that the child seems to retain more. These children will be prepared to compete in the future.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
I am a parent of a student who graduated from the Lab School in 2008. My son was truly blessed to have such an awesome education. He was accepted in 4 out of 5 special admission schools he applied to before he graduated from Lab. He is now a sophmore in Bodine and an honor roll student. Dr. Brown and her staff does a wonderful job in meeting the challanges of our children's education. The education is outstanding and one of the best in the country. I loved this school, the staff is wonderful and caring. The environment of the school was safe and secure. The Lab School is a National Blue Ribbon School, one of the top 10 in the country. Ms Cline is a great Site Director, who goes out of her way to meet the needs of her students. This is truly a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Two my daughters have been enrolled in the Lab School since 2005. One has graduated from HS and is now attending St John's Univ., the other is currently enrolled in the 8th grade attending a PSD elementary school getting ready for High School all the while I wish she was still attending the Lab. The you will be successful environment that is provided, is what's needed in today's society. The staff is firm but fair. Your child will be prepared for the toughest of curriculum's after attending the Laboratory Charter School.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
I have both my children in Laoratory Charter School. It's one of the best schools in the state. They both love it!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
We love the Laboratory Charter School because of its strength in academics and testing. My son has really developed a love for Math and Science at the Lab school - 54th and Lebanon and I am thrilled with their teachers' enthusiam toward children learning!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I've got to hand it to the administrators, teachers and parents at this school. Children are achieving great success and enjoying school at the same time! Their track record is notable!!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
No nonsence approach to learning and discipline. Multi. languages taught from K-8. School has consistantly been rated among the very best in the state.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 21, 2009
i think this a good school , however i do have some concerns i have a 2nd. grader and a third grader who attend Ad Prima , this will be their third year. sometimes my children complain about the work load and not being able to have time to gather their thoughts from one subject to the next. also i think the summer packet is a bit much! They can give them work without overloading them, they are going to make kids hate school. The whole idiom packet is redundant it's just too much enough already otherwise again it's a good school!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2009
This school is amazing. One thing that i have noticed is that the grade scale. The grade scale is: A-95 to 94, B-94 to 89, C-88 to 82, D-81 to 76,and F-75 to 0. This maybe a tough school, but it is a good school

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2008
I am apart of the class of 2008, meaning that I just graduated from there. I have been a student there for 9 years, yes 9 long years. I think it is a good school and everything, however the some of the teachers I had last year did not do their job properly. They would not teach you the right way. The rules were really strict and the work was hard and unbearable. However, after all the hard work, it actually payed off because I am in honors classes in high school and I know most of the work, so basically nothing is a surprise to me. So, as long as you stay on top of your child with the tremdeous loads of work and they are willing to deal with the work, then they should be fine.

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
My child just graduated from the Lab School. I believe it serves the purpose of preparing students for the next level of learning and beyond. The school along with myself have instilled in my child a sense of discipline and always striving to be the best you can be. Yes, the school is challenging but the end result is my child was accepting at many schools both private and public and is ready to take on the challenges that High School may bring.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2008
I am a parent of an entering 2nd grade student. I have found the curriculum to be challenging, rigorous and aligned with state standards. This school is excellent for holding students to extremely high standards and making parents accountable for working with their children at home. Overall I am extremely happy with the school and feel that my child is getting the best education ever. An area that I feel needs to be improved are the summer packets. I strongly believe that it is imperative for students to continue to build on skills learned throughout the year however, I feel that it should not be busy work but should be work that reinforces either learning from the previous year or new skills for the upcoming year. The idioms are not used in daily instruction and could be replaced with other skills such as math packets.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
This is my son's first year at the Lab School and all I can say is good things. He is currently in the first grade and over this past year I have seen a great improvement academically. No there is no recess or extra curricular activities, but my son really loves it there. what really matters is his education, at that is the focus at the Lab School. We do all the extra curricular activites at home and it gives me more time to spend with him. I cannot complain about the education that my child is receiving.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 22, 2008
Education is king in this school , i don;t belive they ever heard that a child's mind needs a break after lunch to strectch their legs . gym is bi weekly the principals are mean and need to be retired and you better not question why they retaliate against the child i speak from expernce i like the director great vison and no nonsense but her staff needs some kindness or something my child learned a lot but gym , some type of break needs to be granted and my child got less homework this year overall a great school but they need some people skills

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
As a single parent with a limited income, I wanted to give my daughter the very best education that I could afford, and I did! My daughter could read short picture books before kindergarten, now I'm having a hard time finding a book that will challenge her! She amazes me with the words that she can read, and how much she comprehends. My sister teaches 2nd grade in an affluent suburban Phila. school district. My child could form letters before she started at Lab Charter but she couldn't really write anything -- now, my daughter's handwriting is actually BETTER than my sister's 2nd grade students! Yes, I can admit that there was a period of adjustment with the homework and projects. This school does require a strong parental committment. If you're committed to a better education for your child, then this school is for you!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2008
This is the worst school ever. The teachers are nuts. It may seem like a good school but behind those doors it is a whole nother ball game. no recess, unreasonable teachers and principals, military school discipline, walking up and down stairs with heavy bookbags, and it goes on for miles. this is not the school you think it is. kindergarten may seem good but you just don't know until you experience the full effect. i may be a student but I know what Im talking about I was there.

- submitted by a student
September 29, 2007
This is a great school but it gives so much work that the child doesn't really have time to study. It's difficult for working parents here. I love what my child is learning. I just wish there was a little less homework. Here's a sample: 6 pages per night, a recipe report (5 detailed questions), 4 jumpstart book reports (5 more detailed questions), and french and spanish study. Don't let it be a week where the monthly book report and or project is due. All that is in addition to the above listed items. Oh and presentations must be given on the monthly book reports, projects, as well as reciting the weekly poem. My child is bright. So, it is doable. I just wish they left slightly more time for children to participate in other activities to compensate for the rigorous cirriculm. There isn't much balance but your child will learn.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
I previously had a child who attended Laboratory charter school. He had a great year in kindergarten. The structure was very good for my child. He was able to grasp the material very easily. However this school is not for every child. It does require a lot of work and it is fast paced. But the results were outstanding. My 2nd grader is truly ahead of the rest of his class And I still made him do the summer bridges workbook. I am truly considering placing my 4 year [old] in there next year. The only reason my son left the lab school because we moved out of the area. I pay a lot in taxes however I think I would give my second child a great start.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 21, 2007
My child just completed Kindergarten and will be returning September for the 1st grade. Yes, I agree with a number of the responses regarding the loads of homework, strict policies, and test scores...but in today's society, you have to work for everything. I sat with my daughter while she did her summer homework and let her girlfriend who is going to the 2nd grade join us and she couldn't get past the 1st sentence. My daughter has learned a lot in 1 year and loved her teacher and friends. I make sure that she has time to play directly after school before she begins homework and that she is involved in other activities during the weekend. I give her a well-balanced life, school makes sure that she has the education that she needs. I highly recommentd Lab Charter because they truly prepare their students for the road ahead.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2007
Warning- This school is only worried about test scores. Your child will not get a well rounded education here. Quality as apose to quanity when it comes to the loads of homework these children are given each night and weekends. The CEO Dr. Brown is very rude and the principal Mrs. Allshouse isn't very helpful. This school does not make learning fun. There is a very high teacher and student turn over rate. If this school is so good why aren't even the teachers staying. If the teacher don't like it, how can the students or parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2007
I am a parent of a kindergartner at the Lab School and I am ecstatic about what she has learned and achieved this year. I would be the first to tell any parent that this school is not for everyone. It is for parents who intend to be involved in their children's education, by ensuring the completion of homework, projects and attending monthly meetings. It is for children who want to learn and are capable of handling being pushed to achieve their maximum potential. This school is more than test scores it ensures that every child receives a free quality education and can perform at or above their academic grade level. So no, this school is not for everyone, because your child will sacrifice recess and in school extra curricular activities. But what my child has gained is worth the sacrifice.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
This school is not for everyone. The academics in the LAB school are the best. Their standardized test numbers prove how excellence this school is. The teachers are excellent. The LAB school has a no nonsense disciplinary environment. If you are not willing to work hard with your child and are not comfortable with the discipline this school is not for you. As for me, my child will continue to attend the LAB school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2007
When you enter the school there is a sign that states Failure is not an option here at the lab! Pease read, that sign very carefully! The school worries more about test scores more than they do the children. The school has a very high turn over rate for students and teachers. This school is not all it makes it self out to be. Children should enjoy learning !

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2007
This is my son's second year and most likely the last at the Lab. At first meeting the school presented itself as a well-rounded academic institution. This school is academically sound, yet I am very unhappy with this school. As all the other comments mention: no recess, blanket disciplinary policies, very little physical education, minimal time to eat lunch or socialize, mounds of homework, very long school day, they throw information at the children instead of teaching them... despite all of this my son does very well at this school but he often comes home upset. He is losing his child-hood in the process. There are many academic plus schools in this area which offer students a well rounded and comfortable learning environment. The Lab should model themselves after these schools. Their students graduate happy and exposed. Parents know that this school is a serious challenge for the parent and child.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2006
This school is definitely not for everyone. Especially if you have more than one child enrolled. From a scholastic standpoint, the program is superb but there is no room for children to be children. The blanket discipline policy is an issue for non-problematic children along with the lack of free time/recess. My children faired very well on an academic level, but were beginning to dread the idea of going to school. My youngest son received a C for an 88 on a test and asked what he had done wrong. It was at that point that I realized it was time to leave. After seeking the best educational experience possible for my children, I've learned that their success lies completely in my hands regardless of which school they attend.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2006
My son has attended the Lab School for 2yrs thus far and I love it as far as the academics. I feel, he is recieving a great education for free. This school is Not for every child. They demand alot and the parents need to part take in their child's work, too. School starts at 8am and is over at 4pm with no recess. I like that because children tend to get into mischeif during recess. They do not offer extracurricular sport activities but they did offer a chess club last year and a few other cluds. I enroll my son into sports outside of school while continuing to maintain his work load. This school has zero tolerence for hitting/touching. Some teachers are a bit petty. The princpal is not too friendly. He needs to work on his people skills and learn, not everyone has something argumentative to say.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2006
This school is Worried About Test Scores Only. There is no communication between the parents and teachers. The principal at 4th and Brown(where my child attends) and CEO are Not open to comunication with parents. Any concerns you bring to there attention, will be returned with a take your child to another school if you do not like what we are telling you. Teachers are very stiff, None are warm and loving. This school is run like the Military except these are children. No Recess, Gym is once every 2 weeks, no brake time for the children from the time they enter school 8am -4pm. My child cries when he has to go to school. Parents this school is not what it claims to be. Each year there are new teachers, none of the teachers stay. Most of the children from last year have lft also.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2006
This school is a high academic school. If you want your kids to enjoy childhood this is not the school for you. This school has gone from a high academic school to a academic military school, where the kids don't want to go to school anymore, there is not a teacher/student relationship. I thought I found a great opportunity for my child, but I seem to have found a nightmare. Lack of communication rates a zero for this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2006
Academics here are on level but incredibly fast paced. This school may not be for every child or every parent. Children do a lot of homework and independent projects. School is very safe and teachers are very dedicated but the workload for children can be overwhelming.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
The school is very good education wise.But the teachers as well as the principal need to show a liitle bit more respect towards parents as well as communicating. And another thing where is the gym or the cafteria?

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2006
My daughter attends this school and I must say, although the children have higher test scores than other schools in the area, Laboratory Charter does not allow children to be children! My daughter's day begin's at 8:15 a.m. and doesn't end until 5:30 p.m. With as much time as the CHILDREN spend in school, you would think they would be allowed to go out and stretch their legs and breathe in some fresh air during recess, but that isn't allowed at this school. The amount of work she brings home and has to do over her SUMMER BREAKS is ridiculous yet the extended hours from 3:30 - 5:30 doesn't include time for tutoring or help with homework. While I would like my daughter to continue getting the best education there is, I will not put her through this boot camp nightmare any longer and will PAY for a private school instead!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2006
I have very mixed reviews about corporate run schools; especially those that are housed in inner cities. I am all for education. However, I feel that the best possible way for a child to learn is in a nurturing, understanding, and very fair environment. I also feel the children should have access to learning in different ways, thus affording them the opportunity to understand, appreciate, and gleen from the way he or she learns best. Academically this school seems to be strong. On the flip side character building, communication skills, fairness, integrity, and explorative learning are evidently lacking.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2005
My children have been attending the Lab School for three years now and they love it. They had previosly attended a public school and were not getting challenged. When my daughter came home with a C in her report card, we knew that she was finally going to get the proper education. The school offers extracurricular activities that do not overwhelm the children but allow them enough time to come home and get homework done. As for parent involvement,the school communicates with letters, once a month with meetings, or a phone call. As a parent I have always felt that my children are safe and that communication with the teachers can be easily attained. My children love this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2005
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October 18, 2005
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September 24, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 31, 2005
Although this school has great academics, they tend to lack in the area of socialization. The communication from the principal and teachers is disturbing. My son attended from K to 4th grade. I liked it until the fourth grade. Naturally the work got more complex, but their was no support, guidance or enthusiasm from administration. There is no afterschool activities, aside from a mandatory 3:30 to 5:30 session. It was supposed to be for studying Africa, but my son told me otherwise. While academics are very important, the kids need a break sometimes. There is no recess. I think the school is run very militant. School only cares about PSSA scores, they forget our kids are the ones getting the good scores making them look good. Very arrogant administration. They are not the only good charter school. My son will not return for 5th grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2005
This school is not for everyone. It requires a strong dedication from the student coupled with an equally consistent involvement with parent(s). There is a high level of expectation such as weekly homework packets and quizzes/tests that will pay off down the road. My daugher who is entering 2nd grade is reading at a 4th grade level and is comprehending math, science and language (french and spanish) concepts for someone beyond her age. Her learning regiment is ingrained already and these fundamentals are so necessary. Students are challenged daily but it is preparing them for standardized tests and the demands of the 'Real World' at an early age. My son is about to enter kindergarten and I know he will benefit also from this rigorous program. The quality teachers are held at a high level and Terranova test scores clearly indicate that hard work pays off.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
The principal is not accessible to parents or other members of the school community to address their concerns. Majority of the teachers do not communicate openly and clearly with parents or students due to reprisal from principal. Blanket policy of discipline(If you are in the class you are punished-silent lunch/or only 15 minutes to eat) What an inhumane way to treat children. Imagine reporting to work for 8-9 hrs a day and not being allowed to talk at lunch on a routine basis. Children are frowned upon for asking a question to clarify information. My son loved K-3 at school, however, over the past two years he literally hates school due to the constant blanket discipline and the disrespectful way the children are addressed when parents aren't around. Adults that work at the school have also confirmed this info. High staff turnover. No nurturing or well dones given.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2005
Your child will acquire a quality education and so will you. Parental particiapation is a must. Monthly meeting with parents/teachers is mandatory. The school does offer music, art, an actual gym class, french and spanish are mandatory classes. It is best and an easier transition to have children enrolled by kindergarden. Children in the higher grades experience a difficult transition at first. The monthly status reports are a great tool in seeing your childs accomplishments and struggles. Probably one of the best public education schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2005
The academic programs at Lab Charter are top notch! However, the school is most concerned about children meeting their high expectations. My child struggled at Lab and I received absolutely no support. I had numerous talks with her teacher but no help was given. This school is recognized as a Blue Ribbon School but my child was left back in her classroom because she was not able to keep up with the accelerated curiculum. The school does NOT allow a PTA and places limitations on parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
I am extremely impressed with the academic program at Lab Charter. The faculty and staff are supportive and all of them function on one basic principle and that is to provide every opportunity to ensure that their students understand their work. This includes tutoring sessions, after school sessions, Saturday sessions or whatever is necessary to teach your child. It is a demanding school and as a parent I feel as though I have taken on a second job but it is well worth it when I see the results of their hard work. The extracurricular activities are academically oriented and leave little time for play. If you place your childs education at the top of your parent list then Lab Charter is a great place for your child. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2004
This is my son's second year at Lab School and I am very pleased with this school. He is mentally gifted and I looked very hard to find a school that could challenge him. Lab is better than the private school that I paid tuition. The classrooms size is small and the students are very close. They work very well together. My son use to have difficulties in other schools because he was academically advanced. In this school, he has found other students on his level. The students are taught to respect each other, thus creating an environment that the students can comfortably learn without major peer pressure. I recommend this school to anyone who is looking for the best education option, who are willing to support their student, and the staff. Interim reports are given monthly. It is a lot of work and the students are pushed to excellence.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2004
The Lab School is a great find. In one year of kindergarten, my daughter has gone from not reading at all, to reading 3rd or 4th grade books, and quite a bit of Spanish and French as well. The teaching techniques used are different than I recall with my older child, and produce great results. There is truly a lot of homework, projects, recipes, etc. and a parent has to be willing to put in the work, but it is definitely worth it. It's amazing how much children can learn when the effort is made. As a charter school, the extra-curriculars are at a minimum of course, but with the money you save (not paying private school tuition), just invest in some after school lessons. Also worthy of mention, there are quite a few days off during the year(& half days), so keep a sitter handy.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2004
This is my child's first year at the Lab School. She is in the first grade. The curriculum is second to none in the city of Philadelphia. I choose this school because I wanted my child to learn a foreign language in elementary school. The students receive French and Spanish instruciton everyday! My child really enjoys this school and I do as well. I don't think elementary school students can get a better education anywhere else in the city of Philadelphia.

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Laboratory Cs
800 North Orianna St, Philadelphia, PA  19123
(610) 617-9121
Last modified Laboratory Cs is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Laboratory Cs Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 85 reviews. Top